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24 March 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


River Suir

Only one springer to report so far on my rods for the first week, taken on fly in the Kilsheelan beat by 8 year old Robert Hackett. River is very low and still full of kelts at this late stage. For more up to date information check out www.fishhunt.ie
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

River Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge

The river is in absolutely perfect fly order. We haven't had any more fish caught since last Saturday when two were taken.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
E-mail: info@ireland-salmon-fishing.net Website: www.ireland-salmon-fishing.net

Fishhunt.ie

Philip maher www.fishhunt.ie reports a slow start to the season of 2011 on his beats on the River Blackwater. Numerous kelts taken but very few springers, only 14 caught to date, best fish 12.5lbs. For the past week a number of sea-liced have been taken on the lower beats between Lismore and Ballyduff. 
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

Fort William Estate

21 March: 2 Spring fish so far. Water levels are in excellent condition at the moment and look like staying that way to as the weather is pretty settled. Perfect for fly and spin and with water levels so low for the time of year their is a good chance of a spring fish.
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email:
info@fortwilliamfishing.net Web: www.fortwilliamfishing.net

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One salmon from River Laune

20 Mar: 1 salmon of 7lbs caught on Beat 1 of the river Laune.
Eileen Carroll
IFI-Macroom
Email: macroom@fisheriesireland.ie

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Killarney Lakes and Lough Leane

20 Mar: 2 salmon landed on the lake with one of these fish weighing 9lbs.
Eileen Carroll
IFI-Macroom
Email: macroom@fisheriesireland.ie

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Flesk River

20 Mar: 5 salmon caught on the Flesk river with an average weight of between 5lbs and 6lbs.
Eileen Carroll
IFI-Macroom
Email: macroom@fisheriesireland.ie

Currane salmon on and off

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23/03 It was hard work out there on Lough Currane today for Mr. Dave Ecclestone of the UK, but eventually his hard work of flogging his flies into the ledge paid off when he caught a fine 11lbs Salmon late this evening, Dave was with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and www.Vincentsfishing.com

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22/03 There was a fine Salmon caught on the troll by a Guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Michael O’Sullivan of Waterville Boats, watervilleboats@gmail.com

21/03 All quiet.

20/03 Mr. Rob Elson of the UK, reported to me that the only bit of action he had was from a Kelt, and he was also telling me that he counted 20 boats out fishing on Lough Currane, and they all failed miserably in producing My Noble Gentlemen the Salmon. Wind NW light this morning and went flat calm this afternoon.

19/03 All quiet.

18/03 Straight to the C&R Department, Mr. Anthony Breen, caught and released two Salmon one in the 11lbs class and finished the day off with a 9lbs Salmon, both were caught on the troll, and for the rest of we Anglers no comment. Wind NW light with the odd light shower. Just for the record there have been a few Kelt's caught in the past few days.

21/03 All quiet - though a lot tried.

16/03 The Lone Star Flag of Texas was flying high over Lough Currane today, when Mr. Justin McGee and his 12 year old son Master Riley McGee caught two Salmon on the troll weighing in at 9lbs and 11lbs fishing with their Gillie Mr. Dominic Mc Gillicuddy, and just for the record, Riley caught the biggest, so congratulations to Riley and his Dad.

That is all the news from your gillie and the Waterville fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just Facts
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
Email: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

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River Feale

Low fishing conditions,calm, mild 13.8C. To date, six spring fish taken, including one by veteran angler Robert Downey who met his first fish of the year at "Stacks Stream" on a no. 3 condom.
Anthony McAuliffe
North Kerry Anglers Association
Web: www.northkerryanglers.com Email: info@northkerryanglers.com

Delphi getting a good run of salmon

The beginning of this week was therefore slow with low water and fishing pressure was relatively light with Messrs. Dunlop, Mills and Jackson concentrating more on social activities. Bob Hadden did however try hard all week to no avail. However his fishing partner for Friday Steve Jones lost one and landed an 8lbs sea-liced fish in his first 5 minutes of the season on a Collie Dog.

This was then followed by a very good week with both long standing anglers and newcomers doing well.

It was great to see both Keith Pilkington and Peter Morrison landing fish of 7lbs 3oz and 7lbs 15oz respectively off the river.

We also had 3 newcomers from Sweden and Denmark. Of these Lars Berg had 3, which were 7.5lbs, 15lbs and 7lbs 9oz. The first two were taken on the river on Delphi Collies, the third on Finlough on a Willie Gunn.

A number of day anglers were also successful, Mark Ryan landed a fine 14lbs fish, David Lennon had a 10lbs 2oz fish and Joe Hosey had a 6lbs 7oz fish.

That brought the season total so far to 5 wild and 11 ranched fish. Average size also seems to be well up with 6 being over 10lbs weight.

Finlough is slow so far with only 2 landed but this will increase as the temperature rises.

Delphi currently have availability on fly fishing courses for the season, with beginner’s courses taking place on 12-15 May, 16-19 June, and 1-4 September. There are also 3 Salmon & Trout courses, which run on 19-22 May, 23- 26 June and 15-18 September. Full details and booking details are available on the website at www.delphilodge.ie , or contact the lodge at +353 (0)95 42222.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Lough Beltra opening day best in years

Lough Beltra opened on Sunday 20th March, and anglers who ventured out enjoyed one of the best opening days in memory. The first spring salmon of the season was caught by Jim Ruane, Castlebar, off Morrison’s in the morning, a fine fresh fish of 7lbs. This proved only the beginning of an excellent days fishing, with a further three springers caught throughout the day. Declan Dooley undoubtedly had the best catch of the day, a fresh run salmon of 13lbs, caught at the Quarry. Mel Parrott also had success catching a salmon of 8.5lbs in front of the Boat House, while Kevin Beirne caught his 9.5lbs salmon near the Buoy. Day two on Beltra also proved highly successful, with two fresh 10lbs salmon being caught, one by Rocky Moran and the other by Ben Baynes, taken on a ‘Badger’ and a ‘Jaffa’ pattern, respectively. All salmon caught on the opening days were safely released as Lough Beltra remains catch and release up to May 11th. 
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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St. Patrick's Day salmon on Lough Gill

The first spring salmon of the year was caught on Lough Gill on St. Patrick’s Day. Sligo Anglers Association held a pike angling competition on the 17th; nine boats participated in the event, which unfortunately yielded few pike. However, the surprise of the day was when Thomas Donovan Jr., Ballisodare, caught a fine 10.25lbs springer while trolling a pike spoon. The fish was caught just off the "Pearl Rock" and was safely released.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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18lb salmon from the Drowes

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Photo: Brendan Burns had an 18.7lbs fish from the Crooked Hole

22 March: Brendan Burns had an 18.7lbs fish from the Crooked Hole this morning. The sea liced fish took a size 8 double Cascade with green butt. This is the heavist fish of the season so far and the largest springer in quite a few seasons. Chris Mc Daid released a fish estimated at 10lbs from Clancy's Pool, above Brineys, also on a Cascade. Paddy Doherty had a 10lbs fish on black flying c from Lennox's this afternoon. A large double figure fish was lost at landing from the Mill Pool yesterday. The water level has dropped to just over0.5 metres on the gauge and the forecast is for mainly dry, mild settled conditions.
Drowes Salmon Fishery
Web: www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055.

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update



River Liffey trout on early Olives

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I had my second outing of this season to the river Liffey on Sunday. I got to the river just after midday and I had planned to fish on until late evening. Weather wise the day was a mixed one with some sunshine along with rain, hail and a very strong breeze blowing upstream. One of the reports I got was of good fish being taken on wet flies so with this in mind I set the rod up with a team of wet flies. When I got to the first pool that I intended to fish I saw there was some Olives on the water and a number of fish were rising to the Olives.

I fished for a while in this first pool casting down stream into the strong breeze. It was hard work trying to get the leader with the team of three to straighten out in such wind. While I was sitting down changing the leader I started to watch the Olives that were hatching out on the water just in front of me. As they hatched the wind was blowing them accross the river to a deep pool under the bankside trees.

There was dozens of them under the trees and the trout were busily feeding on some of them. What I also noted was the trout had a preference for the Olives that were either blown over or crippled and struggling on the surface and they were ignoring the Olives that were completely upright. I moved on up river to the next pool and started casting upstream with the dry fly, an Olive Klinkhammer. With the wind now on my back it made easier work of the casting. After a few casts a fish rose and took the fly and it was not long before I unhooked and released a nice little wild brown trout. I caught another five fish from this pool before I moved on upstream.

I fished in each pool as I moved upstream and had success in most of them to the Klinkhammer. The Olives eventually stopped hatching and the trout were not so keen to take so I headed upstream to cross the river to where it was more sheltered. When I got to the other side of the river I changed back to fish my original team of flies which were Snipe and Purple, Partridge & Orange and Hares Lug & Plover. Liffey near Kilcullen I fished the team down and across stream in the pools that were sheltered. I caught my best fish of the day in one of these pools and in another pool I caught four more wild brown trout all of the fish took the Hares Lug and Plover. A good end to a day which did not start of so well. I checked the water temperature before I left and I read at six and a half degrees celcius. Weather permitting next weekend I shall get to fish elsewhere.
IrishFlyFisher
Web: www.irishflyfisher.ie

Avonmore trout on wets

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I tend to usually start trout fishing after it warms up in April, however given the day that was in it I decided to buck the trend. Cold but sunny with a steady breeze from the north west, I hit the Avonmore a few miles above Clara Vale and worked my way down stream. The height, flow, and colour  of water were perfect but the temperature was way down, which was very apparent when wading.

Fly life was limited to a few smuts and there was certainly no fish showing. Working a cast consisting of a leaded hares ear on the point coupled with two spider patterns, a killdevil and a partridge and orange, I worked the runs. A couple of tentative pulls and a splashy rise indicated life after winter, however the first hour remained fishless. Around midday it warmed up a bit, and fishing down a long run towards the tail I connected with three small trout in three casts. Perfectly spotted but lean after the winter, they will not take long to fatten up.

I met a couple of anglers through the day who related similar tales of how the fishing was going. One such was Ken Gray pictured above, a regular on the river, Ken had tempted a few small fish on a Black Pennell. Changing to a floating set up for the afternoon as an experiment I blanked. No matter, the sunk flies did the business before lunch which is what I would have expected. More of the same next time out.
Ashley Hayden
Web: www.anirishanglersworld.com

Good hatches of Olives on River Suir

The 2011 season kicked off with great trout fishing on the upper river with good rises between 2-4pm to large dark olives and iron blue dunns. Best trout so far 2.25lbs on dry fly.

Great stocks of trout reported and things looking positive for the coming months. For more up to date information check out www.fishhunt.ie
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

Ballyhass rainbows on the top

The warm weather in recent days has brought the rainbow trout up to the surface where they can be tempted by various small drys and emergers, though many fish are still feeding deep in the cold water. On Tuesday one angler had 5 fish to about 3lb on a size 16 Griffith's Gnat while other anglers struggled to connect with lures and nymphs as the fish came short time and again.

The open day goes ahead this Saturday, March 26th, as planned. there's no need to make any reservations just turn up on the day. Talks and clinics and one to one questions and answers will be held all day. You get your queries answered and then go fishing for the day as well Entry is only Euro 10.
Tom Lofts
Ballyhass Lakes Cecilstown
Mallow
County Cork
Phone: 022 27773.
E-mail: info@ballyhasslakes.ie Web: www.ballyhasslakes.ie

Lickeen Lake to open under new management

West Coast Angling is pleased to announce its recent appointment as manager of the 255 acre Lickeen lake in Co. Clare. It was recognised that to take the lake to it's full potential a structured management plan needed to be implemented, West Coast Angling has been employed to under-take the task. Andrew Coxhead of West Coast Angling says that "Lickeen Lake holds so much potential that it is almost un-believable, it holds a good stock of wild browns which will be protected and encouraged to thrive and soon a restocking programme of large browns will be implemented. Work has started to make good the existing structure, as the licence holders are a non-profit making organisation funds will soon be available to pour back into the facility to the benefit of the anglers and the lake in general. Our aim as a management company is to take this lake to the level of angling that it rightly deserves, to provide anglers and the wider general public with a facility that encompasses all interests. The protection of the lake comes in the form of strict rules on disinfecting and fish capture methods, we are sure that our efforts will be rewarded by creating a fishery that is regarded as one of the best if not the best fishery of it's type in Ireland."

We expect to be open for angling within the next 2-3 weeks, there are 2 boats available for hire and electric motors, no boats or motors are allowed to be brought to the fishery under any circumstance. The present stock of fish is mainly of the wild resident browns but many previously stocked triploid browns still patrol the lake. These fish are immense and should not be underestimated they have and they will clean your fly reel of it's line almost immediately, you have been warned. For further details please contact the fishery manager on 086 883 8166.
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.
Web: www.westcoastangling.ie

Trout fishing on Derg starts on a high note

Garrykennedy Fishing Club members recorded some very good catches on the opening day of the trout season on Lough Derg on March 15. Some 32 anglers took part in the traditional opening day trolling competition and 23 caught trout over the legal limit of 14 inches. The day was perfect on the lake for boating and the fish were biting despite strong sunshine and calm conditions.

The best fish and winner on the day was Danny Flynn with a trout of 5lbs. Danny also had another fish of 1lb 8oz. But then again he was fishing from Eddie Ryan's lucky boat. Those of you with a good memory will remember that Eddie won the opening day competition last year with a trout of almost 9lbs.

Second in the opening day competition was Jim McCormack who had the greatest weight of fish, with trout of 4lbs 10ozs and 1lb 13oz. The second heaviest fish, at 3lbs 8ozs, was caught by Jim's brother, Mal, earning him third place.

Good to see that the hard working Chairman of the Garrykennedy club John Shinners took some time off to net himself a nice fish of 2lbs.

Other results from the day were as follows: John Kennedy 1lb 7.25oz, 1lb 4.25ozs; Sean Lyons, 1lb 15ozs, 1lb 3ozs; Danny Tiernan, 1lb 11ozs, 1lb 6ozs 1lb 4ozs; Sile Corish, 1lb 15ozs; Mike Moloney, 2lb 3ozs, 1lb 8ozs, 1lb 4ozs; Sean Moloney 1lb 10ozs, 1lb 7ozs; Donnacha O'Brien, 2lb 14ozs 1lb 7ozs;

Jerry O'Brien 1lb 13ozs, 1lb 4ozs. Thanks to Pat Ryan of Seymour's Pub in Portroe for sponsoring the event. Last Sunday John Malone had a fish of 2lbs 12ozs and put back seven undersized fish. Mal McCormack had one over 3lbs the same day. The next trout competition being staged by the Garrykennedy Club will be on this Sunday March 27th, sponsored by the Garrykennedy Boat Club. The weigh-in will be in the Clobber Shed at 7pm.

Members of Saint Flannan's Club in Killaloe had excellent fishing on Lough Derg in their competition on Sunday last. A total of 97 fish were caught, many of them being undersized.

Hats off to the club for their firm emphasis on catch and release. Of the 35 fish weighed in at the club's headquarters, nine were released alive. John Cassidy, who had 11 fish in all, produced four at the weigh station and released all four after they were weighed. Kevin Grimes released two fish of 3lbs and 2lbs after they were weighed and measured.

Saint Flannan's Club is showing the way when it comes to catch and release. It has issued all members with a measuring stick which is also calibrated to record the approximate weight of the fish. This system has been growing in popularity on the western lakes of Mask and Corrib in recent years, and hopefully it will catch on here too.

Last Sunday's Trout competition organised by the Ballina-Killaloe Anglers Association was sponsored by Mike and Rita Kelly. The winner was Neillie Barry with a 2lb 9oz trout. Michael Conroy was in second place with the greatest weight and Jimmy Hanly was third. The club's next club competition, sponsored by Jimmy Hanly, will be held on April 3 and the weigh in will be at Mills' Bar.
Peter Gleeson
Angling Correspondent
Nenagh Guardian

Lough Owel fishing well to the fly

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Lough Owel is producing some nice trout on the fly and troll and as we wait for the first fly hatch on our lakes the fishing will really take off. Some duck Fly are appearing on Midland lakes and this is our first chance to lash a few flies at the trout. Last week I spent a few hours with Derek Evans who writes the angling slot for the Irish Times. Derek is a very keen all round angler and we had a cracking day on Owel. We did not catch a lot of fish, but had a great chat about the Angling World. We met at Mullally’s Shore, and sadly the place was covered with rubbish. Bottles, Plastic, Barbeque remains, and even Nappies. The Bin next to the rubbish was empty, and I am quite sure anglers did not leave this mess. Not a pretty sight for visiting anglers. Any way when we finished the days fishing we called into Jack Doolin, and I got a priceless photo of Jack in his boat-painting outfit. Top fashion designers watch out for the Doolin range of Painting Coats. Jack has a fleet of boats for hire on Owel, so if you fancy a day out on the Lake he can be contacted on 044-93-42085. Also I captured Edenderry lads P.J. Reynolds, and his brother Bobby with angling pal Gary Gorman.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

Good Angling Prospects on Lough Sheelin

Press release - 23/03: The results from the 2011 IFI survey of brown trout in Lough Sheelin are good news for anglers. The survey indicates a partial recovery of the wild brown trout population with stocks at their highest level since 1996. The numbers of wild brown trout present in the lake should be sufficient to provide excellent quality angling for the season ahead.

The survey series commenced 33 years ago, in 1978, and has provided IFI with invaluable information in relation to the fluctuations in population of fish stocks in this lake over a "turbulent period" when many waters were subject to major ecological change caused by cultural eutrophication and the widespread introduction of invasive species, most notably roach and zebra mussels. The roach population, which is non native to Sheelin, remains at a very low level compared to the explosion of stocks in the late 1980's and during the first 5 years of this century. The pike population is limited in extent compared to periods when roach stocks were abundant.

A dietary analysis of the wild trout sample examined indicated that most fish, in all size classes, were feeding heavily on large mayfly nymphs. This indicates that one can expect a very big mayfly hatch again on Sheelin this year.

Dr. Martin O'Grady of IFI stated: "While it is heartening to see a significant increase in the trout stock in Lough Sheelin IFI remain concerned in relation to the ecological instability of this water. The inputs of nutrients (Phosphorous and Nitrogen) to the lake are still excessive and are likely to cause continuing ecological instability."

Lough Corrib duckfly hatch on the way

Water temperatures are still quite low on the Western lakes, and consequently fly hatches and fish life are rather quiet. We are enjoying lovely spring weather this week, however, with temperatures up to 15C, so hopefully the water will warm up soon and get things moving. On Corrib, sporadic and sparse hatches of duckfly have been seen, signaling that the main hatch is on the way soon. In the Cornamona-Greenfields area, 18 anglers reported 26 trout in 31 rod-days. Sean Dixon from Ennis landed 2 trout for his day out, including a nice fish of 3.5lbs. Darren Walsh from Ballycurrin landed 3 trout on one day for approx. 4.5lbs. Frank Reilly had 5 trout over 2 days for approx. 8lbs, and Peter Curran from Cornamona had 3 trout over 2 days for 5.5lbs, including a 3lbs fish.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Lough Mask trout on hoglouse

Mask was described as a bit moody this week despite almost idyllic conditions.

Local Tourmakeady angler Liam Conroy fished on Saturday and returned 2 nice fish. Liam’s best fish was just over 2lbs. Declan McAllorum from Dublin also reported a nice fish of 1.75lbs over the weekend. John Hopkins and his son Gary fished on Sunday afternoon and landed 1 trout of 2lbs. Local anglers Sean Maloney and Tim Hannon fished during the week and returned a few small fish. Sean reported meeting good numbers of trout in the shallows, but many of them coming short, making successful hook-ups difficult. Good hatches of small chironomids were common during the warm days of the past week, yet almost all of the fish caught were bottom feeding and stuffed with hoglouse.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Plenty of big trout on the Cong Canal

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Photo: Andy Newman caught and released a 9.65lbs trout

The Cong Canal opened on March 17th, with a large number of anglers forsaking the parades and pubs to try their luck. Early reports are coming in of good numbers of big trout caught, with fish to over 10lbs reported. As usual, spinner and worm are most successful in the early season high water, but as water levels drop the canal can provide fantastic fly sport.

Andy Newman caught and released a 9.65lbs trout, and son Brian had one of 7.5lbs. Two local 14 year old lads also landed specimens - Caolan McDonnell had a 10lbs 3oz fish and Mark Gibbons landed one of 6lbs 8oz. A Polish angler had one of 9lbs+ and an even bigger trout was apparently lost at the outflow from Mask.

Liam Kane reported landing a number of kelts in addition to one trout. Some salmon do get past the screen at the lower end of the canal and spawn in tributaries of Lough Mask, so kelts may be caught at this time and should be carefully returned to the water.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update



Good mixed bag on Inniscarra

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Photo: Liam Conway, Waterford and District Coarse angling  and also an Angling Council of Ireland Coach with a mixed catch of skimmers, roach, hybrids and perch from Inniscarra Co Cork. All the fish were caught by open ended feeder with a cocktail of red maggot and worm on a size 14 hook attached to 4lb line. Weather was bright with a light breeze.

Ireland's “King of Clubs” – anglers may wade three metres

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Match anglers taking part Ireland’s flagship event – the King of Clubs – have persuaded the event organisers to allow competitors to wade three metres from the bank.

Since its launch in 1983, anglers have more or less complied with the Irish Angling Federation rule that restricts wading to one metre from the bank to knee depth.  However, the use of modern fishing stations with high platforms has encouraged some anglers to push further out – up to 15 metres - and complaints have been made to the sponsors.

Taking into account the number of letters representing both side of the argument and seeking advice from Inland Fisheries Ireland (who steward the King of Clubs), the decision has been taken in favour of providing some leeway and set the new rule.

Anglers can now place their platform or angling box, so that the forward edge is no more than three metres from the bank AND the water is no more than knee depth.

“I am delighted with we have been able to reach some middle ground” said Ann Pye of Irish Ferries.  “I do hope that our regular angling guests appreciate the difficulty and a decision that formalises something that has become almost normal on Irish waters.

“And I certainly hope it leads to even better catches and more exciting fishing than ever”.

For more information contact Ann by telephone on 0151 242 1715 or email: ann.pye@irishferries.com

  Barrow producing good bags of Roach

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Photo: St. Patrick's Day Parade

The Carlow Coarse Angling Club recieved with thank's all the praise they got this year in Carlow for entering the St. Patricks day parades in Carlow town and in Graiguecullen. There was a good turn out from anglers, committee, families, neighbours and members of the club. Coming on the eve of the Carlow County Council voting unaminously for a complete catch and release of all coarse fish policy on the River Barrow and the chairman Gerry McStraw setting a new roach record the week in general is deemed to be amongst the best weeks the club has had.

Angling Council of Ireland

The Carlow cac have in place their registered Angling Council of Ireland trained coaches and will we running a full calender of events this year for beginners, juniors and disabled anglers. I.F.I. are in talks with the club and both will work together on the fisheries awarness week with the club hosting an event for disabled anglers in carlow town on 12th May.

Fishing reports from in and around the south east are all fairly good at the moment with several bags of Roach and Hybrids up to 30lb being recorded from the river Barrow. There seems to be a huge increase in the vast numbers of Roach being caught though the Dace seem to be spawning and are not showing at the present moment in time. If you have any enquires as regards fishing the river Barrow or would like any information regarding the Carlow Coarse Angling Club please do not hesitate to contact me.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.
Graiguecullen,
Carlow

Suck Valley bream to 5lb

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Photo: A nice March bream from Donamon on the River Suck

13 March: With temperatures hovering around the minus for most of the week, particularly over the weekend, only a few anglers braved the elements.  Even these hardy annuals described the weather as scald. Water contitions were ideal but are now back up to flood levels again. On the coarse fishing front, Rory Dunne from the Roscommon angling club, netted 16kgs of mostly Bream in the Suck valley area for just 3 hours fishing.  Rory's best fish was a 5 1/4lb bream.  This catch was viewed by John Ryan, the assistant inspector for IFI, who met the anglers on Thursday afternoon last while on a routine patrol.

Certainly fish were on the take and both Keith and Doreen Cartlidge had lively fishing during the afternoon.   Catches shows Doreen with a 4lb bream and husband Keith with a fish not quite 4lb. Both had many roach and smaller bream.

Two visiting anglers from Carlow netted 15 to 20lb each on the float in 4 hours fishing, also in the Suck valley area. 

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update

Clare pike mad for flys 

Good pike have been taken from the Corrofin lakes recently with a 25 pound fish reported from Inchiquin lake on a dead bait. There have also been many reports of the jack pike going crazy on these lakes. I was fortunate enough to fly fish for these feisty fellows and was rewarded with 9 jacks in one evening the largest pushing 6 pounds, all of the fish came to a black bunny type lure of about 5" in length fished tight to weed and reed beds. For a trip out contact me http://www.westcoastangling.ie/contact-booking.html
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.
Web: www.westcoastangling.ie

Ennell Perch

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I have spent a few days on Ennell trying to hook-up with a trout, and so far have blanked. Saying this the lake is producing some huge Perch. The fish are down deep, and last week Tommy Buggy from Kilkenny reeled them up from 50ft. I actually hooked up in 70ft of water, and this is the first time I ever caught fresh water fish at such a depth. The fish were in mint condition, and are one of my favorite fish to photograph. The colours are magic. Ennell will produce some huge fish in the coming weeks, be it pike, trout, perch, so give it a lash. Inland Fisheries Ireland permits are required to fish Ennell.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

Glore pike competition results

Glore anglers were in action last Sunday March 20th. On the day Trim angler Joe O’ Donnell was Top rod with a pike of 11lbs 12oz. Joe is one of our top competition anglers and is on a great run at the moment. Brian Harte finished 2nd on the day with John Fagan taking 3rd. Thanks to Peter Smith, we have a super photo of Joe and his prized catch.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

Upper Shannon pike

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Brian Bohan made the most of the good weather last week with a bit of pike and perch fishing. Photographed above is one of the better pike he had.

perch
Brian Bohan
CHAFLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com

16 pike on the fly for Bodo

Professional angling guide Bodo Funke reports on good pike fly fishing in the Upper Shannon region. A half day session there brought sixteen pike up to mid-double figures to the boat.

For guiding in the Boyle area contact Bodo.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland
Web: www.anglingservicesireland.com
Tel: +353 (0)86 6011878.

Lough Conn pike

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Local angling guide Kenny Sloan once again had success while guiding a group of visiting anglers in the area. Rodger Tomberlin and son Rodger Jr., U.S.A, enjoyed a successful days angling, while fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel with Kenny. Rodger Senior had two pike for the day, weighing at 9lbs and 12lbs, yet it was Rodger Jr. who had the best catch of the day, boating a fine 16lbs pike which took a trolled swim bait. For details on guided pike angling in the Foxford/Castlebar areas, contact Kenny Sloan on 00353 (0)949256501 or 00353 (0)87 9670310.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Chasing sea trout in the sea

Tried today for a short while for some seatrout - fishing the #6 and a Rio streamer tip with a 10'-0" leader - flies thrown were juletrae, gadget, sunken lure, grey frede, and some white streamers - many many fish following but none taken - an incredible spring afternoon of mist sunshine and geese!

Courtmacsherry cod

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Photo: Polish anglers Grzegorz, Radek and Darek enjoyed a mornings fishing in Courtmacsherry Bay where they caught Reef Cod, Pollack and Coalfish. What a nice way to enjoy St Patricks day followed by a few beers.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

Waterville bass feeding hard on crab

I went out on one of my marks today, I left my house at 4pm and got back home at 6pm. I was free lining a crab, no weights. On my first cast I landed a 4lb bass, on the second cast a 6lb bass.

Then it went nuts, I caught 7 more bass in about 30mins. All told 9 in less than 2 hours fishing. Sometimes I would cast the crab and as I tightened up the bass would take, it would be that quick.

All the bass are returned alive.
Kevin Brain
KB Fishing Ireland
Waterville, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 66 9474942
E-mail: info@kbfishingireld.com Website: www.kbfishingireland.com

West Clare bass fishing picks up

The only bass fishing I got in was earlier in the week when I took two small fish on a Rapala Max Rap 13. The takes were quite solid and sudden as opposed to earlier forays when the takes were sluggish and last minute. This shows that the fish are starting to turn on a bit in response to the warming water, the tide on this particular evening was not totally favourable and both fish came after dark fishing in and around rock and weed.

It must be said that the fish have shown up relatively early compared to past years, but if recent results are anything to go by then the future season looks prosperous, if you fancy a guided trip or need instruction then please do not hesitate in contacting me, West Coast Angling.
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.
Web: www.westcoastangling.ie

Pollack from the Pollack Holes

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Taking advantage of the big Spring Tides Jim Walters from Dublin and I fished from from The Pollock Holes in Kilkee at the famous Gilbey Pollock mark. This is only accessible on Low Spring Tides as the heavy kelp beds make fishing very difficult. Deep spun sandeel is the best method. Artificials were totally ignored! The take is a series of taps before a full blooded lunge! The temptation is to strike early but this results in a ragged sandeel and no pollock! Best Pollock was 5 lbs. Several good fish were lost close in, in the heavy kelp.

Returning another day with Anthony Page, my nephew Ben and his friend John Collins we had several takes but no Pollock. There were few fish about but as we were leaving a shoal of Scuba Divers surfaced! Maybe this affected the fishing!

John and Ben have been getting some school Bass from Haugh Strand late in the evening. John had a 6 lb. Pollock from the Pollock Holes recently.

With the temperatures forcast to improve this week expectations are high for some Bass and Ray.
Bill Ryan
Shore Angling Guide
Querrin St.,Kilkee,Co. Clare. 
Tel:
+353 87 4130122   
E-mail:
info@chillwithbill.com Web: http://www.chillwithbill.com

West Coast Shore Angling League

The first leg of the West Coast Shore League was held at Renvyle on the 12th of March. 35 competitors entered, which meant the competition had to be held on two different beaches, with zone placings counting towards the league.

Fishing was vastly different on the two beaches, with large numbers of fish taken on one, while the other venue was very scratchy. Former World champion Timmy O’Sullivan from Galway Bay SAC took top honours, winning the overall competition with 25 fish for 1,056 points, including thornback ray, dogfish and coalfish. Sean Ivory (Western Vikings SAC) took Zone 1, with 17 fish for 775 points, and Kevin Barber (also Western Vikings) was 2nd with 15 fish (668 points). Mick Sweeney (Galway Bay) was 3rd, with 15 fish for 594 points.

Zone 2 was much less prolific, and Marcin Tomaszek from Galway Bay taking the zone win with 7 fish for 205 points. Pete Atkins (Galway Bay) was 2nd, with 6 fish for 186 points, and Frank Rixon (Newport SAC) was third with 5 fish for 141 points.

The West Coast Shore League is in its second year, after a highly successful beginning in 2010, and is already attracting many of the top shore anglers from around the country. The next leg takes place on April 30th at Trawee beach in Sligo. Anyone interested in entering should contact Peter Atkins at ptratkins@hotmail.com or check www.galwaybaysac.com for details.

Skate come in pairs on Predator

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Photo: A brace of skate.

Due to the massive tides at the weekend we steamed 33 miles south, hiding from the main rush of tide that comes up and down the channel, into very shallow water. Once again we had a tremendous day's angling with one of the specimen clubs from Carrickfergus. The anglers boated 7 skate in the one session. That's the 5th time we have targeted this area and every time skate have been landed along with congers, and some nice huss. During the session we had 4 skate hooked up at the same time. We used a variety of baits including dogfish, coalfish and mackerel.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: +44 (0)28 2177 1828  Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

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Photo: A skate come to the boat.

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