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02 September 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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SALMON ANGLING

Salmon Angling Update



17lb salmon on Castletown and lots fo fresh fish in lower Fane

Matt Campbell reports that rain showers brought a slight rise in water levels on the Castletown River this week and the best salmon taken weighed in at 17lbs. A fresh run of sea trout was reported to have entered the river during the week.

Fane

On the River Fane, Bernard Devenney of the Dundalk Salmon Anglers reports that it looks probable that during the next seven days we may get enough rain to change the fishing conditions. There are reports that a lot of fresh salmon are now coming into the lower saltwater parts of the Fane. During the week Anthony Reynolds from Castlebellingham caught a lovely fresh 8lb Salmon at The Flats below Craigs Pool. There are reports of a few other Salmon caught during the week. Until the rain arrives the best chance of getting a Salmon would be to fish with the Shrimp or Worms in the deep Pools in the river from Craigs' Pool down to McKenna's Bridge and even down to the pool below the railway line. Bernard also reports that there are some niece Sea-trout along this part of the river as well.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

The Dundalk Salmon Anglers Association welcomes new members &visitors to their fisheries. Day Tickets cost €15 per day right through the season until 12thOctober

Day tickets to fish the Association's fisheries are available from:
Dundalk Angling Centre,
Demesne Shopping Centre, Dundalk.
Tel: 087-1477060. Closed Sunday & Monday 
Bicycle Doctor,
98 Bridge Street, Dundalk.
Tel: 042-9327033 & 087 2233039. Closed Sunday & Monday
Devenneys Stationers,
8 Crowe Street, Dundalk.
Tel: 042 9334202 & 087 1322873 (Anytime). Closed Sunday

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A small rise on the Dee and Glyde, big improvement in salmon fishing

Despite the low water conditions and lack of rain, salmon anglers on the Dee and Glyde enjoyed better fortunes on these two River during the last week. There was a slight rise in both rivers during the week and this improved fishing opportunities for anglers venturing out on these two  mid Louth rivers. There was a fresh run of salmon into the Glyde on Wednesday and Thursday last and one angler had a great day catching and releasing 5 salmon downstream of Castlebellingham. The fish ranged in size from 4lbs to 9lbs. On Wednesday 23rd August Roddy Minogue from Dundalk caught and released two salmon weighing 6lbs and 7lbs on the Glyde. Larry Durrigan from Ardee had three salmon weighing 6lb, 7lb and 5lb also on the Glyde. On Saturday 27th August, Frank Leonard from Ardee had two fish on the Glyde and Larry Durrigan from Ardee had another brace on Tuesday 30th. Sea trout fishing has been excellent on the R. Dee with one angler recording 14 sea trout on one outing. The fish ranged from half a pound to one and three quarter pounds in weight. Best time is from dusk till the first hour of darkness.

Boyne

The anticipated and much hoped for rain never materialised again this week and salmon anglers on the Boyne are still waiting for it to arrive. Water levels remained low over the past week but despite some salmon were taken at Oldbridge and a number were reported around Donore and below Slane village. 
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Salmon possible on Nore despite very low levels

Brian O'Donohue from Dublin contacted us to tell us about his recent sucess on the River Nore.

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I like to fish the Nore around this time of year – the run is usually underway by now but due to the low water its been a bit slow. Having read your last report and in particular the fish being caught on the Suir I decided that there must be a trickle of fish arriving into the Nore too.  I went down to Mount Juliet last Friday and caught this 11lb fish, it was a great fight and  I was not sure of landing it until the last moments when it was tired as I was using a size 10 (barbless) single.
Brian O'Donohue
By email.

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Good salmon to be caught but rain needed to improve prospects on Suir

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Photo: Another fish for Joe just one of many released.

Low water is making the fishing difficult on the Suir and fish are difficult to catch. Fly fishing is especially difficult in the current conditions. A few fish have proven possible on prawn, especially the fresher salmon which still manage to run in on the tide.

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Photo: Jamie Maher, assisted by Philip (middle), guided Suzanne Campion on to her first fish.

We had two notable fish late last week, one was caught by Suzanne Campion, Head of Business Development at IFI. This was her first fish and she was ably ghillied by my son Jamie.

The second fish also involved Jamie. It was a fine 13lb salmon which fell to a prawn. Anglers are reminded that the river is Catch and Release unless you have a brown tag (avilable from IFI Clonmel) which entitles you to keep one salmon between now and the end of the season.
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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Photo: Time out: With the salmon unwilling to come to the fly last Friday, a tie off is entered into by Philip and salmon angling legend Ally Gowans (inventor of the Allys Shrimp) on the banks of the Suir with Kilsheelin Castle in the background.

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Ally Gowans makes most of his chances for salmon on Blackwater in low water

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Photo: Ally Gowans releases a fly caught salmon on the Blackwater

28/08 Only 23 salmon for a lot of rods in the past week. Most fish caught on prawn. The one in the picture was one of the few taken on fly. Well known Ally Gowan,s from Scotland, was the angler and he returned the fish after a quick photo.
Philip Maher
Fishhunt
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
Web: Fishhunt.ie Email: philip@fishhunt.ie

Fort William Estate Fishery

29/08 Water levels are at an all time low and the lowest  I have ever seen but still producing fish . Yesterday was another good day with 3 fish taken off the Castle beat all on fly. Denis Cahill from Dublin had a nice grilse of 4 lbs off the Brigde stream. Later on that day Denis landed his second fish of 7lbs from the Powdering Tub pool. After a while Dave Adam entered the same pool and he too landed a grilse of 5lbs.Today only the 1 grilse of 4lbs to Brian Henessey from Waterford off the Bishops on spinner. Forecast for the week is to stay fine and then some rain forecasted for the weekend.

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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Fresh salmon in the Laune but more to come if rains fall

As of Monday 29th August water stable at 8 inches on the gauge at Johnston's.  Most fisheries still fishable by all methods.  The response to the fly was sluggish up to Sunday, when a good few fish were met on the fly and again on Monday (Today)  With the expected rain on Thursday night if we get a foot or so on the gauge it should give good fishing for a day or two.

Fish are still running into the system and indeed the fish that I saw yesterday were carrying sea lice. 

On tackle it would probably be good to fine things down a little I would recommend 8 lb leader and sparsely tied flies in these clear conditions but keep in mind that there are lots of good fish in double figures in the system.
Billy Downes
Laune Salmon Anglers

River Lee - ESB Fishery


Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom
email: eileen.carroll@fisheriesireland.ie


Good juniors on Lough Currane and a few salmon

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: Mr. John Curnow with a C&R  Trout caught last week 

30/08 Straight to the C&R department, Mr. Michael Smith and his Son Mr. Sean Smith of the UK fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and @ www.oshealoughcurrane.com caught 4 Sea Trout ranging from Juniors up to 4lbs, staying in the Sea Trout department, Mr. David Burton caught 2 Juniors, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ tomsfishing@eircom.net

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Photo: Archie Curnow with his fine Sea trout.

29/08 Young Archie Curnow of the UK was telling me that first this morning that he and his Uncle John tried the Dry Fly and missed 6 good fish, so they decided to go to the wet fly, and it wasn’t long before their rods were bent double, Archie caught 1 Junior and his Uncle John caught 1 Junior and finished his day off with a fine Sea trout of 2.5lbs all caught on the drift, staying with the Sea trout, Mr. Sean Smith of the UK and his Father Mr. Michael Smith caught 2 Juniors with their Gillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and  @ www.oshealoughcurrane.com Wind N light to calm so calm this morning it wouldn’t have blown a candle out, bright sunshine for most of the day.

28/08 Mr. Sean Smith of the UK and his Father Michael were in excellent form in the fly department fishing with their Gillie Mr. Tom O‘Shea and @  tomsfishing@eircom.net they caught a fine 7lbs spring Salmon and 2 Juniors and finished their day off with a Grilse which they kept, staying with the fly department Mr. Mark Knowles of the UK caught 2 Juniors with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy.and last but not least, young Archie Curnow of the UK fishing with his Uncle John caught 2 Juniors on the drift.Wind N light with reasonable cloud cover.  

27/08 Straight to the Salmon and Sea Trout fly department, and catch of the day, and that goes to Young Archie Curnow of the UK, fishing with his Uncle John, they caught 5 Sea Trout, 3 Juniors, 3.5lbs and best of all a fine Sea Trout weighing in at 4lbs and just for the record that was Archie’s first Sea Trout, staying with the Sea Trout, Mr. Michael Smith of the UK and his Son Sean, caught 2 Sea Trout, with their Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea and @ tomsfishing@eircom.net also in good form in the Sea Trout department, was local Gillie Mr. Bob priestly who caught 4 Sea Trout ranging from Juniors up to 2lbs. Now to the mixed bag department, Mr. Mark Knowles of the UK caught a 6lbs Grilse and finished his day off with a a fine Sea Trout in the 3 lbs class, Mark was fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy. Wind ENE then veered NW light with reasonable cloud cover with the odd light shower.    

26/08 There was some great action on the Waterville Fishery after yesterdays flood, so straight to the Salmon and Sea Trout fly department on Lough Currane, Mr. Peter McNeal of the UK was in superb form with 2 Grilse and 7 Sea Trout, fishing with his Gillie Mr. Dominic McGillicuddy in the trolling department Mr. Bob Priestly caught 2 Grilse. Now to the total Sea Trout Fly department, Mr. Michael Smith of the UK and his son Sean fishing with their Gillie Mr. Neil O‘Shea and of www.oshealoughcurrane.com and fishing out of www.butlerarms.com  caught 7 Sea Trout, 2 in the 4lbs class and the rest in the Junior class, and just for the record, all were returned as always, Now we cut across the Valley to the River Inny, where Mr. Ivor O’Connor and his Gillie Mr. Sian Brain caught 2 Salmon in the 5lbs class, also in good for was Sian’s Father Mr. Kevin Brain, and of www.kbfishingireland.com  who also caught a Grilse, and staying with the Inny, Anglers fishing with their Gillie Mr. Junior Scully caught 1 Grilse, and an Angler fishing by himself also caught 1 Grilse. Wind NW light to fresh with the odd light shower,            

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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Plenty of water and best salmon catch on record for Lough Inagh

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Photo: Frank Baring with 4lb and 3.5lb salmon, caught while fishing with father Hugo and Grandpa Roderick.

Fishery manager Colin Folan reports from Lough Inagh on fishing up to Sunday: Heavy rain again last week brought the falling levels up to flood level once more.  We are experiencing our best catch of salmon on record for Inagh, with plenty of fresh fish still entering. There are some very big fish about and they are estimated at 25 - 30lbs. September on Inagh should be magic.

11 Salmon were landed for the week. Tom O Brien and Andy Walsh (Galway) fished 2 days on Lough Inagh and landed 5 grilse ranging from 4.5lbs to 5.5lbs.  Top fly was a Green Peter. Ian Garratt (UK) had the best fish of the week weighing 6.5lbs, caught on Lough Inagh on a Daddy. There were also first ever salmon for hotel guests Randy Smith (USA) - 3lbs, Kevin Lorenz (USA) - 5lbs and Silvio Morano (Italy) - 5lbs
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Make a booking

For fishing please contact Colin Folan, Lough Inagh Lodge Hotel, Recess, Connemara, Co. Galway; Website: www.loughinaghlodgehotel.ie Phone: +353 (0)95 34706

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Most salmon anglers on the Erriff catching fish

Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports from the River Erriff on fishing up to Saturday last: The week started off with levels at 1.1m on the  Aasleagh Gauge. Levels dropped slowly until very heavy rains resulted in the river rising rapidly to 2.0m on the evening of the 23rd. Levels were recorded at 1.6m the following morning and the river was somewhat coloured for most of the first half of the day but started to clear in the afternoon. The rise in water levels brought more fresh fish into the river and it was spectacular to see so many salmon trying to jump Aasleagh Falls. Most anglers fishing the river during the week caught fish.

Patrick Kenny, Enfield caught 2 on a Shrimp fly in the Garden Pool & Sea Pool.  Nicholas Nicholson, Co. Clare had 5 salmon for the week from the Washing Pool on Beat 4, Humps & Hollows, Black Banks on Beat 6 and the Middle & Lower Garden Pool on Beat 9 - all fish were taken on a fly named Flame, one of his own patterns. Brothers Jean & Jacques Calver from France, on a return visit to the Erriff, had a good week catching 10 salmon and 6 sea trout - all fish with the exception of one which was retained for smoking were sportingly released – best fish was estimated at 8-9lbs. Arthur Muckian, Dundalk had two fresh-run fish taken in the Gauge Pool and Sea Pool on Beat 9. Christopher Thornton, U.K. caught and released a fish of 6lbs taken on a Connemara Black in the Broken Bridge Pool on Beat 5. Young Christopher Forde, Oughterard very sportingly released his first salmon of the season - a fresh grilse of 5lbs taken in the Middle Garden Pool on a Cascade.

 A Black Shrimp was successful for Niall Wickham, Drogheda who released a fish taken at the Twin Rocks on Beat 7. Donavin Brinklow returned a sea trout of 1.5lbs taken on a Black Shrimp fly in Black Banks on Beat 6. Nicholas Fenton, N.I. caught 2 fish on a Cascade. John McCullough retained one of 6lbs and released another 2 in addition to 7 sea trout. Aidan Crean landed 4 sea trout and 1 grilse taken in the Sea Pool on Beat 9. Gerry Dooley released one of 7-8lbs taken on a Shrimp Fly and lost another 3 at the Twin Rocks on Beat 7. Mary Harkin, daughter of Rory Harkin of Rory’s Fishing Tackle Shop in Temple Bar Dublin, fishing the Erriff for the first time caught 3 of which 2 were released. 

Total catch for the week was 37 salmon and 22 Sea Trout, which keeps the season catch well above 2010, which was a good year too. With fresh fish continuing to run, September looks like it could be a good month again for salmon on the Erriff.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Make a booking

To book fishing or accommodation, contact Jim at Aasleagh Lodge on +353 (0)95 42252, or email erriff.fish@iol.ie

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Ballynahinch salmon fishery on track for a record year

Fishery manager Simon Ashe reports that Ballynahinch is on track for a record year: The fishing at Ballynahinch over the past few weeks has been fantastic with above average numbers of fish being taken throughout the Castle Stretch. If we have a good September with favourable fishing conditions, there is no reason why we will not have our best season in over 20 years. Along with Lough Inagh Fishery, due to have its best season for salmon ever, there is no question that the drift net ban some 4 years ago is having a positive impact on the stocks at Ballynahinch. This bodes very well for future years.

There has been consistent high water for the past few weeks which has helped to ensure that fish are spread throughout the river. Sna Beg is fishing fabulously this year, particularly above the footbridge, as well as Beats 1, 4 and 6. The seal barriers, attached to the old eel traps on Beat 7 have ensured that there is no seal predation on the lower beats this year. There is no question that our ‘marine friends’ had an impact last season by ‘chasing’ resident fish from Beats 4-6, during their nocturnal visits!

Gianni Gamondi, after a two year absence in the fishing book, had a great week fishing at the hotel taking 2 fish up to 10.5lbs as well as losing a fresh fish of 15lbs from Beat 1, which incidentally jumped back off the grass as Gianni tried to ‘tail’ it!  All his success was on a hitched Green Butt skating across the faster water. Daniel Berman had a fabulous day taking his first 3 salmon ever from Sna Beg and Beat 1.

Regulars Stephen Cullinane and Ann Corcoran have done well in the past couple of weeks, taking 4 and 2 salmon respectively. Toby Strauss also managed to break his ‘salmon drought’ last Tuesday as he released a fine 4lbs grilse from Beat 4. Henrietta Knight landed her first Ballynahinch salmon on Lower Sna Beg on a Stoat’s Tail, ably assisted by Cyril, whilst Conor Killeen and Malachy O’Callaghan also took fish from Beat 4.

The catch of the period certainly went to local guide, Jonathan Broderick, who took a fabulous 11lbs fresh salmon from the neck of Beat 6 last Thursday on a Holo Cascade. This was Jonathan’s largest salmon in his short angling career to date.

With unsettled weather due to return on Thursday, the great year at Ballynahinch looks set to continue throughout the month of September.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Make a booking

To book fishing or accommodation at Ballynahinch, contact the castle at 095 31006, or check www.ballynahinch-castle.com

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13 salmon and 37 seatrout for 25.5 rod days at Kylemore

Nigel Rush reports that salmon fishing really picked up last week with the fresh water, despite low numbers of anglers. The catch for the week was 13 salmon and 37 sea trout for just 25.5 rod-days, a great catch per unit effort indeed. Among those to land fish were Geoffrey Fitzjohn, Seamus O’Neill and John Curran, as well as fishery guide John Irwin. Kylemore is a beautiful fishery, combining a delightfully intimate river with a myriad of holding pools, and 3 lakes which produce fantastic sport for both salmon and sea trout in the right conditions. This fishery tends to fish very well in August and September, and is well worth a throw from now on.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

Make a booking

To book a rod, contact Nigel Rush at 095 41178 (fishery office) or 095 41161(home), and for regular fishing update check the website at www.kylemoreabbeyfishery.net

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385 salmon for the week on Moy, upstream of Ballina weir fished best

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Photo: Aiden McGuinness and Michael O’Byrne with their days catch from the Cloongee Fishery

Angling on the Moy has slowed down slightly, with a total of 385 salmon reported for the week. Once again, the continuing unsettled weather and fluctuating water levels have favoured the Fisheries upstream of the weir in Ballina, with the, normally productive, waters of the Moy Fishery yielding just 4 fish for the week. The best of these was a 4.2lb grilse which was caught, on fly, by Thomas Cooke from Co. Clare.

Immediately upstream, the Ballina Anglers Assoc. enjoyed a productive week with 71 salmon recorded, 15 of which were released. Mount Falcon also produced some excellent angling and reported 63 fish for the week. Steve Rivers from the UK had his first ever salmon and followed this with six more over his three day visit.

Further upstream, on the Foxford Fishery, Jean Marie Blouet from France had four salmon on worm and prawn in a single day, one of which was released. This Fishery reported 33 salmon for the week. Armstrong’s Fishery also had a good week with 40 salmon, the best of these was just over 10lbs and was caught on a spinner by Michael Tierney from Northern Ireland.

East Mayo also continues to fish well with 27 salmon reported last week. Most notable catches were recorded by Luke Maber from Kiltimagh who had a salmon of 9lbs on a spinner. Jean Miscobex from France had 4 salmon on the fly and Henry Cooke from Dublin had a 4 lb grilse also on the fly.

The Cloongee Fishery was only lightly fished, despite god angling conditions. It produced 9 salmon amongst which was a lovely 10lb harvest fish caught by Aiden McGuinness from Galway , who also had a 5lb grilse on his trip. Michael O’Byrne had a 5lb and a 3lb grilse in one day.

The Moy Estuary also fished quite well last week with over 20 sizable seatrout reported by Judd Ruane. As the previous week’s  floodwater cleared, fresh seatrout began to appear and there are still plenty of herring fry about to keep them feeding. Patrick Kennedy and Partner had 11 sea trout on mackerel strip and Alec Hoare, had 7 good keepers also on mackerel strip. Water is particularly clear at the moment and angling prospects remain good for the coming week.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Excellent salmon fishing on the Garavogue / Bonet system

The Garavogue/ Bonet system produced some excellent angling last week with over 60 salmon caught and released. Prospects are good for the coming week as there is still plenty of water in the lake and more rain forecast over the weekend.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Ballisodare Fishery finds salmon fishing very quiet

There are still some salmon in the Ballisodare system but angling has tapered off and very few fish are being recorded by anglers.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Drumcliffe river fishing well, 21 salmon reported

The Drumcliffe river also fished well for both sea trout and salmon with 21 fish reported.  Again all fish were released.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

Anglers are reminded that a strict catch quota applies on this system at present, and those angling must be in procession of a brown gill tag, otherwise they are restricted to fishing catch and release methods. For further details on the quota system please see www.fishinginireland.info.

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Good seatrout fishing on Lough Beltra

Lough Beltra has been producing quite a few decent seatrout recently with fish up to 2.5lbs reported. Eamon Lawlor  caught 3 sea trout averaging 1lb each all and John Corry and Henry Hamilton caught 6 sea trout of about 1lb each,  all fish were returned.  Malcolm Killian also returned an eight pound salmon on the lough during the week.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Anglers make most of excellent conditions on Newport River

The Newport River fished reasonably well, with local anglers taking advantage of the excellent water conditions.  Eamonn Kennedy had four salmon in one day and Oliver Corcoran caught two grilse one nearly 5lb and another 3.5lb. Visiting angler James Herron also had a 6lb salmon.

Carrowmore

Carrowmore Lough and the Owenmore river reported no fish for the week.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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River Drowes quiet but some grilse taken

28/08 There were fair water levels in the Drowes over the week. The fishery was quiet however with few rods in attendance. There were a number of grilse reported for the week however. Adrian McGrane recorded 3 grilse of 3 to 4lb caught on the fly on Wednesday and Darryl Kennedy accounted for 2 grilse caught on shrimp on Sunday.
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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Salmon fishing slow on Lough Melvin

28/08 Fishing was very slow on Lough Melvin once again this week. There was only one boat out for salmon as far as I am aware and one salmon was hooked and lost the boat.
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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Good numbers of salmon caught on the Owenea

28/08 The water was on the low side over the week on the Owenea but we did receive two floods on Wednesday and Saturday however, reading 0.21 & 0.30 metres respectively. The gauge average for the week read 0.16 metres. The fishery was fairly busy with 76 visiting rods fishing for the week. There were good numbers of salmon caught over the week and given below are some of the catches taken from the catch register.

On Monday, Hugh Frazer recorded a small grilse caught on a fly from beat 5 & Pierre Rumeau accounted for a small grilse caught on a fly from beat 9. On Tuesday, Pierre logged another two grilse to 3½lb caught on a fly from beat 9. On Wednesday, Jim Forster registered a 3½lb grilse caught on worm from beat 8. Laurent Bonnet recorded two small grilse caught on a fly from beat 6. Ian Hanley accounted for a 6lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 6. Alfredo Bolopo logged a 5lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 5 & Ivor Trimble registered a 4lb grilse caught on worm from beat 8. On Thursday, Laurent Bonnet recorded a 5lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 8. Denis Bonnet accounted for a small grilse caught on a fly from beat 8. Ian Hanley logged a 5lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 7 and Pierre Rumeau registered a 5lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 9. On Friday, Ian Hanley recorded a small grilse caught on a fly from beat 8.

The river is low as I write and really needs a fresh to stir things up but there is little rain forecast until the weekend it seems. The river should fish well when it gets a rise in water levels. There will however be fish entering the lower beats this week with big spring tides occurring this 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


Massive hatches of fly on Boyne, river at Trim like a chalk stream

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Photo: Marc O'Regan fishing the Boyne on Tuesday evening 29th August

There has been very good trout fishing on the Boyne and tributaries over the past week. Water levels in the River Boyne still remain very low and clear at the moment. Water temperatures are quite high reaching 18-19 degrees on occasion. David Byrne had some time to spend with Marc O'Regan to see at first hand some of the great trout fishing at Trim. Stretches of the river are badly weeded up but others are in pristine condition. The water around Trim is chalk stream clear and when hatches occur the rise of trout has to be seen to be believed. Fishing can be good during the day and into the evening. Blue winged olive hatches are all but finished but small hatches are still occurring leading to bursts of activity. Sherry spinners are falling back in the early part of the evening and sedge's then take over into dark. If the breeze gets cold, thats it, time to go home. Balmy evenings are scarce now but there is still the odd one around. If it looks like one is forecast its time to get on the river. The trout prefer small sizes at the moment and even a 14 is considered big by them, 16's and smaller seem to be doing the trick. Mark had a couple of dozen trout over a few hours, best just on the pound. Unfortunately, the bigger fish were conspicuous by their absence on Tuesday evening.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

Make a booking

If you fancy a days trout fishing on the Boyne with Marc O'Regan, he can be contacted at 087 9153002

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Sisters will be doing it for themselves at the ladies fly-fishing day!

On Saturday the 22nd October Inland Fisheries Ireland will again be holding an introductory ladies fly fishing day in aid of Action Breast Cancer at Annamoe Trout Fishery near Glendalough in Co. Wicklow. These events are free, open to any lady and run from 10.30 to 16.00. 

As ever the day will be led by the top Irish female fly-casting instructor Glenda Powell who will be ably assisted by Mark Corps of Inland Fisheries Ireland, Swords.

The mornings consist of a theoretical session in which Glenda covers areas such as equipment, safety, flies and the principles of casting.  This followed by a practical fly casting session before lunch. Lunch is provided by Brian Nally (proprietor of Annamoe Trout Fishery). Following lunch the participants get the opportunity to put their newly learned skills to use and try to catch some of the fisheries rainbow trout.

The aim of the days is to give ladies to opportunity to try fly fishing in a relaxed and supportive environment. They are always fun and trout are always caught. 

Though there is no fee to take part in the course participants are requested to make a donation to Action Breast Cancer. This is the ninth course in the series which has been running since 2007. To date 130 ladies have taken part and with €7000 being donated to Action Breast Cancer.

Make a booking

For further details or to book yourself a place on the day please contact Mark.H.V.Corps (Angling Advisor) on 087 672 7194 or mark.corps@fisheriesireland.ie.

Places are limited and given out on a first come first served basis.

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Kells Blackwater low and clear but good fly fishing possible

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Photo: Pat McLoughlin with a wild brown trout caught during the evening rise on the Kells Blackwater

Things are pretty much the same on the Kells Blackwater and angling guide Pat McLoughlin reports that the water is low and clear. There are very good rises of trout at dusk and into dark with the possibility of some nice trout at this time of day. 

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The River Dodder is low and clear at the moment and rain is needed. Fly fishing is producing best results at the moment with a small dry sedge doing best during the evening rise.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

Make a booking

If you fancy a day out with Pat on the Kells Blackwater before the end of the season he can be contacted at 086 1017415

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Big hatches of BWO and sedges on the Suir

30/09 There have been great hatches of Blue Winged Olives and sedges recently with a big rise of trout during the day and evening. One lucky anlger had 37 trout today, with the best fish making 3.75lb.
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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Anglers Mail junior bloggers go trout fishing in the south west

Carl and Alex, who have a weekly tip in Angler's Mail magazine, have been on holiday to Ireland. Here, their third holiday blog shows how they got on at the start of the trip, starting with fly fishing... with more top tips. 

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Sheelin proving a challenge for trout anglers

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Lough Sheelin is a rich limestone lake and for now is supplying its trout with an excellent and constant supply of very varied food – perch fry, sedges, hog louse and smuts to name but a few so any fishermen who are venturing out must really work at providing something extra enticing for the trout to be tempted. 

Saturday was the best fishing day with a phenomenal number of sedge hatching particularly between 8.30 to 9.0pm around Goreport and Corru bay. 

Whenever the wind dropped there would be movement of fish and particularly towards the end of the week it was a question of fishing between showers, watching the light and using small flies on calm water. Sedges and dabblers were the most popular flies. 33 fish were recorded for the week

Best fishing was by Michael Kelly, Dublin who landed 3 trout on Friday August 26th around Goreport and Corru,  fished weighed in at 1½, 2 and 2½ lbs.  All fish were caught using LF dry flies and sedges.

On Saturday Michael caught 4 fish at 3, 3½, 4.2 and 4½ lbs, trout were caught using hoppers, sedges and LF dry flies.

2 Northern Ireland anglers caught 2 trout at 1½ and 2 lbs on Saturday evening.
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office
Email: brenda.montgomery@fisheriesireland.ie

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Loughs Ennel and Owel competition news

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Photo: Con Hope presents Mick Devanney with Ennell Perpetual Cup.

Last Sunday Ennell anglers were in action. It was a tough day with only 2 fish coming on line. Mick Devanney took Top Rod and Con Hope who sponsored the Lough Ennell Perpetual Cup was on hand for presentation. Martin McGorian of Dublin finished 2nd. Martin had a good boatman. Honest Dave of McBride’s Angling Centre in Dublin.

OWEL THIS SUNDAY. It’s hard to believe we are nearing the end of the brown trout season. This Sunday Owel Trout Preservation Association hosts their last club competition. On the day we will fish the Clonhugh Cup. Also the Tommy McCormack Cup is up for grabs for the top angler of 2011.I hopes to fish the competition and have results and photos next week.

Full report from the Midlands and picture Gallery on www.midlandangling.com   . Also our catch of the Month prizes, and newsletter Monthly sign up free draw. Guiding services available contact Mick on 087-2797270
Michael Flanagan
Pike and Trout angling guide. 
Telephone: +353 (0)44 9348969 or +353 (0)87 2797270
Email: mick@midlandangling.com Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Excellent trout fishing on loughs Accalla and O'Flynn.

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Photo: A few trout taken on the dapp

Excellent fishing reports from both Lough O'Flynn and Accalla over the last 10 days.  Most anglers attaining their bag limits in a few hours fishing.  With dapping the DaddyLong Legs proving very successful on Lough O'Flynn.  John Connolly from Castlerea had 3 trout for 7lb using this method during the week.  John also won the Dalby Cup of Lough O'Flynn last Sunday with a nice fish of 1lb 14ozs.  Daniel McDermott won the junior prize with 2 fish of 3.5 lb.  His prize was a voucher plus the Connolly Shield.

All anglers reported superb fishing on Lough Accalla.  Fishing was reported good at all times during most days.  Big hatches of Murrough were reported on the lake.  Best fish here was a 3.5lb rainbow was caught by T. Martin from Waterford on a Green Peter.  Black Pinnell and  Muddlers accounting for most fish.  Several other fish up to 2 lb were caught.
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Trout fly fishing on Corrib going well

Tom Kelly reports that fishing on Corrib was very good last week, with plenty of trout coming to the fly when conditions were right. A lot of these fish were over 2lbs too, so the quality of fish is very high at the moment.

Martin Coughlan from Offaly had 5 trout for approx. 7.5lbs on Friday, while two American anglers, Dwayne and Don Miller had 15 trout over 4 days up to 3lbs on wet and dry fly.  Glen O’Donnell from Shannon had 3 fish for a day, best 3lbs, and Donie O’Loughlin and John Fitzgerald landed 4 trout for their day.

The Commercial Club in Galway held a mixed grill competition on Sunday, which was won by Patsy and Peggy Griffin, with 2 trout for 6.5lbs, including a fine trout of 4.5lbs.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .
email: kevin.crowley@fisheriesireland.ie

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Trout fishing picks up on Lough Conn, "lively" fishing reported

Trout fishing is picking up again on Lough Conn, with all Anglers who ventured out encountering fish. There was some fresh water from the Deel and Castlehill rivers which appears to have livened up the fishing and there are reports of mayfly still hatching in some sheltered bays.

Pontoon Bridge Hotel reported some good angling during the week. Glen Spragg from UK had a nice 1.5lb trout on an Octopus while fishing on L. Cullin with numerous smaller trout caught and released. Mathew Corkery, Glenstall Abbey  Limerick also had a nice trout of nearly 2 lbs on L.Conn which was taken on a claret dabbler and Jack  Mellet , Castlebar had 2 trout on L. Conn to dry flies , best 1.5 lbs.

Murphy's Boat-hire, Massbrook also reported some lively fishing. Limerick anglers Malcolm Bell and his son Tom,  who was dapping had 8 trout for 2 days in Victoria Bay and released 7. Best fish was 2 lbs.
Pat Mangan, Edenderry , also fishing in Victoria Bay 7 trout to various wetfly patterns, all fish were released.
Ned Tryell also from Edenderry had 4 trout for 1 day while boat partner Barry Greham had 2, their best fish was 2 lbs. Regular visitors Liam Mc Hugh also from Edenderry  and Mick Sweeney, Loughrea  had
4 trout each over the weekend all on wetflies, their best fish was 2.5 lbs.

Old reliables Johnny Warren, and Ian Wise, from Errew, crossmolina ventured out around Roe Island and Bog Bay. They picked up 3 trout on dry Wolfs and returned 5 more small trout.
Brian Ruttledge , from Cloghans had 2 trout for 3lbs while trolling near the Deel.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Few fly anglers on Lough Arrow, good day time fishing to be had

Now that the evening fishing has tapered off on Lough Arrow, few anglers are venturing out onto the lake. There is still some decent fishing to be had during the day, however, and Peter Dunne had two nice trout one day last week, the best of these was 2.5lbs. Noel Fairbanks also had a nice fish of 3.2lbs on a dry fly.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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Ballin Lough rainbows on Dabblers and Daddies

13 rods fished Ballinlough  for the week. They caught 16 trout, 8 of which were released.  Paul Heaney and friend had 6 trout ,only 2 of which were kept. Their best fish was 2lb. Bernard Mannion and friend from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon caught 6 trout and they released 4. Their best fish was 2.5lb. The most successfull  flies for the week were Silver Dabbler, Daddy longlegs, Bibio and a Black Pennell.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .
email: bryan.ward@fisheriesireland.ie

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314 fly anglers fish Lough Melvin competition

Winning team
Photo: Brendan Shallow from Pettigo and Phil Donnelly from Belfast

Fishing was very slow on Lough Melvin once again this week. The Sonaghan seem to have become a little dour with fish hard to come by though some rods did report fair fishing for the same.

The Garrison & Lough Melvin A.A. held their annual open competition towards the end of the week. Thursday, Friday & Saturday were qualifying days with the final being fished on Sunday. 314 anglers fished the competition which is a pair’s competition. The fishing was difficult overall with many boats returning a blank.

The 1st placed team after the final day (Sunday) was Brendan Shallow from Pettigo and Phil Donnelly from Belfast with a combined catch of 7 fish for 2.325kg. This earned them a new 19’ Burke boat each and pieces of Galway Crystal. In 2nd place were Matt Brown from Enniskillen and Gerald Moran from Ballinrobe with 6 fish for a combined weight of 1.97kg. This earned them a £700 cheque and some Galway Crystal each. In 3rd place were Terry McGovern from Cork and Stephen McCabe from Moira with a combined catch of 6 fish for a weight of 1.765kg. This earned them an electric engine (with battery), £100 and a fishing reel and some Galway Crystal each. Winner of the heaviest fish was Gary Dawson with a fish of 0.570kg.
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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COARSE ANGLING

Coarse Angling Update


Excellent coarse fishing at Carrickmacross amd Lough Muckno fishing well

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Photo: Peadar O'Brien displays a near specimen roach of 1lb 15ozs from Carrickmacross

Geoff Quinn reports that Lough Muckno is fishing well at the moment. Two anglers from Lurgan fished at White Island on Saturday last 27th August. They netted 21lbs and 26lbs fishing feeder and 8m pole. Bags consisted mainly of roach and hybrids. South Lodge is also fishing well with 4m whip to hand.

A more comprehensive report was received from the Fismaniak Club on their night fishing competition on Lough Muckno. The competition took place at 21-22 of August 2011 and that was a team competition (two members in the each team) 8 teams had started in this competition and that was a float-ground competition .

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Photo: Members of the Fishmaniak Polish Fishing Club on Lough Muckno

The all in was at 8pm on the Saturday evening and the competition finished at 11am next day.
The total weight of the fish caught that time was 30kg and the competition won the team called Maniacy caught 8,68 kg. The biggest fish was caught by Karol - bream 1.58 kg and the second place took Pawel Ladniak - also bream 1.52kg.
We would like to kindly thank to David Byrne, Inland Fisheries Ireland for his help and assistance in organising our competition.
Fishmaniak members look forward to see again all anglers over the water.  

Carrickmacross

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Photo: Peadar O'Brien with his 6lb 2oz specimen tench 

There has been some excellent around Carrickmacross over the last week. A beautiful specimen tench of 6lbs 2ozs was caught by Peadar O'Brien on a sweetcorn maggot cocktail on one of the lakes in the area. Peadar and Kieran Roach also had some great roach, one of Peadars weighed 1lb 15ozs just short of the specimen size. Water levels are low and clear in most lakes in Monaghan. There is some great fishing to be had, so get out there and give it a go.

Corkagh Park

Corkagh Park is fishing well to all methods for hybrids, roach and carp. On the calmer days and evenings carp are being taken on the fly.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Carlow host first Coarse angling Leinster League match

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Photo: Jim Delaney centre. John Daly left, Sean Brearton back left, Fint Brennan centre back, Gerry mc straw back right

Carlow Coarse Angling Club played host to the first in a series of Leinster League qualifiers which incidentally seen the best turn out for years. The Leinster League is ran by the Leinster Coarse Angling Federation and is a series of six angling matches which runs on a points system to see who will qualify for the Leinster Team to fish next years Inter-provincials. Following the huge success of the Waterways Ireland King of the Barrow festival the previous week it was decided at committee level to hold the first league match on the stretch of water known as the Sugar factory stretch.

Anglers attended from county's all over the country from as far afield as Co.Cavan and all in attendance had a good day out and promised to fish again in Carlow town. Winner on the day was Mr Jim Delaney a well known and respected angler from the Dangien angling club with an overall weight of 11 Lbs which earned him one point in the league standings. Competition for the league is wide open with another five matches still to run. In total 23 anglers fished the first match all competing for one of the ten places on the Leinster Team. The Leinster Team made a spectacular come back this year to win the Inter-provincials and hope to make it two in a row next year with more up and coming anglers getting involved in the league.

ACI Junior Barrow Clubs Match

In unrelated news the Carlow Cac will be again this year hosting the Angling Council of Ireland junior Barrow clubs match on the Graveyard stretch in Carlow Town. The Angling Council have approached the Carlow club because of their continued approach to developing the river Barrow and their work with the youth and disabled anglers in the area.
Gerry McStraw
Carlow Coarse Angling Club

If you require any information as regards joining the Carlow Cac or fishing the river Barrow please do not hesitate to contact Gerry Mc Straw on gerrymcstraw@yahoo.ie or call 085 2844566.

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Coarse angling in the Suck Valley quiet

Smaller number of anglers than recent weeks in the Suck Valley and lower Suck System and also in Lanesborough.  Best bags averaged 15 to 20lb.  Rory Dunne, Roscommon, won the final heat of a pole competition at Black's Lake on Sunday last.  Rory was way ahead of the other competitors, with 9kg 600g.  Coarse fishing had been quiet for the last 10 days.
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Bream and tench bags to 100lb in Longford area

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Photo: Howard Jones with some fine Tench from his session.

The Longford and Surrounding areas have been fishing very well to date with some good Bream and Tench being produced, both feeder and float have proved productive. Prebaiting the night before and fishing early morning is still proving to be the best approach, Catch weights have ranged from around 40lb to over the 100lb. Water levels in the area are fine at present and we hope it stays that way.

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Photo: It's another good Bream day for Howard Jones.

Howard Jones from the UK was here once again for his annual two week fishing holiday to stay with Kevin and Jane Lyons of Melview Lodge and a good two weeks it turned out to be for him, he produced some good catches of Bream, Tench, Hybrids, Rudd and some cracking Roach. Kevin said the lads went to a venue and started catching these big Roach for most of the day and just as you thought things could not get any better everyone started to catch a few Tench, their were a couple of slow days but the good ones more than made up for them. Howard said that he had enjoyed the holiday and we would be seeing him in Ireland again next year, tune in again next week for some pictures and fishing news.
Kevin Lyons,
Melview Lodge,
Drumlish Road,Clonrollagh, Longford, Co. Longford
Tel:+353(0)43-33-45061 Mobile:+353(0)87-268-7441
E-mail: info@melviewlodge.com  Web: www.melviewlodge.com

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Arva, Gowna, Carrigallen and Killeshandra all fishing well

Fishing in the Arva / Gowna / Carrigallen / Killeshandra area is reported to be good in the past week.  John Turton staying the the Breffni Arms Arva bagged 90lb of mixed bag of fish on Corfree while Andy Bowness bagged 40lb mixed bag on steps at Gulladoo.  Some anglers who fished Kevins Shore bagged 60lb. of fish.

One angler who fished Dereskit Lake at Killeshandra bagged 60lb Bream some weighing 6lb and good bags of Skimmers, Perch and Roach at Sandy Point on Killykeen.  Lots of good Perch at Crenagh Lake Killeshandra and Trout have been scarce this week, having been good earlier in the summer. 

The Cootehill area is quiet this week with not too many anglers fishing but those who are report plenty of small fish, Skimmers, Roach and Perch.

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PIKE ANGLING

Pike Angling Update


Double bubble pike fishing

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Photo: Barry Darby and good double.

Barry Darby and I had a cracking last week trolling lures for pike. We boated a few great double figure pike and they really put our gear to the test. I am field-testing some Catfish Lures from Anglers World in Navan, and they are the business. Paul O, Callaghan of Anglers World is one of Ireland Top Predator anglers and knows what’s happening in the Angling World. Check these lures out for the coming winter months. www.anglersworld.ie
Michael Flanagan
Pike and Trout angling guide. 
Telephone: +353 (0)44 9348969 or +353 (0)87 2797270
Email: mick@midlandangling.com Web: www.midlandangling.com

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Photo: Mick the Fish with one of his pike

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Good pike on jerk biats from Ree

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Pike angler Arek Jozefowcz sent in this photo of an 11kg pike he caught on Lough Ree last Sunday. Arek was fishing a jerk bait when he had this fish. He had two other pike on the day one of 5kg ( 82cm) and a jack of 2kg ( 60cm)

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Suck Valley pike report

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Fabio Invernizzi (Italy) and friends fished the Suck Valley (Dunamon and Athleague area) during August. They also fished Lough O'Flynn. They had a lot of pike bu the overall sizes were small, average weight was 3 kg. The biggest pike was caught in Hollygrove Lake on August 12. The pike was about 100 cm and weighed 8.7 kg. All fish were released with appropriate care.
John Ryan
IFI - Limerick
Suck Valley Office
Email: john.ryan@fisheriesireland.ie

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Anglers enjoy good pike and perch fishing in the north west

pikeThe Pike fishing over the past few weeks here had already looked promising and sort of gave hope to an early start to good post summer piking.

This was confirmed yesterday when the German guest Volker Kliche hooked and landed the first pike over a meter after the Summer break (What summer?), during a days guided fishing with us.

Coincidentaly this was also Volkers first pike over the magic one meter mark. The pike was in great condition and measured 106cms/ 10kg. It was the biggest of seven pike he managed to land yesterday.

Unless we get an unexpected heat wave now, the pike fishing for the coming weeks and months looks promising.

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Meanwhile the perch fishing is also pretty good right now, with some nice ones coming to Drop-shot and vertical jigging techniques.
Bodo Funke,
Angling Services Ireland
Web: www.anglingservicesireland.com
Tel: +353 (0)86 6011878.

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SEA ANGLING

Sea Angling Update


Good shore fishing at Ennerreilly, Kilmore Quay for cod and cuckoos

A shore competition took place on Ennereilly strand recently, fishing at distance produced good catches thornback ray, bullhuss. A good mix of other species were also taken giving very good fishing. Bass angling has been poor for lure anglers in this area during the week. 

Nice bass to 5lbs were taken on the Boyne estuary on soft plastic lures. Mackerel arrived in Kilmore Quay this week in huge numbers. Good numbers of cod to 5lbs have also been taken at Kilmore Quay and ling and cuckoo wrasse are being taken in good numbers.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office
Email: david.byrne@fisheriesireland.ie

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Screaming reels: A Greystones tope hunt

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Reilly’s Ridge south of Greystones was a premier large plaice mark until the mussel dredgers got at it. Back in the day specimen 4.lb plus plaice were a regular feature from this tide swept mussel bank along with good sized codling. Only interested in the “clean” fish then we never targeted tope, based on yesterday’s experience why did we leave it so long? A weather window allowed Jean Anne, my 19′ lake boat the opportunity to take Gary and I out on another tope hunt. With light variable winds forecast another session in the deep channel was on the cards.

A four meter tide full in at 13.00pm meant for a strong south run. Timing our arrival on the tope grounds for the turn of the tide, about 11.00am,  Gary and I initially made for Bray Head and a supply of mackerel for bait. Drifting off the cable we hit fish from the first drop, mainly two’s and three’s of a good stamp. In jig time the bait bucket was full and firing up the motor I pointed the bow south to a mark on the inside of the Moulditch, a strong north west breeze necessitating a change in plan, safety being paramount. Not the ideal location, but with conditions to improve through the day it would be a good jumping off point.

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Anchoring up on slack water I used whole mackerel, with the tail cut off to prevent spinning, while Gary presented a mackerel flapper. Our traces were 6 foot running ledgers incorporating 18 inches of wire to 7/0 Sakuma hooks connected to five foot of 150.lb b/s mono rubbing leaders. Attracting LSD’s every drop Gary switched over to whole mackerel very quickly. The day started Grey, however within half an hour of anchoring what could only have been a weak front passed over us and suddenly we were bathed in blue skies,  and with the prevailing north west breeze dying away we decided to steam south and try a mark where Gary had caught a tope while kayaking the previous week.

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Dropping the hook at our chosen spot, I remarked to Gary that below us was Reilly’s Ridge, once a great plaice mark which had seen better days. By now the south run was well picking up and our traces were having to be cleaned of floating wrack every five minutes. Half an hour in and hungry I decided to prompt a fish by eating a ham roll. It always works, noticing my rod top dip, then dip again, suddenly the ratchet is screaming, FISH AWAY!! Thump thump thump I feel the powerful tail sweep from side to side as the tope heads towards Wicklow. Doubling back now I reel to regain line, then off again to port before sulking. A quick dip is transmitted through the rod and then nothing. B####r that the hook has fallen out, so I reel in re bait and try again. Almost immediately a repeat, this time the fight lasts ten minutes before freedom. I can only assume that the strong current is putting pressure on the hook hold, any slack and the hook is shaken free.

An hour passes, the tide is really racing now, out of nowhere my ratchet sings again, this time there is going to be no mistake. Keeping pressure while the tope bombs southwards, Gary simultaneously weighs anchor. Negating the tide run we are now drifting towards the fish and the cards are stacked towards a successful conclusion. Spirited though the tope is she is soon alongside and swung aboard. Hooked in the lip, pliers, quick photo and away. Motoring up tide we re anchor and within minutes Gary is off, with the tide easing quickly this fish is manageable however on seeing the boat she took off like a bat out of hell. Eventually boated after a spirited ten minute fight, she too is released unharmed to swim away having also been lip hooked.

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On slack water around 17.00pm another flurry of runs occur resulting in the biggest tope of the day pushing close to if not over forty pounds. This sister really gave a good account, running left and right, sulking before coming to life and rocketing off again, a real power house. All told Gary and I experienced eight runs with five hook ups and three fish boated. The two fish lost in play came off the hook leaving traces in tact and the tope free of impediment, which was nice to know. A red letter session on our fifth attempt, so achieving my goal of boating a tope in the Jean Anne before the end of August. Mission accomplished two happy anglers headed for home and a celebratory pint in the Beach House, sure hadn’t we earned it.

Blue sharks make dreams come true for angling couple at Valentia

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25/08
A group of six anglers caught this week on four trips 131 pollock, 27 ling, 92 coalies, 5 cod, 5 pouting and 3 cuckoo wrasse.

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18/08 Three anglers caught this week 101 pollocks, 13 ling, 31 coalies, 17 cod, 19 pouting, 7 cuckoo wrasse, 1 ballan wrasse, 2 sea cucumbers and 1 starfish :-)

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12/08 A dream came true for an Austrian couple: they both caught their bluesharks (198 cm and 218 cm, catch and release)!!! A few other fish for dinner (pollock, ling, haddock, cod and coalfish) were caught also. Congratulations to Karin and Peter!
Siegy Grabher
Sioux 35' Offshore 105. 300 HP Ford
Ballyhearny West, The Mill, Valentia Island, Co. Kerry.
Tel: +353 66 9476420 or +353 87 6871267
Email: valentiafishing@eircom.net Website: www.valentiafishing.com

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Twice tagged tope and more off Co. Clare

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Had a good week last week, with some time to try out a trip with some lads I know, a little bit further off than normal. We fished right into the evening and in some lovely weather were treated to a fantastic sunset surrounded by Dolphins, Whales and even Sharks which we could pick out swimming on the surface as the water was so flat! We were hoping to get a few tuna but had no luck with that, but it was a trip that I will remember.

Then back to the day job and with the winds now strong enough to limit us fishing out to the west I spent more time fishing on either side of the loop head peninsula in order to get some shelter. Fishing up to the north in a fresh south east wind we had some great ground fishing with a good sign of Pollack which were taking the shads very well.

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As the winds shifted to a very fresh north westerly direction we spent the last few days fishing to the south of the Loop. This gave us some very calm conditions at anchor and just east of Horse Island we picked up some good Bullhuss and a fine Tope of 38lbs. This Tope was tagged and it was the first tagged Tope I have caught so I will be interested to find out if it had moved much or if it was one I had tagged over the last couple of years. (It was not one I had tagged this year and the tag looked as if it was it the water for some time) Anyway we took all its measurements and sent it on its merry way! Closer to home in collage bay we were getting some good ray fishing. This was best after high tide and on the last evening we tried it was not yet high tide and it was noticeable how much slower the fishing was.

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On a few drifts in the lower estuary we were getting lots of Mackerel and Pollack with a few codling and Haddock in the mix. We also had a fine Tub gurnard of over 4 lbs.

As I write this report the weather has taken a wonderful turn for the better and we have had a great days fishing back out to the west.
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
Email: lukeaston@eircom.net  Web: www.fishandstay.com

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Rosguill gets her first blue shark of 2011 at Downings

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Photo: The first blue shark of 2011 on the Rosguill

25/08 Rosguill boated 2 Blue Sharks – 55 pound & 35 pound. First of the year & although the second day fishing for Blues, reports from other skippers are indicating that Blues this year are not good.

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Photo: Paul with an 80lb blue shark.

26/08 Some nice Blue Sharks taken by Paul and Ton today. A 90lb male took the bait and after a very strong run was struck by the Ton. The line went slack and he wound in. The Blue was running towards the boat unknown to Ton who thought that it was truly gone. Just as the swivel came out of the water the Shark breached the surface, turned and ran again. I never saw a Shark before which ran almost the whole way back to the boat - amazing! We had a mix of sizes on the day too, from Ton's 90lber to a 17lb shark taken by Paul.
Michael McVeigh
Rosguill 43' Aquastar. Twin 310 HP
Downings, Co. Donegal.
Telephone: +353 74 9155080
Email: info@rosguill.comWeb: www.rosguill.com

blue shark
Photo: Ton with that blue shark which almost ran all the way into the boat.

Big spurdog of northern shores for Terry Jackson and friends

Specimen hunter Terry Jackson, contacted us to let us know about some great sea fishing he had with firends last week.

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Photo: This specimen spurdog of 17lb wins Catch of the Week for Des Young

Des Young took a fine specimen spurdog of 17lbs whilst out with me aboard my boat "Aries" on an un-disclosed mark on the north coast. It was part of a catch of 61 spurdogs, 13 of which were over specimen size and a 112 lb common skate. Sid Kennedy and his son Derek joined us on the trip, all catching specimens, including three specimen cuckoo wrasse. Des' spurdog took a mackerel flapper on a size 8/0 WSB uptide hook, Penn Evo Waveblaster rod and Penn Fathom reel,  in 450 ft of water.
Terry Jackson
By email

Hamish takes a spin to Scotland to catch up with porbeagles

Charter skipper Hamish Currie reports on some recent fishing for his clients fishing out from Red Bay in Co. Antrim.

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Last week we decided to return to the Inner Hebrides off the Scottish coast hunting the porbeagls. Things didn’t go to plan and we had to wait over 4 hours before the action started. The first hook up was a titanic struggle and after 1 hour 20 mins the shark decided to go to ground and wouldn’t budge resulting in a break off. Next up was this stunning fish estimated at around 250lb. this porbagle shark took over 1 hour to boat. Andy Logan from Carrickfergus was the lucky angler and as you can see it has a serious engine room on her. After a quick hug and kiss she was released to fight another day.
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
Web: www.predatorireland.com Email: info@predatorireland.com
Telephone: 028 2177 1828   Boat: 07720440117

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