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05 May 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


Irish Salmon set new record

Inland Fisheries Ireland in partnership with Norwegian scientists conducted a pilot salmon tagging programme where kelts (previously spawned adult salmon returning to sea) from the Blackwater and Suir rivers were fitted with satellite tags in order to investigate their marine movements and feeding location.   In March 2010, 17 salmon were captured in river, moved to a sea water cage for one week, tagged with satellite pop-off tags and released to sea. Detailed data has provided some very valuable information on the life of Irish salmon at sea including very detailed migration routes on a daily basis.  IFI are delighted to report that an Irish Salmon from the R. Blackwater recorded the deepest dive ever recorded for salmon at 900m. We can also report that the temperature data indicate that Irish salmon appear to be exposed to predation from whales, probably sperm whales, when passing the Atlantic rift south of Iceland on their way to West Greenland.

Find out more here: Irish Salmon set new record


East coast salmon and sea trout fishing quiet

No reports of salmon being taken on the Boyne have been received in the last few days. There are not many anglers salmon fishing at the moment. Sea trout fishing is also quiet with the best activity being recorded on the Boyne estuary at Mornington where some sea trout are being taken. Some sea trout have also been recorded off the beaches in North County Dublin and in the North Wexford area.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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River Suir salmon casting tution

Following on the success of our last joint MBS&TAC and Game Angling Instructors Association (GAIA) casting event at the excellent venue in Kilsheelan Castle on the River Suir we have decided to hold a number of additional events during 2011.

Our next event will be held on Sunday the 22nd of May again on the grounds of the beautiful Kilsheelin Castle.  In brief the day will begin at 10AM sharp on the castle grounds and finish around 5PM. Along with learning new techniques and improving existing skills it will be a light hearted and a fun day out.

Following the instruction anglers will perform these casts with single or double handed rods, any faults evident will be pointed out and advice given on how to correct them. There will be a debriefing session at the end. For those who wish, written feedback relating to the day will be provided and an action plan indicating work that needs to be done to ensure you improve can be provided.

We will then break for a light lunch which will be supplied on the bank. Those in attendance will have an opportunity to fish the castle private beats or receive further tuition and advice from the experts. Non fly angler members may fish the beats throughout the day if they do not wish to take part in the casting instruction.

The cost of the day is €30.00, The proceeds will go to the club and will help keep the annual club fees to a minimum. I would also appreciate notification as soon as possible of your intention to attend as we will provide a light lunch and refreshments on the bank on the day. For more information visit 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

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Blackwater gets rain, fish to follow

Blackwater Lodge

April 26: A first ever salmon for 13 yr old Liam Guerin from Florida, estimated ~8lb. with long-tailed sea-lice. Caught on worms on the Gillie Pool (Upper Kilmurry).
May 3: The rain that has fell so far has not put the river up by much, but it is an improvement on what was there. More rain is on the way so hopefully the salmon waiting at Youghal to run will make a move.
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

Fort William Fishery

May 3: On Sunday evening the first fish of May was landed by visiting angler Gerry McGuinness from Galway who landed a nice fresh fish of 7.5lbs on fly off the Ellis beat. Today water levels are up over 1.5ft and a slight colour in it but still very fishable. This was a timely rise to freshen up things and get more fresh fish into the system.
Forecast is for more rain but can only wait and see where on the catchment it falls.
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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Salmon fishing quiet in Cork and Kerry

KILLARNEY LAKES AND LOUGH LEANE

1 salmon of 8lbs landed trolling by a local angler

FLESK RIVER

2 salmon weighing 5lbs each caught by local anglers on worms

RIVER LAUNE BEATS 1 AND 2

1 salmon on Beat 1 weighing 7lbs approx. landed by a local angler spinning

RIVER LAUNE ANGLERS WATERS AND BEAT 3

No fish to report but a local angler met 2 salmon last Sunday, lost one

Kerry BLACKWATER

No angling activity during last week.  Water levels at an all time low

RIVER LEE

4 Salmon caught for the week

RIVER BANDON

No catches reported

RIVER ILEN

Sea trout showing around Ballyhilty Bridge but water too low for salmon
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom
email: eileen.carroll@fisheriesireland.ie

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A few salmon and some sea trout from Currane

From Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel, angling guide Vincent Appleby reports on the past week’s fishing trends on the LOUGH CURRANE system:

25/4/11 The wind may not of have been ideal for my Noble Angler, but if you were fishing with Mr. Walter Ruche, of Switzerland and his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com you would beg to differ because Walter caught a 11lbs Salmon on the troll. Wind NE fresh and overcast with light rain this afternoon, amount of rainfall 1.8mm, max air temperature 14.1c. They say you can’t keep a good angler down, and Mr. Walter Ruche is a perfect example of that saying, because today, Walter caught a fine 7lbs 15ozs Seatrout on the troll with his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com Wind SW light and overcast. Amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours 6.5mm, max air temperature 15.4c.

27-28 /4/11 No reports of any real rod benders, with bright sunshine.

29/4/11There was a fine 3lbs Sea Trout caught on the Fly by a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan of www.vincentsfishing.com but fish of the day goes to Mr. Charlie Stuart of www.anglersview.com who caught his first ever Salmon on a Bumble, on a drift going down towards the reeds in the Mouth of the Commeragh, and Charlie was telling me that it has taken him 41 years to catch his first ever Noble Salmon, but to be fair to Charlie he is a renowned Trout fisherman, and just for the record you will be able to see all the action on Charlie’s 7lbs 12ozs Salmon, on www.youtube.com/anglersview because its all caught on HD video and you will be able view it next week, and just for the record Charlie and his TV crew were fishing in a hired out boat from www.oshealoughcurrane.com Wind E first thing this morning then veered into the SW light with bright sunshine. Max air temperature 19.4c.

30/4/11 Renowned Trout Angler Mr Charlie Stuart was in good form again while drifting by the Grey Rock, when my Noble salmon took Charlie’s favourite fly the Bumble, and I believe in the lobster Bar last night he was told by a renowned Gillie that he wont repeat that for a long time, well I can tell you Charlie was one happy Angler with his second 7lbs plus Salmon in less than 24 hours. Wind SE then Veered S light with bright sunshine throughout the day. Amount of rainfall in the last 24 hours 0.1mm, max air temperature 19.8c.

1/5/11 There were a good few boats out fishing, but there is only one Angler that hit’s the Lough Currane head lines this Sunday and that is Mr. Michael O’Driscoll of Ovens Co Cork, because he caught a cracker of a Salmon of 11.5lbs on the drift on a Bibio, fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville Boats and @ watervilleboats@gmail.com Wind SE ENE veered back SE and overcast, max air temperature 18.1c, amount of rainfall 0.3mm.

2/5/11 Mr. Michael Schultz of Berlin Germany, who I might add has been coming too Waterville well over twenty years, caught a fine 7.5lbs Salmon on the troll and finished the day off with a fine 3.5lbs Sea Trout caught on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com Wind ESE fresh and overcast and cold.  

3/5/11 Mr Walter Ruche, of Switzerland and his Gillie Mr. Frank Donnelly of www.lakelandshouse.com were the toast of Game fishing on Lough Currane today in all departments because Walter finished his holiday on a high with a fine 10.lbs.4 Salmon on the troll and finished the day of with a 5lbs.4 Salmon on the fly at the Ledge. Wind the same as yesterday with light drizzle in the late afternoon.  

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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Galway Fishery did well despite sunny conditions

Despite the bright sunny conditions, salmon fishing was pretty good in Galway over the last week, with 12 spring salmon landed, and quite a few more hooked and lost. Fish were landed on shrimp, spinner and fly in almost equal numbers, keeping anglers of all preferences happy. Local anglers Dave Lenihan and Henry Cosgrove both landed springers of 7lbs and 6.5lbs, while another local, Fintan Murphy took a 9lbs fish on shrimp. Ber Gilsenan from Mullingar landed a fine 12lbs fish on spinner, while brother Frank landed a 9.5lbs fish, also on spinner. Salthill man Simon Lenigan landed a magnificent 15.5lbs silver salmon on spinner, which he said was better than taking a holiday! JJ Sullivan fished the fly, and had a fine 10.5lbs fish, as did James Quinn, who had a 9lbs fish on fly. John Liddy also took a 9lbs fish on fly, while Tony Kavanagh had the best fish on fly for the week, a 12.5lbs fish taken while fishing an evening session. Local man Sean O’Tolle had a cracking 13lbs salmon on shrimp, and John McCarthy had an 8lbs fish on spinner.

With 2 gates open, and more broken weather this week, conditions are looking very good, and with fresh salmon coming in every day, fishing prospects are excellent for the coming weeks.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Kylemore expecting a bumper run of grilse this year

The average date for the first salmon of the season over the past ten years has shown to be the 18th April with fish coming off the system as early as the 2nd of February and as late as the 24th May. So true to form our fishery log was scribed on the 18th April when regular angler Ciarán Brady landed the first of the year from Lower Eugenes on the Upper River. At 7.25lbs it was a warming sight after a cold and brutal winter.

Since the first fish of the season, water levels have dropped and the latter half of April has not been conducive to angling with a further week of the same ahead. Hopefully we will not experience the dry conditions of 2010 during May and June and a break to the dry spell will give improvement for anglers.

Spawning on the system was very late this year (mid January) and the last of the kelts are still exiting the system. Spawning effort was reported to be good with not too many winter floods to hamper the efforts.

We are, hopefully looking at a bumper year for our grilse as this year should be the first year for the progeny of the adults from drift net ban of 2007 as a returning cycle.
Nigel Rush
Kylemore Abbey Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)95 41178 or +353 (0)95 41161
Email: nigelrush@eircom.net Web: http://www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

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Delphi fishing is hard going, but salmon still taking

1 May: When fishing condtions are like they are at present it becomes extremely difficult to catch salmon. The river has all but disappeared with there being very little flow any where in it.

However and not surprisingly Delphi regular Paul Wymes didn't read the script and in a couple of hours fishing here yesterday evening landed a fresh fish of 9lbs2ozs on Finlough. The fish took a Stoats Tail. Then Alan Molloy landed his first ever springer this morning on Finlough. The fish was 8lbs3ozs in about a month and took a Collie Dog. This afternoon Urs lost 2 fish on Finlough one after 5 minutes and surprisingly he did not even curse, probably because there was a lady present on the lake. So despite the weather all is not doom and gloom.

For those anglers looking for more extreme fishing later in the year we actually have the fishing of some lovely water on the Owenduff, Shean Lower. This given the right condtions can produce excellent numbers of salmon and seatrout. It is 4kms in length and can be accessed from both ends. The middle parts of the beat is probably not suitable for those suffering a heart condtion. The scenery is stunning and we will be selling day tickets on it from the 10th of June until the 15th of July at the cost of 80 euros per rod per day.
An experienced ghillie is also available where required.
Any one interested contact us on 095 42222.
D McEvoy
Delphi Fishery
Delphi Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway.
Tel: +353 (0)95-42222 Fax +353-95-42296
Web: www.delphi-salmon.com

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42 salmon for the week on Moy including Ridge Pool's first for 2011

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Photo: Ridge Pool Ghillie John Howley congratulates John Binns, Foxford, who caught the first salmon of the season on the world famous Ridge Pool.

River Moy Continued dry weather and low water levels assisted angling efforts on the River Moy, with 42 salmon reported for the week. The first salmon of the season was caught on the Ridge Pool on the 28th of April, a 4.2lbs fish taken on the worm by Foxford angler John Binns. Two further salmon were caught on the Ridge following this, a 9lbs fly caught fish taken by Alan Curry, N.Ireland, which was released. The other, a 9.2lbs salmon was taken by Martin Keily, Limerick, on a spinner at the Ridge Pool.

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Photo: Martin Kiely, Limerick and a fine 9.2lbs salmon caught on the Ridge Pool.

Elsewhere on the Moy, Tommy Egan Snr. had success on the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ Water, with a fine 13lbs salmon taken on the worm. The Foxford Fishery produced a salmon for U.K. angler Christopher Tibbetts, a 9.5lbs fish taken on the spinner. Rinanney fished very well with 10 salmon reported, the Foxford Salmon Anglers’ Water and Cloongee also produced several fish each. At Cloongee, Paul Wymes, Dublin, caught one of 6.5lbs, while the East Mayo Anglers’ Water had seven salmon for the week. Visiting anglers to East Mayo enjoyed success, where Jean Louis Lefere, France, had one of 7lbs to the worm and Ville Hokkanen, Finland, caught one of 8lbs on the fly. A few salmon were also reported from Lough Conn, caught while trolling spoons and lures.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Lough Beltra still fishing well

Lough Beltra continues to fish very well, with numerous fresh run fish observed in the system. David Nevin had success early in the week, with two salmon for an evening’s angling, an 8lbs and a 13lbs fish caught between the Buoy and the Dock on a Badger. Jonathan Murray boated a fine fresh 10lbs salmon at Tommie’s Wall, with Vincent Rigney also boating a 9lbs fish at the Dock. Connor and Jackie Deffley, Pat Burns and Eamon Kennedy all caught salmon at 9lbs, with Jackie Deffley also landing one of 7lbs. These fish were caught on the Jaffa, Bibio and Green Peter.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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25 salmon for the week at Ballisodare

A total of twenty-five salmon were caught at Ballisodare throughout the week, eleven of which were released. Philip Soden had success on the Ally Shrimp, landing a fine fish of 10lbs, while Chris Kitchen, N.Ireland, had one of 9lbs to the fly, as did Dermot Glennon, Ballisodare. Michael Kitchen, N.Ireland, also had one to the fly weighing 6.5lbs. Samuel Wallace, N.Ireland, and John Savage, both caught 7lbs salmon, while M.Mullaney, Sligo, had one of 9lbs to the worm. J.J. O’Neill had success with the fly, where he caught one of 8lbs while Vincent Henry landed one of 8.5lbs on the prawn.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Salmon to 13lb on Carrowmore Lake

Carrowmore continued to live up to its reputation as a renowned spring fishery, producing a further 16 salmon for the week. Visiting anglers enjoyed success on the Lake, including Brian Butler, England, who boated a fine salmon of 10.5lbs, Phil Cobhan, England, had one of 8lbs while David Sandford, also of England, caught one of 6lbs. Brian Hope, Westport, boated one of 10lbs, as did Ronnie Mayock, Dublin. The best fish of the week on Carrowmore was taken by John McBride, N.Ireland, who landed a fine 13lbs salmon
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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A dificult week on the River Drowes, water needed

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Photo: Chris Gallagher with his 8 lb salmon

02 May: Conditions were difficult on the Drowes this week due to the prevalent conditions. The week brought bright conditions with blustery and, at times, strong East winds. The river also continued to fall giving low water conditions all week. The gauge at the Four Masters Bridge read 0.48 metres at the start of the week and this reading had fallen to 0.42 metres by the end of the week. We could really do with some decent rainfall! The fishery was quieter this week with less rods fishing. There were a number of salmon caught up to Thursday but the fishing was quiet thereafter with no catches recorded to date from Friday to Sunday.

On Monday, P. Shaw recorded a 9lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from the Sand Hole and K. Ennis accounted for a 6.5lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Black Hole. On Tuesday, Chris Gallagher logged an 8lb salmon caught on worm from the Mill Pool. On Wednesday, W. Byrne recorded an 8lb salmon caught on the fly from the Meadow. R. Carr accounted for a 9lb salmon caught on a copper spoon from the Meadow and Marty O’Hara logged a 5½lb grilse caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from the Red Roof. On Thursday, F. Doherty recorded a 6½lb grilse caught on a Black Pennell fly from the Crooked Hole.

The forecast for the coming week is for the dry weather and East windows to continue until mid week. Thereafter there is some rain forecast and hopefully this will be heavy enough to have a beneficial effect!
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

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

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Lough Melvin salmon - 3 caught for the week

02 May: The salmon fishing was also fairly quiet due mainly to the bright sunny conditions and East winds. I have only heard of 3 salmon caught for the week to date.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

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

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

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Owenea Fishery needs water

The week was very dry with no rainfall and the Owenea ran at extremely low levels all week. The gauge average is virtually as low as it gets reading 0.05 metres for the week. Allied to the bright days bringing gusty, cool east winds, no rods fished for the week and consequently there is nothing to report. We still await news of the first salmon of the season.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

For info/bookings etc on the Owenea Fishery –
Tel: 074 9551141. (9am to 1pm April to May & 7am to 1pm June to Sept).

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No rain, water or salmon on the Mourne

No rain, no water, no fish and no hope. The only word of advice for salmon anglers on the Mourne is "Pray". The past week has seen the river shrink to the bones, with no rain, low water, bright sunshine and an east wind making it difficult to be optimistic in the short term.

On a brighter note reports from the Foyle indicate fresh fish have entered the system, mostly spring fish, the Drowse has seen Grilse entering the river over the past week or so and it's been four years since we witnessed the first decent runs of fish to the Mourne post the drift net buy out. Given good spawning and survival this could be the year!!

With some rain forecast for Thursday to Sunday it might only take a couple of inches to liven things up. Keep your fingers crossed and keep up the PRAYERS!
Mark
NM Tackle
Web: www.nmtackle.com
Email: info@nmtackle.com
Tel/Fax: 00 44 (0) 28 8165 9501

Derg

Nothing yet to report
Mark
NM Tackle
Web: www.nmtackle.com
Email: info@nmtackle.com
Tel/Fax: 00 44 (0) 28 8165 9501

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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Boyne fishing well for trout but Fane needs water

Marc O'Regan reports some nice trout fishing on the River Boyne at Trim. Some nice fish taken recently around Trim weighed just short of 2lbs. The cold winds over the weekend slowed the fly activity but there were still lots of trout moving during the day.

If you fancy a day on the River Boyne with Marc he can be contacted at 087 9153002

Lots of anglers have been fishing at Creevy lake over the last week. Approximately 10 to 20 anglers are on the water daily and lots of trout in the 1 to 2lb bracket are being taken. 

Eamonn Conway reports that the Fane is very low and clear at the moment and is in bad need of water. Fishing is tough but some trout are being taken on a small dry fly. 

With the winds turning to the east last week, the bright sunny days and cold nights, there were fears the fish might go off a bit at Curragh Springs. However the consistent hatches of various fly on the lake including very large hatches of Black Gnat, fishing remained good. Dry flies working were small black, clinkhammers and daddy long legs. Buzzers have fished consistently well particularly black with some green and red colour. The fish continue to be well spread around the lake with no particular hot spots. The Husband Creche has had a great response with a few delighted fellas getting dropped of  over the weekend. With our crystal clear water, low weed growth, the minimum fish weight 2 lb and reports of double figure fish caught, Curragh Springs continues to get great compliments from visitors.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Evening trout fishing on Lough Dan

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Photo: Casting a line, evening on Lough Dan, Co. Wicklow, Ireland.

Easing away from the beach around 16.30pm a strong north easterly breeze was blowing down the lake producing a nice wave. Heading towards the boathouse shore, Gary and I aimed to work a drift close to the tree line on the assumption that terrestrial flies would be blown onto the water. Gary fished a wet cell three with a Bibio on the top dropper followed by a Connamara Black and an Alexandra on the point, whereas I fished a floating line with a Bibio on the top followed by a Watsons and a Wicklow Killer on the point.

Lough Dan is home to free rising wild mountain trout averaging 6 – 8 ozs, plump and dark they fight well above their weight. Closest to the bank, about ten meters out, I connected with the first trout who took the Watsons. Sprightly and game on that first drift I landed four trout to Gary’s one. We both rose a number of fish and close to a rock at the end of the drift I brought up one of the Lough’s biggies but failed to set the hook. Motoring up for the second drift it became apparent that the breeze was easing. A brace of Lough Dan trout. This time around roles were reversed with Gary landing four trout to my one. Again plenty of trout rose to the flies, some head and tailing which was great fun to watch. On connecting the trout would jump clear, tail walk, and bore deep, great sport the action was non stop that is until the wind died. It took a while, we managed to eke out another drift, but by 19.00pm the lake was mirror calm and the trout lost interest. As the sun disappeared behind the mountains it got decidedly chilly so we called it a day. Twelve trout to the boat and plenty of rises, a typical Lough Dan foray.
Ashley Hayden
Angling Guide
Web: www.anirishanglersworld.com

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Trout to 9lb on spent gnat on Lough Derg

Lough Derg has been fishing reasonably well during the current Mayfly season with catches of large trout being particularly prevalent. By last Sunday evening, May 1st, a total of 65 trout had been weighed in by members of Garrykennedy Fishing Club. This catch rate is well ahead of last year.

Looking back on the statistics in the club’s record book, the catch rate to date well exceeds last year’s catch.  It took until May 9th 2010 to catch the same number of fish as have already been landed by May 1st  this year. The main reason for the increased catch in the current year appears to be as a result of the unusually early spent gnat fishing. Many trout have being caught on the gnat since the beginning of the last week of April.

Local anglers who have been fishing on the lake for decades told me they never remembered a year when gnat fishing started so early in the year.  Traditionally, the gnat fishing on Derg would not start until the second week in May at the earliest. However, the recent long spell of dry warm weather has seen the gnat appear much earlier. It has led to many anglers predicting an early end to the annual Mayfly season.

But views vary. Some say the season could still last until the end of May. The theory from this camp is that the gnat that emerged from the April hatches of Mayfly in previous years never made it back onto the lake to lay their eggs because they were killed off in frosty night temperatures.

They say the commencement of Mayfly hatch this year was no different to recent  years when the fly fishing extended to the end of May. They see no reason why the season will not last as long this year. They say the only difference this year is that gnat that were previously killed by April night frosts survived in the current year, resulting in very good early season evening fishing on the lake.  

Indeed most of the fish caught over the last week succumbed to the spent gnat. Good fishing has been reported in all parts of the lake, particularly in Youghal Bay, Meelick, Dromineer and Parker’s Point.

Dapping has been poor with the Garrykennedy club’s book showing that only two fish have been landed by this method up to last weekend. Most trout have been got on the wulff and spent gnat.

The best fish I heard of to date was that landed by Oliver Kierse of Killaloe on Monday evening last. Oliver hooked into a fish of approximately 9lbs while gnat fishing at Ballyvalley. The fish had a lamprey eel attached to him and after a quick photograph Oliver sportingly released the magnificent fish and kept the lamprey eel for the scientists working on the Lough Derg Bio-Diversity Project.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian
email: pgleeson@nenaghguardian.ie

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Easterly winds spoil fishing on Lough Sheelin

April 18th – May 1st 2011: Sheelin fished exceptionally well from April 18th to April 25th with only a tenacious easterly wind which blew up from Tuesday on and remained over the holiday weekend  making conditions difficult and dangerous for anglers on the lake.

All areas of the lake are fishing well but Derry pt, Goreport and Bog Bay appear to be the hot spots with anglers now favouring dry fly fishing using the buzzer and balling buzzer.

Saturday April 30th saw Peter McArdle and Ken Kearns catch 9 trout before 11a.m while Gene Brady, Ballinagh caught a beautiful 5½ lb and over 4 lb fish on a Saturday and Sunday evening proving that Sheelin trout favour no particular time of the day for taking a fly. 

There are good hatches of buzzer and olives and some mayfly already on the lake despite the recent inclement weather.  Most anglers operate a catch and release policy which is encouraged on this wild brown trout fishery.

The Kells anglers will be running their popular annual trout fishing competition – The Sheelin Classic on Sunday June 12th, starting from Kilnahard at 12 noon to 7pm, for further information on this please contact Noel McLoughlin @ 087 2179460

83 trout were recorded for the two weeks.

Some of the best catches were as follows:

Peter McArdle and Ken Kearns, Dundalk –Saturday 23/4/11 two trout @ 5 ¼ and 2 ¾ lbs, using a dry buzzer and balling buzzer.  Tuesday 19/4/11 one trout @ 4 lbs, 20/4/11 two trout @ 4 ¾ and 5 ¼ lbs and Saturday 30/4/11 ( before 11am) 9 fish averaging between 2 ½ and 1 ¼ lbs. 

Pa Tormey and John Mulvany, Kells – last week caught 4 fish in the Goreport area, dry fly fishing – 1 ¾, 2, 3 and 4 lbs in weight.

Gary McKiernan, Ballinagh, Cavan – using a buzzer, three wild trout – 5 ¾ , 5 and 3 lbs in Goreport on 19/4/11.  20/4/11 during the day two trout @ 3 ½ and 3 ¾ lbs.  21/4/11 one trout @ 3 ½ lbs

Michael Kelly, Dublin – April 18th to April 25th seventeen trout best weights were 4 ½ - 5 lbs.  April 25th to April 30th nine trout, heaviest trout was nearly 5 lbs which was caught in the evening.   All Michael’s fish were caught using LF flies and dry flies.

Gene Brady, Ballinagh – Saturday 23/4/11 one trout @ 5 ½ lbs and on Sunday 24/4/11 one trout at over 4 lbs, both fish were caught in the evening using a buzzer. 
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office
Email: brenda.montgomery@fisheriesireland.ie

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Not many mayfly on Mask yet, buzzer fishing best in evenings

Ronan Cusack reports that blue skies and strong easterly winds over the May bank holiday weekend on Lough Mask meant anglers had to be on top of their game in order to succeed.

Ballinrobe and District Anglers held their annual development competition on Sunday last. In first place was Kevin Egan (Ballinrobe) and Irvine Marshall (Northern Ireland) with 3 trout for 2.15kg. Second was Eddie Shannagher (Ennis) and Pat Noone (Kildare) with 2 fish for 1.37kg. Third was John Barrett (Ballinrobe) and Aidan Heffernan (Dublin) with 2 trout for 1.34kg. Heaviest fish went to Tommy Foley (Ballinrobe) with a trout of 0.76kg.

Gerry O’Brien (Ballinrobe) and son John reported excellent fishing on buzzer in the late evenings once the wind dropped. Greg O’Donoghue and Peter Byrne (Ballinrobe) also had similar reports on buzzer once darkness fell. Pat Winning (Cork) fished Mask on Monday and landed 4 fish on buzzer (best fish 2lbs). Five Northern Ireland anglers staying at Halls Angling Centre fished Mask in the early part of the week and landed 7 fish for a day (best fish 2.25lbs). As for hatches, there are not many mayfly on Mask as yet, but traditionally the whitethorn needs to be gone off the trees before you get a worthwhile hatch here.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Large hatches of Mayfly on Corrib

Meanwhile, the mayfly is well and truly up on Lough Corrib, with large hatches reported from a number of areas over the last few daysm while olives are also hatching in good numbers. Trout seem to be feeding on them now, and fishing has really picked up at last, although not many anglers are out yet. The pattern over the last few years has been for later hatches, and the early hatch this year may have taken many people by surprise.

In the Oughterard area, Tom Kelly reports that a party of French anglers had 12 trout for a day to wetfly and dapped naturals. James Caulfield from Trim had 7 trout on wetfly over 2 days. Some Welsh anglers had good fishing on buzzer patterns, with John Davies reporting 3 fish to 3lbs, Brian Hugher taking 2 fish of 3.75 and 3lbs, and Jeff Churton landing 2 fish of 2 and 2.75lbs. Bernard Craven from Dublin had 2 for 3.5lbs on wetfly, and John Davis from Cork landed 6 trout over 2 days on olive patterns.

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Photo: Tristan Morrow with a 12lb 5oz ferox trout

Trollers are also having good sport, with some big fish coming to the troll. Dr. Orthuber Georg landed a magnificent trout of 18lbs, while Mair Johannes from Bavaria had a trout of 9lbs. Richard St. Ledger from Wicklow had a trout of 9lbs 11oz.

Fishing guide Donal Connolly reported on great fishing for some of his guests. Tristan and Johnny Morrow from Banbridge in Co. Down, having caught 2 trout (best 2.5lbs which was released) on wet fly in bright, calm, sunny conditions, decided to troll for a few hours and landed 2 ferox trout of 12.5lbs and 11.5lbs. As it was 13-year-old Tristan's first specimen trout they kept one trout to be mounted, whiel the other was released. This is the first trout that Johnny and Tristan have ever killed on Lough Corrib. Well done and great fishing! Phillip Knecht from Switzerland had 3 trout for 6.5lbs on the dapped mayfly, while David Carlisle from Hexham in the UK had 2 trout for 3.25lbs on wetfly. To book fishing or accommodation with Donal, contact Connie & Donal Connolly,
Nonaim Lodge Accommodation & Angling, Shannawagh, Glann Road, Oughterard, Co. Galway. Tel: +353.(0)85.7364830, email info@fishingcorrib.com or follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/LoughCorribFishingIreland

Over on the Cornamona-Greenfields side, John Walsh reports that 70 anglers recorded 104 trout in 118 rod-days, with a lot more smaller fish not recorded also. Wetfly is most effective at the moment, with mayfly and olive patterns taking most fish. Trout are on the mayfly in the Greenfields area, while further north in the Cong-Cornamona area they have yet to switch on the mayfly, preferring olives so far. Anglers are also reporting a lot of small trout coming to the dap.

The Cornamona Anglers held a wetfly competition on Sunday, with 26 anglers landing 25 fish averaging 1.66lbs. The winner was Eamon Gavin, with 3 trout for 6.5lbs. Second was Peter Curran, with 4 trout for 5.75lbs, and third was Jimmy Molloy, with 3 trout for 5.25lbs. In the last report I omitted the results from last week’s annual hospice competition, which the Cornamona club held also, and Tom Doc Sullivan kindly forwarded on the results.  Once again the event was a great success, (the previous 3 events have raised almost €7,000 for Galway Hospice). It is a pairs competition, run on a catch-and-release basis.

Conditions of bright sun and very little wind meant that buzzer and nymph tactics were the order of the day. This year’s winners were World Cup champion of 2010, Mike Keady from Moycullen and partner Kevin Kerrigan from Clochbreac, they had 7 fish between them with Kevin’s catch including the largest fish of the day at 51 cm.

In second place with 5 fish were Seamus Kelly, Oughterard and Joe Crane Roundstone, this is their 3rd time finishing in runner’s up position. Third place went to Andrew Boyd, Caherlistrane and John Somerville Jr., Dooras with 6 fish just piping last year’s winners, Stephen Lydon and Jimmy Molloy of Cong.
46 rods measured in 40 fish on the day.

A Garda competition was held in Greenfields on Sunday also, with Bob Bradley taking the honours with 1 trout of 0.97kg. Phil Donohue was second, with a trout of 0.84kg, and Barry Carolan was third with a trout of 0.8kg. The Garda Siochana are hosting the European Police Fly Fishing Championships on Lough Corrib next week, and I hope to report from the event on great fishing.
Elsewhere, fishing guide Larry McCarthy from Glencorrib reported 28 trout for 8 anglers over 30 rod-days, with Vaughan Ruckley and John Cash from England enjoying some very good fishing, landing 22 trout over 5 days fishing. To book fishing or accommodation with Larry, check www.corribangling.com/ or call Larry on +353 (0)93 31718 or mobile: +353 87 9135222

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Photo: Emil Bucko with a 22lb ferox trout from Lough Corrib

Last year I reported on a monster 25lbs trout for Czech visitor Karel Sourek, who was guided by his friend who lives here, Emil Bucko. Karel has kept in touch with me since, and has been looking forward to a return visit ever since. He was back over the last couple of weeks, and while he didn’t catch a monster of the same size himself, Emil almost equalled his feat, landing a huge trout of 22lbs and 88cm on a trolled homemade lure. They had many other ferox during their trip, and Corrib is surely becoming a mecca for Karel and many other trophy fish hunters. Congratulations to Emil and Karel on their magnificent capture, and for releasing all the trout they caught back to the lake again – sportsmen they certainly are!
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Lough Arrow trout on buzzer, gnat and dapped mayfly

Good hatches of Mayfly have now been observed on Lough Arrow, with several fish reported to have been caught by anglers dapping natural flies and others catching fish on the spent gnat. Late evening buzzer fishing remains productive, with the best fish of the week taken by Peter Dunne on a Buzzer, a fine 5.5lbs trout; in addition Peter had another four trout to the Buzzer averaging 3lbs. While dapping green Mayflies, David Frazer had one trout of 2lbs, Jonathan Frazer had five in total, with his best 2.5lbs while Ken Murray boated four trout. Gerry Martin had great success on the spent gnat, boating five trout. Lough Arrow Fish Preservation Association and District Angling Club will host its annual Mayfly Competition on Sunday the 15th May, for entry or further details please contact J.Frazer on 087 2670768.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Locals beat Dubs in Loughs Conn and Cullin trout competition

Lough Conn and Cullin Anglers Association hosted Dublin City Anglers over the weekend in the annual competition for the Millennium Cup. A total of 36 anglers participated in the competition which ran for two days. On Saturday, the competition was held on a catch and release basis, with the Conn and Cullin anglers winning the day with a catch of 14 trout compared to 9 for the Dublin Anglers. In first place was Joe Quinn, Cloghans who released three trout, John O’Neill, Dublin took second with two trout while Joe Moffett, Crossmolina took third with one trout. On Sunday, numerous trout were caught; however, few were over the minimum size. Winning first place in the Sunday competition was Joe Ferguson with two trout for 2.5lbs, second was Padraig Traynor with one of 2.05lbs and third was Fran Nugent, Dublin, with a trout of 1.75lbs. Elsewhere on Lough Conn, fishing out of the Cloonamoyne Fishery, Enniscoe, Paul Simpson and Douglas Cloverdale, England had three trout each, Ian Wyse, Crossmolina, had two and Paul Dans, Dublin, had three while trolling. Fishing in the Bog Bay area, P.Traynor had two trout for 3lbs on Olive Emergers while John Burke had two to spent Mayflies.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Good angling on Ballin Lough

Good angling was had again on the lake throughout the week, but bright and sunny weather discouraged many anglers from fishing. Eleven rods fished for the week, which caught a total of 41 Rainbow trout, 27 of these were released. J Richardson and boat partner had 4 trout and released all fish with their best fish at 3 lbs. Jim Waldron, Kildare, had 9 trout with all released. Pat McNamara, Newport, caught 4 trout and released 3 with his best fish at 2lbs. The most successful flies were the Green Peter, the Butcher and the Montana.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Trout fishing quiet on Lough Melvin

02 May: Trout fishing remained very quiet on Melvin this week with little to report on this front and insect hatches were patchy.
Lindsey Clarke
IFI-Ballyshannon.
email: lindsey.clarke@fisheriesireland.ie

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

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

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Ideal conditions at Cashel Trout Fishery

Ideal conditions encourage anglers to Cashel to try out their dry fly fishing skills and much more.

Belfast’s David Patton banked one which took a dry while father and son Danny and Martin Turner (Swatragh) also new to Cashel managed one trout which took a wee black/green Montana.  John Hall (Campsie) did excellently using the hawthorn fly releasing an amazing twenty-five trout back into the lake.  Ronan Greene, Shane Irwin and Diarmuid Mc Laughlin (Dungiven) used klinkhammers to bank seven in total while Andrew Logan (Dungiven) used suspender buzzers to make his five catches.  Derry’s Paul Ford released nine beauties which took dries and suspender buzzers.  His mate, Paul Cox, while home visiting from Shrewsbury, England accompanied Paul and banked himself a trout which took a wee buzzer.  Limavady’s Danny Martin released two trout which took the wee hawthorn.  Derry’s Billy Hazlett and Paul Temple took two trout home which weighed 5lb 2ozs and released ten more.

Dungiven’s Dominic Magee with his two sons Justin and Ryan had an enjoyable day using bibios and black spiders. They banked four in total but only took two trout home which weighed just over 4lb.  Derry’s Maurice Whiteman with his two sons, Stephen and Donal and his friend Kelvin Galligan did very well banking seventeen trout between them which took wee dries.  Derry’s Adrian Ford, Jimmy Mc Cay, Christy McCay and Michael Doherty all released one trout each which took assorted dries and buzzers.  Pearse Mc Gill and Pearse Doherty (Lavey and Maghera) respectively used egg flies and dries to released fifteen and eight trout in that order in one day.  Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released six trout over two short days using dries while Shaun Mc Ivor and Colin Duffy (Ballykelly) banked eight in total but only took home two each weighing a total of 7lb 3ozs. 

James Kelly (Feeny) released two which fancied his yellow fritz while Michael Edwards (Antrim) managed the one on a dry.  John Hasson (Dungiven) released five lovely trout which took the f-fly while Brian O’Kane also from Dungiven released two trout which took the hare’s ear.
Well done to all!
Marlene
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email: casheltrout@hotmail.com  Website: www.cashellakeview.com

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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Almost 660kg caught at Lough Muckno 3 day competition

The Lough Muckno Spring Angling Festival which was organised by the Irish Angling Development Alliance (IADA) took place in tough and testing conditions on Lough Muckno, Co. Monaghan from Friday 29th April 2011, through until Monday 2nd May 2011. The event was open to all and twenty one anglers participated in the three day event. High winds and very clear water conditions forced many of the anglers to fish the feeder.  

Winner of the three day event was Noel McAnulty with a weight of 89lbs 10ozs. Second place went to Rory Dunne with 81lbs 6ozs. Third place went to Philip Jackson with a bag of 80lbs 5ozs. 

The top catch on day one was a nice bag of bream, skimmers and hybrids which was taken by Philip Jackson. Other notable bags weighed in at circa 36lbs taken by Rory O'Neill and Gary McClelland. Day 2 saw top weights of 42lbs, 35lbs and 26lbs. Day three saw the top three weights of 44lbs 38lbs and 37lbs. Approximately two thirds of a ton of fish were landed over the three days of the competition and this represents some excellent coarse angling by any standard.

Fine tuning of fishing techniques was essential in order to achieve top weights. Floating maggot fished on a long tail (5ft) produced rip off bites but if the bait settled to the bottom bites were less frequent. Red maggot and red worm produced the best fish. 

The Fishmaniak Angling Club will be running a competition on Lough Muckno at White island on the 22nd May. Details of the event will be published closer to the date.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Free coarse fishing event at Brothers Lake, Carrickmacross

As part of Fisheries Awareness Week, Irish Angling Development Alliance (IADA) are running a free event with Carrickmacross Coarse Angling Club on the Brothers Lake, Carrickmacross on Saturday 7th May 2011. There will be a demonstration on how to fish and club members will be on hand to explain all of the techniques, tactics and the fishing gear involved. There will also be a chance to have a go on the day. Everyone is welcome to attend and further information on the days events and schedule can be obtained from Geoff Quinn at 00 44 2830860047.

Also, as part of FAW, Rossmore Park Coarse Angling Club in association with IFI will be running a free have a go event on Peters Lake in Monaghan Town from 10am till 5pm on Saturday 7th May 2011. Demonstrations on how to fish as well as a have a go session will be part of the days event, there will also be competitions and the chance to win many prizes. For further details on the days schedule please contact either Aidan Mc Adam at 087 6376515 or David Byrne IFI at 087 9918608.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Coarse fishing begins to slow at Lanesborough

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Photo: A 5lb 4oz female tench for Matt Carter at Lanesborough

28th April - 03 May The latter half of last week was hard going at Lanesborough and mornings and evenings got colder. There were some good individual catches and some good sized tench to 5lb and more were taken at the hot water stretch. The weekend was also slow but things picked up on sunday with mixed bags to 34lb recorded and some good roach were also noted.

This week the blustery weather made angling difficult and the returns were not huge although there were some good roach to1.75lb and a couple of good bags in the mid 30s made up on Monday the river was largely deserted on Tuesday.
Paul Waghorn

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Roach to 2lb 2oz on the Inny

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Photo: A nice brace of roach

02 May: Weather still blustery and very dry, winds are still in the North - Nor east. Denis's best Roach weighed in at 2lb 2 ozs there were plenty around the 1lb 12ozs, total catch was aprox 30lbs.

Martin and Keith did not fish last evening owing to the (3 day syndrome) this gets to most of the anglers today, The Leeds boys are having success with good catches of Roach. Martin / Keith are downstream catching well. Their returns were outstanding with some Roach around the 2lb+ mark and a good showing of Hybrids and a couple of Trout for my dinner. Martin came in 2nd with 36 lbs and Keith yet again was Top Man weighed in at 42lbs

Watching fish from the bridge seems to be the order of the day as there are plenty of fish all making ready for spawning and plenty heading upstream this is a must to see by any means.
John Coles
Web: www.innyangling.net

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Last week's sun made evening sessions better in Longford area

At Melview lodge the fishing season is well under way with some good reports of course and Pike catches in and around the Longford area despite the bright conditions, Good Bream, Roach and Hybrids from Lanesbrorough. Other lakes in the area have been producing good Tench on early morning sessions. With bright sun light fishing during the day early morning and evening sessions are recommended, we hope to have some pictures for you next week.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

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Good tench fishing in Leitrim area

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Photo:  Mark, right, Ken in the middle  and Phil, left had great tench fishing

Phill and Mark Alford and their friend Ken Winter enjoyed a nice week fishing in the area. The tench fishingis very good at the moment. They had a cracking morning on a lake that was prebaited with a good number of tench taken.

Lough Rynn continues to fish well with a tench of 6lb 4oz caught by an angler staying in the caravan park last week. Lough Allen is still fishing well as are Hill Street Lakes, Mohill, Carrik-on-Shannon and Strokestown lakes.
Brian Bohan
CHA FLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com
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Gowna and Gulladoo competition results

A one day competition was held on Friday last on Lough Gowna (Tess’s Shore).  Ten anglers fished mostly hybrids and skimmers and the results are as follows: 
1st.        Paul Lee 16kg.
2nd.       Rod Parker 13.250kg.  
3rd.        Nigel Holsworth 12.900kg.

Last Wednesday 17 anglers fished Upper Gulladoo and again bagged mostly hybrids and skimmers:
1st.        Alan Humphries 9.5lb
2nd.       Francis McGolderick 9lb.
Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       
Email: alice.murtagh@fisheriesireland.ie

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Ervey Pike

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Photo: Anthony Greene's first double. This 13 lb pike was landed in Lough Ervey in Kingscourt. Sprout hasn't been piking long but after a fairly quiet winter has started to catch and he and his fishing pal Noel are well and truly  'hooked' on piking

Good pike fishing on Lough Derg

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Photo: Mike Kelly with his pike

Simon and Mike Kelly enjoyed some good pike fishing recently at Two Mile Gate on Lough Derg. They had a number of pike each and they sent on this photo of the best of the day which fell to Mike. The fish has spawned and would have weighed considerably more if caught a little earlier in the year.
Simon Kelly
By email

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Longford pike to 18lb of deadbaits and lures

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Photos: A couple of the pike taken last week.

Jean-pierre and friend Serge from Belgium  who visit Ireland three or four times a year to stay with Kevin and Jane at Melview Lodge in Longford had two good trips recently catching some nice pike to 18lbs, fishing both dead baits and lures produced some great fish. Kevin said the guys come a number of times a year and each time manage to catch some great fish, they have already booked for June & August and are looking forward to catching a lot more. Tune in next week when for more reports and pictures from Melview Lodge Longford.
Kevin Lyons, 
MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE,
Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford
Tel : 003534345061
Email:
  info@melviewlodge.com Web: http://www.melviewlodge.com 

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Great fishing in Leitrim area, 28lb pike followed by 32 pounder

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Photo: Brian Bohan with a great pike from the River Shannon.

I  had one of those days pike fishing that don't come along too oftenn on the Shannon recently. I was fishing with a good friend of mine, Phil Alford  from the  UK.  We set out early and after a little pit stop for the coffee we were at a spot that can throw up some nice  fish. We tried a bay that is no deeper than 4  feet and full of weed where a lot of small roach hide out. Surface poppers were the first line of attack and straght away the pike were having a go with lots of small fish falling to  Phil who caught 3  in a row. This was a a good start to  the morning.

Later on I had a big take and a great scrap from a fish which was eventually landed and weighed at 28lb. We kept at it as Phil was  catching lots of jacks and we was hoping he would latch onto a big one. Then I got another great take. It was another big lass, this one  took a lot of line and
I knew it was fairly big. I was gob smacked when I finally got sight of her and when she was weighed the scales went round to 32lb 7 oz.
25 pike in total, what a great day.
Brian Bohan
CHA FLYNNS COTTAGE & GUIDING SERVICE
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Bbohan70@eircom.net Web http://www.Chaflynnscottage.com
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Some nice pike on the fly in the Sligo area

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Photo: Charles Ashe, London and a fine fly caught pike.

Peter Fleck and friend Charles Ashe, London, enjoyed a good morning session fly fishing for pike recently with Salmon/Pike Angling Guide Kenny Sloan. They caught 5 pike ranging from 5lbs to 10lbs, where the Popper proved to be the most successful, fished close to the reeds. Boats for pike or trout fishing are available for hire from Kenny Sloan, Foxford, contact 087 96 70 310 094 9256501.

99 pike for 5 anglers in 2 day on Lough Erne

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Photo: A fine Lough Erne pike. Please note that this fish was caught in Northern Ireland where lifejackets are not required by law.

We had a party of 5 German fishermen staying in Cathcart's Lodge for a week from 15th to 22nd of April.  They were fishing for 6 days for pike. They were using lures. In the first 2 days they caught 99 pike. In the 6 days they caught 205. The biggest was 1m 6cm.

At Belle Isle we have have 10 apartments and 3 cottages all self-catering. Two of the cottages are beside the lough. The fishing is carried out on Upper Lough Erne.
Charles Plunkett
Belle Isle
Lisbellaw,
Co.Fermanagh,
T: +44 (0)28 66387231
E: charles@belle-isle.com

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Ireland's Sea Anglers take Silver at the EFSA European Shore Angling Championships 2011

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Photo: Members of the Ireland Shore Angling Team 5 man team who finished in second place at the European Federation of Sea Anglers Shore Angling Championships. Left to Right: Ireland Shore Angling Team:Peadar Taite, David J. Keegan, Ken Forsyth, Stephen Glynn and Ian Knight.

Ireland's five man International shore angling team were pipped at the post by the England team but still took silver at the European Federation of Sea Anglers (EFSA) European Shore Angling Championships which was fished from 28th to 30th April 2011 on Clones, Tinnebarna and Ballinoulart beaches close to Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford. This years event was organised and hosted by the committee and members of EFSA Ireland. The competition was fished under EFSA rules over three days and anglers from Ireland, England, Wales, Holland, Germany and Iceland all competed for the prestigious title of European Shore Angling Champion in a number of categories.

The weather conditions were far from helpful and as the north easterly winds worsened over the duration of the three day event, fishing became extremely difficult on the penultimate and final days of the competition. Despite the difficult conditions in what was a tough contest, the fifty seven anglers managed to land 16 species amongst which were dabs, flounder, brill, turbot, whiting, dogfish, bass, wrasse, rockling, weavers, scorpion fish, codling and smooth-hound . Thirty two of the fifty seven competitors were overseas anglers who travelled from England, Wales, Germany, Holland and Iceland. 

The international team event was won by England with Ireland taking the silver and Wales taking the bronze in third place. Kenny Gainforth from Wales won the individual European Federation of Sea Anglers Trophy and was also presented with the Libby Webber trophy. 

The winner of the European Junior Shore Angling Champion title was Scott Brunton from Wales whose fine bass on day three helped him take the title and become the very first winner of the championship. Jake Forsyth from Blackrock in Co. Dublin took the silver medal and Dylan Kearns from Killybegs in Donegal took the bronze in third place. Clarinda van der Zande from Holland won the ladies event with Annette Poehler from Germany taking the individual silver medal. Mary O'Callaghan took the bronze medal for Ireland.

Best round fish of the competition was taken by Harry McKee from Co.Down with a 79cm smooth-hound.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Ireland's Junior Sea Anglers Take Silver and Bronze at the European Shore Angling Championships 2011

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Photo: Jake Forsyth from Blackrock being presented with his second place award by George McCullough EFSA Ireland.

Two of Ireland's junior sea anglers took silver and bronze medals at the European Shore Angling Championships which was fished from 28th to 30th April 2011 on Clones, Tinnebarna and Ballinoulart beaches close to Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford. This years event was organised and hosted by the committee and members of EFSA Ireland. The competition was fished under EFSA rules over three days and anglers from Ireland, England, Wales, Holland, Germany and Iceland all competed for the prestigious title of European Shore Angling Champion in a number of categories. The weather conditions were far from helpful and as the north easterly winds worsened over the duration of the three day event, fishing became extremely difficult on the penultimate and final days of the competition. Despite the difficult conditions Ireland's junior sea anglers acquitted themselves very well and managed to take the silver and bronze medals in what was a tough contest. Jake Forsyth from Blackrock in Dublin finished in second place taking the silver medal and Dylan Kearns from Killybegs in Donegal took the bronze medal, finishing in third place. 

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Photo: A nice sea bass from Ballinoulart, Co. Wexford helped Scott Brunton from Wales make history as the first ever winner of the European Federation of Sea Anglers junior shore angling championships fished in Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford from 28th to 30th April 2011.

The winner of the European Junior Shore Angling Champion title was Scott Brunton from Wales whose fine bass on day three helped him take the title and become the very first winner of the championship. 

George McCullough, Chairman of EFSA Ireland congratulated all of the winners on their great results and said he looked forward to seeing them again at future events. Mr McCullough also thanked all members of EFSA for their support which contributed to the success of yet another event. He thanked the staff and management at Sean Ogs hotel and holiday accommodation in Kilmuckridge for looking after the group yet again. Mr McCullough also wished next years hosts in Iceland every success with their planned event.

Following the event, William Walsh, Eastern River Basin District Director of Inland Fisheries Ireland congratulated the England team on their great win. He also congratulated the Ireland and Wales teams on their second and third placings. There was a special word of encouragement for Scott Brunton the new European Junior Shore Angling Champion from Wales on his great win. Mr Walsh also congratulated junior sea anglers Jake Forsyth and Dylan Kearns on their second and third place finishes commenting that the future of sea angling was in good hands. He paid tribute to EFSA Ireland on the success of this years event and congratulated all of the winners on their achievements. He extended a warm welcome to all of the visiting anglers from England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Holland, Germany and Iceland and hoped that they would return again to enjoy the quality sea angling that is available in Ireland. Mr Walsh said, " competitions such as th EFSA shore angling championship play an important in encouraging and stimulating overseas tourism. Their contribution to local and rural economies cannot be underestimated. Revenues and economic activity arising from such events are vitally important in supporting and sustaining small local and coastal communities, especially in the current economic climate".
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Courtown charter boats get 13 tope to 36lb in a day

Reports have just been received from Dave, Billy and Joe at the Courtown Angling Centre about some very good sea angling in the Cahore and Courtown areas. Anglers aboard the Puffin and Brazen Hussy operating out of Courtown had some fantastic tope fishing around Cahore.  On one day anglers boated thirteen tope the best of which weighed 36lbs several other fish were hooked and lost. Mackerel flappers worked best on the day.  For more: Telephone: +353 (0)87 6613145 or visit Web: www.courtownangling.com

Some bass were taken recently on the north Wexford beaches with lures, plastics and worm baits all producing results.

Jim Hendrick of South East Angling Ireland reports that after the long spell of very settled warm weather the systems are again proving variable until the middle of next week – challenging to say the least. During these conditions we have no choice but to get on with it as best we can. However to read how about how to fish a piece of shore to its best potential read Palm Down Fishing. at Jim's website and blog - probassfisher.com.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Loads of mackerel, cod and congers in Cork Harbour

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Photo: A great day out and a box of fine cod as a reward.

Saturday  the last day of April proved to be a very fantastic days fishing on John-Boy. With a group of 9 anglers from The Cuckoos nest bar in Dublin some who travelled down on the Friday and stayed at the Commodore hotel and more travelled down on the morning.

We set out from Cobh at 10 am. Not to optimistic about our chances as there was a force 3 to 4 easterly wind and the forecast for it to increase to force 6.
We were greeted at the entrance to the harbour by a large pod of Dolphins who put on a great show as we passed Roche’s point.

We had our first stop about 2 miles south east of the point where we had been getting some good cod of late. To our surprise we immediately started catching mackerel three at a time. The mackerel were so plentiful we couldn’t even with bait, get to the bottom for the cod. When we had about a box of bait we went about a mile further south as I watched some of the crew turning a bit pale. We hit the Cod straight away but with the wind freshening all the time, resulting in a very fast drift and a lot of snags and tangles we were boating cod up to 5lb.

At about 1.30 I noticed there was only 3 or 4 anglers still fishing the rest were in sick bay, I decided to get back to the shelter of the harbour and dropped anchor in the shelter of White bay to have a mug of coffee.

While having lunch we boated a thornback ray of 10lb. Along with a few small cod and doggies.

We then went on to the harbour rock and landed 8 conger to 16lb. While at the same time filleting a box and a half of fine cod which would be frozen by the Commodore hotel for transporting back to Dublin in Cooler boxes. On our way back to Cobh we saw a small basking shark close to Spike island, a very unusual sight especially in April.
Donal Geary
John Boy
Cobh, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 21 4812167 Fax: +353 21 4812167
Email: seaangling@esatclear.ie Website: www.sea-fishing-ireland.com

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Cod on light rods and soft plastics

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Photo: On light gear and soft plastics the cod give a good account of themselves.

Saltwater fly-fishing guide, Richie Ryan, who also specialises in lure techniques such as plugging and the use of soft plastics, has been putting his clients onto quality harbour cod lately. Using soft plastics and a vertical jigging technique his clients have been getting some great catches. The picture above is of Dubliner, Paul Carroll, with a cod typical of the stamp that's being caught. If you'd like a day out with Richie onboard the the Seahawk you can contact Richie through his website here http://www.corkbass.com/. The Seahawk was one of the first licensed salt water fly fishing boats in the country.
Pat O'Shea
Cork Harbour Angling Hub
Web: corkharbouranglinghub.blogspot.com

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Cork Harbour bass from the shore

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Photo: Frank Murphy, of Midleton, landed this fine bass above, measuring 79cm and weighing 8.5lb

The fine weather persisted until Saturday and with it the lure fishing for bass in the area remained excellent. Frank Murphy, of Midleton, landed a fine bass above, measuring 79cm and weighing 8.5lb. If this fish was caught later in the season it would no doubt have been a double.

Cobh SAC angler, Pat O' Shea also had a fine fish of7.5lb, caught on a shallow diver. Unfortunately, the weather broke on Sunday and with it the lure fishing deteriorated. Back to bait fishing as water clarity has disimproved dramatically. However, catches remained high with many fine bass being caught on crab baits. Anglers using soft plastics were also still picking up their fair share of catches. However, as the short term forecast is for strong winds, bait fishing will be the preferred option.
Pat O'Shea
Cork Harbour Angling Hub
Web: corkharbouranglinghub.blogspot.com

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Ballycotton charter updates

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Photo: Anglers display some fo their catch after a good day out.

Colm Sliney, skipper of Sarah-Marie, reports that they have had similar quality cod fishing off Ballycotton as has been experienced closer to Cork Harbour. Colm has had several parties out lately and all have had great cod fishing with good numbers and a good stamp of fish.

Colm also reports that the mackeral have appeared in good numbers. Last Saturday they ran into several large shoals.

If you'd fancy a day out on the Sarah-Marie you can contact Colm through his website at http://www.ballycottonangling.com/
Pat O'Shea
Cork Harbour Angling Hub
Web: corkharbouranglinghub.blogspot.com

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Courtmacsherry estuary fishing well - gilthead bream

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Photo: One of the many bass taken recently at Courtmacsherry

The last few days have seen good Estuary fishing in Courtmacsherry with bass to double figures, flounder to near specimen size and the gilthead bream are starting to show.

Bass are being caught from the selfdrives while trolling with Savage lures, while crab the preferred bait for the bream and flounder.
Mark Gannon
Charter Boat Skipper
Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 23 46427 or +353 86 8250905
Email: csal@iol.ie Web: www.courtmacsherryangling.ie

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Shore fishing on the Beara - April report

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Photo: Simon Fenton with his 5lbs 12ozs Spotted Ray

April, pretty much like March was warm, dry and getting warmer as each day went on. Water temperatures were very much on the up and when Shawn, Simon and Jason from Hampshire and Wiltshire in the UK arrived for their annual visit prospects were good.

They are always our first visitors of the year as Shawn is a gamekeeper and the arrival in early May of many thousands of pheasant and partridge chicks precludes his chance of holidaying any later, so they are very much the first footers on many of our rock marks.

Water temperature was up from under 12 Degrees last year to over 15 this year so I sent them off to see if any of the ray were moving into the shallows, in particular the spotted rays.

Results did not disappoint with Simon taking our first specimen of the year with a fine 5lbs 12ozs Spotted (Homelyn) Ray. Sadly there were no more specimens for the week but plenty of other fish made up for it.

Thornback Rays to 8.5lb, Huss to 10lbs 12ozs, pollack to 6.5lbs, conger to over 20lbs and a few more bits and pieces made for an action packed week with plans already being made for next years visit.

All this lovely weather and good fishing but not many fisherman about at the moment.  This will certainly change in June, till then we have excellent prospects for May and I will certainly be taking advantage of a few quiet weeks to see if I can find a few specimens myself.

Anyone looking for information on fishing on the Beara can contact me.
Paul Harris
Angling guide
Dromagowlane House, Beara, Co. Cork
Email: Dromagowlanehouse@eircom.net Tel: +353 (0)27 60330.
Web:  www.dromagowlanehouse.com and www.bearaseafishing.com

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Charter fishing off the Beara - April report

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Photo: A double shot of flatties for John

We're not even into May yet, and it all feels a bit weird because of the fine weather we have had this month, following on from a stonkingly good March. Fishing is most definately improving rapidly out there.

In the 3rd week of April we decided to anchor a recently discovered mark for flounder. Within a mile of Castletownbere harbour we fished the first two hours of the flood tide. Using mainly Razorfish and squid baits, we caught 8 Flounder to just over 2lbs. Fishing in 30ft of water it was fascinating to retrieve the baits slowly and watch the Flounder following them right to the surface. Two double hits were taken. One small Thornback ray was also caught. All fish were returned.

On the 28th April we went out with a lovely group from Ireland, UK and Norway. Beautiful weather and calm seas made life easy for all on board and 2 porpoises were seen before we had even left the shelter of Bere Island. Mackerel were fairly hard to find but when we did find them, what a surprise, they were huge! The biggest of them was almost 2 pound and all near the bottom. For the remainder of the trip we fished over mixed ground to the West of the Peninsula. Fishing was consistent throughout the tide with nine species caught in total, Haddock, Cod, Whiting, Pouting, Pollack, Coalfish, Cuckoo Wrasse, Ling and Mackerel. Ais"ling" got her "Ling"! and a nice Cod"ling", Sian Reynolds age 14 got a lovely brace of inshore reef Pollack and his brother Mark age 12 caught a fine Pollack of 8lb.

Following on from our last newsletter, our prediction that the Haddock and cod fishing would be great through the next couple of months appears to be coming true. An exploratory fishing trip on the 29th within ten miles of Castletownbere produced 9 Codling, 7 Haddock, 6 Whiting, 3 Ling and approx four large boxes of Pollack (most Pollack were returned alive). 9 species in total all falling to two rods. This follows on from the group with nine Anglers the day before who managed to catch nine different species between them as well. Consistency!!!
If anyone is interested in a trip down our way, give us a shout on 027 74494 or e-mail me.
John Angles
Tigger Pro-charter Offshore 31. 330 HP
Inches House and Resaurant, Eyeries, Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Tel: +353 (0)27 74494 or +353 (0)86 3983586
Email: info@irelandseaangling.com Web: www.irelandseaangling.com 

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Shore angling classes with Sligo Sea Shore Fishing School

Sligo Sea Shore Fishing School is commencing Shore Angling Classes throughout the summer months. Classes will begin on Saturday the 7th and Sunday 8th May at Culleenamore Strand, Co. Sligo. The school can cater for juveniles as young as 7 years old who will receive expert tuition on fish species, gathering local live baits, making fishing rigs and angling methods. Rods and reels are supplied, with advanced evening classes available on request. For further details and to book a shore angling session contact Vincent Reynolds on 087 2480299.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Good cod and wrasse off Downings

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Photo: A May Day wrasse

01 May: Mackeral have gotten less plentiful. Wreck fishing not as good as in April. Reports of Tope & Porbeagle around.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.com Web: www.rosguill.com

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Skate, skate and more skate at Red Bay in Co. Antrim

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Photo: A good conger, not specimen size but big enough for Martin Bedwell to win Catch of the Week.

Due to all the recent activity with the huge amounts of skate already taken this season it was time for a change so we targeted a wreck at the mouth of Loch Ryan on the other side of the channel, 27kn e/se of Re Bay. Yet again no mackerel inshore but when we were offshore gannet activity was a dead giveaway. We weren’t long in getting enough bait for the day's work. Pollack were hard to target due to the amounts of coalfish in the 3-5lb bracket so the lads decided to anchor and try for the congers. It was slow to start but about 17 were taken (no specimens) and a few ling which are still on the small side. We will return later in the year hoping for some better stuff.
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: The ling are a bit small yet, but bigger ones will show later in the season.

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