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Irish Angling Update

31 March 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling Update

A nice spring salmon of 16 lbs. reported from the River Suir.

Philip Maher reports from his River Suir Fishery:

A nice 16 lbs. springer taken on fly on my Clonmel beat on Sunday. Still a lot of kelts in the river and great care should be taken when handling them. Hopefully the rain over the next few days will stir things up a bit.

For more up to date information check out
Philip Maher
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
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Salmon to 13.8lb on Munster Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge

Photo: Pat O'Donovan from Castletownroche caught this 13.8 lb salmon on worm from Bridgetown Abbey

Three springers have been caught in the last week with few rods fishing. 
John McSweeney from Mallow had one of 6½ lb. on Kents on spinner on the 24th which he released.  Then John Burch from Armagh caught a sea-liced 8 pounder on spinner on the 26th, and on the 29th Pat O'Donovan from Castletownroche caught the Best Fish of the Season so far with a 13.8 lb very fresh fish taken on worms from Bridgetown Abbey which is 20 miles upstream from the Lodge.  He also reported seeing a good number of fish moving through the upper river, including fish to 20 lb.

There is an excellent run of springers - one of the best for very many years - coming through at the moment with plenty of large fish moving through from Cappoquin right up to Clondulane.  There was a fish estimated at 30 lb seen on lower Kilmurry on the 28th.  There is no problem for availability of rods on the fishery. 
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
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Philip Maher reports that his Munster Blackwater Fishery was very low at the weekend and only 1 fresh fish taken on fly on the Ballyduff beat for Saturday and Sunday. Fly worked well for the latter days of this month, small gold Willie Gunn proved very productive on Castletownroche beat with one angler having two springers on Tuesday morning.  Still quite a few kelts in the lower beats, but thankfully not taking as freely as they were earlier in the month.  Rain over the coming days badly needed to get a few fish moving.
Philip Maher
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
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Killarney Lakes and Lough Leane

28 Mar: 2 Salmon reported caught on the lake
Eileen Carroll

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4 salmon landed but weather needs to change

24/3/11 All quiet in the SW front. On the weather front, the same as yesterday, max air temperature 18.6˚C.

25/3/11 Not a lot to report and that is not surprising because we had the same dose of weather as we had yesterday, so we will head out to Sea, With Mr Ivor O’Connor and Mr. Kevin Brain for a bit of Kayak Bass fishing and sadly thy didn’t do much better out in Ballinskelligs Bay but it’s a good crack, to learn more go to Max air temperature 17.3˚C.

26/3/11 Not a lot to be said on the Salmon front, but to be fair to we Anglers, Lough Currane is on the low side and because of this my Noble Gentlemen the Salmon is in a rather lethargic mood, and to all you Trout Anglers the Duck fly is on the move and I don’t think it will be long before the first Specimen Sea Trout is caught? Wind NW light with reasonable cloud cover, max air temperature 14.2˚C.

27/3/11 No reports of any real rod benders, or you could say that we Anglers failed miserably in our duties in procuring my noble gentlemen, the Salmon. Max air temperature 12.9˚C.

28/3/11 Mr. Ken Towner of the UK and Waterville caught a Fine Salmon on the Fly with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan of

29/3/11 Mr. Ken Towner of the UK and Waterville was at it again with his fly rod at the Ledge when he caught a 8.5lbs Salmon with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan and of Amount of rainfall 0.1mm max air temperature 15.2c.

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
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Salmon to 12lb on the Galway Fishery

Spring salmon have started to appear again in Galway, with 2 good fish landed this week. The first salmon on fly was landed by Michael Leonard, a long time visitor to Galway, who has been putting in the hours recently even in high water. Michael landed his 9.5 lb fish on a tube fly, and met 2 other spring fish on the day. Local angler Sean O’Toole also landed a 9.5 lb salmon on shrimp, Sean is well known in Galway angling circles and it was only a matter of time before he landed one this season. Sean was followed by Bert Lynch, another local angler, who landed a fine 12-pounder on Tuesday, also on shrimp.  There are currently 4 gates open on the weir, although levels may rise again with the forecast rain, but the appearance of fresh fish in the river is a great sign for the next few weeks.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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A lovely spring salmon of 17 lbs from Lough Beltra.

Photo: Jonathan Murray, N.Ireland, had a cracking salmon of 17 lbs

Beltra continued to fish very well over the past week, with James O’Hora’s boat accounting for three fine fish on one day! Richard McDowell, N.Ireland, caught one of 9 lbs. while fishing partner Jonathan Murray, N.Ireland, had one of 8 lbs early in the day, followed by a cracking salmon of 17 lbs., which was quickly weighed, photographed and released unharmed. Rocky Moran, Castlebar again had success on Beltra, catching an 11 lbs. salmon near the Dock. All fish caught recently on Lough Beltra have been released as this system remains catch and release until the 12th May.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Nine spring salmon reported from Carrowmore Lough.

Photo: Paddy McDonnell caught an 8.5 lbs salmon on a Claret Bumble size 8

Carrowmore Lake produced nine fine spring salmon for the week, with Westport anglers Vincent Rigney and John Campbell both having success on the lake, as well as Gerry Fitzpatrick, Dublin. Angling instructor Paddy McDonnell was joined by Granville Nesbitt on the lake and enjoyed a fine day with a slight north to north easterly breeze. Fishing in calm conditions near the mouth of the Glencullin River, Paddy caught an 8.5 lbs salmon on a Claret Bumble size 8, and also caught and released several sea trout kelts. Later on in the day Granville had success, hooking a fine springer of 11 lbs which ran into the backing line in its first run, and after a ten minute tussle the fish was successfully boated. This fish was caught on a size ten dark Claret with a pink tag and tail. For fly casting instruction or guided angling contact Paddy McDonnell at and for fishing on Carrowmore contact Seamus Henry on +353 (0)97 83487. For regular angling updates and additional information please see
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Two spring salmon reported from the Ballina Anglers waters on the River Moy

The River Moy produced a further two spring salmon over the past week and with water levels continuing to drop even further the prospects for angling look good for the near future. Both fish were caught on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water and were taken on the worm. David McLoughlin landed one of 8.5 lbs while Pat Lacken landed a fine salmon of 11.5 lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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A spring salmon of 10 lbs. caught and released on the River Bonet.

Manorhamilton angler Brian Neill had success recently on the Bonet, catching and safely releasing a 10 lbs salmon. The fish was caught using the prawn with a single barbless hook in accordance with catch and release restrictions currently in place on the system. Anglers are reminded that Lough Gill and the Bonet system remain catch and release until the 12th May, following which a strict quota will be enforced. Anglers who wish to retain a salmon after May 12th must be in possession of a brown gill tag. For details and arrangements for distribution of brown tags please contact IFI-Ballina on 096 22788.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Good salmon fishing reported from the River Drowes

Photo: T. Parker returns a 10lb salmon

20 March:There were good water levels on the Drowes throughout the week as the river fell from 0.60 to 0.55 metres by the end of the week on the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge. The week also brought high spring tides towards the end of the week and this brought in good numbers of fresh spring salmon. This was reflected in the angling catch with good numbers of fresh, sea liced salmon caught from Wednesday onwards. On Wednesday, Billy Grimes recorded an 8½ lb salmon caught on a Willie Gunn fly from The Meadow. On Thursday, Davy Elliott accounted for a fine 11½ lb salmon caught on a Green Butt Cascade Fly from Tinkers Hole and John Ford landed a 9 lb salmon on shrimp from Lennox’s Bridge. On Saturday, Congratulations were in order for John Donnan who recorded his first ever salmon caught, a 10½ lb fish which fell to a fly at the Crooked Hole. Jack Brown accounted for a 9 lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from Briney’s Pool. Neil Campbell registered a 9 lb salmon caught on the fly from the Mill Pool and fishery owner Shane Gallagher landed a 7 lb salmon on a Rapala at the Sandy Hole. On Sunday, Thomas Colgan recorded a 7 lb salmon caught on worm from The Stoppage. Tony Parker accounted for a 10½ lb salmon caught on a spinner from the Meadow which he sportingly released again. Michael McEvoy recorded a 12 lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Eel Weir.  Prospects look good for the coming week with settled weather forecast and the high spring tides at the start of the week. The river should continue to fall gradually and this will certainly suit the fly anglers.
Lindsey Clarke

For info/bookings etc on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see the website: or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055 (8 am to 12 noon).

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Lough Melvin

Melvin was fairly quiet over the week with only a limited number of boats out. There were 3 salmon reported caught for the week to date. Rodney Benson recorded a 7½ lb salmon caught trolling along the Garrison shore on Thursday. On Sunday, Sean Maguire, Garrison accounted for 7 lb salmon also caught trolling along the Garrison Shore. Joe Feely also landed a salmon though I do not yet have details of the same.
Lindsey Clarke

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin see or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055.

Lough Melvin, Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

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Trout Angling Update

Young anglers enjoy good trout fishing on the Rivers Tolka and Dodder in Dublin.

Photo: Maurice Fitzgibbon and Dan Fitzgibbon age 16

Opening day on the Dodder saw hundreds of youngsters coming out to fish with their parents and families. The fishing was excellent and all anglers commented on the excellent quality of the triploid brown trout, which were supplied by the Roscrea fish farm. There were also plenty of wild brown trout caught on the day and nearly all of these were released.

Photo: John Daffy with sons Oisin and Dylan and good friend Willie Donoghue

Opening day on the River Tolka on 17th March was fantastic with fine weather producing a great turnout.

Photo: Ryan Shaw (11), Daniel Hennessy (10), Holly Anderson (3), Lia Anderson (6), Paul  Kilmantavicius (9) with their opening day catch

Rainbow trout were caught in abundance with the junior members of the River Tolka Environmental Alliance group at Blanchardstown beating the seniors hands down! Winners of the various categories were: Juniors (under 10s) 1st - Karl Duffy 2 lb 4 oz trout 2nd – Lia Andersson - 2 lbs 2 oz trout 3rd M. Murphy - 2 lbs trout Juniors (over 10) Dylan Reilly - 2 lb 2 oz trout Dylan Baker – 1lb 8 oz Tom Mahon - 1 lb 7oz Seniors Martin Mahon – 2 lb 8 oz Karl Murtagh – 1 lb 11 oz Ryan Flynn – 1 lb 4 oz
Josie Mahon

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Lots of trout on dryfly and nymph from Kells Blackwater

Angling guide, Pat McLoughlin reports on trout fishing on the Kell’s Blackwater river.

The Kells Blackwater is producing lots of fish to dryfly and nymph. I have fished for 2-3 hours twice a week since the season opened and had around 20 trout each time, mostly between 9 and 12 inches with the best at 16 inch on dryfly. It seems, nymph works best in the morning with dark olives fished dry working best from noon to about 4 pm. Water levels are medium and running clear. I would like to mention to avoid wading in the shallower areas as there are lots of salmon redds in some parts which will be walked on if the angler doesn't recognise what they are.
Pat McLoughlin
Guide and Instructor for salmon, trout and pike fishing                               
64 Magdalene Court, Kells, Co. Meath. 
Tel: +353 (0)46 9241807 

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Some fine trout fishing reported from Lickeen Lake in Co. Clare

Andrew Coxhead manager and angling guide reports on fishing at Lickeen Lake

The new season at Lickeen lake is now under way, plenty of fish are responding to the hatches of black and grey/olive buzzers although surface activity is slow. The past week has seen night frosts and bright days with easterly winds, Anglers should fish on the downwind shoreline shelves with weighted nymphs or sunk lines. For the better stamp of fish it is advised that one should anchor over deep shelves and fish with a sunk line that include natural fly choices such as snails, shrimp, buzzers and cased caddis, productive flies include the black and peacock spider, black buzzers, red tags, stick flies and brown/olive shrimp, mini lures should also be included in your armoury such as the viva, cats whisker and weighted muddlers. Productive areas appear to be at the top end.

Prices for this year are as follows and a full list of rules is posted in the lodge where you will find disinfection facilities, all potential anglers must check boat availability in advance of travelling as your own boats and motors are not permitted. Bank fishing is permitted only on the north shoreline immediately adjacent to the lodge.

It is advised that all prospective anglers should contact the fishery manager.
Andrew Coxhead
West Coast Angling
Toormore, Kilfenora, Co. Clare, Ireland.
Telephone: +353 (0)86 8838166.

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Good trout fishing reported from Lough Derg

Peter Gleeson, angling correspondent with the Nenagh Guardian reports that the Garrykennedy Fishing Club on Lough Derg will hold its next trout competition on this Sunday, April 3. It will be sponsored by Jerry O’Brien of Irish Slate Supplies, Castletown, Portroe. Results of last Sunday’s trout competition, sponsored by the Garrykennedy Boat Club. Seventeen trout weighed in. 1st: John Malone/Tommie Moloney, 3 lbs 6 ozs. 2nd, Alan and Martin Slattery, 2 lbs 14 ozs and 1 lb 8 ozs; 3. Thos Delahunty, 2 lbs 11 ozs.

Lorrha/Rathcabbin Angling Club held the first round of the Pete Boylett Memorial Cup, trout competition on Lough Derg on Sunday last. Ten fish were caught. Results: 1st, Gay Callanan, 2 lb 1 oz, 2nd, Kevin Callanan 1 lb 12 oz, 3rd, James Heenan 1 lb 11 oz, 4th, Pat O'Meara 1 lb 7 oz.  Saint Flannan’s Fishing Club had very good fishing in their trout competition on Sunday last. Up to 60 fish were caught and just about half that number weighed in. A number of anglers practiced real conservation by releasing their fish alive after weighing, including the winner Danny Sullivan who had a fine trout of 6 lbs 11 ozs. Second was John Shannon, 4 lbs 9 ozs and third was Ger Hickey, 3 lbs 9 ozs.  Saint Flannan’s next competition on April 10 will be sponsored by Reddan’s Pub.  Well done too to Ger McKeogh of Ballina who had a 13 lb trout trolling a roach on Monday and sportingly released the fish after weighing.
Peter Gleeson
Angling Correspondent
Nenagh Guardian

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Trout to 7lbs caught and released by pike angler on the Shannon

Rory Lynch reports on some fine trout taken on the River Shannon, while pike fishing through e-mail.



“I was out fishing the River Shannon for pike on paddy’s day, first cast I got a 4 pound trout, beautiful fish on a dead roach. No fish caught through the night. Next morning cast my rod out and hooked into a 7 pound trout taken on a mackerel, I thought it was a decent pike at the start because it was taking all the line from my reel, when it got closer it jumped and I saw the trout. It was a very good fight. I beat my personal best trout twice in the one fishing trip. The two fish got released with no harm, might catch them again next year, I was delighted.   Tight lines, Rory Lynch, Dublin

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Good Angling Prospects on Lough Sheelin

March 1st to March 27th: The lake has fished well from the opening of the fishing season on March 1st despite sporadic cold conditions.  Most anglers are wet fly fishing and anglers as a general rule are adopting a catch and release policy.  The L.S.T.P.A ran a very successful angling competition on Saturday March 19th  - The Kilroy Cup, where 51 anglers participated with over 25 catching fish on the day, most of these fish were released.  The winners of this competition were:-

Other angling returns were as follows: -

On the 1st of March,   Michael Farrell, Finea  one trout of 4lbs and Peter Boyle, Cavan one trout of 3¾ lbs, one trout of 3½ lbs on March 16th and two trout of 7 lbs and 2 lbs. on March 19th.  Michael Kelly, Dublin caught 3 fish, one on March 16th one of 2 lbs and 2 at 2 lbs and 3½ lbs on March 16th.  On March 21st, Michael and his companion Gary McKiernan, Ballinagh, Cavan caught 4 fish between them, all the fish were wild with Gary catching the best weight at 4 lbs.  Thomas Harten, Kilnaleck landed a trout of over 6 lbs on March 19th.  Keane Murtagh, Baileborough 1 trout of 4 lbs.  Thomas Lynch and Morris Little, Cavan caught 5 trout wet fly fishing on Sunday March 27th, best fish was 5 lbs, all fish were released.
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Sheelin

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Very good trout fishing reported from Lough Owel


The Kilbride Angling Club held a fishing competition on Lough Owel on Sunday the 27th of March.  30 anglers fished the competition and 16 anglers weighed in 27 fish at the end of the event with the result based on the heaviest fish.   In general conditions on the lake were good for angling with a small hatch of duck fly which fish went feeding on.  One boat reported landing 22 fish into the boat returning 20.  On three different casts, they had three fish on each time.  The results of the competition were as follows,

1st Karl O'Toole with a fish of 3 lbs 7 ozs, 2nd John Reid with a fish of 2 lbs 5 ozs, 3rd (joint) Frank Mc Doddle and Noel Lowry with  fish of 1 lb 15 ozs. (photo shows Karl O'Toole with his winning fish).

clipped trout
Photo: Triploid trout have been fin clipped to help anglers identify them, and anglers are asked to return them alive.

Over the weekend a number of the triploid browns have been caught.  Most of these fish were boated, however we would ask anglers to return these fish to the lake.
Dermot Broughan.
IFI - Limerick (Tudenham Lodge, Mullingar)

Good duckfly fishing beginning to happen on Loughs Corrib and Mask

Fishing picked up on Mask over the last week, as hatches started to pick up, with the first sightings of olives in Cushlough Bay on Monday. Cork anglers Ger Linehan and Pat Winning had four nice fish on Tuesday (best fish 2 lbs). Local anglers Noel Moran and Kevin Sheridan also fished Mask on Monday in calm conditions and landed two fish (best fish 1.75 lbs).

Ronan Cusack also landed a good fish on Tuesday evening of 3.75 lbs.

David Hall and boat partner Frank Doyle fished out of Hall’s Angling Centre on Sunday and enjoyed excellent fishing along the Inishowen shore. David reported huge hatches of small dark sedge with trout freely rising all day. The mild calm conditions of the past week resulted in good early hatches of duckfly in selected areas around Lough Mask.

Over on Lough Corrib, the fishing picked up over the weekend in time for the Oughterard Development 50 competition, held by the Regatta Club. The competition, a team event fished over 2 days, was won by Mike Faherty and Kevin Molloy, with 6 trout for 6.79 kg. Martin Butler and Gerry Molloy were 2nd, with 7 trout for 6.65 kg, and Dai Williams and Dylan Williams were 3rd, with 6 trout for 6.0 kg. Over the 2 days, 56 anglers landed 97 trout for 82.927 kg, with many more undersize fish returned. Most fish were taken on buzzer nymphs.

Over on the Cornamona-Greenfields side, 23 anglers reported 24 trout in 37 rod-days, mostly taken on buzzers, as duckfly hatches have yet to really start in earnest. A Garda West competition was held in Greenfields, with Michael Bradley taking 1st place, with 4 trout for 5.5 lbs. Seamus Kelly was 2nd, with a good trout of 1.75 lbs. Elsewhere, Bill Tully from Tuam landed a nice trout of 3 lbs on fly, while John Summerville and a friend landed 5 trout for 9.5lbs for their day out.

Ferox trout

Photo: Sebastian with his first trout, A 16lb ferox!

Photo: Tomi landed an even bigger fish, a ferox of 88 cm, weighing 8.5 kg (almost 19 lbs!)

Fishing guide Tomasz “Tomi” Kurman from the Corrib Predator Team reported on a great trip trolling for ferox trout with his friend Sebastian. Sebastian had never fished for trout before, and within a couple of hours he landed his first ever trout, a magnificent ferox of 83.5cm, weighing 7.2 kg (almost 16 lbs). Being a novice it took a while for Tomi to explain to him that this was slightly larger than average! A couple of hours later, Tomi landed an even bigger fish, another specimen ferox of 88 cm, weighing 8.5 kg (almost 19 lbs!). The third fish of the day was, as Tomi put it, “only a tiddler” at 76 cm and 5.45 kg (12 lbs). The lads lost another fish before calling it a day.

Tomi Kurman is developing a reputation as a top guide for finding big ferox and pike on Corrib. To book a day on the lake with Tomi contact him by email at or check his website at

Photo: Bigger again, over 20lb of ferox trout for Marek Szymanski

Tomi in another email went on to report that on Sunday last “a monster ferox trout, caught by our Guest- Marek Szymanski from polish angling magazine on on last day of his 3 day trip to Corrib.  The enormous trout measured 91 cm, and she was over 20 lb!   Within these 3 days we managed to land 8 more fish so it was great weekend.”
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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Better trout fishing reported on Loughs Conn and Cullin with some hatches of duckfly

With the recent settled weather and a rise in air temperatures, hatches of duckfly are now being observed in sheltered bays in both loughs, with Bog Bay (L.Conn) being one of the notable areas at present. Padraig Traynor had two trout of 1.25 lbs on buzzers from Bog Bay, while Joe McBride, Co. Dublin, also boated a trout in the bay. Joe Quinn had success in Cloghans Bay, catching four trout while Peter Roach had one of 1 lbs. Fishing out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, John Gallagher, Co. Donegal, had success on Lough Cullin with a trout of 1.5 lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

Lough Doon

Joe Whoriskey, Co. Derry enjoyed a productive day on Lough Doon recently, catching a total of nine trout. The Black Pennell and Connemara Black proved the two most successful flies of the day. For angling and boat hire on Lough Doon, please contact The Blue Devon, Dromahair, on 071-9164134.

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Some trout showing on Lough Melvin

The trout angling is starting to pick up with a few anglers recording decent catches of trout. Darren Maguire and boat partner accounted for 5 decent trout (plus other smaller fish) caught on emerger patterns fished through hatches of early buzzers. A few early sedges have been reported and given the forecast for the coming week I would expect the trout to respond to any hatches of fly.
Lindsey Clarke

For info/bookings etc on Lough Melvin see or Tel: +353 (0)71 9841055.

Lough Melvin, Rossinver Fishery: For info/bookings etc, contact Ruth Mettler. Tel: 071 9841451.

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Good Rainbow Trout fishing reported from the Cashel fishey

Now that the temperature has risen slightly so have the large trout.  Barry Kelly and Shane Hegarty (both Derry) had great catches at the beginning of the weekend with trout landed up to 6 lb.  George Rainey and Alfie Russell (Antrim) also had brilliant catches with big trout taking them well to the backing on several occasions.  Derry’s Paul Ford released an amazing twenty-three trout which fell to assorted buzzers while his son, 15-year-old Adrian managed a healthy three.  Jimmy McCay, a friend, released two trout all of which fell to buzzers.  Campsie’s John Hall released a brilliant nineteen trout while Dungiven’s John Hasson released nineteen trout also.  Billy Hazlett and Alan Temple (Derry) had a brilliant time catching thirteen and sixteen trout respectively which Billy taking two home which weighed 4 lb 8 ozs. 

Young anglers, Michael Williamson, Luke Mc Sheffrey, Ciaran Duffy and Piaras Rankin (Derry) had an amazing day banking a total of nineteen trout with Luke and Piaras taking home two each which weighed a total of 11 lb 10 ozs. These anglers were using small orange blobs or similar.  Limavady’s Stephen Gurney, accompanied by his nephew Jack McCool and his friend Frankie Lochrie released thirteen trout which fell to buzzers.  Frankie landed seven and Stephen had the other six.  It was a close contest between the two.  Dungiven’s Martin Bradley had an exceptional Sunday releasing an outstanding twenty trout which took the suspender buzzers, bloodworms and buzzers.
Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

 Good coarse angling report from the River Barrow at Carlow

Photo: Carlow Coarse Angling Club

Carlow Coarse Angling Club held a match on a lake in Co. Laois on the Sunday 26th March. The weather on the day was superb and perfect for the B.B.Q. that the club were having during the day. The club have now gone towards days out for members and other people wishing to join the club are invited along to see what the club are all about. The fishing on the day wouldn't be described as brilliant however most people in attendance caught fish ranging from Perch, Tench, Rudd and Roach.

Carlow C.A.C. treasurer George Quinlan eventually won the day with a mixed bag of fish after switching from the pole to a very heavy home made waggler which allowed him to fish a lot further out into the lake. Second place went to James Phelan from Kilkenny and in third place was Duncan Collins from Paulstown another regular at the Carlow matches. Committee member Miroslav Svajlenin and his wife cooked up a storm and provided a whirlwind of burgers, salads, chicken and cakes for all in attendance. John Prescott from Countryman Angling in Naas supplied a load of Sensas aprons as prizes and Gerry mcstraw from Carlow Coarse Angling Supplies, Graiguecullen supplied bags of Swim Stim pellets and Groundbait to all in attendance.

In general, the River Barrow has been fishing good with fairly decent bags of Roach being caught during matches and pleasure fishing sessions alike however the Dace are still not showing and the excellent Bream fishing we normally enjoy in the lower parts of Co. Carlow will resume in around three to four weeks whenever the Twaite Shad run starts.

The Carlow club will have another five Angling Council of Ireland trained coaches within the next two weeks and all the coaches will lend their services to the club for free and work towards setting up youth development days and days out for people with disabilities etc. The club will also be working with Inland Fisheries Ireland regarding a programme for the schools in and around Carlow and are running an event for the Fisheries Awareness Week on the 12th May in Carlow town, and the Waterways Ireland King of the Barrow Festival. If you would like any information regarding the club please do not hesitate to contact Gerry McStraw on 085 2844566 or call into St. Fiacc's Tce. Graiguecullen, Carlow.
Gerry McStraw
Tel: 085 2844566
or visit
St. Fiacc's Tce.

Good bream fishing in the Suck Valley

Photo: A nice bag of bream from the River Suck

“On Tuesday this week, I fished Lanesborough for the first time this year as I thought maybe some early fish may be up, after 3 hours of no fish, I decided to call to the River Suck in Donamon on the way home. I arrived there at half two and fished till half five and I had a little over 60 lb of bream in the 3hrs !! biggest fish weighed in at 5 lb 8 oz and the average fish was about 4 lb, every fish was taken on corn and maggot cocktail, using a small feeder”
Leigh Maitland (Cralusso)

Reports on coarse fish matches in the Enniskillen area

Jack Tisdall from the Cloughballymill Angling Centrereports on the latest leg of the Junior summer league at the Meadowbrook Fishery in Co. Fermanagh. E-mail:

The first match of the Waterways Ireland Junior Classic took place on the River Erne on Sat.  20 young anglers between the ages of 11 and 17 attended the first match which was fished on the Broadmeadow and Derrychara sections of the River in Enniskillen in glorious weather conditions.

Individual winner of round one was Billy Williams (Bellanaleck) who fished a pole at Broadmeadow Peg 5 to win with a small fish catch of 2.570 Kgs.  Runner up was Paul Burke (Erne Integrated) who was drawn on Derrychara peg 15, Paul caught mainly Roach on the Feeder.  Third overall was James Huthwaight (Enniskillen) who caught 1.500 Kgs of small fish on the feeder from Broadmeadow peg 14. Top individual in the junior section was 12 year old James O Doherty (Enniskillen) who caught 1.350 Kgs on Derrychara peg 19.

Top school team on the day was Portora with 12 points, Erne Integrated were runners up with 11 points ahead on weight from Lisnaskea High School also on 11 points.

In the open team category Erne Anglers lead the way with the top team score on the day of 16 points.  The next match takes place this Sat draw at 9.00am at the Lakeland Forum.  New anglers most welcome as best 2 of 3 results to count.

The first leg of the Erne Anglers Float Only final took place on Lough Garadice in Co. Leitrim in excellent weather conditions.

The 18 finalists are fishing for the £1,800 prize fund which will be paid out next week.  Winner of Leg 1 was David Burleigh (Kinawley) who caught over 130 Roach and Hybrids for 16.150 Kgs from peg 6. Runner up on the day was Nicky Harrison (Arva) who drew peg 3 and had a similar Pole catch for 13.040Kgs. Nick Howell (Kilskeery) was third with 10.450Kgs on peg 7 also winning his section. Dave Slater (Enniskillen) won the third section on a long range slider on peg 16 catching 10.000Kgs.  The final Float only match of the season takes place on Lough Garadice next week.
Jack Tisdale
Cloughballymill Angling Centre
Unit 3, Sligo Road, Enniskillen. BT74 7JY 
Tel: +44 28 6632 2008

Important note on world Championship qualifier for the Irish International Coarse Fishing Team

Note from the National Coarse Fishing team manager, Mark Theedom, Enniskillen by E-mail:

Due to the fact that Newry Canal is still not fishing, I have decided to switch the venue for the 3&4 Qualifier.

Rockfield Lake near Killeshandra will be a much more suitable venue and is fishing well at the moment.

29 March 2011

Irish Team Qualifiers

2011 World Championships (3rd – 4th Sept)

Ostellato Canal, Ferrara, Italy

The third and fourth qualifier for the above team will take place on the Rockfield Lake as indicated below.

Qualifiers 3 & 4

Saturday 16th & Sunday17th April 2011 

Rockfield Lake, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan

Draw at Venue 9.30am both days.

(Middle 20 Pegs to be used)

Bait Limits;

17 litres Groundbait, 2.5 Litres Live Bait

4 hour Matches.

All matches to be fished in accordance with CIP’s rules and NCFFI Protocols. Bloodworm & Joker Not Required.

Please let me know if you intend to be at the Qualifers contact me at or on (0044) 02866347891

For those that live further away, Francis McGoldrick has offered a B & B price of 30 euro per person sharing in the Anglers Rest, Ballyconnell (15mins from the venue).  I will not require anglers to have Bloodworm and Joker for the match.

I would remind anglers that are interested in fishing on the 2012 Teams (Worlds-Czech Rep, European-Spain, Celtic-Ireland)  That you are invited to attend the trail (it will give me an early opportunity to look at you before the 2012 Qualifiers start in June.


Mark Theedom

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Pike Angling Update

Good Pike fishing on fly reported in the Castlebar lakes area


Professional angling guide Bodo Funke from Angling Services Ireland reported good pike action from the Castlebar Lakes. Bodo and his boat partner landed and safely released several pike up to 90 cm.

Conditions were ideal for fly fishing and all fish were caught on blue/green fish imitations using fast intermediate or sinking lines.

Angling Services Ireland can be contacted on +353 (0) 86 601 1878 or see
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Sea Angling Update

Good cod fishing reported from the Cork Harbour area

Photo: John Ryan with a nice fat cod taken on a soft plastic lure.

Angling guide, Richie Ryan reports on good cod fishing in the Cork Harbour area.

Good numbers of cod remain in Cork Harbour. Small boat anglers in particular are enjoying good fishing with fish averaging 2-4 lb. While baited feathers will catch, soft plastics seem to be getting through to the better fish.
Richie Ryan
Saltwater fly fishing Guide.                                                                   
Web: E-mail: 
Tel: +353 (0)86 1940744

Courtmacsherry cod

Photo: Jacco had cod to 12lb fishing on the Lady Louise.

On the 27th March, we welcomed Derek, Neils and Jacco Schrijvershof from Utrecht to Woodpoint House Courtmacsherry.  This was there first trip to Ireland and when they arrived in nice sunny weather they were soon down at the coves admiring the view over the bay, their first encounter with Irish nature was with a very cross Otter who didn’t like the invasion of his territory, next was the Raven standing guard over his chicks so retreat was the order of the day.  Later that evening after dinner, they enjoyed the live music in the local bars and with a well earned rest  and  breakfast we discussed tactics for the days fishing. Drifting with jellies was the agreed method especially as the wind was east and the bottom would be quite, they boarded the “Lady Louise” skippered by Kevin Young and caught good Cod and Pollack.  Jacco had the best fish a cod of 12 lbs. 
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: Web:

Good deep sea fishing reported out from Belmullet in Co. Mayo

The Belmullet Sea Angling Club recently held its first boat angling outing of the year, fishing the Blacksod area onboard the Dúlra na Mara. Calm seas and fine weather allowed for an enjoyable day out, with a variety of species caught. Numerous coalfish, pollack and ling up to 7 lbs were boated, as well as cuckoo wrasse, pouting and mackerel.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

Skate come in pairs on Predator

Photo: 195lb skate for Nicholas McAlorum from Bangor

The high pressure and the really small tides took us once again 17 miles north of Rathlin Island back into the deep trough and once again mackerel were easy found by watching the gannets thumping in top of them.  There were small coalfish among them with some herring as well, and a total of 5 skate were taken the best one of 195 lbs taken by Nicholas McAlorum from Bangor, Co. Down, congers, spurdogs and bullhuss also accounted for the days tally.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib 
Web: Email:
Telephone: +44 (0)28 2177 1828  Boat: +44 (0)7720440117

Photo: A good conger comes in the boat.

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