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26 May 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update


East coast salmon angling

Boyne salmon are like hens teeth at the moment. No fish have been reported taken by rod and line anglers over the last week and only a mere 7 salmon have passed through the counter during the last nine days. Things can only improve!! The end of May has traditionally been a reasonably good time for salmon fishing on the Boyne, not great numbers but some nice fish. It is possible that fish are holding up in pools along the system and estuary waiting for badly needed rain. If anyone has additional information please send it in so that it can be included in the report.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Slaney salmon fishing best at Enniscorthy, more on fly upstream

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Photo: One of Willie O’Connor's 2 salmon from the Strahart Fishery rests before being unhooked and released

The Sunny South East has lived up to its reputation with no significant rain falling in the Slaney catchment in April or May leaving the river at a very low level for this time of year. Despite this,  many of the fishermen who ventured out this week managed to land a Slaney Springer.

Not surprisingly, most of the fish were caught in the tidal area of Enniscorthy.  It is estimated that 10 to 15 fish were caught and released at the bridge, all taken on prawns mounted on single barbless hooks (shrimp and prawn permitted from Enniscorthy Bridge down). Amongst the lucky anglers was George O’Connor who had an 8 pounder on Thursday while the day before 2 good fish were caught, one of 14 pounds.

Up river Francis Connolly had a 10 pounder and lost another at Solsboro while Anthony Walsh also had a 10 pounder at Riversdale.  Paul Aisher, the owner of Clobemon had an 8 pounder for his 2 days fishing and Willie O’Connor had 2 fresh fish of 9 and 10 pounds on a small Silver Stoat taken at Strahart Fishery.  Johan Van Der Flier, who had his first fish of 13 pounds during the opening week landed another cracker of 12 pounds from the same pool at Clohamon on a Silver Doctor. Johan’s father Dirk then managed to land his first ever salmon of 8 pounds. There is one correction from last week’s report, Jackie Byrne had 4 fish and lost another on the opening day rather than landing 5 as previously stated. It was also reported that 2 salmon were caught on The Tullow anglers water on the opening day.

Reports from Enniscorthy suggest there are good numbers of fish waiting to run the river and fishing up river could be excellent if the rain arrives. For fishing availability log onto www.slaneyrivertrust.ie.
David Dobbs
Slaney River Trust
Web:
www.slaneyrivertrust.ie

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River Suir salmon about but not in great numbers

23 May: Yesterday's casting day was a great success. 9 instructors worked with 30 anglers including a 8 lady anglers and 9 juniors. Everyone went home hapy haveing had the opportunity to improve their casting or just learning the basics. But two lucky anglers put everything they learned together and caught salmon to make it an even more memorable day.

Reports from elsewhere on the river are that the fish are there and are taking, but not in great numbers, though some good double figure salmon have been landed.
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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Water levels are dropping back on the Blackwater

Fort William Estate Fishery

25 May Water levels are dropping back once again after the recent  rise in water levels. Over the weekend  high winds and rain made fishing conditions very difficult and poor. The river rose over 1 meter and clarity is now back to 2ft+ so visability is improving each day now.
Forecast for the coming days are broken so we can only wait and see if water levels change.

For a check on whats happening upstream in regards water levels check this link: http://www.ucc.ie/hydromet/flooding/
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 and sea trout on Currane in wild weather

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

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Photo: Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy shows off a fine 11lbs Salmon

24/5/11 There was a fine 7.5lbs Salmon caught on the fly by Mr. Sean Smith and his Father of the UK, fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea of www.oshealoughcurrane.com and you can say they were the toast of the fly department. Now to the Sea Trout department there were a few caught on the drift, but no real rod bender. Wind SW light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover.  

23/5/11 Another wild day on Lough Currane with the wind WSW fresh to strong but this didn’t deter  Local Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy and his Guests, from procuring a fine 11lbs Salmon and 3 Sea Trout ranging from 2lbs up to 3lbs all caught on the fly, when I asked for a photo, Dominic’s guest replied, I am here to catch  Salmon and Sea Trout not to stand in front of a camera, and as you can see, his Gillie took centre stage, plus your cameraman forgot to take a photo of their Sea Trout.

22/5/11 Lough Currane was on the wild side this morning with a strong NW blowing, but at least one had shelter from the N Shore, come afternoon the wind veered SW light to fresh, then the action started, with Mr. Marcel Guillou of the UK, fishing with his Gillie Mr. John Young, caught a fine 10.5lbs on the fly at the point of grassy Island, now to the Sea Trout department and catch of the day and that goes to Mr. Patsy Quilligan of Cork who caught a cracker of a Sea Trout of 8 ¾ lbs while on the drift in coffees Bay. and staying with the Sea Trout, a guest caught a 2lbs Sea Trout on the fly with his Gillie Mr. Bob Priestly, and in the Mouth of the Commeragh, Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy and his guests caught 5 Sea trout, ranging from 5.5lbs down to 2lbs all caught the fly, and all sportingly put back to fight another day.

21/5/11 There was a strong SW wind blowing which made fishing virtually impossible this morning, but come this afternoon the wind had dropped and it wasn’t long before Mr. Mark Knowles of the UK had his fly rod bent double into a 8lbs Salmon caught out at the flags, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy and for the rest of we poor Gillie's the least said the soonest mended.

20/5/11 Mr. Mark Knowles of the UK and his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy were in again in great form in the fly department, with two Salmon caught, off the point of Grassy island, both Salmon were in the 7lbs plus class. In the Sea Trout Department a Guest caught a 1.5lbs Sea Trout on the troll, with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ tomsfishing@eircom.net Wind SW light with reasonable cloud cover.

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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Anglers enjoy a good salmon run at Galway

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Photo: Ray Foster landed a fine 13.5lbs salmon on shrimp.

25 May: Salmon fishing was very good in Galway over the last week, with 27 fish landed and many more fish met by anglers. Water levels were good up to yesterday, but the heavy rain of the last couple of days has seen levels rise, and there are now 6 gates open. Despite this, there were 4 fish landed already today, and plenty of salmon are showing in the river.

Jim Delahunty from Kilkenny landed salmon of 8lbs and 8.5lbs on spinner, while Paul Smyth from Tullamore had a fish of 9.5lbs on shrimp. French visitor Jean le Moal took salmon of 5lbs and 11lbs on shrimp, and Brian King from Clare had 2 fish of 8lbs and 7.5lbs on shrimp. Gerry Hartigan had a good day on Saturday, landing fish of 12lbs on spinner, 5lbs on fly, and 11lbs on shrimp. Local angler Declan Tuffy fished the fly and landed fish of 4lbs and 8lbs, while Padraic Corrigan from Dublin landed a fine fish of 12lbs, as well as a 6lbs grilse, both on fly.

Midlands angler John Bradley took a 9.5lbs salmon on shrimp, and Martin Kiely from Limerick had fish of 12lbs and 9.5lbs on spinner. Clare man Michael Browne landed a fine 13.5lbs salmon on spinner, and Dublin angler Ray Foster was very happy with his fish of the same weight, 13.5lbs, taken on shrimp.
Weather conditions are very changeable this week, with high water levels, but the fishing doesn’t seem to be affected, and we are seeing great runs of spring salmon and some early grilse, so the prospects for the coming weeks are very good.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Salmon fishing on the Moy continues to improve

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Photo: Robert McKenzie, Scotland, and his fine 11.93lbs salmon caught on the Ridge Pool with a size 8 Cascade

Salmon angling on the River Moy continues to improve, and despite recent high water levels, the river produced over 250 salmon for the week. The Moy Fishery has improved somewhat, with two fish from the Cathedral Beat and nine from the Ridge Pool. Visiting anglers from Scotland enjoyed success with the fly on the Ridge Pool, with Robert McKenzie landing two of 5.57lbs and 11.93lbs, while fellow Scot, Brian McGlashan landed two fine fish of 9.41lbs and 11lbs. Brian Fleming, Co. Antrim caught one of 5.75lbs on a spinner.

Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water also saw an improvement in catches from previous weeks, with over 20 salmon reported, while the Coolcronan Fishery produced several fish. Byrne’s and Armstrong’s Fisheries also had success in the past week, among those to land salmon at Armstrong’s was Tom McDermott, Co. Westmeath, who had an 8lbs fish on the worm. Gannon’s also experienced a productive week, as did the Foxford Fishery, where Sean O’Brien, Co. Wexford, was among those to land fish, with three salmon in total for the week, his best a fine 11.5lbs salmon taken on the worm.

Rinanney fished relatively well, where Christian Blashke, Germany, among those to have success, with a fish of 8lbs to the worm. Cloongee fished very well, with over forty salmon for the week. Pat Sherry, Co. Wicklow had a 10lbs salmon on the worm, Andre Rolland, France had three in total to the spinner and worm. Thiery Colum hosted a party of French anglers on the Fishery for the week, where they enjoyed great angling, catching a total of 22 salmon, six of which were released.

The East Mayo Anglers water once again fished well, with over 80 salmon caught. However, the Fishery has seen an increase in angler numbers recently. Duncan Whitehead, U.K., enjoyed a productive visit to the East Mayo waters’, landing four salmon, three to the fly, the best of which was 12lbs. Claude Grosjean, Belgium had one salmon of 8lbs on the worm, while fellow Belgian, Marcel Jackqeim landed one of 6lbs. Billy McGhee, Ballyvary, had success at East Mayo on the fly, landing one of 11lbs. The Ballintemple Fishery produced its first fish of the season, with a fine 12lbs, fresh run salmon caught by Eddie Doherty, Ballina.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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60 salmon from Ballisodare Fishery last week

The Ballisodare produced over 60 salmon for the week, 28 of which were released. Paul Culreavy had one of 6.5lbs and released another. Lenny Henry landed one of 10lbs on the fly and Alexander Mills also had a nice fish of 9lbs on the fly. The fly also proved successful for Ronan Watters and Tony Scallon, who had fish of 9lbs and 9.5lbs respectively. Amongst other anglers to report fish at the Ballisodare Fishery were John and Anthony Doherty, Richie Watters, Robert Marshall, N.Ireland and Galway anglers Paul and Shane Brady.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Salmon fishing on Owenduff River best for many years

Following a particularly dry spell for almost 4 weeks in April, the weather broke on 4th May. Since then there have been excellent results on both beats.Week ending 13th May produced 38 springers in total, with a record 26 fish from the Lower Beat, the majority of which were returned. Sizes varied from 6 lbs to 14 lbs.

Week ending 20th May produced 31 fish in total, with 22 fish from the Lodge Beat including a beautiful 19.5lb hen fish taken and returned by an English visitor. A number  over 11lbs were landed. On the Lower Beat a young 12 year old Angler landed 2 lovely fish, one with sea lice. He had already caught his first salmon on this Beat last year.

These two weeks have been the most productive for many years. It is encouraging to see so many fish being returned and all in pristine condition. With weather conditions predicted to be favourable for salmon angling for some time, the prospects are excellent for the coming weeks. There are some weeks still available from mid July on the Lower Beat.
Roy Craigie
Shean Fishery
Tel: +353 (0)86 6075958
Web: www.sheanlodge.com

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Drowes fishing well with plenty of fresh salmon running

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Photo: Thomas Anyon had a good day landing salmon of 7½ and 8½lb from the Sea Pools on prawn and worm.

22 May: At the start of the week the river was running at a nice level with the gauge at the Four Masters Bridge reading 0.58 metres. The week brought a lot of rain and this ensured that there was good water levels all week as the river steadily rose over the week. By Sunday the gauge was reading 0.65 metres. The river was well attended with good numbers of rods fishing throughout the week. This was another good week on the Drowes with very good numbers of salmon caught throughout the week.

On Monday, R. Morrin recorded a 4lb grilse caught and released on the fly from the Mill Run. Denis Tritton accounted for a 9lb salmon caught on shrimp from Peter’s Reeds and P. Doherty logged a 6lb grilse caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from the Red Roof.
On Tuesday, P. Thornton recorded a 7lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from Peter’s High Bank.
On Wednesday, George Matier accounted for an 8lb salmon caught on a prawn from the Sea Pools. John Parkinson logged an 8lb salmon caught on shrimp from the High Bank. D. Benson registered a 5lb grilse caught on a Flying ‘C’ lure from the Mill Pool and Melvin Schofield recorded a 6lb grilse caught on a spinner from Rooney’s.
Thursday was a good day with 11 salmon recorded to date. Chris McDaid accounted for 7lb salmon caught on fly from the Sea Pools. D. McClennan logged an 8½lb salmon caught on shrimp from the at the Sea Pools. Thomas Anyon had a good day landing salmon of 7½ and 8½lb from the Sea Pools on prawn and worm. Daryl Kennedy also had a good day recording 3 salmon caught from the Washstones & Rooney’s. The fish weighed 8, 10 & 10lb with one of these returned. R. Morrin accounted for a 7lb salmon caught on fly from the Terrace. B. McCullough logged a 10lb salmon caught on a Flying ‘C’ from the Sand Hole. Thomas Colgan registered a 5lb grilse caught on worm from the Eel Weir and David Olphert recorded an 8lb salmon caught on fly from the Washstones.
On Friday, Marty King accounted for a 10lb salmon caught o prawn from the High Bank. There were 2 further salmon caught of which, I still await details.
On Saturday, Marty recorded a further salmon caught. The fish weighed 7lb and was caught on prawn from the Washstones. Bernard McCullough accounted for a 6lb grilse caught on a Flying ‘C’ from the High Bank and Alain Blanquart registered an 8lb salmon caught on a Rapala from Lennox’s Bridge.
On Sunday, I have heard of 8 salmon caught to date though at present, I only have details of two of these. P.J. Bailey recorded a 6lb grilse caught on worm from the Black Hole and Patrick O’Malley accounted for a 5lb grilse caught on prawn from the Black Water.

The forecast for the coming week is for wet and stormy weather and so the river will remain at good levels and the prospects look rosy for the coming week once again.
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 anglers stay ashore

22 May: Once again, the week brought very rough weather on Lough Melvin and as such, the fishery was fairly quiet with very few boats venturing out.
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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Some good salmon from the Owenea Fishery, more expected

There was plenty of rain this week and this was reflected in the fact that we had good water levels all week. The gauge average for the week read a very high 0.35 metres! The fishery was a little busier with 9 visiting rods fishing for the week. The fishing was very good with a number of good salmon reported (especially considering the earliness of the season for the Owenea).

On Friday, Kevin O’Neill recorded a 9½lb salmon caught on the fly from beat 5. On Saturday, Kevin recorded another salmon weighing 8½lb caught from beat 5 on the fly and Tommy Irvine had a very good day reporting 3 salmon caught on the spinner from beat 8 that weighed 12lb each! Mick McCole accounted for a 10lb salmon and a very big fish was lost by a local angler after a 15 minute fight when a dog decided to intervene in the action! A number of other salmon were also caught on the bottom half of the river and I am awaiting details of these.

The forecast is for the wet weather to continue and also for strong winds at times this week. This should ensure good water levels over the week.
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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TROUT ANGLING

Trout Angling Update


Trout to 7.5lb on fly at Emy Lough Co. Monaghan

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Photo: Brian McMaster shows his 7.5lb Brown Trout from Emy Lough

Last week Liam Murray reported that there has been some nice trout fishing at Emy Lough in Co Monaghan lately. I am glad to report that Liam's report this week shows that Emy Lough continues to produce some fantastic trout at the moment. Quite a few big fish have been taken recently including a 7.5lb beauty which was taken by Brian McMaster fishing very light tackle and 9ft rod. There are three boats available at the lake and arrangements can be made with Geoffrey McKenna on the lake shore. Booking in advance is advisable to avoid disappointment. Permits are available from Dick Kiernan at Venture Sports in Monaghan Town.

Geoffrey McKenna can be contacted at 086 2689228
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Rainbows to double figures at Curragh Springs

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Photo: Anthony Holmes, New York USA with a fine Curragh Springs Rainbow

Shaun Hegarty reports that there has been excellent fishing at Curragh Springs Fishery despite the breezy and sometimes very windy weather with occasional heavy showers over the past couple of weeks. Shaun reports that the water is at a good level with excellent clarity and low weed content. All areas of the lake continue to fish exceptionally well. Fish are continuing to feed on the surface and many are being caught on dry fly. A lot of our old resident and over wintered fish are starting to show. Several beautifully conditioned rainbow trout in the low double figures have been landed and many more in the 7lb + caught and carefully released. Alan Bennett, who was home on holidays from Abu Dhabi braved the windy weather for the week and fished every-day. Alan notched up a total of 69 fish for the week most fish caught on a small black dry fly.

Anthony Holmes also home on a few days holiday from New York had a great days fishing at Curragh Springs. Paul had a total of 19 trout for his day at the fishery. Anthony Holmes is pictured below with a fine Rainbow from Curragh Springs which was taken by his brother Paul.

Fishing pressure has eased off at Creevy lake over the last week and catches have been small with only occasional trout being taken.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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East Coast River Trout Fishing

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports that Pierre Lemaire and Gilles Granier from France fished with him for 3 days for trout and pike. They finished up with 62 trout on river and lake. Pierre had 3 nice trout on the lake of 2lb 2.5lb and 2.75lb. Weather was wet and windy at times which made fly-fishing very difficult. The river 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 patandtrina@eircom.net

Eamonn Conway reports that the Fane is still very low and clear. There have not been many anglers fishing due to the very windy conditions.

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 eastcoastangling@gmail.com  mobile: 087 2044996
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Worst Mayfly season on Lough Derg in many years

One of the worst Mayfly seasons on Lough Derg in many years has virtually come to an end, with many anglers who gave days on the lake ending up fishless. The season started lively enough and many fish were caught in late April. The relatively warm and calm weather we had last month even resulted in very good angling with the spent gnat, which the majority of fish were caught on. Talking to anglers with many years of experience on the lake, they said they had never seen the spent gnat arrive so early in the year as they did in the season just gone. Usually, the best of the gnat fishing on Derg starts around mid-May but this year it really never took off during this period due to persistent squally winds that made angling extremely difficult throughout virtually all of May.

And with the windy conditions and relatively cool temperatures expected to last until at least up to this weekend, it seems that we can now say goodbye to our Mayfly angling locally for yet another year. The 2011 season has been the worst for anglers for many years, judging by the record book of the Garrykennedy Fishing Club. The total number of trout weighed in for the current season stands at only 95, the worst result in eight years. Weather conditions are always a significant factor impacting on catch rates by anglers in any season, and the inclemency we experienced over the past three weeks is almost definitely one of the reasons why the catch rate is so low this year.

But some of the other Irish lakes have fished reasonably well this season compared to Derg, especially Lough Sheelin where there has been tremendous fly angling almost since the current season opened back in March.

By contrast, the catch rate on Lough Derg is on a general decline over the last number of years and the current season’s returns bear hallmarks of the dismal late 1990s when catch rates during the Mayfly seasons were very poor indeed.

After the late 90s angling for trout improved steadily right up to the peak recorded in the excellent season of 2006. Alas, since then catches have been in decline, judging by the Garrykennedy club’s records. Just for interest I will give you the total catch rates for the Mayfly seasons recorded by the club since 1998 up to the season now just virtually past. They are as follows: 1998, 71 trout; 1999, 44 trout; 2000, 78 trout; 2001, 183 trout; 2002, 120 trout; 2003, 94 trout; 2004, 223 trout; 2005, 270 trout; 2006, 296 trout; 2007, 146 trout; 2008, 287 trout; 2009, 154 trout; 2010, 145 trout and 2011, 95 trout.

It seems we will have to wait on deliberations from fishery scientists to try to establish why exactly the catch rate has fallen off dramatically over the past half decade or so. My own reasoning is that, apart from the impacts of weather conditions on any given year, there appears to be some relationship between the fall-off in catches and the closure of the trout hatchery that was operated by the Scariff Mountshannon and Whitegate Angling Club on the Clare side of the lake.

Anglers fishing the lake for the past ten years or more may remember the first season when we noticed a marked improvement in trout catches. It was 2004 when the Mayfly season was reported to be “the best in 20 years” on the lake.

In a number of years just preceding that season a total of 800,000 trout fry were introduced into the streams flowing into the lake by the anglers running the hatchery and the fishing improved dramatically. I’m not qualified to say that the hatchery definitely resulted in a big boost to trout catches but the peak in catch rates came in the years immediately following the operation of the hatchery.

Indeed, I remember doing stories at the time about the very large numbers of trout around the one pound mark being caught by anglers. There was a theory among some angles at the time that somebody was secretly putting stocked adult trout into the lake as many of these one pounders were shoaling in selective bays and showing all the characteristics of hatchery reared fish. My own theory is that these fish were the produce of the Whitegate-based hatchery, but my reasoning could be completely askew. It’s merely a hunch I have, but we are depending on the scientists to come up with the exact reasons.

Meanwhile, angling for Mayfly fishers on Derg this past week (from Monday May 16 to Monday May 23) has been absolutely dismal. There were no fish weighed in Garrykennedy for the Kevin Reynolds Plate competition on Saturday last and none again for the Christy Molamphy Cup competition on Sunday. In fact only one small fish was weighed in the village for the entire past week, a trout of just under 1lbs 4ozs. And so, the end of the Mayfly season means the end of this angling column for yet another year. The annual prize giving ceremony for the Garrykennedy anglers will he held in Larkin’s Pub in the village on Saturday June 11th.

Local anglers need not be too despondent about the poor season as there is still much to look forward to if we travel to other waters for a bit of fly fishing. Thankfully, North Tipperary now has its very own Trout Angling Centre in the village of Ballinderry, were I’m told the fishing is currently excellent.

Last week two local anglers spent a few hours on the Ballinderry lake and caught 30 of the water’s hard fighting naturally fed rainbow trout of up to 3lbs. I recommend you try the place because you won’t be disappointed.
Peter Gleeson
Nenagh Guardian
email: pgleeson@nenaghguardian.ie

12lb trout on the troll

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Photo: French Angler Mr Alain Ladurelle with a Lough Derg trout

Here is a photo of a lovely trout caught by one of my clients on Lough Derg yesterday Sunday while trolling for pike in 9 m of water. The fish, estimated at 12 lbs with a length of approx 80/85 cms, was caught by French Angler Mr Alain Ladurelle while fishing with guide Pierre Monjarret. After very cautious handling and photographing, this beauty was safely returned to Lough Derg. 4 pike were also caught on that particularly rough day. This fishing trip was a present to Alain Ladurelle from his friends and family and he has sent a photo of his fish to everyone of these as a Thank You message!
Jean Louis Bigot 
Guide de pêche Français
Guide Conseil Pecheirlande, Ballygreen, Garraunboy, Killaloe, Co Clare
Tel: +353 (0)87 6412658 (portable) or +353 (0)61 376798 (Fixe)
Email: info@pecheirlande.com Web: www.pecheirlande.com,
www.pechealliance.com, www.orchape.com

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Lough Ennell trout a tough prospect

I spent a day on Ennell last week with a few lads from up North. We only had one small fish, and it was tough fishing. A few boats were out on the lake, and local angler Tosh Grimes had a few good fish one up on 3lbs on May Fly. The day I fished little or no may fly were hatching, but the Lake was covered with Welshman Buttons. Unfortunately the trout were reluctant to feed on this sedge. This Sunday May 29th Lough Ennell Trout Preservation Association will host their first trout competition of the season. On the day we will fish for the Rex Beaumont Cup. It’s an 11am start at Whitebridge Bay and new members are more than welcome to fish. Boat & Engine Hire on Ennell contact Lilliput boat hire on 087-6492866.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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Great sport on dry fly at Lough Lene

Lough Lene is producing some cracking brown trout, and it will fish well into June. The lake is heavily stocked with brown and rainbow trout, and they are in mint condition. I had two super days on the lake last week, and boated many trout up on the 2lbs mark. Also club member John Gallagher was in action, and enjoyed great sport catching rising fish on Dry Fly. The Lake is club controlled and day tickets are €15, which can be purchased in the shops in Collinstown Village. I will be back on Lene as soon as the wind drops, and hopefully later this week have a Fish Flash feature on Lene. The lake is featured in this Months Irish Angler Magazine, check it out.
Mick Flanagan
Angling correspondent and photographer.
Mobile:
087-2797270.
Web:  
www.midlandangling.com

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Sheelin storms stop fishing but fish take in calms

22 May: Persistently stormy conditions made fishing challenging for anglers on Lough Sheelin throughout the week.  Tuesday May 17th was the best day for fishing on the lake while extreme winds and storms on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday prevented most anglers from going out on the lake.

 The cold and blustery conditions didn’t however affect the fly life with hatches of mayfly coming off the lake in millions particularly on Saturday and Sunday, in general all days saw great fly life in most parts of the lake. Again wind dictated what areas of the lake were most fished which for the last week was mainly along the Western shore –  Crane island, Orangefield and Chambers bay but Hollywell bay was popular too.  Anglers are both wet and dry fly fishing with the grey wulff, green wulff and green mayfly being the most popular flies used. 

136 trout were recorded for the week and most anglers adopted a catch and release a policy which is to be encouraged.

The heaviest fish caught for the week were by Tony Harton, Cavan with a 7 lb trout, Thomas Harton, Kilnaleck with a 6½ lb trout, Michael Kelly, Dublin with a 6½ trout and Paddy Lyons, Kilnaleck, Cavan with a 6lb 2oz fish.

Some catches for the week were :-

Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office
Email: brenda.montgomery@fisheriesireland.ie

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Storm force winds on Mask as Corrib Mayfly peters out

Ronan Cusack reports from Lough Mask that south-westerly winds early on in the week eventually developed into storm force gales on Mask over the weekend, but despite these inclement weather conditions there was no interruption to the good fishing on the lake.

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Photo: John Doyle landed a trout of 9.5lbs, taken on the troll

Ivor Hazlet and Gareth Luve, from Northern Ireland, fished out of Cushlough last week and averaged 5 good fish per day. They also reported returning large numbers of under size trout over the week.  British anglers Michael Boyd and George Lemont fished Mask on Tuesday and Wednesday last and landed 13 good fish for the two days (best fish 3lbs). Sam Proctor and his son from Co Down also fished Mask for the week and reported some excellent fishing. Two Scottish anglers fishing with Ronan on Friday and Saturday enjoyed some excellent sport, with plenty of fish up to 2lbs and again returning large numbers of juvenile trout. Wicklow angler John Doyle and three friends fished Mask for the first time ever on Thursday, guided by Ronan, and John landed a magnificent trout of 9.5lbs for his trouble, taken on the troll.
Despite the time of year sedges and small olives dominate the fly hatches on the lake and mayfly numbers still remain poor.
To book fishing with Ronan Cusack, call him on 087 2869487 or email cusackronan@gmail.com

Meanwhile, mayfly hatches are just petering out on  Lough Corrib, although there were still prolific hatches up to last weekend, and some anglers are still meeting good numbers of fish. The storm on Monday has probably signalled the end of the mayfly here for this year, after a generally very good few weeks. The cold blustery weather made fishing difficult too, with fewer boats out, and anyone who was mad enough to go out on Monday would probably be better off trying extreme sports!

Larry McCarthy reported 27 clients landed 54 trout over 49 rod-days, all on fly, including Tim Rowey and Terry Lusby from England, who landed 22 fish over 12 rod days to dry fly, all sportingly released. To book fishing or accommodation with Larry, check www.corribangling.com or call +353 (0)93 31718.

Tom Bell’s party of 4 anglers landed 8 good fish over 4 days, including a fish of 4.25lbs. Vincent and Mattie Hughes landed 4 trout for a day for 8.5lbs The Jack Kelly dapping competition was won by Ger Walsh, with 4 trout for 4.9kgs. Second place went to Eamon Waldron, with 2 trout for 2.18kgs, and third was Martin Murphy, with 2 trout for 1.6kgs.

At the time of writing the wind is howling again, and rain showers have been frequent, but if the weather would warm up slightly the fishing should remain reasonably good for the next couple of weeks.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Conn and Cullin fish well despite disruptive weather

The loughs fished relatively well for the week, despite the disruptive weather, with many of the better catches actually recorded during the bad weather! Angling out of Enniscoe Fishery, Crossmolina, Gary Crossley had one trout of 2lbs to the Green Peter, with Ian Wise boating 8, his best 2lbs, all taken on Mayfly patterns. John Warren also enjoyed success with mayflies, catching 6 trout in total.

Angling out of Murphys, Mick Sweeney, Co. Galway, had a fine 5.5lbs trout on a green Dabbler in Massbrook Bay. Barry Graham and Ned Tyrrell, Co. Offaly enjoyed good angling over three days, averaging ten trout per day on Mayfly patters. Ronnie Chambers, N.Ireland, also enjoyed a good week, averaging 10 trout per day over five days, with his best 1.5lbs. Fishing from Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Jack Mellet, Castlebar had success with the Klinkhammer, with two trout, the best of which was 2lbs, and Andrea Berti, Italy, also caught two on the Claret.

Padraig Kelly, Cloghans and John Price had four trout for a day in Cloghans Bay, Seamus Kelly, Cloghans also had success in the Bay with three trout for an evening on Mayfly patterns. P.J. Hallinan, Ballina also had two on Mayflies, his best 2lbs while Gary Binley had one of 2lbs on a Watson’s Fancy.

Two competitions were hosted on the Loughs over last weekend, and despite the terrible winds, many anglers taking part enjoyed good angling. Qualifers for the Connaught Cup were held on Lough Conn on Saturday 21st, with 31 anglers participating. Of those taking part, 11 anglers boated fish, with 13 trout in total presented for the weigh in. Taking first place was Barry Fox, Co. Sligo with a trout of 3.5lbs, second place went to Seamus Kelly, Cloghans, with two trout for 2.25lbs and in third place was Francie White, Co. Sligo with two trout for 2.01lbs.

The competition for the Jack McNeely Cup was fished on Sunday 22nd, with 30 anglers participating. First place was taken by Seamus Kelly, Cloghans with his trout of 3.5lbs, second place went to Adrian Murphy, Cloghans with a trout of 2.5lbs and in third place was Richard Burnley, Foxford, with a trout of 1.75lbs. Michael McNeely, Brackwansha took fourth while David Creane, Cloghans took fifth place.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Spent Gnat in good numbers on Lough Arrow

The Spent Gnat continues to fall in good numbers on Lough Arrow. Peter Dunne, had eight trout over the week, ranging from 1.5lbs to 3lbs. Rodger Young, France, boated one for 1.5lbs while David Grey enjoyed good angling on the buzzer, with two fine fish of 4.7lbs and 4lbs. Gerry Martin also had two trout for a session, both of which were returned.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Ballin Lough rainbows take in bad weather

Due to the poor weather, few anglers ventured out on Ballin Lough. However, those who fished were rewarded for their efforts. Mr. Nagle and boat partner boated and released 8 rainbow trout, their best fish 2lbs. Pat Sugrue and boat partner had 5 trout, their best 2lbs while Jim Prenderville and boat partner had two, averaging 2lbs.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Lough Melvin very rough - no one fishing

22 May: Once again, the week brought very rough weather on Lough Melvin and as such, the fishery was fairly quiet with very few boats venturing out.
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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Buzzers best for Cashel rainbows

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Photo: P Charles, K McConvey ,J Webb, P Jones, R McConvey at Cashel Fishery

With the unsettled weather conditions anglers were a little hesitant about coming out at the beginning of the weekend but as the days progressed the weather improved and things began to look much more promising.

Maghera’s Bernard Mellon had a great run with fourteen trout to the bank which took assorted buzzers.  Limavady’s Liam Mullan, Neil Millar and Michael Mc Kee banked six in total with two for home which weighed 4lb 8ozs.  Derry’s Alan Temple and Billy Haslett banked twelve and three trout respectively using assorted dries.  Newcomers, John Webb (Belfast), Patrick Jones (Crossgar), Paul Charles (Belfast), Raymond Mc Convey (Belfast) and Karl Mc Convey (Belfast) had a great time banking a total of five trout which weighed 9lb 4ozs.  They unfortunately lost quite a few and got broke on a couple also.  These anglers were using daddies, bibios and hoppers.  Brian Mc Kay (Limavady) released two trout which took wee CDC’s while his mates, Martin Mc Nicholl (Drumsurn, Limavady) bagged two totalling 4lb 8ozs and George Kealey released one which took a green and gold dry fly.

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


Big hybrid and rudd fishing on Inniscarra

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Photo: Two specimens - rudd bream and a rudd for Sydney Kennedy and Dan Lynch.

There has been some excellent fishing reported on Inniscarra Reservoir recently with a number of bags of over 100lb taken by anlgers. The catches are made up mostly of rudd-bream hybrids and bream. Many anglers have had bags of bigger than average fish with a number of specimen sized fish landed. Earlier this week an evening session for Sydney Kennedy and Dan Lynch of Halfway Angling, Cork saw the pair land some beautiful coarse fish including these two, a 4.5lbs Rudd/bream hybrid and a 2.2lbs specimen rudd.
Michael Hennessy
IFI-MAcroom

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Muckno competition beseiged by wind and rain

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Photo: Early arrivals for the Fishmaniak Competition on Lough Muckno on Sunday 22nd May

The weather played havoc with the Fishmaniak Angling Club competition organised on Lough Muckno at White Island on Sunday the 22nd May. Torrential downpours and gale force winds made angling very difficult indeed and discouraged many anglers from travelling. Fishing took place from 7am to 1pm. 15 anglers fished and results were disappointing to say the least. However, the dificult conditions did not curb the enthusiastic anglers who took part in the event. Pawel Orlow who fished the event reported that fishing at the competition wasn't the best.

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Photo: One of the Polish anglers enjoying his fishing at Lough Muckno last Sunday 22nd May

Positions in the event were as follows 1st place - Stu6-60  1,33 kg. 2nd place - Paluszczak  1,02 kg. 3rd place - Maciek1  0,77 kg. David Byrne from IFI attended the event and as always was warmly received by the group. The competition gives the lads an opportunity to get together every so often to engage in something that they all love love to do. There is a great sense of family and plenty of craic and fishing talk. The usual litter pick was conducted after the event none of which belonged to the lads.

Thanks and well done to the Fishmaniak Polish Angling Club on another successful event.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Big Roach/Bream hybrids in Carlow

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Photo: Danyael McStraw, Carlow CAC junior member and Nev Martin Carlow CAC vice-chairman 

Some of the committee and members of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club made the journey to the river Barrow downstream from Levittstown mill on Sunday for a coarse angling match. The match was ran by the Athy and District Anglers and a dozen anglers turned out on the day to brave the elements. The wind on the day was ferocious therefor most anglers were reluctant to produce their much prised poles and whips. The majority of anglers opted to fish the feeder rod or tip as it is called in angling circles with the use of the whip in between gusts. The match was eventually won after a very hard days fishing by Carlow cac regular Duncan Collins weighing 2 Lb of very small Dace, second place went to Aidrian Hyland of Athy, third place went to Paul mcLaughlin and in joint fourth place Gerry mcstraw Carlow cac and Miroslav Svajlenin Carlow cac.

Having had such a poor days fishing a few members of the Carlow club headed back to Graiguecullen in Carlow for another few hours fishing the feeder. Almost immediately the Carlow chairman landed a Roach/Bream hybrid weighing over 3Lb. After releasing several of these hybrids it was decided to make the journey back to the car for the keep net. Vice chairman Neville Martin was coaching young Danyael mcstraw and landed several big hybrids, the hybrids kept coming until seven o'clock as did the Dace, Roach, Perch and even a Trout weighing well over a pound that rose three foot from the river once hooked feeder and all, what a wonderful sight, as per club policy all fish were released safe and well back to the river from which they came.

Other reports coming in are that Oaklands fishery in New Ross is fishing very well at the moment for decent sized Carp. The New Ross club held a three hour junior match on Saturday with the winning bag weighing in at 70 Lb and young Thomas Quinlan again making his mark with a bag of over 50Lb for second place. On a different note the Carlow cac will be sending a few junior anglers up to Kilkock for the Junior Canals Championship on Saturday. The event is ran yearly by the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, the governing body for coarse anglers in Ireland and promises to be another huge success and will as always help to promote coarse angling in Ireland. The Carlow cac will be sending several of their Angling Council of Ireland coaches to the event to help out on the day.

If you have any enquiries as regards up and coming events, fishing the river Barrow in and around Carlow or joining the Carlow cac please do not hesitate to contact Gerry mcstraw on 085 2844566 or by e-mail on gerrymcstraw@yahoo.ie , Gerry can also be contacted by calling into Carlow Coarse Angling Supplies in St. Fiacc's Tce. Graiguecullen, Carlow. The carlow cac would also like to invite you to visit and join their ever increasing and popular Facebook pace (carlow cac) which is updated daily.
Gerry McStraw
Carlow CAC

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Tubertini Team Ireland Feeder Team Selected at Gaulmoylestown match

Saturday the 21st & Sunday the 22nd of May 2011 saw the first ever qualifying rounds for places on Team Ireland’s World Championship Feeder Team to compete in Italy at the Sport Fish World Championships.

Team Manager, Mark Theedom chose Gaulmoylestown Lough as the venue to host this event, as the Lough is the most prolific Carp venue in Ireland and holds a record of 250lb of Carp caught in a 5 hour match (Bobby Smithers) , another reason for Mark’s selection was the fairness of the venue and this did not disappoint, as competitors were all in with a equal chance of qualifying regardless of the peg they drew.

Under the National Federations Protocols, Mark is entitled to pick half of the team with the other half qualifying through the selection process. This gives the Ireland manager the type of digression as is seen with the Float Team selection yet also insures fairness to all NCFFI members taking part.
13 of Ireland’s best Feeder anglers braved the conditions to take part, with a total 181.650kg caught over the two days.

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Photo: Wayne Fuller was selected for the Tubertini Team Ireland Feeder Team

After two days of hard fishing and even harder conditions Mark Theedom announced his team to represent Irish Feeder Angling and the NCFFI at the World Championships on the Tevere River near Montemolino in Italy from August 25th to September 3rd. The Team are as follows; Nick Howell, Paul Leese, Brenton Sweeney, Stephen Abraham, Tony Kersley, and Wayne Fuller.

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Photo: Paul Leese, one of the Tubertini Team Ireland Feeder Team

Mark thanked all the anglers for choosing to take part in the Qualifiers. Mark also thanked the following anglers who attended as end peg blockers; Tommy Dowd, Gerald Green, Steve Finchett and Stephen Reddy.
The venue for the event was provided free of charge to the NCFFI by the Gaulmoylestown Lough Angling Club, many thanks to Niall Purcell and his team for all there help in the preparation of an excellent venue.
Mark congratulated Nick Howell on becoming the NCFFI  Irish National Feeder Champion for 2011.
NCFFI

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Excellent coarse fishing in shelter at Portumna

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Photo: Just two hours fishing in the evening accounted for this net of fish

The severe wind and generally bad weather saw few anglers venturing out. I found a swim on the Shannon that offered some protection from the wind and had several days of excellent fishing. Bream, Hybrids and Roach all taken on a size 8 or 10 hook using a cocktail of corn maggot and worm. The swim was prebaited the day before each session.
Mike Murray
MURRAY'S B&B
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Web www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

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Lots of rain, some good bream and tench but levels still low on Inny

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Photo: 4 good bream from the Inny

21 May: It rained all day with high Winds. The rain had produced a large flooded area just down the road from my house so I thought I might ground bait it ! It cannot be any worse than the river at the moment. Tony had a mixed bag at Dunamon Bridge but found conditions hard going so he retired early. I must apologise for the daily repeating of the exploits of Peter and Tony for they are the only Anglers around mad enough to brave the weather and drop in their reports and pictures to me.

20 May: Weather much as yesterday, but a huge Lack of Water has failed to come from recent showers. Peter and Tony were yet again at Strokestown, Tony fell on some nice Tench, Roach, Rudd and Skimmers Peter landed 4 great Bream on a maggot cocktail sticking to his promise of double figured Bream this year. On my passing of Shrule Bridge I was surprised to see quite a lot of Fine Roach just upstream of the bridge…..No signs of movement at Red Bridge up or down stream. Ballymahon Bridge is so low one could walk across, no signs of Fish. Newcastle Bridge is short of Fish apart from the odd Trout topping.

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Photo: A nice tench from the Inny

17th - 18th May: Very blustery and sunny conditions, with the odd shower. Tony Frampton from Hampshire enjoyed a day at Strokestown Lakes with an array of fish including a magnificent Tench of well Over 5lbs from Lake 5, With Peter having a day off today, he's gearing up to return to Strokestown weather permitting. Tony with a cracking Tench We have had some belated reports from Peter and Tony with good news at last: Peter and Tony fishing at Strokestown Lakes seem to be the only anglers that are having success. A trio of pictures confirm his catch on 3 occasions. Other news from Tony he did very well on The River Suck at Coreen Forde, also Dunamond Bridge on the staging with a good collection of Roach, Rudd and Hybrids.
John Coles
Web: www.innyangling.net

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Catches to 60lb a day for coarse anglers at Arva

The Kingfisher Angling Club held a competition over two day on Bairds Shore White Lake and Annaghierin.  Twenty eight anglers took part.  The winners were as follows:

Arva area

Paul Williams, Chester fished the Arva area during the past week and bagged 50/60lb each day including Bream, Hybrids and Roach.

Ballinamore area

Plenty of continental anglers in the Ballinamore area in recent weeks.  Brackley, Bunerky and Bellaboy have all been giving good bags of fish. Good Tench has been bagged on Bolganard, Corgar and Drumlona.  Small matches have been held on Kiltybarden recently and good bags of small fish were caught. 
Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       
Email: alice.murtagh@fisheriesireland.ie



PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Pike to 17lb for Polish angler on Monalty pike

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Photo: Pawel Orlow with a 17lb 3oz pike from Monalty Lake, caught last Saturday

21 May: Pawel Orlow, a members of the Polish Fishing Club in Ireland 'Fishmaniak' was out on Monalty Lake, Carrickmacross today in pursuit of pike. On the Day the weather was wet and windy but he was not detered and his best fish on the day is pictured above. The pike weighed 17lb 3oz and was caught on a roach dead bait. After weighing a quick photo the fish was carefully returned.

Lough Muckno

Four Polish anglers also fished Lough Muckno during the week and caught and released 4 pike the best of which was a low double. Two friends of the Fishmaniak group also pike fished on Sunday 22nd and had two fish within 45 mins.

Cavan area

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Photo: A visiting angler show his catch with Pat McLoughlin

Angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports Pierre Lemaire and Gilles Granier from France fished with him for 3 days for trout and pike. Best days pike fishing in the Cavan area produced 16 pike. Best pike was 97cm for Gilles and Piere had his first pike on fly of 75cm. 

If you fancy a day on the lakes with Pat he can be contacted at 086 1017415
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Pike catches trailing off at Portumna

The pike activity has slowed down with anglers reporting just the odd fish being landed. The river close to Portumna bridge offering the best chance for pike. 
Mike Murray
MURRAY'S B&B
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596
Web www.bedandbreakfastportumna.com

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Shannon pike report

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Photo: Stephen Gibbons with a 7lb fish

Stephen Gibbons fished the mid Shannon last week from his new boat and had 4 fish to 10lb. He reports that he enjoyed good sport but it was also very windy and the river was very low.

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Photo: Joe Donnelly with a 9lb fish...


Lough Ree

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Photo: Victoria Deakin and her Lough Ree pike

24 May: I had the pleasure of fishing with my neice, Victoria Deakin who was visiting from the UK. Victoria put me to shame and caught this lovely pike not far from the house. We did not weigh the fish but was a fine, fat specimen.
Richard Collins
St Johns House, B&B
Rinnagan, Co. Roscommon.
Tel: +353 (0)906661748
Web: www.stjohnshouse.biz


808 pike and 92 perch for Belgian anglers at Arva

Ten anglers from Belgium fished the Arva area including Corlisbratten, Gulladoo, Gartylough, Gowna and reported excellent fishing with 808 Pike caught, the biggest Pike measured 39ins.  They also bagged 92 Perch during the week. 
Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       
Email: alice.murtagh@fisheriesireland.ie

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


East coast sea angling a blow out

Unfortunately, nothing to report on the eastern sea angling front due to bad weather which was followed by yes you've guessed it, more bad weather. Hopefully things will improve and we will have something for you in next weeks report.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Stormy Monday Flatties on the Beara

A pound dab tempted by lugworm while sea fishing on the Beara Peninsula, Ireland.

It is always possible to find fish on the Beara even in the worst of weather as I found out over the last couple of days. Prospects looked grim for Roger and I with serial fronts blowing in from the Atlantic. Rain driven by strong winds which moved from north west to south and back again in the space of 36 hours makes for heavy seas and little shelter on this wonderful but exposed sea angling outpost. That said, a  weather window gave us an evening and one full days fishing before it all closed in again and we made the most of it.

Digging fresh lugworm and white rag  for bait we chose a relatively sheltered mark with flat fish in mind. Roger used a two hook flowing trace while I baited up a two hook paternoster. Distance has proved decisive on this location before and so it transpired again. From the get go dogfish made their appearance more or less every other cast to plain lug baits. Tipping off with white rag and being able to get that little bit further out due to the rig employed, a decisive pull down of the rod top followed by a slack line resulted in a fine flounder, the next cast producing a good codling. With night closing in we called it a day.

The following evening during a temporary lull we used up the remainder of our lugworm fishing a different rock mark that again gave access to clean ground. This time we both used two hook paternosters banged out and what a session we had. Fishing about two hours into the rising tide we hit codling averaging 2.0 lbs on our first casts with no let up until the bait ran out. Super fishing similar to what we experienced last October capped off by a cracking pound plus dab, one part of a codling/flattie double header.

The fishing continued with double codling shots occurring at least three times. At close of play Roger had the best fish topping 2.5 lbs. We kept a few codling for the pot returning most to the water. Two year classes were evident, one year and two/three years. Codling breed in their forth year so we are not out of the woods yet, however as stated before if this obviously prolific stock is managed rather than exploited then there is hope for the species.

The Beara is full of surprises, I have not caught codling like this in May since the late 1980′s, and as for flatfish well I will keep coming back. In the last three trips I have landed numerous plaice to 1.5 lbs and dab to a pound plus, with a friend catching a 1.5 lb specimen dab. This is quality fishing for the times we are living in, long may it last.
Ashley Hayden
Web: www.anirishanglersworld.com

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Derrymore Strand competition results from Tralee Bay SAC

Derrymore Strand is a beach which has the potential to produce anything from Bass, Dogs, Ray, Flounder along with the smaller species such as Coalies, Eels, Wrasse and the odd Blenny - which is also a welcomed 5pts to the scorecard.

It is a venue which has rarely, if never been visited by the Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club in the past. The weather had been of the mixed variety all the week previous throwing up mixed conditions with the rumour of weed making an appearance on the beach due to the strong winds from the South-West, thus causing feed to be churned up in the surf. Taking the full brunt of these winds, thousands of washed up Mussels were seen in sections all along the stretch from Castlegregory to Stradbally. Derrymore Strand being further in the bay might not have been struck with such force.

An ideal time to catch a sizeable Bass you may say but due to the breeding season started and the clubs keen interest in keeping our Bass stocks populated every angler on the beach will be fully aware of the Bye-Laws. As competitors will not be setting out to target Bass on this occasion, if one shall fall to a flounder trace for instance it will be quickly unhooked and returned to the sea.

As competitors arrived in the car park it was obvious it was going to be an interesting day out. Strong South West winds were blowing onshore as the beach was being pegged out. Many clusters of rock formations showed their faces as the tide dropped back. This was a very unwelcome sight to any competitor who drew a peg in front of these rocks. At the bottom of the tide anglers looked for a clear patch of ground through the murky waters to enable them to successfully fish into and retrieve their traces intact. A tackle graveyard for any angler unaware of the obstructions.

Whilst some anglers had to settle with close quarters fishing for flounder, wrasse and rockling amongst the weed, others lucky enough to pull a low numbered peg had the benefit of putting their traces where they wanted as this showed when the results were tallied. It was a beach of two halves with pegs in front of the car  park having most success with our new secretary Conor O’Dwyer getting off to a great start with two consecutive painted ray. The first few pegs landing seven painted ray between them and the unfortunate Phil Ord to lose a fine stingray as it carried him for a run down the strand before straightening his hook. Phil plugged away with bigger hooks at distance in the hope of targeting another but with no success, better luck next time Phil. All this happening whilst Philip O’Sullivan having no trouble landing his two fine painted ray, one of which was a double shot with a dogfish, a fine result indeed.

Back at our excellent sponsors at the Greyhound Bar where there was a very small turnout. Anglers were obviously windswept and tired from the clubs first five hour session. With bodies replenished, it was to be a fair outcome with 26 anglers catching 46 fish, all of which were returned to fight another day.

The final positions were:

Junior
1st Garry O’Shea 85pts
2nd Luke O’Sullivan 78pts

Many congratulations to Gary O'Shea - a new member of the club fishing in his first competition with us and getting off to an excellent start.

Senior
1st Philip O’Sullivan 425pts
2nd Johnny O’Shea 264pts
3rd Conor O’Dwyer 287pts

The best round fish prize went to once again Philip O’Sullivan with a fine painted ray of 75cm. The best flat fish prize was Gary O’Shea with a flounder of 32cm.

Our next competition is to be held on the 19th June in Bana from 3.30-7.30pm meeting at carpark 4. Once again many thanks to the Greyhound Bar - our generous sponsors.
John Tobin
Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club
Web: www.traleebaysac.org

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Connacht Closed Gold Medal Shore competition

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Photo: Ed Kilroy was presented the Ray Toner Memorial cup by his daughter Rebecca

The Connacht Closed Gold Medal Shore competition was held over the weekend, with competitors fishing 3 venues over the 2 days, and having a few welcome pints in the Helm in Westport in between. Fishing was very tough, with incessant rain and wind on Saturday morning making for miserable fishing on Cross Strand near Louisburgh. Anglers were split into 2 zones for each session, with points awarded for placings in each zone.

The opening session on Cross was won by Peter Atkins (Zone A) and Mike Curtin (Zone B), with Peter taking a fine flounder of 41cm to win his zone.
The evening session on Saturday was fished at 2 venues in inner Clew Bay, with the fish seemingly not on the feed at all, and only one thornback ray was reported, taken by veteran angler Fergus Collins from Furbo. Scores were updated on Saturday night back at base in the Helm, and it was all to play for on Sunday, with at least 8 anglers in with a chance of winning the competition, and several more well placed to qualify for the team.

Conditions were much more benign on Sunday, with sunshine and just a few showers making for a more enjoyable day on Whitestrand beach. From the start, fish were coming in on Zone A, while Zone B was plagued with floating weed. The weed soon made an appearance on Zone A, with Ed Kilroy at the end troubled most by it. Ed, however, had landed enough fish before the weed moved in to win the zone, while Padraic McKenna took Zone B.

Back in the Helm, where anglers were welcomed with delicious soup and sandwiches, scores were quickly totted up, and the winners announced. The winner of the Connacht Closed Gold Medal for 2011 was Ed Kilroy from Newport SAC, with a total of 48 points. Padraic McKenna (Newport) was second, on 46 points, while Peter Atkins (Galway Bay SAC) was third, with 43 points. Brian Reidy and Chris Feeney (both Galway Bay SAC) also qualified for the Connacht team for next year’s inter-provincials. Chris Feeney also won the under-21 Gold Medal.

Ed Kilroy was presented with a new trophy, the Ray Toner Memorial Cup, for his achievement. The cup was commissioned in honour of Ray Toner from Renmore, Galway, a longtime stalwart of the shore scene in Connacht, who passed away tragically last year. The cup was presented by his daughter Rebecca, and it was great to see Ray’s family there to see Ray being honoured.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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