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19 May 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling Update

East coast salmon angling

All rivers are still in need of water and salmon fishing has been quiet over the last few weeks. The latest information that I have is that the salmon counter at Navan has recorded 40 salmon moving upstream over the last three weeks. Salmon numbers entering the River are sure to improve over the coming weeks.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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Slaney opens with bang as salmon anglers catch around 40


Slaney Fishing Report - Opening Week May 2011

Following a two year closure for salmon fishing on the Slaney anglers returned for the opening day last Thursday 12th May. The river is strictly Catch and Release this year. With low water levels prospects appeared to be poor. However, many fishermen were surprised with some excellent sport. The lower part of the river had a reasonable number of fish about but salmon were few and far between in the upper reaches, probably due to the exceptionally low water. In all it is estimated around 40 salmon were taken in the opening week, with most fish in very good condition and in weight averaging 8 to 12 lbs.

The opening day was a perfect day for fishing with cloud and a good westerly wind. Most anglers were equipped with a floating line and small flies. Anglers on Clobemon got off to a great start. Patrick McManmon was the first to land a salmon of 8 pounds while his father Sean hooked and played 3 Springers only to be denied by last minute gasps at the bank by all 3 of them. Eoghan Clear fishing the same beat had 4 good takes but again failed to land a fish. Perhaps the barbless single hooks might be to blame. Brian Stephens fishing on Tombrick was doing his best to get into the action and managed to hook and land a beautiful fresh fish of 10 lbs later in the day. On the next beat up, John Carroll rose one fish five times but it never took hold. At Clohamon, Paddy Syme from Gorey was more successful. In a magical 2 hour spell Paddy landed 4 fish of 8, 9, 10 and 12 pounds, all taken in the same pool on a size 8 yellow shrimp fished on a midge tip line. David Dobbs also had good sport landing 3 fish of 8, 9 and 12 pounds, one taken on a Claret Shrimp and two on the Yellow Shrimp, also taken on a midge tip line. Paul Mosse from Kilkenny also had some excitement managing to tempt three fish but none held on. In the Enniscorthy area Jackie Byrne had five salmon to 18 lbs. Other fisheries along the river seem to be closed, probably due to the season opening so late while other anglers decided not to venture out due to low water.

Paddy Syme with one of his 4 fish landed on opening day

Following opening day, fish continued to be caught. Those in amongst the action included Virginia Webb from England who had 2 fish for her weekend trip of 8 and 10lbs, Donald Ogilvy Watson had an 8 pounder, Daniel Dobbs had a 10 pounder and Tom Tynan also landed a ten pounder. Well known vet, John Ryan, from Tipperary had an 8 pounder and lost another, while his son, Dr. Jim Ryan, also lost a fish. Downstream Kevin Clayton landed two 9 pounders and Willie O’Connor had an 8 pounder. Johan Van Der Flier from Wicklow landed his first salmon, a magnificent 13 pound beauty, at Clohamon on a small yellow Allys Shrimp. Johan managed to land the fish, weigh it in his net, take a quick photo before returning the fish which he’ll remember for the rest of his life.

Reports from Enniscorthy Bridge suggest that at least four salmon were caught, including a 9 lb. fish for Seamus O’Leary and one of 10 lbs. for Nicholas Carroll. At the Bridge there are quite a few fish coming in on each tide but they then follow the tide back to Wexford. All they need is a drop of rain and they’ll be on their way to the Wicklow mountains. When it comes, make sure you are on the river as sport should be excellent. For availability on Slaney fishing log on to
David Dobbs
Slaney River Trust

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Salmon to 18lb on River Suir earlier this week

16 May: Yesterday saw  the best day of the season so far on the Suir. One angler had 4 fish on the fly near Carrick on Suir. Best fish was estimated to 18lbs on the Kilsheelan Castle beat (fly only water). Newcastle had 6 fine fish to 3 Northern Ireland anglers on the Prawn and spinner. There was another nice fish of 11lbs taken on my beat in Cahir on fly.

casting tuition

There will be a day of casting tuition 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. For more information visit
Philip Maher
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Email:

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Salmon fishing takes off on the Blackwater

Blackwater Lodge

May 18: With the upper river already coming into fine fishable order late last week and the lower river in fly order by Saturday, we had some excellent fishing in the last few days, catching more fish for the weekend than we had had caught for the whole season to date.

Twenty-two fish were caught from Friday to Monday. Best days were Friday when five were caught & then again on Monday when seven were caught. Grilse are running with a few caught & a lot more of these soft-mouthed fish lost, and large sea-liced May fish being caught through even to the upper river. The river levels have fined off to a beautiful height.

Things already started to happen last Thursday (12th.), when a fine 10.3 pounder was caught on the upper river on our beat at Killavullen by Conor Arnold. He fished the same beat the next day (Friday) and caught this sea-liced 6 pounder and released another very fresh 10 pounder. Taken on Friday on spinner at Ballyhooly (photo courtesy Paul Whelan). Due to the conditions downriver, Paul Whelan from Fortwilliam downriver brought a party to fish on our upper river beats on Friday the 13th., and it was a gamble that worked. They only got to the river at 12.30 and within an hour Kevin Collins had caught a beautiful sea-liced fish of 8lb. on fly at Ballyhooly. A little later Michael Conway had this very fresh 10 pounder on spinner. We hosted a group from Bandon A.C. on Saturday 14th., and Anthony Buckley had this fine 8 pounder on fly on Lower Kilmurry.

The First Grilse! Rob Smith from the same group then had the honour of catching (& releasing) the first grilse of the 2011 season fly at the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry. This fine 9 pounder was also caught on Saturday by Mike Sheridan from our very top beat just below Mallow. On Sunday (15th.), Billy Jewitt released this fine 11 pounder caught on fly at Castletownroche. Stephen Casey from Kerry had a 10½ pounder on Rapala from Kents (lower river) and Terry O'Keeffe had the best fish of the day with a 12½ pounder from Ballincurrig (upper river) - also on spinner. On Monday, Garry O'Shea from Dungarvan caught this fine brace of 9 pounders also from Ballincurrig, and released a 5lb grilse. All taken on spinner. He's the first angler to catch 3 in one day this year. This sea-liced 4lb. grilse was caught by Philippe Bargwil from Britanny yesterday. It was his first day ever salmon fishing. It was taken on spinner at the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry, and on the BBQ within 10 mins! Best Day of the Season - Tuesday, May 17 ! Friday's record fell again yesterday. Seven fish were caught - 3 sea-liced grilse of 4, 4 & 6lb. for 2 rods just in the afternoon on Woodstream, 3 of 6, & 10lb. from Bridgetown, & this fine 12.5lb fish (below) for Michael Enright (Abbeyfeale) from Ballinaroone on spinner. Prospects Looking SUPERB for the coming days & indeed for the rest of the month.
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: Website:

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Salmon fishing quiet in Cork and Kerry


2 salmon weighing 9lbs each landed by a tourist and local angler trolling


3 salmon landed by local anglers averaging 4lbs to 6lbs each

River Laune

RIVER LAUNE BEATS 1 AND 2: 1 salmon from Beat 2 weighing 8.5lbs landed by a tourist spinning.

LAUNE SALMON AND TROUT ANGLERS’ ASSOCIATON WATERS AND BEAT 3: As of Monday 9th May, water well up at 2 feet on the gauge at Johnston's.
This is perfect water for all methods and to encourage fish to run into the river.  Fishing during the week was poor with no news of fish but on Sunday 8th after the rise there was one good fish of 14lbs caught. 
Mark Corps IFI Angling Advisor and Michael Shortt fished Laune Anglers waters on Wednesday and Thursday.  Michael writes for Salmon and Trout magazine unfortunately they had no fish to write about but they did see one.
Unfortunately for Local Anglers and Visiting Anglers alike the Draft Nets at Killorglin are going to start fishing on Thursday the 12th of May and continue up to August 14th this reduces further the prospects for anglers meeting a fish.
Billy Downes,
Laune Salmon and Trout Anglers' Association


Water levels ideal for fishing, however, angling effort was almost nonexistence.  Hope to see some fish appearing within the new few weeks.


6 salmon caught for the week.

RIVER LEE (ESB SALMON FISHERY): No catches to report.


No report.


No catches to report.


No catches yet.


7 salmon landed for the week.  The first fish of the season weighed in at 7lbs 8ozs and was landed at Madore Bridge by a local angler fishing a worm.  The other fish averaged 7lbs each.
Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom

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Mixed salmon fishing on Currane

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


19/5/11All quiet on the SW front in the Salmon department on Lough Currane, so we will head down stream to the Butler Pool, Where renowned Gillie Mr Michael O’Dwyer  caught a 14.5lbs lightening fresh Salmon on the fly, and as one American Angler said to me and I quote, Waterville House and @  has some Guide, and I tell you man, if you saw the way he netted that Salmon, one swipe and it was on the bank and the rest is history, so in that case I will head back up stream to Lough Currane, and  in the Sea Trout department, Mr Pat O’Mahony  of Cork caught a Sea Trout in the 2lbs class on the drift. Wind SW light to fresh and overcast with light drizzle at times.  for all the catches from the last week visit:

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: Web:

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Salmon anglers having great sport in Galway

Photo: Dexter Lynas from Northern Irelandt with a 12.25lbs springer.

Anglers have been having great sport in Galway over the past 2 weeks, with most meeting fish, if not several, and plenty of fish landed too. There were 34 fish banked for the period, with some fine spring fish among them, as well as some early grilse.

Henry Cosgrove from Tuam had good sport, landing fish of 10.5lbs on shrimp, 11lbs on fly and 7lbs on spinner. Dave O’Reilly from Dublin had 2 good fish of 9lbs and 9.5lbs on fly. Dexter Lynas from Northern Ireland set a new personal best with a 12.25lbs springer, caught on a fly he tied himself.

Brian King from Clare landed a 10lbs fish on shrimp, and Ted Walsh from Co. Kildare took an 11.5lbs fish on fly. Pat Kane from Northern Ireland landed an 8-pounder on fly, while local angler Sean O’Toole landed salmon of 13lbs and 11.5lbs on fly and shrimp, as well as a 6lbs grilse on fly.

Gerry Hartigan from Limerick took a 10.5lbs fish on spinner, while local angler Tony Kavanagh had a 10.5lbs fish on fly. Simon Lenihan had 2 fish of 7lbs and 6.5lbs on fly, followed on another day with an 11lbs fish on spinner. Young Cian Gargan from Bushypark landed a nice 7.5lbs salmon on spinner, while Michael Rodgers from Dublin had a 9.5lbs fish on spinner. UK angler Peter Taylor landed a 10-pounder on fly, and Loughrea angler John Menzies had an 8lbs fish on spinner. Damien Nolan from Clare landed two fine 8lbs fish, both on spinner, while Padraic O’Connor from Limerick had a 10lbs fish on shrimp, and Westmeath man Gary Kilroy took an 8lbs fish on spinner.

There is a great head of spring fish in the river at the moment, with fresh fish coming in on every tide, and with just 2 gates open on the weir, fishing prospects for the next few weeks are excellent.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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Salmon fishing is starting in earnest in Connemara

Salmon fishing is starting in earnest in Connemara, with catches reported from a number of fisheries.

Photo: Niall Wickham, Co. Louth caught a 7lb salmon on a Gold Cascade

Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports on the first fish from the River Erriff, as well as several more fish caught. The increase in water levels brought a much improved run of springers up to 12 lbs into the Erriff during the first week of the month.  Local angler Peter Coyne caught the 1st salmon of the season, weighing 6lbs, in the Falls Pool on a shrimp pattern.  Another fish was hooked and lost in the Garden Pool.  Friday the 13th was a lucky day for Niall Wickham, from Drogheda, Co. Louth who caught a sea-liced 7-pounder on a Gold Cascade in the Coronation Pool on Beat 8. Niall also caught and returned another fish of 6.5lbs on a Green Butt Cascade of his own tying off Poleen on Beat 4 in the afternoon. Conor O’Leary from Dublin took a 6lbs fish on a Cascade off Beat 6, and more fish have been reported hooked and lost. Jim reports a very god run of spring fish through the counter so far this month, but angling effort is low, so there is plenty of availability at the moment.
To book fishing and accommodation, contact Jim Stafford at Aasleagh Lodge, Leenane, Co. Galway, tel. 095 42252 or email

Simon Ashe, fishery manager at Ballynahinch Castle, reported their first and second salmon last week. After a very dry spell at Ballynahinch throughout the spring, the salmon fishing got underway in earnest on 9th May.  Alan Hannon, a first time fly fisherman, landed a fantastic 13lb spring fish from the stream on Beat 1.  Alan was fishing for trout using a small Silver Rat on a 9' rod when he hooked the fish!  The following day, Tom McManus caught his first spring salmon, also from Beat 1.  This beautiful 9lb fish was sea liced and very deep.  The fish was caught on a shrimp fly using an antique split cane rod.  Charles McKee, a regular visitor from Vancouver, lost a good fish in double figures only a few hours after Tom's feat.

These first two springers will mark what is hopefully going to be a fantastic year of fishing at Ballynahinch.  Successive good spawning years with the removal of the commercial drift net fishery four years ago bodes well for a large run in 2011. 

Spaces are becoming limited in July and August and it is advisable to call the hotel on 095 31006 to reserve some fishing for this period.

Photo: 11.75lbs salmon caught by regular hotel guest Finbar McGreevy (N. Ireland)

Upstream at Lough Inagh, fishery manager Colin Folan also had good news to report yesterday: “ At last I am delighted to report that the first salmon of the season has finally been landed.  The last 2 days have seen springers lost at the Derryclare Butts, but today luck was on our side.  The fish weighed 11.75lbs and was caught by regular hotel guest Finbar McGreevy (N. Ireland).  The fish came to a size 8 Silver Doctor and took 30 minutes to land.  Finbars' wife, Helen was on hand at the net to assist her lucky husband.  At time of writing the rain is pouring so I predict a few decent days fishing.  Richard Maguire fished Pine Island yesterday and landed a 2.5lbs brown trout on a buzzer, along with many other smaller trout.

To book fishing or accommodation at Lough Inagh Lodge, contact Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway. Tel. (+353) 095 34706, or check
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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200 salmon off the Moy last week

Photo: Alex Cruickshank, Scotland and the first and second salmon of the season from the Cathedral Beat.

Despite the recent blustery weather, fresh water in the system has encouraged not only the salmon to move, but also has brought an increased number of anglers to the area of late, resulting in an excellent weeks angling, with over 200 salmon reported! Water levels are relatively high at present; however, prospects look very encouraging for the coming days as levels recede. The Moy Fishery again produced salmon, with six caught on the Ridge Pool and the first two fish caught on the Cathedral Beat. On the Ridge, Antoine Mitterrand, France released one fly caught fish, with Gerard Muelas, France also releasing one and retaining a fine fish of 11.05lbs. Monaghan angler, Brendan Doyle also had success, landing one of 7.23lbs on the spinner. On the Cathedral Beat, the first and second salmon of the season were caught by Alex Cruickshank, Scotland. Alex caught one of 4.23lbs and one of 7.46lbs on the worm.

Further upstream, the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water fished well, producing fish for local anglers Mark Beattie, Steve Rushworth and Tommy Egan Jr., with N.Ireland angler Dominic Loughran also having success. At Mount Falcon, Conor Keffer, Co. Wexford had success with a 7.5lbs salmon. Armstrongs’ Fishery produced good returns, including one of 6lbs for Anthony Murphy, Co. Dublin and a fine fish of 13lbs for Co. Meath angler John Clarke. Gannons Fishery also produced great catches including one of 11.75lbs for Declan Delaney, Co. Offaly to the worm and one of 10.75lbs for Brian Marshal, N.Ireland caught on the prawn. At the Foxford Fishery, John Price had success with two salmon of 11lbs taken on the worm, while nine year old James Darby, Co. Meath, had great success catching his first ever salmon, weighing 6lbs.

Rinanney fished very well, where father and son Barry and John Rogerson, U.K. had four salmon for their trip, weighing 8lbs, 10.5lbs, 11lbs and 12lbs. Over 20 salmon were reported from Cloongee, including one for David White, Co. Dublin who caught a 10lbs salmon while spinning and one for Fintan O’Toole, Co. Wicklow of 8lbs. Mick McCormack, Co. Wexford also landed one of 10lbs while Damien Rooney, N.Ireland, caught one of 9lbs while spinning. Jez Leech, U.K. enjoyed great success at Cloongee over the week, catching 4 salmon to the worm, his best fish a fine salmon of 13.5lbs.

The East Mayo Anglers’ once again out performed all other fisheries on the Moy over the past week, with an excess of sixty salmon reported for the week, the majority of those caught on the spinner and fly. Visiting anglers enjoyed success on the East Mayo Fishery, with Vincent Prior, France landing three salmon of 7lbs, 8lbs and 9lbs to the spinner, while Frank Sommer, Germany, had one of 8.5lbs on the fly. Gerrard Portes, France also had success with the fly banking one of 8lbs, while Belgian anglers Claude Grosjean and Marcel Jackqiem also enjoyed success. Claude had two salmon of 7lbs and 9lbs on a spinner, while Marcel had success on the worm; catching three salmon between 9lbs and 12lbs. Michael Pallister, Knock, had good fortune fishing the fly, landing a fine salmon of 12lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Lough Beltra fished very well for the week

Lough Beltra continued to fish very well for the week, with many salmon reported. Early in the week, Ben Baynes had success once again boating a 10lbs fish at Morrison’s and an 11lbs salmon at the Boathouse, with Colin McClean also having success at the Boathouse. Didier Letourmy had success at Morrison’s also, where he caught an 8lbs salmon. Saturday and Sunday produced the catches of the week, with Declan Dooley having success on Saturday with a 9lbs salmon and a fresh run 7lbs fish. Four salmon were reported on Sunday, with Declan Dooley again having success with a salmon of 8lbs, David Nevin boated one of 7lbs while Michael Dolan had two of 9lbs and 10lbs.

The Annual Salmon Angling competition was held on Friday, 13th May and was won by local angler Frank Dooley with a salmon weighing 8.5lbs. Four other fish were hooked and lost, with several salmon rose during the competition.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Ballisodare Fishery continues to produce great numbers of salmon

Ballisodare Fishery continued to produce great numbers of salmon, with a total of 87 being caught for the week. Visiting angler, Damien Barron had one of 6lbs on the fly, with Roy Cooper also having success with one of 7lbs on the fly. Noel Barbor also had success with the Willie Gunn, landing two salmon of 6lbs and 8lbs. Chris Kitchen had success on the prawn, banking a nice salmon of 11lbs. Visiting anglers Pablo and Miguel, Spain, enjoyed success at Ballisodare, where they caught salmon of 5lbs, 7lbs and 8lbs. Michael Munnelly had success with the Ally Shrimp, catching a fine fish of 9lbs. Local angler James Maguire also had success with the Willie Gunn, landing a fine fish of 12lbs, with Jimmy Cuffe also landing two on the fly.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Drowes fishing well with plenty of fresh salmon running

Photo: Sean Regan & Paul Brenan both accounted for a 7lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Sea Pools

15 May:The start of the week saw the river running at low levels with gauge at the Four Masters Bridge reading only 0.40 metres. There was wet blustery weather over the week and this ensured the river began to rise slowly and by Thursday the gauge was reading 0.46 metres. The river continued to rise and by the end of Sunday the gauge was reading just under 0.60 metres. This gave good water levels for the weekend.

Despite the early low water conditions, there were many salmon caught and good numbers of salmon seen running the river. On Monday, N. Abraham had a very good day recording 4 salmon caught with 3 of these released back to the water. The fish fell to a Flying ‘C’ lure from The Terrace. On Tuesday, George Matier accounted for an 8lb salmon caught on prawn from the Sea Pools. On Wednesday, Gunther Stoich logged an 11lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Sea Pools and John McGowan recorded a 10lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ from the Mill Pool. On Thursday, Adrian McGrane accounted for a 9lb salmon caught on prawn from the Sea Pools and Colomba Fitzpatrick landed a fine 16½lb salmon lured by a Rapala from the High Bank. On Friday, Bill Likely accounted for a 5lb grilse caught on a spinner from the Money Hole.

The river fished well at the weekend with 13 salmon recorded to date. On Saturday, Marty King recorded an 8lb salmon caught on prawn from the Island Pool and released another at the Washstones. Sean Regan & Paul Brenan both accounted for a 7lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Sea Pools. Tom Colgan registered a 10lb salmon caught on worm from the Eel Weir. C. Sinclair recorded 3 salmon caught with 2 of these released. The fish weighed 5, 6 & 6½lb and were caught on shrimp from High Bank. Bill Likely recorded an 8lb salmon caught from the New Bridge on a Toby lure. S. Hopper accounted for a 7lb salmon caught on shrimp from the Money Hole and J. McWilliams recorded a 7lb salmon caught on a Cascade fly from the Turn Hole. On Sunday, Martin Carville recorded a 10lb salmon caught on fly from the Sea Pools. Keith Gardiner caught and released an 11lb salmon which fell to a fly at the Mill Pool and D. Campbell logged a 5lb grilse caught on fly from Corry.

With good water levels and the imminent spring tides, prospects look very good for the coming week.
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 rough but some salmon got on troll

15 May: Conditions were fairly rough at times once again on Melvin this week. This meant that few boats ventured out. There was not a particularly large salmon angling effort this week though I have heard of a few salmon caught trolling.
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).

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

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A couple of salmon taken on the Owenea Fishery

We finally received good water conditions on the Owenea this week due to good rainfall throughout the week. The river was running low on Monday (0.11 metres) but on Tuesday we received a flood reading 0.30 metres on the gauge. Thereafter the river began to fall again until Friday when we received another flood reading 0.28 metres. Saturday and Sunday also brought good water levels reading 0.23 & 0.30 metres respectively. The gauge average for the week read 0.22 metres, a vast improvement on previous week’s averages. We only had one visiting rod fishing over the week but a number of the locals were out fishing. The first salmon of the season was caught by Brian Smith on Friday from beat 8. The fish was a sea liced 7lb salmon which fell to a #8 Stoats Tail variant fly just below the Whingarden Pool. It was Brian’s first day salmon fishing and he connected with the fish on only the fifth cast. A good start to the season for Brian! The second salmon of the season was caught by local angler, Anthony Carr who accounted for a 10lb salmon caught on the fly on Sunday from The Gubbin on beat 5.

The forecast is for more rain and with the upcoming spring tides, prospects look good.
Lindsey Clarke

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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Trout Angling Update

East coast trout fishing tough at times, but some great catches possible

Photo: A very deep short Lough Ramor Trout

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports that trout fishing has been difficult on the Kells Blackwater over the last week but despite the inclement weather some nice trout were taken. Francois Pique from France fished with Pat for two days during the last week. Francois caught and released 46 trout to 32cm despite the very strong winds. Pat advises that fishing is still quite difficult and will improve when the wind slackens off. The Kells Blackwater is still in need of water. 

If you fancy a day on the Kells Blackwater with Pat he can be contacted at 086 1017415 or by email at

Smaller numbers of anglers have been fishing at Creevy lake over the last week and catches have tapered off.

The Fane is still very low and clear. There are plenty of small fish around but fishing for larger trout is tough. Stephane Poencet from France vistied the Fane during the last week with two other anglers. The three anglers caught and released many small trout on a small dry fly. The best fish taken during the visit was a lovely 35cm wild brown trout. 

On the lake scene, Liam Murray reports some nice trout fishing at Emy Lough in Co Monaghan. Emy is producing some fantastic trout at the moment. There has been a hatch of may fly recently and trout are coming freely to the surface to feed. Fish of 3 to 5 pounds are not uncommon.

Colm Lynch from East Coast Angling has been on the River Boyne and Blackwater lately where there some nice trout have been taken on the spent gnat. Colm also reports that the inland lakes are producing cracking fish on the may fly. Arthur Baker from Navan had numerous fish this week on different lakes. Colm had great success on Ramor of late with a cracking wild brownie of 6lb and another last night Tuesday 17th May just under five pounds which was taken on a Frankie McPhillips tying of a French partridge mayfly. 

Day Permits and Club Membership

Day tickets for the River Boyne are available from the East Coast Angling shop in Navan and if you are looking to join a club application forms for Navan anglers are available from the navan anglers website.

Colm at East Coast Angling can be contacted at  mobile: 087 2044996

Photo: Fishing ain't easy but this is the result. Another Ramor Beauty

Dublin Angling Initiative FAW Event at Aughrim

rainbow trout
Photo: Des Chew DAI, with two young anglers with their catches at Aughrim

Des Chew from the Dublin Angling Initiative hosted a group of young anglers recently at the Angling For All facility in Wicklow. As usual Des ensured that the young anglers were on the fish. 98 teenagers joined forces with the Dublin Angling Initiative team as part of Fisheries Awareness Week to learn all about fishing. Workshops were given on tackle, bait, environmental awareness and safety while fishing, followed by a fishing excursion to National Disabled angling facility – ‘Angling for all’ in Aughrim, Co. Wicklow.  The group was compiled of complete novices to the sport. By the end of the sessions every participant had learnt how to cast, present bait and for many experience the joys of catching a fish for the first time.  Approximately 50 fish were caught and many were released, a great day was had by all and many of the teenagers expressed an interest in taking fishing up as a hobby.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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Mayfly season very poor on Lough Derg

Fears that the best of the Mayfly season is already over on Lough Derg appears to be justified by the poor catches recorded by anglers over the past week. Only two fish were weighed in for the Caddy Kennedy Trophy Competition held on Saturday last and the same number were weighed in on Sunday for the Jackie Whelan Cup competition. The winner on both days of the Garrykennedy club organised competitions was John Kennedy of Portroe who had a fish of 2lbs 4ozs on Saturday and one of 2lbs 11ozs on Sunday. The sole remaining two fish produced over Saturday and Sunday for weighing at the club’s main weigh station in Ciss Ryan’s Pub in Garrykennedy were from Seamus Molamphy (2lbs 1oz) and Mike Kennedy (1lb 9ozs). Three of the fish succumbed to the spent gnat and Mike Kennedy had his on a wulff.

The gusty winds and cool temperatures that have persisted for well over a week have ruined any prospects of productive spent gnat fishing. Lough Derg usually fishes very well in mid-May, but the fishing has been so poor that many anglers are not even venturing out. In the fortnight from May 2 to May 15 only 27 fish have been weighed in by members of the Garrykennedy Club. Only five fish were weighed in the week up to Monday last. That just gives you an indication of how poor the fishing has been. On a number of days there have been good hatches of mayfly. However, very few fish are showing on the surface. Granted, the weather has not been suitable, but the low catches have also prompted some anglers to question if there are sustainable stocks of trout in the lake.

Certainly, catches during the Mayfly season have continued to decline since the trout fry hatchery operated by the Scariff, Mountshannon and Whitegate anglers ceased to operate a number of years ago. And just like the 2010 season,  there has been a predominance of large trout caught on Derg this Mayfly season.  It has prompted anglers to question the stock levels of smaller fish in the lake. Official policy has been to maximise spawing conditions for the native wild trout in the tributaries of the lake to produce sustainable levels of fish, but one wonders if this policy is working.

Indeed, it may very well be as quite a lot of trout were caught by anglers while trolling the lake in the earlier part of the season. Still,  efforts by the newly established co-operative comprising of the ESB, anglers representatives and other interests to boost trout stocks cannot come quickly enough. I understand that the co-op has drafted a five-year rolling plan aimed at improving trout stocks, details of which I hope to publish here in the coming weeks.


Meanwhile, I’m glad to hear that there is some magnificent fish being caught by anglers in the Dromineer area of the lake in recent weeks. Local man Paul Stevens has weighed in a 6lbs 12ozs trout which he caught on a spent gnat near Salmon Island.  Another Dromineer angler, Colin Kennedy, had a fish of 6lbs on a the mayfly. Joe Ryan of the local hostelry and restaurant, The Whiskey Still, has organised his annual competition which is open to any angler fishing Derg this mayfly season. Prizes will be on offer for the heaviest and second heaviest fish. The entry fee is €10.


Garrykennedy Fishing Club will host its two final competitions of its mayfly series on Lough Derg this coming weekend. The Kevin Reynolds Plate competition will take place on Saturday and the Christy Molamphy Cup competition on Sunday.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian

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Lough Owel

At the ITFFA competition on Lough Owel on Sunday 15th may  the Wicklow Anglers did well. Around 110 anglers took part with 3 of their members qualifying to fish the final on Lough Leane, Killarney, in September. They are Tony Grehan, Philiph Beirne and Alan Browne. Tony Grehan was awarded the Michael Donnelly Trophy for the heaviest fish (2.8lbs). Conditions on the day were excellent with good cloud cover best methods were to fish wets on the intermediate line.
Tony Grehan
Wicklow Anglers
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Sheelin fished well all through tough condtions

15 May: Despite persistently stormy and squally conditions Sheelin maintained its excellent fishing producing consistently good returns throughout the week.
Anglers and where they fished was very much dictated to by weather conditions which were difficult and included a thunder storm and very strong winds particularly on Monday and Tuesday. In general fishermen were forced to keep tight along shorelines and behind islands.  There were however good numbers of fish rising in the calm, with the best rise on Friday May 13th.

There were spectacular hatches of mayfly on the lake throughout the week and a consistent abundance of fly life despite the inclement weather but the cold evenings did take its toll on the fall of spent.

Anglers as a rule adopt a catch and release policy and this should be encouraged at all times.

274 fish were recorded for the week, with dry and wet fly methods being used in equal measures with most big fish were being caught on the wet.
The most popular flies was the grey wulf, the mayfly and the spent.

The largest fish for the week was a 64cm trout caught by John Walsh of Mayo on Saturday May 14th.

 Another reminder to all fishermen is that 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

The qualifier for the 2012 International took place on Saturday May 14th with 22 anglers participating for 8 places, 62 trout were measured on the day. This competition worked on a points system where fish were measured and returned.
Andy Duncan, Mullingar took first place with 6 fish and a total of 3090 points, Andy’s catch included a beautiful trout of 58cm.  Frank Kelly, L.S.T.P.A, Cavan took 8th place  with 4 fish only narrowly beating Thomas Lynch L.S.T.P.A who had 3 fish which also included another fine 58cm fish. There was only 5 points between these two Cavan competitors.

Results of The Qualifier for The International (2012)

1st  Andy Duncan, Mullingar                -  6 fish   -  3090 pts
2nd  Fechin McMorrow, Sligo               -  4 fish   -  2050 pts
3rd  Sean Bowen, Mallow                      -  4 fish   -  2020 pts
4th  Robert Reilly, Galway                     -  7 fish   -  1990 pts
5th  Seamus O’Loughlin, Ennis              -  4 fish   -  1930 pts
6th  John Walsh, Mayo                           -   2 fish   -  1520 pts
7th  Aidan Heffernan                               -  5 fish   -  1490 pts
8th  Frank Kelly, L.S.T.P.A                     -  3 fish   - 1450 pts

Some other recorded catches for the week:

Walter and Susan Burns, Edenderry  - 5 trout averaging 2lbs.

Peter McArdle and Ken Kearns, Dundalk – fishing on the dry around the Long Rock, Derry pt. and Rusheen caught 8 trout weighing in at 6¼, 6, 5½, 5½, 4¾, 4¼ and 2 @ 2lbs.  Tuesday saw these two anglers catching 6 trout all on the spent averaging 3½ to 6½ lbs.  On wednesday, fishing around Church and Crover 4 fish were caught at 5, 4½, 3½ and 3lbs.  All trout were returned.

Michael Kelly, Dublin – Saturday May 14th fishing around Wilsons and Holywell 8 trout, 3 averaging between 3 and 4 lbs, remainder 1 to 1½ lbs, 6 trout on Thursday, heaviest weight was 3½ lbs.  Friday May 13th , 12 trout heaviest weighed in at 4 and 3¾ lbs

Albert Berry, Enniskellan – 2 trout weighing in at 2 and 2 ½ lbs both were wild fish in excellent condition.

John McGauran, Baileborough, Cavan – John saw a lot of small fish and caught 3 trout at 6¼ and 2 @ 4½ lbs.

William Sweeney, Buncrana, Co.Donegal – using a grey wulf fishing around Holywell, 3 trout at 4,2 and 1½ lbs.

Ivor Doherty, Mullingar – on his first outing this year on Sheelin hooked at wild trout at 2 lbs near Holywell.

2 men from Ballymoney, John Nicoll and Colin McAleye wet fly fishing caught 4 fish between 1½ and 2 lbs.

Henry Keating, Cavan – on Thursday fishing the Ross area of the lake, using a grey wulf landed a 5 lb trout while his father PJ caught a 3 lb fish on the green fly.

Billy Carolan, Drumchondra – fishing out from Rusheen and Derrysheridan 2 trout at 2½ and 3¼ lbs.

Gary McKiernan, Cavan – fishing around Kilnahard 1 trout at 3lbs on a spent on May 13th and 2 fish 1 to 1½ lbs on Sunday May 15th.
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office

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Lough Mask fishing well, fantastic sport on Corrib

Ronan Cusack reports Lough Mask fished very well over the last 2 weeks, following a slight lull.  The change in wind direction to a more favourable southerly direction, and the arrival of good mayfly hatches, resulted in some decent catches. Local Ballinrobe angler Frank O’Hara had 4 good trout (best 2lbs) for his day. Kevin Sheridan, also from Ballinrobe, fished dry mayfly patterns on the same day and he also had 4 good fish (best 3lbs). Ronan Cusack from Ballinrobe fished on Thursday evening and had 2 fish (best 2lbs). Pat and Adrian Gorman from Dringeen fished in difficult easterly winds over the weekend and had 4 trout over the two days (best 3lbs). Over the last few days, the fresh south-westerly winds coupled with grey skies made for ideal wet-fly and dapping conditions. Mayfly hatches were less prolific, with the best hatches reported from the southern end of the lake. The Tourmakeady angling club held the European Cup on Saturday the 14th. This year’s winner was Jackie Coyne from Renvyle with 3 fish for 7.04lbs, Jackie successfully explored around Burkes Island and Burnthouse bay to earn his prize. Second was Pat Feerick from Partry with 3 fish for 6.00lbs, and third was Pat's brother Martin Feerick from Partry with 3 fish for 5.00lbs. The heaviest tish winner was Johnny Flaherty, another Renvyle native, with a fine 3.02lbs trout taken to a refined dabbler. Best overseas angler was Colin Woolcock from Wales with 3 fish for 3.13lbs.
71 rods fished for the 7 hour day which at times was quite breezy, with 48 fish weighed in, and plenty of undersize fish released back which was a great sign of stock levels on the lake.
Tom Sweeney from Macroom and Mike Hegarty from Killarney had 20 keepable fish to the boat last Friday fishing on the lake. Ronan Cusack ghillied for two UK anglers in the early part of the week and reported some fantastic sport. Both anglers had fish over 2lbs and returned numerous under size fish each day. John Tomlinson and Chris Wright, also from the UK, fished from Dringeen Bay on Monday and Tuesday last and landed 6 good fish for their efforts up to 2.5lbs.
Dominic Concannon from Derry also sent in a report from his weekend visiting Lough Mask, with 2 friends – they fished 3 days out of Tom and Mary Feeney’s at Aghinish, and had 31 trout for their visit up to 2.25lbs. Fishing on the Sunday was very good with 17 returned. Monday was tougher with the windy weather with 5 caught. All but 3 trout were released.

Meanwhile, the mayfly has been up for the last 3 weeks on Lough Corrib, with some fantastic sport reported. Very blustery conditions have prevailed over the last 10 days, which made fishing very difficult at times, but anglers have still met fish all over the lake. On some days they were splashing at flies and coming short, leading to much frustration among anglers, however some rods had tremendous sport. Simon Tarpey dropped me a line to tell me about the fishing his friend Paul Naessens from Oughterard had last week, landing 32 trout for a day to wet mayfly patterns, all between Baurisheen Bay and Rinneroon Bay, with at least 14 of the fish over the size limit. Paul described it as like mackerel fishing at times!

Larry Kelly also emailed me about a “very tough week’s fishing” he had with his friend John Jack from Aberdeen. They fished out of Basil Shields’ Ardnasillagh Lodge from Saturday 7th through to Friday 13th in very blustery conditions, especially on the windward shores. Between 2 rods, they caught and released 37 ‘keepable’ fish and over a hundred 12-inch fish (the size limit is 13 inches) over the 7 days, as well as one spring salmon of 7-8 lbs. The best sport was by far around the north shore of Inchagoill which fished well for 2 days. As I said to Larry, if that’s what he considers a tough week, I’d like to see what they would catch on a good week!

Tom Kelly reports from Oughterard on fishing in that area: 116 anglers reported 252 trout for 250 rod-days over the last 2 weeks, not including competition results or the reports above. The Oughterard International Mayfly Competition was held on the 15th, with 124 anglers weighing in just 41 trout, although many undersize fish were landed and returned. Michael Curran from Oughterard took top honours with 3 trout for 2.82kg, and winning the specially-commissioned beautiful Mayfly trophy. Johnny Flaherty from Renvyle was second, with 2 trout for 2.60kg, and Pat Delap was third, with 4 trout for 2.34kg.

Elsewhere, the McAllister party of 6 rods from Northern Ireland landed 44 trout for the week, returning most of the fish, with their best trout 3.5lbs taken on a spent pattern. Pat McGovern and a friend from Cork dapped for 5 days and landed 18 good trout to 5lbs. Conor McFadden from Ennis dapped for a day and 4 good trout, while Greg McArdle from Co. Down landed 18 for his week, mostly to dry fly.

John Walsh and Frank Reilly reported from the Cornamona and Greenfields area that the blustery conditions made angling difficult, although big hatches of mayfly  were seen on most days, and plenty of fish to be seen at the surface. As with the other shore, many anglers reported fish coming short and just splashing at flies, so numbers of fish weren’t as high as hoped for.
The European Police Fly Fishing Championships were held from Greenfields last week, with 2 days of practice and the competition itself on Thursday, fished on a catch-and-release basis. Conditions on the first 2 days were very tough, with strong westerly winds, and many of the foreign competitors were not used to that kind of fishing. Fishing was tough on the practice days, with many blanks reported, in spite of anglers seeing fish everywhere. Conditions on Thursday improved slightly, and fishing picked up in time for the competition. Top individual rod was Mick Benson from the Irish team, with 6 trout for a total length of 226cm. The runner-up was Stevie McCabe from Northern Ireland, with 4 trout for 138cm, and third was a local expert, Mick Bradley, with 3 fish for 102cm. The Irish team took the team competition, and Irish team member Christy Reilly had the best fish, a trout of 57cm.

Elsewhere Gerry O’Brien and Nigel Gibson from the UK fished 5 days with fishing guide Larry McCarthy and landed 29 trout on fly, all released. The Headford club held a wetfly team competition on Sunday, with Jimmy Acton and Joe Burke from Tuam taking first place, with 4 trout for 5lbs 8oz. Liam Greaney and Eugene Kenny from Headford were second, with 2 trout for 5lbs 5oz.
In the Cornamona area, Patrick and Tom Summerville had 9 trout over 2 days for approx. 17.5lbs, inclusing a fish of 4lbs, while Patrick Walsh landed 11 trout over 6 days dapping, including a trout of 4.75lbs. Tom Ormonde from Meath and Enda Browne had 18 trout over 3 days, all sportingly released.

Ian Garrett was fishing with boatman Pat Molloy out of Oughterard- "It has been hard fishing all week with the high winds but we had had good fishing on 3 of the days. We were dry fly fishing and caught 21 fish over the 5 days. A lot of people reported not seeing any rises at all but we saw a lot and there were some good fish moving. We caught most fish by covering rises but not many on the blind. The best fish we caught were 2.5lb and 4lb - both on dries and caught by myself."

Hatches of mayfly are continuing, and with so many fish being seen and reported, prospects for the coming week are excellent, especially if this wind would ease a little bit!
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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River trout fly angling competition on the Moy

A river trout fly angling competition was held on Saturday last for the Connaught Cup at the Ballintemple Fishery on the River Moy. Those angling were competing for the Connaught Cup, and for their chance to represent Connaught in the Rivers National competition on the River Liffey, Newbridge Co. Kildare. The catch and release competition saw 57 trout recorded and released. Winning first place was Noel Loughnane, Ballina, second was Joe Quinn, Cloghans, Barius Sinkus, Loughrea took third, Brian Doolin, Castlebar took fourth while Richard Jordan took fifth place. Well done to those who were placed in the top five, who now go on to represent Connaught in the National Competition.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Lough Arrow Mayfly competition

Lough Arrow Fish Preservation Association and District Angling Club hosted the Annual Mayfly fishing competition on Sunday past, where 40 anglers, including 14 juveniles participated. A total of 20 trout were weighed in, with numerous others under the 12 inch limit returned. Winning first place with the heaviest trout of the day was Hillary Mitchell, with his catch of 4.11lbs, in second was Sarah Frazer with her catch of 3.15lbs and in third was Oliver Hargadon with his catch of 2.15lbs. Winning the heaviest bag competition was David Frazer who had four trout for 5.24lbs. In the juvenile section, Danielle Hughes won first with her catch of 1.98lbs with Cillian Walsh taking second with his trout of 1.06lbs.
Francie White also enjoyed success on Arrow throughout the week, catching a total of nine trout for three days fishing, totaling 22.75lbs. Francies best catch was a fine trout of 5.25lbs. Brian Kelly, Boyle also had success on the dry mayfly, with two trout of 3lbs and 4lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Lough Muck fished well despite winds

David and Eileen McGill enjoyed a successful afternoon fly fishing on Lough Muck on Saturday 14th, despite strong north-westerly winds. David boated 8 brown trout and one sea trout, while Eileen had ten brown trout in total. Boats are available for hire on Lough Muck from Kenny Sloan, Foxford who can be contacted on 094 9256501 or 087 9670310.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Ballin Lough rainbow fishery going well

Few anglers ventured out on the Lough throughout the week, however, the six rods which did fish accounted for a total of 37 rainbow trout, 24 of which were returned. Michael Zabat and boat partner, Co. Galway had 20 trout, released 13 with their best fish 1.5lbs. Mattie Foley and boat partner had 9 trout, releasing 5 with their best 2lbs. Visitors to the area Mr. McMillan and Mr. Tomilson, Scotland enjoyed good angling, catching 8 in total, with their best fish weighing 3.5lbs. The best flies for the week were the Green Peter, Olives and Muddlers.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Lough Melvin looking good for the week as mayflys hatch

15 May: Conditions were fairly rough at times once again on Melvin this week. This meant that few boats ventured out. The hatch of mayfly has begun in earnest. This is some 3 weeks early this year! A few boats reported good fishing for trout in Kinlough Bay where there was a good hatch of Mayfly.
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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Buzzers and drys for best catches at Cashel

Anglers are in their element at Cashel using dries and assorted buzzers to make their catches.  Derry’s Alan Temple and Billy Hazlett banked about half a dozen trout each while Dungiven’s Mark Boyce released ten great fighting trout.  Paul Ford (Derry) released three trout and Pearse Doherty (Maghera) released five beauties back into the lake.

Breakfast is now being served at Cashel in the comfort of an open log fire with plenty of craic.

Well done to all!
17 Birren Road , Dungiven, BT47 4SH, 
Tel/Fax: 028777 42159
email:  Website:

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Coarse Angling Update

Mighty bags of bream and hybrids on Ramor

Josie Mahon reports that Lough Ramor turned up some mighty bags of bream and hybrids during the week. Bill Malone and his friends from Darndale in Dublin has some great fishing when they fed their swims very heavily and reaped the rewards, catching large numbers of big bream and hybrids.
Bailieboro Town Lake fished very well last week also for a couple from Dublin who said they had more than 80 skimmers and some bream in the 2-4lbs bracket. Feeder fishing with red maggot as hook bait produced results and again fishing well fed swims. 

Fisheries Awareness Week

As part of FAW, Cavan Coarse Angling Club in association with IFI ran a free have a go event on Peters Lake in Monaghan Town from 11am till 3pm on Sunday 15th May 2011. Demonstrations on how to fish as well as a have a go session were provided by Cavan Coarse Angling Club members as part of the days event. There was also a fish tank display and a number of competitions with the chance to win many prizes. Unlike the previous weeks event, the weather was very unhelpful with very strong winds and heavy rain and this adversely effected the numbers attending the event. As a result of this, a smaller number of children attended this event than attended last weeks event but some of the children still managed to catch their very first fish. Fish caught on the day included tench, perch, roach, bream, skimmers and hybrids.

Photo: Two young anglers being presented with their new fishing poles at Peters Lake

Lough Muckno Competition

The Fishmaniak Angling Club will be running a float fishing competition on Lough Muckno at White island this Sunday the 22nd May. Fishing will take place from 7am to 2 pm.

Additional information and details from Pawel 0857600801     

Well known coarse angler Peadar O'Brien from Carrickmacross caught this bag of fish recently on Lough Sillan on the feeder. Red maggot and worm caught best. The catch consisted of hybrids over 4lb, roach to 2lb. In all Peadar had over 80lbs of fish. A great days fishing by any standards.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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Paul Conway wins Senior Canals Championships

The May Bank Holiday weekend saw the annual Senior Canals Championships take place; The Senior Canals Championship is one of only two individual senior events that carry a National title, the other being the Senior All Ireland that will take place in Killashandra, Co Cavan on Sunday the 24th of July.
The two day event sponsored by Waterways Ireland was hosted this year by the Royal Enfield Coarse Angling Club, Co. Meath and as with all NCFFI Open events it was open to all anglers.

Day One kicked off on Saturday the 30th of April with over thirty anglers turning up for the draw, this was lower than expected as there were over forty anglers pre-booked in to take part, none the less this was still a good turnout for a canal competition with some anglers coming from as far as England to take part and a field of competitors that included international standard anglers both past and present.
When the participants arrived to their very well prepared pegs near Kilcock Co. Kildare the sun was shining brightly, temperatures remained about sixteen degrees for the five hours of the competition with a strong south-easterly breeze, normally such a strong wind would be a hindrance with all of the competitors fishing the pole at around eight meters but given the lack of colour in the canal the breeze assisted in concealing the pole.
By the end of day one everyone had caught and the heaviest weight of 8.750kg (19.25lbs) went to Sean Ward of Prosperous CAC (Section A) with Robert Buick of East Belfast Angling Club(Section B) a close second with 8.580kg (18.9lbs).

Day Two meant a change of venue with the competition moving west along the Royal Canal close to the town of Clonard Co. Meath. With the weather much the same as the previous day the fishing however proved to be much more difficult and the best weight for the day going to the Senior Canal Champion for 2011 Paul Conway from Edenderry Coarse Angling Club, Paul weighed in with 3.630kg (8lbs) to add to his day one catch of 5.600kg (13.3lbs) to beet day one winner Sean Ward by just 80g. Paul’s final weight for the two days 9.230kg (20.3lbs) with Sean in second with 9.150kg (20.1lbs) and Robert Buick rounding off the top three with a total of 8.880kg (19.5lbs).

At the presentation Paul received the Ned O’Farrell Cup; the silver cup dates back as far as 1960 and it was decided by the NCFFI committee to rename the cup to honour the late Ned O’Farrell given his history with the National Federation, he also received a piece of Tyrone Crystal.

The NCFFI would like to thank Waterways Ireland for their sponsorship and for the lovely piece of Tyrone Crystal that went to the overall winner Paul Conway, we would also like to thank the Royal Enfield Coarse Angling Club for the use of their waters and hosting the event, in addition a special thank you goes to the people who prepared both venues and made both days go without incident, Sean Ward, John Connolly, Ambrose Devlin, Brian O’Donaghue, Shane Kavanagh and a special thank you to Fergus Crowe from the Enfield club for signage and pegging both venues late into both nights. 
For more matches, events and regular NCFFI updates please check out

Top 5 Results fr Day One (Section) Weight in Kg
1. Sean Ward (A)               8.750
2. Robert Buick (B)            8.580
3. Paul Conway (A)            5.600
4. Pat Bartley (B)               5.400
5. Darren Fairhurst(C)                 4.300
Top 5 Results for Day Two

  1. Paul Conway (A)           3.630
  2. Ron Durkin (B)              1.960
  3. Graham Johnson(B)      1.780
  4. Jeff Walker(B)               1.220
  5. Jason Ward(A)              1.150

Top 5 Overall Results

  1. Paul Conway                 9.230
  2. Sean Ward                     9.150
  3. Robert Buick                 8.880
  4. Pat Bartley                     6.180
  5. Martin Lenihan              4.820

Junior Canals Championship 2011

Sponsored by
Waterways Ireland
28th May 2011 at Royal Canal, Kilcock, Co. Kildare, €5 entry open to all juniors between the ages of 8 and 18For further details, bookings and enquiries contact John on 0872370446, or e-mail

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Great day out for disabled anglers in Carlow


The Carlow Coarse Angling Club in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Ireland held a demonstration of feeder fishing with a group of disabled anglers from Co. Laois in Carlow town along the new river promenade on Thursday 12th May 2011 as part of the national Fisheries Awareness Week. The day was attended by the new Angling Council of Ireland trained coaches and committee and members of the Carlow cac also in attendance were representatives from the Inland Fisheries, National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and the leinster Coarse Fishing Federation. The bait on the day was supplied by Irish Bait and Tackle, Ballyconnell, Co.Cavan and Gerry mcstraw of Carlow Coarse Angling Supplies, Graiguecullen, Carlow. The Inland Fisheries supplied refreshments, literature, key rings, balloons and with the aid of the Carlow cac medals for all the individuals present.

Several fish were caught on the day using various different baits, the favoured method on the day was filling a 30gm cage feeder with some Sensas 3000 Bream mix and hooking two red maggs. The fish caught on the day are readily available from the river Barrow and included Roach, Dace, Skimmer Bream, Rudd and Eels. The club are planing to bring the group to the area for several more days of instruction and plan to train the helpers so that they will be in a position to bring the group fishing. There are also plans to roll out a new scheme to the schools in the Carlow area which will involve a days classroom teaching on Bio diversity and all things related to the river including safety. The Carlow cac will then take the pupils involved to the river for a practical demonstration on safety, angling and species identification.

The club would like to congratulate young Thomas Quinlan on winning the first ever fish of the month competition ran by the N.C.F.F.I. and sponsored by Cloughballymills angling centre in Enniskillen. Any or all events are covered on the popular page belonging to the club on Facebook (Carlow cac). The Carlow cac have over the previous months approached other local groups in the Carlow area and with the help of grant aid be able to roll out programmes to local groups who wouldn't normally get the opportunity to be involved in such days out. The club are very close to completing their project on the river Barrow in Carlow town and hope to see the final product installed by August which will include a vandal proof toilet with disabled access, and with the help of the Carlow County Council a new street lighting system and walkway.

If anyone has any enquiries as regards fishing the river Barrow in Co.Carlow please do not hesitate to contact Gerry mcstraw @ or by mobile on 085 2844566 or simply call into St. Fiacc's Tce. Graiguecullen, Carlow and Gerry will be more than happy to run you through anything related to the Carlow cac or take your membership. Over the years the club have been described as one of the most active and up an coming coarse angling clubs in the country and continue to strive and go from strength to strength, none of which could have been possible without the help of the very hard working and existing committee and members, Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Carlow county council, The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, The Angling Council of Ireland which represents almost 40,000 members and the Leinster Coarse Fishing Federation on which the club have several seats including an executive position.
Gerry McStraw
Carlow CAC

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Prebaiting essential for success at Portumna

Roach catches have been good. Despite strong winds rain and hail storms, 2 clients of my had 6 days fantastic bream and hybrid fishing in the Portland area. I had prebaited their swim each day which seem to hold the large shoals, this seems to be essential as other anglers fared less well without prebaiting. The wind put pay to fishing Lough Derg for many anglers.
Mike Murray
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596

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Leitrim coarse fisheries report

Photo: Terry, John and dDotty with Dotty's son Jordan with my daughter Roisin on the ramp

With the recent rain the water levels havn't risen that much and most lakes are only up a few inche. The Lough Lee system, Strokestown is fishing well for bream and tench. Lough Rynn is fishing well in the evening and early mornings as it is no longer coulered. Hill Street Lakes are still throwing up some nice tench. Lough Allen is still fishing well, but day time fishing can be hard. Drumbad Lake is fishing well on certain days for tench and Bolginard Lake outside Ballinamore is still fishing well for tench. Lough Scuris fishing well for small fish; roach, hybrids and some skimmer bream. The Boyle River is showing some bream but only at night.
Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
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Killeshandra Angling Club Junior Coarse Competition

The Killeshandra Angling Club held a Junior Coarse Competition on Saturday 14th. May in conjunction with Fisheries Awareness Week 2011 at Town Lake Killeshandra. 
The winners are as follows:-

8 to 11 years
1st.  Daran Hanlon
2nd. Padraig Tighe
3rd. Brendan Clarke

12 to 14 years
1st. Aaron Flynn
2nd. Ryan Flynn
3rd. Josh Cavanagh

15 to 17 years
1st.  Daran O’Reilly
2nd. E. Johnston
3rd. Mark Fuller

Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       

2011 Waterways Ireland Classic results

The 2011 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival finished with a real cliffhanger on the sometimes sun-drenched and sometimes windswept waters of County Fermanagh.  Local angler John Potters from Lisbellaw scooped the top prize of £5,000 and the crystal chalice with a winning overall catch of 46kgs 120gms, a mere 290gms ahead of 1978 Classic Winner, Kevin Ashurst.  John Potters had held a slender lead going into the final day, with 5 Classic regulars snapping at his heels, but he held his nerve and extracted 15kgs 170gms from the Manor House section.  This ensured his place in Classic fishing history, as the 36th winner of the long running festival.  Kevin picked up £2,000 and a crystal sports trophy for his runner-up spot, which should ease the disappointment somewhat.

Third overall was St Neots angler, Andrew Leathers, with a total catch of 35kgs 610gms which earned him £1,500 and a crystal sports trophy.  In fourth place was Jimmy Messner from Durham with 35kgs 550gms, winning him £1,000 and a Belleek trophy.  Bringing up the top five was Michael Wright from Calverton with 34kgs 860gms, netting him £500 and a Belleek trophy.

There was a very respectable average catch per angler of 4kgs 243gms on Monday and although this was not replicated on Wednesday or Friday of Classic week, the average catch for the week was slightly up on last year.

The team event was won by the quartet of Bob Nudd, Barry Smith, Kevin Ashurst and Gary Whalley, who edged ahead of the ‘All the Gear, No Idea’ Team by a winning margin of just 250gms.

Other locals featuring in the top ten overall were John Balcombe from Enniskillen in seventh and young Ryan Kersley from Derrygonnelly in ninth.

Top 6 Overall

1st – John Potters, Lisbellaw – 46kgs 120gms
2nd – Kevin Ashurst, Irvinestown – 45kgs 830gms
3rd – Andrew Leathers, St Neots – 35kgs 610gms
4th – Jimmy Messner, Durham – 35kgs 550gms
5th – Michael Wright, Calverton – 34kgs 860gms
6th – Roger Wakenshaw, Skellingthorpe – 31kgs 870gms

The Classic is sponsored for the ninth year by Waterways Ireland and is organised by Fermanagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

For further information contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland on +353 (0) 71 95 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh District Council on +44 (0) 28 6632 5050.

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Pike Angling Update

East coast pike quiet but rumours from Ramor

Not much in the way of pike angling reports this week. However, there have been reports of a thirty plus from Lough Ramor during the last week. If i get any further details I will pass them on in the next report.
Peadar O'Brien has been producing good catches of pike for French anglers in the Monaghan and Cavan areas.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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German angling journalist on piking on the Suck


As every year since 2006 me and my three mates Christian, Thomas and Christoph invaded the Suck valley at easter to drop some baits into that fine irish river.
With last years biblical flood and cold temperatures in mind we were very glad to find a beautiful colored landscape kissed by the sun, though we slightly missed the unique smell of the furze that was frozen during the hard winter.
With pike as our main goal we tried trolling lures along the bank and caught a lot of Jacks, up to 30 a day. Similar to the past years we thought and prepared our dead bait tackle to get the bigger pike hooked.
Fishery inspector John Ryan shared his wisdom with us and told me that weeks before there were constant good numbers of big pike caught by the anglers. We  almost got jacks only hooked on whatever we tried for bait. At day three some better fish came along and the first pike in low double figures was landed. Sometimes we almost missed the typical irish weather, showing us all seasons on one day, the weather was like in summer and maybe we were a little too late and missed the prime time after spawning. Now there was such a lot of prey swimming around in the reeds and along the lily pads and hungry pike just had to open their mouths and swim a metre forwards to have a nice meal. One fish of exactly one meter caught by Thomas was the pike-fishing highlight of the trip. Besides that we caught numerous nice and beautiful rudd and had some good craic.
What began as a Jack pike quest ended that way when we gave Lough O’Flynn a try but caught only small pike there too.
But this one week per year in Ireland means much more than fishing to me. It’s enjoying the beautiful, pastoral landscape, the nice and friendly irish people and the fresh air and silence.
Small villages with their special look and smell and beautiful cities like Roscommon, Ballinasloe and Athlone with their rich history and old buildings which invite the guests and tourists to explore and find out details aboutt culture and even language.
I travelled many countries and beautiful places but Ireland is a “must have” to me with a special meaning far beyond words.
So all in all there’s no need to complain and it’s time to thank some people for their support.
Special thanks to the central fisheries board namely Mr. Shane O`Reilly and John Ryan, Mary Doyle our host and owner of  nice and comfortable “Stable lodge”, runs a traditional pub in Ballygar too, Mr Barlow for lending us his boat and allowance to pass his land each day and last but not least Mrs. Christina Carty for her help in general and especially for the decent irish breakfast the day we had to leave again.
Uwe Pinnau

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Bumper catches of pike around Portumna

Pike fishing between the Shebeen and Town Stretches of the Shannon has been excellent. Anglers report bumper catches of fish between 12lbs and 25lbs float fished dead bait being the most successful method. The wind put pay to fishing Lough Derg for many anglers.
Mike Murray
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596

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Cooler water temperatures bring on the pike fishing in Leitrim

pike are very active at the moment as the temptures have dropped back a bit.  A French group had a good week fishing lakes in the Ballinamore, Mohill and Carrick area reporting over 400 pike.
Brian Bohan
Mohill, County Leitrim
Tel +353 (0)71 9631870
Email Web

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Great pike fishing for guests of Angling Services Ireland in the Boyle area

Angling Guide Bodo Funke reports on some great fishing in the upper Shannon region:

Photo: Jean-Yves caught a a pike of 107cm and 28 lbs.

The past two weeks really were exciting up here with several groups of anglers from various countries enjoying their fishing and their stay in Boyle.
First of were regular visitors Stefano and Roberto from Italy, who caught over 40 pike for their three days fishing.

Last week we had international angling journalists Henning Stuehring from Germany and Gernot Heigl from Austria here for a week of fly-fishing for pike with us, which they will later on report on in a respective article. They also filmed some fine footage of the weeks fishing. They didn’t have to wait long for some action when Gernot hooked and landed his first meter pike nearly straight away on the first day of their trip.  Many smaller pike followed during the week while fishing various lakes in the Boyle area.

Meanwhile a group of 4 French anglers also started their weeks fishing here withall of them getting pike into the boats. On their third days fishing however the week really culminated when Jean-Yves hooked into what turned out to be our biggest fish of the season so far. The beautiful pike measured 107cm and weighed in at exactly 28 lbs!Well Done to Jean-Yves and also to our guide Brendan for boating such a cracking fish!

This was a nice early Birthday present for the French angler who was 60 the day after. On the same day we also boated pike of 97, 92 and 76 cm plus an amount of small jack pike, providing some great sport for the group who are on their first trip us.
Bodo Funke
Angling Services Ireland
Tel: +353(0)86 6011878 or e-mail:

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143 pike to 112cm for Dutch anglers on Garadice

Andre de Boer and Jeroen Duindam form the Netherlands have had 5 days fishing on Garadice catching a total of 143 pike, the largest was 112cm and estimated to weigh about 30lb. The pair were staying at Castle Hamilton in Killeshandra.
Derek Whittaker
Spinners Tackle Shop
Main Street, Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.
Tel: (049) 436 3877

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Excellent pike fishing reported at Belle Isle on Lough Erne

Photo: Andy's fish 10lb 12oz. Please note that this fish was caught in Northern Ireland where lifejackets are not required by law.

Andy Quinn and Bill Richmond enjoyed excellent fishing on Lough Erne last week. Between the two angler 106 pike were caught over six days fishing. Most of the fish were in the 6-8lb bracket and what they lacked in size they made up for in attitude with many fish tail-walking. Andy had the best fish at 10lb 12 oz.
Charles Plunkett
Belle Isle
T: +44 (0)28 66387231

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Sea Angling Update

East coast sea angling report

On the sea front the bass close season is now in place but the fishing has been very good. Prior to the close season Sam Rennicks from Navan had two nice fish 4lb and 7lb on live rag and peeler crab at Laytown during the week.

Moving south Josie Mahon reports that the chartered boats in Kilmore Quay are enjoying some good fishing with a good run of cod in the Kilmore Quay area. Lots of codling are being caught with fish up to 10lbs in weight. On the western ground ling are being caught.  A few plaice were also caught last weekend which is early in the season. Mackerel have not appeared yet.
Continuing with the boat fishing, plenty of tope are being caught in the North Wexford area with 2 specimen tope caught by an angler on a mackerel flapper from Joe Byrne’s chartered boat in Courtown, Co. Wexford.

Last week Brian Cooke had 3 bass on Ennereilly beach, fishing with crab close in. He caught the bass at the end of a long spell of easterlies. These easterlies lasted for nearly 3 weeks and would have changed the plans of many shore anglers along the east coast.  Brian had one fish of 5lbs and 2 smaller.  A reminder that the bass close season is in place from 15th May – 15th June.

Smoothound fishing has been sporadic, the easterlies can be blamed as preferable are light westerlies or offshore winds or flat calm conditions.  There has been a small number of fish taken. Des Chew and John Mellerick had a boat sesson on Sunday off Howth head, Des had one good fish which was not weighed and released.

Photo: Des shows a nice smooth-hound

A beach casting competition was held on Newtown Mount Kennedy last Sunday. A 5 man team was selected to represent Ireland in the World Casting Championships in August in Italy. The team  includes Marty Harrison, Shane O’Dea, Andrew Gormley, Paul Noble and Paddy Cunningham. Andrew Gormley also broke an Irish record, he casted 253 metres with a 100gram lead. 
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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Bass Ban - last dash before the curtain call...

Photo: Jim landed a fine bass, which measured 71cm and weighed in at 8lbs.

The Bass ban kicked in on midnight Saturday 14th May and with that the harbour bass anglers now have an enforced lay off on their hands to the 16th June... a chance, maybe, to target other species.

In the lead up, however, activity was hectic. Conditions were challenging as the wind remained strong for the earlier part of the week. However, towards the end some marks did clear allowing some return on those hell bent on lure fishing. Best catch of the week must surely go to Jim Clohessey, organiser of the Cork Small Boats Festival ( Jim landed a fine bass, which measured 71cm and weighed in at 8lbs. The fish was caught on a soft plastic fished on an articulated jig-head and was one of a number of fish caught that day. Jim, and a number of other local anglers, have been pioneering the use of soft plastics over the last number of years and have had tremendous success. This months Irish Angler features an excellent article, penned by Jim, on the use of soft plastics and is well worth the read!

Midleton angler, Frank Murphy, stuck to bait for most of the week and was rewarded with some fish to lug. Cobh SAC angler, Pat O'Shea had better luck towards the end of the week on lures, although he reports the size of fish was generally smaller than of late. The season re-opens again on the 16th June and gives everyone the chance to replace those trebles, sharpen the hooks, and other housekeeping tasks that the frenetic pace of angling recently hasn't allowed. Roll on the 16th!!!
Pat O'Shea
Cork Harbour Angling Hub

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15 species on Sunday to Tigger

We took part in Irelands Fisheries Awareness week by taking a group out on Saturday May 14th.
Conditions were bright and breezy with a stiff old NW 5-6 blowing for most of the day before increasing to a 7 as the tide turned.
We did however have some lovely fishing in close to the shore on the south side of Beara with the morning spent drifting over a mixture of ground known to produce a nice variety of quality fish.
It didn't dissapoint with 11 species being caught in total.
The afternoon was spent at anchor right in close to the shore.
In a little over two and a half hours we caught approximately 30 Congers and two Ling with the largest Conger falling to Paul O'Sullivan who brought one to the boat that we estimated to be close to specimen weight if not over it.
On Sunday 15th we had a lovely group of 5 anglers from Germany for a half day trip. Again conditions were far from ideal, in fact they were worse than Saturday as the direction of the wind had backed to WSW. Never mind, we still managed some lovely drifts over some reefs near Black ball head which produced good numbers of Pollack and a few small Ling.
We then headed in to the comfort of Berehaven sound. On the anchor we tagged and release 13 Thornback ray with 15 caught in total, largest at approximately 8lb.
The weekend produced 15 different species.
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: Web: 

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Charter boat fishing on the Clare coast - 6 gill shenanigans

Luke Aston with his first report of 2011

Photo: Ballan wrasse to 4lbs have been taken recently

I started back fishing here in wonderful weather after Easter for the last week of April.

It was great to be out again after the winter break, the sea was lovely and although they were still scarce there were enough Mackerel about to catch our bait for the day. Drifting on the reefs west of Loop head were producing fine catches of Pollack with Ling, Haddock and Codling also about.

Also while fishing at anchor during these first days of the season we had a heavy bite on some conger gear. As it was a mark where we have had a few big Six Gill sharks I was immediately on the alert and we rigged a trace with a big bait and sent it down. Another heavy take followed by a short fight after which the fish dropped the hook. After another try, this time we got firmly hooked up but the fish was having none of it and headed up tide at a steady but unstoppable rate. I decided to haul the anchor so I could follow it and indeed by the time I was ready to move 300 mtrs of line had been stripped of Johns reel. By motoring after the fish we got a good bit of the line back and settled down to try to get whatever it was to the surface. Over the next 70 minutes I continued to back up on the fish and as time went on we were gaining line, then gone, the hook slipped again. While we did not see the fish, judging by the marks on the trace I would have no doubt that it was a 6gill and as a matter of interest we had followed and fought it for 650mtrs from my anchored position!

After the good start, the wind started to freshen over the next few days from the South East and while we could not now fish on the reefs out to the west we had some nice shelter on the north side of the headland. Mackerel were getting thicker and by the second week of May were very plentiful. We had some good sessions fishing close in for Ballan wrasse, getting them up to 4 lbs. Just on this fishing it is worth noting that while we did get the occasional wrasse on mackerel bait, rag worm completely out fished any other bait. There was also some nice mixed whitefish fishing with in 2 to 3 miles of the shore to the north of the Loop although this got harder as the winds continued to pick up over the days.

Photo: A good pollack

Then the weather went completely to the bad with strong westerly and I had to put off some trips. Indeed over the last 2 week I have only been out 1 day when a bit of North Westerly wind gave me a break as far as the Loop Head. On that day there was a good sign of Mackerel and Pollack just west of Horse Island so we did make a day of it. But at the moment I am completely at the mercy of the weather and Badly need some break in this consent wind, to get out fishing again!

The only up side of this broken spell of weather is that the old fisherman that I grew up with always said a “May break” in the weather was a good sign for good summer weather. So here’s hoping!!
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email:  Web:

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