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08 September 2011

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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Salmon Angling Update

Special Notice to all Salmon anglers for the month of September.

Please note that from 1st September to the close of the season, there is a daily bag limit of one salmon (any size) or one sea trout (over 40 cm) on all open salmon fisheries which are not subject to catch and release only regulations. 

After the daily bag limit has been taken, anglers are permitted to fish catch and release, using single barbless hooks and anglers may not use worms.  Fish should be handled carefully and should not be removed from the water prior to release to ensure the survival of fish. 

The killing and possession of foul hooked fish is prohibited. 

Please remember that logbooks should be returned to the relevant IFI office by 19th October.

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Low water levels impacting on good salmon fishing on the River Fane

Fishing conditions have improved slightly on last week on the Fane. There are plenty of Salmon in the River, but due to the water level still low the Salmon are slow to take. It looks like we should get more rain this week and this will help improve the fishing. John Boyle from Crossmaglen had one Salmon yesterday and lost one as well as reports of other fish caught and lost. From now on anyone fishing on the lower part of the river-below Craigs Pool has a fair chance of getting a Salmon.
Josie Mahon
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Blackrock.
Tel: +353 (0)1 2787022

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Suir in perfect fly order

Photo: Mark Corps prepares to release a nice fresh run salmon on the Suir

08/09 Mark Corps fished at Kilsheelin from Monday to Thursday with friends and family. Between them they landed some fine salmon including one fish of about 14lb. Earlier in the week they caught on prawn but on Wednesday and this morning fly was the method which worked best.
Philip Maher
Touraneena, Ballinamult, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: + 353 (0)58 47524 Mob: + 353 (0)87 8399345
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Salmon fishing on the Munster Blackwater improves

Blackwater Lodge

04/09 Two grilse - one on fly. Sept. 5: 2 rods on an upper beat caught 5 including two 8 pounders, & one double figure fish lost.
06/09 One rod caught 3 grilse on spinner & lost 3 including a coloured cock of ~14-16lb. on spinner on an upper beat.
07/09 Best Day of Season! Twenty fish to 10lb. taken, including 7 for one rod on the upper river. Mostly on spinner on the upper river, but 4 on fly on the lower river, where the clarity was better.
Spinner is most successful in the last couple of days, but it's in good fly order.
Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
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Fort William Estate Fishery

07/09 The river has risen today and is running clear. Another good day so far today with 9 fish reported in. Jimmy Dellahunty had the best fish of the day of 10.5lb on spinner off the Ellis beat and returned another of 5lbs. Michael Wymes had a 6lb fish off the Castle beat. Stuart Feeney had a grilse of 6lbs off Glenmore. Mossy Brown  and his brother Tommy had a grilse each off the Bishops beat. Marcus Bale had a nice grilse of 6lbs off the Ellis. Eddie O'Brien had a nice fish of 7lbs off the Golf beat and returning another.
Yesterday Martin Mullane had 2 fish on fly off the glenmore beat and all returned.Ray Drenann had 2 fish off the Ellis all on spinner and Bryn Ocklford from the U.K. landed a grilse of 3lbs off the Castle beat. John Ryan from Clonmel landed a 4lb grilse on fly also off the Castle beat. Prospects now looking really good as more rain forecasted so it will keep water levels topped up.

For a check on whats happening upstream in regards water levels check this link:
Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077
Email: Web:

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Fair to good salmon fishing reported from the Cork and Kerry fisheries

Laune, Beats 1 and 2

3 salmon landed, 1 from beat 1 and 2 from beat 2, averaging 7 lb. by local anglers for the weekended 4th September.


As of Monday 5th September water at 2 feet on the gauge at Johnston's.  Water risen again over night and running fairly clear.  No Sign so far of dirty water from the Gweestin which could probably colour it tomorrow after more heavy rain tonight.

I would say that prospects for the next few days are very good, the only problem being strong winds and fluctuating water levels.

One angler fishing at Johnston's today met five fish and landed four the best a sea liced fish of 8 lbs.
Billy Downes
Laune Salmon Anglers


For week ended 4th of September      5 salmon landed trolling by local anglers

River Blackwater

River Blackwater   No catches reported for the first week.  Approx 4 salmon landed for the second week by local anglers averaging 6 lb. to 8 lb.

River Roughty

15 salmon landed for the past two weeks

Sneem River

10 salmon landed for the past two weeks by local anglers averaging 8 lb.

Coomhola River

12 salmon landed for the week.

River Ilen

22 salmon landed mostly grilse 4 lb. to 6 lb., best fish 8 lb.

Eileen Carroll
Inland Fisheries Ireland – Macroom

Better week for sea trout fishing on Lough Currane including two fine specimen of over 10 lb

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

31/8/11 straight to the C&R department, UK Anglers Mr. Michael Smith and his Son, Mr. Sean Smith caught a fine 7 lb. salmon and added a fine sea trout in the 3 lb. class, fishing with their ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea and of www.oshealoughcurrane.comalso in good form in the sea trout department, was Mr. David Burton who caught 4 sea trout ranging from Juniors up to 2.5 lb. Now we cut across the Valley to the River Inny, Mr. Walter Ruche of Switzerland caught a fine 6.5 lb. salmon with his ghillie Mr. Frank Donnelly and of Max air temperature 18.3°C.
1/9/11 Now today’s facts, In the C&R department Mr. Sean Smith and his Father, Mr. Michael Smith from the UK caught 3 Juniors with their ghillie Mr. Neil O’Shea -  and staying in the sea trout C&R department, Mr. David Burton, caught 4 Juniors, fishing with his ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea -  Also in good form was young Archie Curnow, with a fine sea trout of 2 lb. and added a few Juniors to his basket, fishing with his Uncle, Mr. John Curnow of Kinsale Co Cork. Wind SE Light to fresh with reasonable cloud cover. Amount of rainfall 0.8 mm, Max air temperature 18.6°C.
2/9/11 Mr. David Burton fishing with his Gillie Mr. Tom O’Shea -  was in good form with 3 Juniors on the drift, which were all put back, and staying with Sea Trout, Mr. Mark Baxter, fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville Boats -  caught 7 sea trout all in the Junior class Wind SW light to calm with the odd gust with reasonable cloud cover, Amount of rainfall 11.1 mm, max air temperature 17.8°C.
3/9/11 There was some cracking fishing Around the Waterville Fishery today, so we will start with the lake, in the specimen sea trout department, Mr Edwin O’Connor caught a cracker of a sea trout on the fly weighing in at 10 lb. 6 oz. fishing in a hired out boat from Waterville Boats -  and there was another 10 lb. sea trout also on the fly, now we will cut across the Valley to the River Inny and catch of the day, and that goes to Young Archie Curnow of the UK, because he caught two good salmon weighing in at 11.5 lb. and 8.5 lb. and his uncle, Mr. John Curnow, finished day off with a Grilse on the fly, staying with the Inny, there was another good rod bender, Mr. David Burton, caught a fine 10 lb. salmon, with his ghillie Mr. Tom O’Shea -  Wind SSE light with reasonable cloud cover at times, amount of rainfall, 0.6mm, max air temperature 16.4°C.
4/9/11 It was a wild day on Lough Currane today even though a few boats headed out this morning, but come lunch time thy were all blown off, so we will head for the River Inny, and that didn’t fair much better because it made a flood this morning so the river was dirty for a while. But one Angler did catch a fine grilse on the lower reaches just before it got dirty, and that was local Angler Mr. Mike Thian. Wind SW Strong and overcast with heavy showers, amount of rainfall 11.8 mm, max air temperature 15.5°C.  In the last few days the Prince fishing with his ghillie Mr. Vincent O’Sullivan  caught 17 sea trout on the fly, ranging from Juniors up to 2 lb.

That is all the news from your gillie and the Waterville fishery. No Spin No Fly’s just Facts.
Vincent Appleby
Angling Guide and Accommodation
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel
Email: Web:

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Very good salmon fishing reported from Lough Inagh

Photo: The record-breaking 86th fish was landed by ghillie Ulrich Treusch

Fishery manager Colin Folan reports from Lough Inagh, that the previous season record of 85 salmon has been smashed in style, with 8 fish landed by 5 rods on Monday to bring the season total so far to 91 salmon. The record-breaking 86th fish was landed by ghillie Ulrich Treusch, a 6 lb. fish taken at the Glendallogh Butts on a Cascade. It was Ulrich’s second fish of the day, having earlier caught and released a 7 lb. fish at Greenpoint. Colin himself had a fish from Corloo on a Stoats Tail, weighing 6 lb. Matt Davy (Dublin), caught his personal best fish yesterday, weighing 7.75 lb. from The Derryclare Butts on a Claret Shrimp. Water levels have risen dramatically now on Inagh, and good fishing is expected for the coming week, when it is possible the magic 100 fish barrier may be broken for the first time.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

Make a booking

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

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The good season for salmon fishing continues on the River Erriff

Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports from the River Erriff on fishing up to Saturday last. Water levels varied on the river during the week with a good spate fining down on Saturday the 3rd. Robert Devriese, Dublin caught 5 fish for 3 days fishing on a Silver Cascade and Shrimp Fly. Tobias Stern, Austria, a regular annual overseas rod on the Erriff caught 7 for the week - mainly on various Cascades and Shrimp patterns. Dr. John Casey, Clifden caught 3 in 1 day on a Collie Dog in Nee’s Run and the Colonel’s Pool on Beat 6. Conor O’Leary, Dublin returned one of 6 lb. taken on a Daddy in Yellow Banks on Beat 5.  Patrick Gorman, Cong had 2 in a morning’s fishing on Beat 9. Enda Kenny, Enfield, Co. Meath caught a sparkling fresh grilse in the Coronation Pool on a Shadow Cascade. Rene Boutonnet, France, another annual overseas visitor to the Erriff caught 5 and 1 good sea trout and lost several more good fish for the week – Rene caught 3 salmon in one day in the Upper Garden Pool on a Shrimp Fly.  It was a red letter day for Derek Killeen, Dublin who caught his first ever salmon and went on to catch another 2 – all fish were taken on a Claret Dabbler on Yellow Banks on Beat 5. Richard and Hugh Maguire had one each taken on a Silver Stoat and Cascade in the Sally Pool on Beat 7. Local angler Stuart Fleming and Paddy Lynch, Dublin caught six brown trout on Derrintin Lough in an afternoon.  The catch for the week was 28 salmon (16 released) and 9 sea trout which includes 1 salmon and 4 sea trout from Tawnyard Lough.  At the time of writing the report there is a massive spate of 2.1 meters so water levels will be good for the next number of days
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

Make a booking

To book fishing or accommodation, contact Jim at Aasleagh Lodge on +353 (0)95 42252, or email

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Monthly angling report from the Delphi Fishery

Fishery Manager David McEvoy reports that the fishing for the month of August at Delphi, was typically frustrating for fishing especially in the last 10 to 12 days of the month.  The fishery which is experiencing a good year had a great run with plenty of salmon to be seen but they proved extremely difficult to catch. Sea trout were disappointing overall but there were a few high points especially towards the latter part of the month.  The weather was even difficult to describe. A tourist would say it was terrible with lots of rain but the monthly total was only 178.7 cm. or 7” which by our standards is not a lot. It also felt quite autumnal a lot of the time.  Total salmon catch for August was 82 which is actually not bad but all but 14 of these were caught by close of play on the 19th.  Fish of the month was without question Barbara Cellier’s 13 lb. 10 oz. fresh fish off Finlough on the 15th. It was taken on a Silver Stoat.  Other notable salmon catches for the month included the Beattie party, who landed 11 fish for their stay, the Ganly party landed 6 while Urs Liebundgut landed 16, the Brennan/Morris party landed 7 and William Hamilton landed 2.  Sean Moogan and his grandson Daniel Feehan landed 5 salmon to 5 lb. off Doolough and Nicholas Laverty, John Mill’s grandson landed his first ever on the fly off the Turn pool.  First ever salmon were taken by father and son team of Ron and Scott Borrie from New Zealand, Haruro Onda from Japan and Jordan Green.  Sea trout were an improvement on July which wouldn’t be hard but were still well down on last year with only 181 compared to 208 last year. Most notable catches were the Ganly party who had 36 sea trout up to 3 lb. Bernard Barton and family then had a day with 15 including one of 7.5 lb. approx. (male probably ferox) and one of 3 lb. 4 oz. approx.  This week we had Tom and Shirley Morrison, sea trout experts of old. They fished solely for sea trout and managed 22 in four days.  Total sea trout catch for the last week was 55 which is not bad considering the conditions.  Total salmon catch so far this season is 426, so hopefully we will reach the 500 mark before the end of the season.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

Make a booking

To book fishing or accommodation at Delphi, contact the lodge on 095 42222, or check  

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Low water levels impacting on good salmon fishing on the River Moy

Angling on the lower Moy Fishery beats has been slow of late, with only three reported for the week. Andrew Craig, N.Ireland, had two on worm while Michael Francey, N.Ireland, had a grilse on the fly. Those fisheries above the Salmon Weirs did fair somewhat better, with the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water producing 40, and Mount Falcon just over 40, including 12 over two days for the Mark Geesink party of three from the Netherlands.

The Knockmore water, Attymass and Coolcronan all produced fish, including a grilse of 5 lb. for Philip Thomas, U.K. on a spinner. Byrne’s experienced a relatively good week, with over 20 caught, including a fine 10 lb. salmon on worm for eleven year old Owen Jackson. At Armstrong’s, over 15 were reported, including one for Bernadette Johnson, Co. Dublin, of 7 lb.

Gannon’s and the Foxford Fishery both had almost 30 salmon each, at the Foxford Fishery Sean Sheehan, Co. Louth, had three to fly. Rinanney also had a good week, with almost 40, including a 7 lb. fish for Liam Dowd, Navan.

The Cloongee Fishery produced over 5 salmon, including a grilse for Uluik Overgaard, Denmark, and one for Gary McNamara, Co. Offally. On the East Mayo Anglers water 23 salmon were caught, with 12 released. Ronnie McMorris, Co. Donegal, had two to the fly of 6 lb and 8 lb. MastanTrono Moreno, Italy, also had two (on worm) while Georg Gisselmann, Germany, had a fine salmon of 9 lb. to fly.      

Anglers are reminded that from September 1st, the bag limit for salmon or sea trout over 40 cm is now one per day, and that anglers must revert to recognised catch and release methods once one fish is retained. Anglers are also reminded that the River Deel is closed for all angling as of the 1st September and will reopen on 1st June 2012.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Good salmon fishing reported from the Owenmore River

Despite low water conditions at the beginning of the week, reports from the Owenmore have described the fishing of late as excellent, with 40 salmon reported, 18 of which were returned. Brothers Stephen and Brendan Corr had success with a grilse each, while John Maughan had two of 5 lb. and 6 lb.  The Levin party, from Lancashire, England, enjoyed their week, landing 6 salmon. Both Michael Noone and Matthias Muhl had two grilse each, while Jack Smith; Pat Glennon and Cathal Gallagher had one each.

ESB club members Mark Tolan and Hannes Malan both had their first ever salmon to the fly, while Damien Downey and John Egan both had grilse. Gerry Coyle also had success with two salmon, including one nice fish of 11 lb.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Burrishoole salmon fishing report

The fishery produced four wild salmon for the week, all of which were released. Co. Dublin angler Tommy McGowan had his first ever salmon, a grilse of 4lbs, while Stephen Bird, N. Ireland landed one of 5 lb. Michael Reid, U.K., accounted for two grilse.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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A relatively good week on Newport River

The Newport River experienced a relatively good week for the time of year, with seven salmon reported. Eamon Kennedy, Newport, had three, one of 7 lbs and two of 6lbs, while Graham Wright, also Newport, had success on the Garry Dog with two, one weighing 4.5 lb. the other 5.5 lb. David Nevin also had two grilse.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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River Drowes quiet but some grilse taken

04/09 There were few rods in attendance this week on the Drowes. There was however a run of fresh grilse that came into the fishery with a number of anglers reporting catching fresh grilse up to 5lb or so.
Lindsey Clarke

Make a booking

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

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Salmon fishing - all quiet on Lough Melvin

04/09 There next to no salmon fishing took place on Melvin over the week and there is little to report on this front.
Lindsey Clarke

Make a booking

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

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

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Good numbers of salmon caught on the Owenea

04/09 The Owenea ran at low summer levels from Monday to Thursday with the gauge only just reading over 0.10 metres. However, for the last three days of the week we received good water levels with a flood occurring on Friday (0.29m), Saturday (0.41m) and Sunday (0.23m). The gauge average for the week read 0.20 metres. The fishery was reasonably busy with 34 visiting rods fishing for 54 rod days.

The fishery fished well with a number of salmon/grilse recorded with most of these caught during the good water at the weekend. Given here are some of the catches from the week. On Monday, Niall Hosey recorded a 5½lb grilse caught on worm from beat 8. Young visiting French angler Helene Trividic accounted for a 2 lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 7. On Tuesday, Joe Tracy recorded a 3lb grilse caught on a worm. On Wednesday, Tony Fitzgerald logged a 2½lb caught. On Friday, Mickey McLoughlin recorded a 6lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 9. On Saturday, Jim McLean accounted for 3 grilse weighing 5, 3 & 3lb caught on a spinner from beat 8 with the two smaller fish being released. Vincent Hatton logged a 7lb grilse caught on a fly from beat 5. Michael McCrory registered a 9lb salmon caught on a fly from beat 7 and Michael Boyle recorded a 4lb grilse caught on  a fly from beat 9. On Sunday, Otmar Butz accounted for a 6lb grilse caught on the fly from beat 6. David O’Donnell logged a 6lb grilse caught on a spinner from beat 7 and James Compston accounted for a 4lb grilse caught on the fly from beat 8 and also 2 sea trout weighing ¾lb each.

The forecast for the coming week is for wet weather and we should receive good water levels. Prospects look good once again!
Lindsey Clarke

Make a booking

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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Valuable prizes for sea trout anglers in 2011

Sea trout anglers on the east and south coast of Ireland, the west coasts of Scotland, England and Wales and on the Isle of Man have an excellent chance to win one of the many valuable prizes on offer in a free prize draw by collecting scale samples from any sea trout they catch in 2011. The Celtic Sea Trout Project (CSTP) is incentivising anglers to take samples of scales from any sea trout they catch over the season in specific “priority” rivers. 
The priority rivers are:

IRELAND: Shimna, Castletown, Dee/Glyde, Boyne, Dargle, Slaney, Colligan, Bandon Argideen, Currane

SCOTLAND & ISLE OF MAN:  Luce, Nith, Annan, Esk (Border), Neb, Sulby

ENGLAND: Esk (Border), Ehen, Lune, Ribble

WALES: Dee, Conwy, Clwyd, Dwyfor, Glaslyn, Dyfi, Teifi, Tywi, Tawe

The prizes are:

There are major unanswered questions in the understanding of sea trout, namely:

The CSTP intends to provide this missing knowledge and to translate it into fishery and conservation benefits for countries bordering the Irish Sea.
The scales are important samples for this major research project which commenced in late 2009.  Interpretation of scales from river and marine caught sea trout will contribute much to understanding some of these questions as they will provide very important primary information for analysis of river-specific life histories and growth rates. The scales will also be used for novel studies including genetic analysis (so called genetic finger-printing) to characterise individual river stocks, and for micro-chemical analysis to identify the freshwater origins of sea trout and, specifically, to determine their marine feeding areas within the Irish Sea, based on specific chemical signatures deposited within the scales.

Scale collection is difficult because, apart from fish traps, of which there are only three across the whole CSTP area, the sampling of adults in rivers has to be done by angling.  This is an extremely important element of the project and anglers are encouraged to participate fully so that sea trout can be better understood which will help to conserve this fascinating migratory trout. Scales from sea trout of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest, over the full extent of the angling season are requested and can be taken easily using the basic scale sampling kit which is provided free of charge (see for more details).

The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund through the Ireland-Wales Programme (INTERREG 4A). The main project partners are Inland Fisheries Ireland, Bangor University, University College Cork and Environment Agency Wales.

The winners will be chosen based on the scale samples submitted to us before 31st March 2012. The prize draw will take place on the 1st of April 2012. Winners will be contacted directly.

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Foyle Rivers salmon fishing report

Salmon fishing has been good over the past days with catches reported from all rivers.

Fresh run fish have been landed on many rivers and among the successful anglers yesterday we had Larry Swire from England fly fishing the Owenkillew River landing a 4 lb. grilse (bar of silver), 1.5 lb. sea trout, 1.4 lb. brown trout, not bad for his first day. Brendan Gormley landed 9.5 lb. fresh run salmon, fresh run 5.5 lb grilse and Ian Gamble landed 2 fresh run grilse from the same stretch of river.

Larry has caught and released 5 grilse today on the River Derg and has stated the Foyle Rivers are fishing extremely well and he plans to visit the River Finn tomorrow for some more Salmon fishing.

Some of the Foyle rivers are in spate today and will likely be similar tomorrow, I would recommend The Finn catchment (CATCH AND RELEASE ONLY) and towards and during the weekend it looks like all the Foyle rivers will be in good condition. 

If you have a report you would like us to publish please contact us Tel +44 (0)28 71342100 Email:
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Trout Angling Update

Fly fishing for trout in Dublin!

On the River Dodder, the river has risen and is clear and conditions are now perfect for wet fly fishing.  Use gold bead pheasant tail nymphs size 12, use up to size 14 in higher water.  Bloody butchers and wet sedge patterns have worked well in the last couple of days.  A few people are fishing the River Tolka and use similar patterns as for the Dodder.
Josie Mahon
IFI – Blackrock

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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

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

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New rainbow trout fishery in Co. Carlow - Southern County Fishing Resort

Pat Foley is a man with a vision, along with his family he has developed a fine angling and agri-tourism facility close to the village of Myshall in south county Carlow. The Southern County Fishing and Family Resort, 10 minutes from the M9 motorway, encompasses 45 acres of undulating landscaped surroundings in the foothills of the Blackstairs Mountains overlooked by Mount Leinster. Including 10 acres of water on three different rain fed lakes, stocked with rainbow trout reared from an on site hatchery, these fish are in superb condition fully finned and fighting fit. Ranging in size from 1.5 lb. to over 10. lb., be prepared for fish to take you to the backing.

Officially opened by Minister Phil Hogan T.D. on 1st September 2011, the facility also includes 3 kilometres of walks and cycle ways, a pet farm, children’s play area, tackle shop along with a purpose built club house and function venue.

Most definitely in the premier league of Irish managed fisheries, I will most certainly be paying it another visit. An ideal location for a family day out, Southern County Fishing Resort will satisfy experienced and novice anglers alike and in my opinion is the ideal place to coach youngsters new to the sport of fly fishing. Being a rainbow trout facility, fishing is allowed 12 months of the year.
Ashley Hayden
Angling guide

Make a booking

Give Southern County Fishing Resort a ring, Tel: +353 (0)59 915 7773, Mob: +353 (0)87 837 3032.

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Good accommodation offers for anglers Suir and Nore areas

John Bermingham contacted us to let us know about some great offers he is currently running for anglers.

We have a week available here from September 24th-October 1st which would be the last week of the fishing season. We could offer this week as an introductory offer to fishermen for €695.00 - The normal weekly price is €795.00. The accommodation here can sleep up to 12 people. Part of the package could include a trip to a music session in a nearby Old world pub. All details of accomodation and events at Crocanoir can be seen on our website at

Croc an Oir is located on the banks of the River Anner which itself is a lovely small stream full of trout.
Ballycullen, Mullinahone, Co Tipperary, Ireland
Tel: +353 52 9153117

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Brown trout to 8 lb. reported from Lough Sheelin


The weather conditions have made catching fish hard for anglers this week.  Wind direction keeps changing and as soon as the wind changes the fish ‘go down’.  For perfect fishing conditions this lake demands calm waters with the right light and for this week this simply has not happened.  Despite all this, anglers are catching fish and are seeing plenty of movement of fish particularly after 8 pm.  There are still millions of sedges hatching and plenty of small buzzers.  Dry fly fishing is still the best method with hoppers, stimulators, dabblers and sedges being the favourites.  The Castle Hellfire club held their car rally on Sunday last which might of made it a ‘little treacherous’ for anglers trying to access the lake by road from the Finea/Ross side but nonetheless the lake had a good number of boats on its waters on this day and also on Saturday.  The Silver Stream angling club held an angling competition on Sheelin on Sunday September 4th.  This club runs an annual 5 lake event during the year and includes Sheelin as one of its lakes.  The competition was very successful with 15 anglers taking part and 9 trout caught.  The winner of this competition was Noel Shields, Dublin with 2 wild trout weighing in at 4½ and 2 lb. (57 cm and 42 cm),  Noel caught these fish using a foam detached body daddy around Plunketts and both fish were in excellent condition.  2nd place was taken by Karol O’Toole, Dublin with 2 fish at 45 and 44 cm. This club operates a catch and release policy in all its competitions and anyone interested in participating can ring Noel at 087 2533024.

The next and last leg of this event will be held on Lough Owel on Sunday October 9th.

A reminder to all anglers is that the Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association will be hosting their 6th Annual Stream Rehabilitation Competition on Sheelin on Saturday October 1st from Kilnahard Pier from 11.0 am to 6.0 pm.  For details and entry form please Google LSTPA 2011 stream rehabilitation competition.

43 fish were recorded for the week.

The heaviest fish caught for the week was by Gary McKiernan, Cavan with a beautiful 8 lb. trout caught using a silver dabbler between Kilnahard and Crover around 6 pm last Sunday.  Gary also landed a 4 lb. fish on the same day.  Worth mentioning also is Andrew Browne, Dublin who landed a lovely wild 5 lb. trout today Monday at 1.20 pm using a dabbler. This fish was released safe and sound back into the lake.  Other catches included 2 fish for 2 lb. Andrew Browne on Saturday September 2nd using a Green Peter.

Michael Kelly, Balbriggan on Friday September 1st landed 4 trout at 1½, 2, 3 and over 4 lb. using hoppers, stimulators, sedges and LF flies.  On Saturday September 2nd he recorded 3 trout averaging 1¼ to 2 lb. caught using LF flies.  All fish for both days were caught around Bog bay, Goreport and Orangefield.
Brenda Montgomery
IFI - Limerick
Lough Sheelin Office


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Some nice trout fishing reported from Lough Owel and a few fish including a trout of 6 lb. from nearby Lough Ennell in Mullingar.

The last two weeks on Owel saw a decline in numbers of anglers fishing.

Dodder Angling Club held a competition with thirty anglers returning twenty fish:-

Other catches included:
Billy Darby, Mullingar had six fish over three days best 2.25 lb.
Johnny Plunkett, Mullingar had two fish best 1.25 lb.
Gerry O'Reilly, Dublin had two fish 1 x 2 lb. and 1 x 1.25 lbs.
Michael McCormack, Mullingar had three fish 1 x 1.75 lb.
Christy Martin from Tullamore had four fish averaging 1.5 lb.
Michael Traynor from Dublin had three fish x 1.5 lb.

On Sunday 4th September 2011 the Clonhugh Cup was fished on Owel.  Twenty eight anglers took part and caught twenty fish.

More catches:
Michael McCormack 1 x 1.75 lb.
Christy Martin 1 x 1.25 lb.
Johnny O'Malley had five fish heaviest 3 lb.

Lough Ennell

Fishing is poor at the moment with weather conditions turning very showery and cold.

Philip Smith had four fish over five days fishing heaviest 3 lb.
Michael Devaney had one fish for four days weighing 6 lbs.
Johnny O'Malley had one fish 1.5 lbs.
Teresa Heery
Inland Fisheries Ireland - Limerick

Tudenham Lodge, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

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Trout fishing improving on Lough Corrib

Fishing is reasonably good on Lough Corrib at the moment, and John Walsh reports from Cornamona-Greenfields that 19 anglers reported 35 trout in 41 rod-days, mostly taken on wetfly, predominantly dabblers and Green Peter patterns. A party of 3 rods staying at Larry McCarthy’s Corrib View Lodge, John Cash, Vaughan Rutley and Richard Haskins from the UK, landed 8 good fish over 3 days fishing, including a nice trout of 3 lb. Frank Guilfoyle Sr. and son Frank Jr., from Ennis, landed 3 fish for their day out, while Sean Dixon from Ennis had 2 trout for his day on the lake. Mike Lambert and Jack Coyle from Antrim landed 5 trout for 8.25 lb. over 2 days, and Michael Jones and Christopher Dodd from Wales landed 7 trout over 2 days, all sportingly released again.  September is usually a good month on Corrib and Mask, with water temperatures cooling down slightly and fish becoming more active, so fishing prospects here are pretty good over the next few weeks.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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Good trout fishing reported from Loughs Conn and Cullin

Despite the unfavourable conditions of late with rain and gusty winds, there have been good hatches of olives in the sheltered bays, particularly in northern Lough Conn. Angling out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Co. Cork pair Sean Murphy and John Finn had four trout for their day, their best weighed 1.5 lbs. and was caught on a Golden Olive Bumble. David Conaghan, Co. Derry, had three trout (heaviest 2 lb.) and a 7 lb. salmon while fishing the Claret Dabbler over two days. David Duggan and Harry Byrne, Belfast, also had trout to 2 lb. while fishing the Connemara Black.

Angling from Murphy’s of Massbrooke, Patrick Mangan, Co. Offaly had one trout of 1.5 lb. while regular visitors Mick Sweeney and Liam McHugh, Loughrea had three small trout. Anthony Gallagher, London and nephew John enjoyed good sport in the Coleman’s Shallows area, with Anthony boating a 4 lb. trout to a Teal, Blue & Silver, and John capturing a 3 lb. grilse on the Connemara Black.

In the Crossmolina area of L. Conn, Gary Crossley and Ian Wise had 4 trout to the boat for an evening’s fishing.  Bobby Cording, Dublin, had a 2 lb. trout near Massbrooke Point, Peter Roach had two trout for 2 lb. while Sean Creane had one of 2 lb. to a dry Wulff.

On Lough Cullin, Jim O’Sullivan and son Declan, Co. Dublin, had three trout on sedge patterns, their best weighing 1 lb.

The Foxford Anglers recently held the annual Chris Downey Memorial Cup competition on Lough Conn, with 22 anglers participating. First place was won by Joe Ferguson, Knockmore, second went to Joe Quinn, Cloghans, and in third was Michael Monaghan, Knockmore.

Murphy’s Bar and Boat Hire are hosting a competition on Conn on Saturday 24th September. Registration is at Browns Bay from 9.30 am with angling commencing from 11.00am.  First prize for this competition is €500.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Ballin Lough rainbow trout report

A total of 25 rods fished the lough for the week, accounting for 28 rainbow trout (13 of which were released). Pat Murphy, Co. Galway, boated four trout, his best weighing 3.5 lbs. John Freestone, Crossmolina, had 5 to the boat while Emmet Stagg, Co. Dublin, had three.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Good sonaghan fishing on Melvin last Sunday

The trout fishing was fairly quiet over the week with mixed results reported. On Sunday however, the trout fishing picked up with decent bags of up to 6 good Sonaghan per rod reported from most of the usual Sonaghan drifts.
Lindsey Clarke

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Coarse Angling Update

Irish team take gold at European Police Coarse Angling Championships

The Garda Siochana Maver backed Coarse Angling team from Ireland after weeks of dedicated preparation, finally departed for Holland on the 25th August 2011 to compete in the 15th European Police championships.  Final practice sessions behind us on the brilliant Newry Canal assisted by Loughs Agency officer Gerry Mills, we felt a degree of confidence that the outstanding achievement of winning at Makin’s in 2010 could possibly be matched. Three volunteers were nominated to embark on the advance journey by road on the 25th August through Rosslare and Cherbourg with the massive selection of kit and copious quantities of bait kindly supplied by Irish Angling services. On Sunday 28th August they were joined on the Angling stretch at Staadskanal, Gronigen, Holland by the five remaining team members travelling by plane through Eindhoven airport.

Four days of practice started immediately with everyone experiencing instantly the cold reality of the difficulty of our task on massively technical water where it looked like the local teams would have disproportionate advantage.
Every line was examined, tried and tested, every species specifically targeted, with every allowable live bait, with every available Groundbait and Groundbait combination including molehill soil before our strategy was finally agreed, on opening ceremony day Thursday 1st September.

Part of the impeccable organisation by the Dutch police Federation of this now very prestigious European event with 25 teams of five participating on this occasion was the push of a button computer draw at 7 pm on the 1st September. Keith Coleman recently returned from duty in Cyprus generously took charge of logistics and ensuring that each Irish competitor was at his peg replete with refreshments bait and tackle on day one of the event at 7 am on the 2nd September 2011. The practice was complete and the team tactics had painstakingly been explained and engraved on the mind of each Ireland team member along with our reserve John Nee and our guest Peter Walsh both competing with a reserve European mixed team.

We understandably felt apprehensive but fully confident that we could return a massive performance even in the face of stiff Dutch opposition and the ever present threat from a number of England teams, immensely strong by tradition.  The target for all our team members was to maximise our fish return by tackling three lines, one at the margins with whips for very small roach and Rudd, a second line at the drop off at 9 metres and finally a long line at 13 metres where we laid down an initial worm and caster offering in soil and black Groundbait mix.  White pinkie was to be the main hook bait on all lines and if bonus fish were detected on the long line, hook size of mostly 20s and 18 would be replaced by ready rigs capable of dealing with bonus fish using white maggot white pinkie or small red worm.

The result at the end of the first days match was testament to how we got the tactics right and how our competitors executed them, with all team members scoring in the top ten of their respective twenty five man sections, a truly remarkable result. Following the scales it was heartening to see the brilliant points with much larger numbers of small fish coming from the Ireland team anglers in the difficult dire draws that were the lot of at least three of our anglers. The points total announced at 6pm promptly showed that the Ireland team of five with 41 points were topped only by England with 37 points.
It was at that point that the Ireland team captain and team members became fully confident that we could repeat the result of 2010 and win this event.  Despite a member of our team Donnacha Maguire holding down 3rd place on day one with almost 3 kgs on the pole, team tactics demanded that a similar approach to day one be executed precisely.  With most of our team on Rod and line discipline for the second day the ever present threat of a blank was obliterated early on, following the hooter at 11 am on the 3rd September on what was to be a historic day for Irish Police angling.

The team members following tactics all netted early small fish from an inside line on Waggler and set out then to maximise team points on a variation of far margin and against the far ledge tactics on the feeder. The plan worked to perfection with a massive 36 points being returned from our five man Irish team of Richard Caplice, Ernie Henderson, Shane Dunne, Eamonn Bracken and Donnacha Maguire who did himself proud by following up his first day third with an even better second points weight of 7.602 kgs.  It would take some three hours before we learned for sure that Ireland had indeed again overhauled England on day two as in Makins in 2010 and in just as impressive a fashion.
The final points tally was announced at the huge banquet attended by 250 people and showed a staggering winning margin from a first day deficit of 4 points, to a win by 16 points, a turnaround of twenty points on arch rivals England.

The results were called Third Germany on 103 points, Second England on 93 points and First Ireland on 77 points.  The Ireland team proudly accepted the large winner’s trophy and five team gold’s to a standing ovation from the assembled competitors and audience.
Eamonn Bracken and Donnacha Maguire from the Maver Ireland Garda team were then presented with substantial prizes for individual placing’s in the top twenty with Donnacha Maguire receiving a top of the range Sensas pole finishing in a tormenting 4th place.

Our guest Peter Walsh from two big fish draws really brought home the goods with a magnificent 3 points on day one and an even better two points on day two giving him a total of 10.413 kgs. Peter had two brilliant top shelf performances akin to what he had done all week in practice and while fishing on a mixed team he secured 3rd place overall and bagged himself a fantastic trophy and a D.36 Rive seat box with all its accessories(value €1000), a truly super prize.  The top teams from twenty five competing were as follows.

1st Ireland 77 points.
2nd  England 93 points.
3rd Germany 103 points.
4th Hungary 130 points.
5th Holland 148 points.

The Ireland squad of Richard Caplice, Ernie Henderson, Eamonn Bracken, Shane Dunne and Donnacha Maguire assisted by John Nee reserve, Keith Coleman Reserve/Logistics and Peter Walsh guest did themselves proud once more and were a credit on and off the venue.  The entire squad must be applauded and congratulated, as to compete internationally is difficult and arduous but to do so successfully takes a special measure of dedication from all concerned especially on a foreign venue where no local assistance could be availed of.  I would like to extend our thanks to the many people who made this trip and victory possible.  To Phil Briscoe at Maver UK for his continued sponsored assistance with tackle and clothing.  It must be noted also that this company has a similar sponsorship arrangement with another team in the event and that is the Maver England National team, runners up on the last two occasions to Maver Team Ireland.  To Eugene Jackson and staff at Ford Finglas for your very generous transport sponsorship.

To Peter Nicholson at Irish Angling services for providing excellent winning formula live bait.  To Colm Lynch at East Coast Angling for his assistance with Groundbait.  To Coiste Siamsa for financial support and also to St Pauls credit union for their help in some way towards the massive personal costs to the travelling team members and support group.   To Peter and Niall Walsh at IDAS and to Baumann Tackle in Stillorgan for your kind assistance also.  To all of our friends and supporters in the IADA the NCFFI and our local clubs who were rooting for us at home and who sent warm words encouragement before and of congratulations after the event. As on other occasions an Irish team yet again proved that winning and performing well at the highest level is not any fluke or stroke of luck if the pride, dedication, formula and procedure is right.
No team since Germany in 2007 has won on home soil and this is now the even greater challenge facing Maver Garda Team Ireland in 2012 when the event is being hosted by An Garda Siochana on the wonderful Lough Muckno in Castleblayney co Monaghan.  At the closing ceremony in Holland we officially extended a warm Irish welcome to all the participating teams, to Ireland the home of Coarse Angling in 2012.  My warmest congratulations and thanks to all who made this result possible.
Richard Caplice.
Team Captain.

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Big bream reported from Lough Ramor


Josie Mahon landed a cracking bag of bream on Lough Ramor having pre baited a swim with brown crumb, flake maize, dead maggots, hemp, sweetcorn and red maggots. A night session proved productive with 4 bream not far off specimen weight landed along with a mixed bag of coarse fish.
Josie Mahon
IFI – Blackrock


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Inniscarra festival results

Coarse Angling Report from Mike Risdon

Three weeks of festivals on Inniscarra Lake started on 27th August with the one day August Open held from O’Callaghan’s Bar in Coachford with 38 entries. The result was:

1st   Charlie Greaves, Leitrim with 21 kgs 400gms.
2nd  Peter Jones, Dunmanway with 20-700.
3rd  Dave Carter, Surrey with 17-950.
4th  Dave Lawrence, Somerset with 16-800.

This was followed by the Vintners Cup with 39 entries. The result was:

Day 1. Charlie Greaves with 23 kgs 000gms.
Day 2. Dave Carter with 28-400.
Day 3. Peter Jones with 23-800.

Overall winners were:

1st.  Charlie Greaves with 70 kgs 800 gms.
2nd. Matt Forster, UK with 66-100.
3rd.  Dave Carter with 59-150.

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Good coarse fishing reported from the Portumna area

Few anglers have ventured out during the last few weeks. There has been an absence of the larger Bream and Hybrids but these are now showing in increasing numbers if the swim is prebaited. Great Roach and Perch fishing using pole close to the margins and in and around marinas.
Mike Murray
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596

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Superb Roach fishing along with good catches of bream and tench reported from the Longford area and Strokestown Loughs

Photo: Joop Van Gaalen from Holland

Joop Van Gaalen from Holland decided to have a fishing holiday to Ireland this year and stay with Kevin and Jane Lyons of Melview Lodge in Longford, Joop had four days fishing out of six due to the bad weather conditions.
Kevin said he managed to put together some very good catches considering the weather conditions, the catches consisted of nice Roach, Rudd, Roach/Rudd hybrids and some very big Perch. Joop said "who needs Bream when your catching fish like this". Every day I had good catches and I'm looking forward to returning next year, Kevin himself fished two of the days with Joop and said the fishing was great. To be able to catch fish like this every cast makes it all worthwhile.

Photo: Phil Gimbert from the UK with a lovely Tench

Phil Gimbert and friend Nigel Baker were on a fishing trip to Ireland and decided to use guest house owner and local Guide Kevin Lyons of Melview Lodge in Longford, Kevin said the lads worked hard regarding Prebaiting and managed to catch some very nice Bream and even a bonus Tench. Kevin said it all paid off in the end for them as they managed to get the Bream feeding in front of them ( pictures next week ), Phil said it's a shame we did not have a few more days as we really got them feeding and could of had a lot more.

Fishing in and around Longford area has been very good producing catches to over 140 lb., catches have consisted of Bream to just over 5 lb., Roach to over 1 lb., Tench, nice Roach/Rudd hybrids and some big Perch. Feeder has proved the most productive approach; various bait combinations of maggot, worm, corn have all produced fish. With the changed in weather rain and high winds and raising water levels are making some of the venues hard to fish, tune in next week and see how Phil and Nigel from the UK done on their prebaited Bream swim.
Kevin Lyons,
Melview Lodge,
Drumlish Road,Clonrollagh, Longford, Co. Longford
Tel:+353(0)43-33-45061 Mobile:+353(0)87-268-7441
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Dave Houghton reports on the King of Clubs event coming up in Arva area

LeeNew match venues for the King of Clubs?  Match fishermen turning up for the King of Clubs next Monday (September 12) could find themselves tackling two venues not used for this tournament for the past 10 years or more.  Inland Fisheries Ireland has introduced Killykeen on Lough Oughter and Haughton’s Shore on Garadice Lake into the melting pot of venues for this prestigious five-day event.  The match HQ is the Breffni Arms Hotel in Arvagh, which is central for both fisheries and the usual fish-filled venues on the Lough Gowna system and a final decision will be made on Friday after checking local water levels.  The guaranteed first prize is £1,000 plus optional pools.  All match entry fees are returned in prizes including £50 for the top a weight from every five anglers every day!  Tickets are still available from Irish Ferries. 
Dave Houghton
Active Irish Angling
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Good coarse fishing reported from many parts of Cavan

Arva area is fishing well this week for the festival despite the bad weather and rising water levels.  Here are some daily weights recorded Bob Brown 42 kg, David Warde 39 kg, Graham Firth 37 kg, Neil Parkinson 36 kg and Bob Nudd 28 kg. 

Big Roach have been reported at the Castle stretch on Rann shore also good Perch at boat house swims on Killykeen.

There was a competition on the Finn last week and good mixed bags were recorded.  Generally nice Tench are being caught early morning. 

There are quite a few pleasure anglers fishing the Cootehill area during the past week and they report good bags of fish.  Lough Sillan has been producing good Bream up to 5/6 lb. with plenty of hybrids and roach.  One angler bagged 120 lb. mixed bag in one day.  Corravoo is giving 20/30 lb. with plenty of skimmer Bream and good Roach.  Halton’s Shore on the Dromore River is producing all Roach while Baird’s Shore on White Lake is giving 50/60 lb. mixed bags.  There was a report of a 10 lb. bream recorded at Deredis on the River Annalee by a English angler and we hope to have more information next week.
Alice Murtagh
IFI – Ballyshannon
Corlesmore Office, Co. Cavan.                       

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Pike Angling Update

The European Pike Challenge is on Lough Derg from the 19th September.

The European Pike Challenge begins on Monday the 19th Sept and continues on the 20th and 22nd on Lough Derg.

Main sponsors are Inland Fisheries Ireland, Condor and Seiwa Electronics and Total fishing. Results will be displayed each evening in Reddans pub Killaloe.

Entry fee is €100 without a boat and €50 with a boat.

If you require any further Info please do not hesitate to contact the organiser, Jim Robinson e-mail:

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Derg pike to 15lb on spinner and fly

Photo: Cathy got the best fish of the two days estimated at around 15lbs

Brian Coughlan and wife Cathy were out fishing on Lough Derg last week. We rented a Boat from Fisherman’s Paradise and had Richard Mc Dermot as a guide for one of the two days we fished.

Cathy got the best fish of the two days estimated at around 15lbs, this is her first pike. She caught it on a cast 30g Abu Toby. It put up a great fight and as you can see she was delighted.

Overall, For the two days we managed 14 fish, 8 to cast spinners and 6 to the fly rod. The best fish to the fly rod was just less than 8lbs. The killer fly’s were EP fibre white and green deceivers tied on size 4 Ad Swier hooks.

Some much larger Pike were moved, hooked and lost on the fly rod around Lushag Rocks. Two of the White Tailed Sea Eagles were also seen on the second morning.
Brian Coghlan
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Good pike fishing reported from the Portumna area

Few anglers have ventured out during the last few weeks. Those that did have experienced excellent Pike fishing all along the Shannon from Portumna Bridge to Meelick.  Pike readily taking a variety of lures and dead bait.  20+ pike per session have been achieved by some anglers.
Mike Murray
Derryhiney, Portumna
Tel +353 909759596

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Two pike save the day on Lene

Photo: Noel caught this 13lb lLough Lene pike on a Bass Harasser

After a few cold hours trolling some lost fish and ripped up lures, the heavens opened it lashed down and a mist covered the lake we were really tested by the conditions but we persevered and produce a few nice fish. At about four pm Noel decided it was time for the magical bass harasser to come out and within minutes he was on to a 13lb pike that put up a super fight before we finally got the net in the water and boated it. After a few quick snaps we released it and started back on the troll.

Photo: Anthony saved a blank for himself with this jack

Five minutes went by and Noel had just said to get the tea out when I felt something take the lure and with a few thumps on the rod I and knew I was on and this one wasn’t going to get away. After an energetic few jumps we boated the small pike and it turned out to be 6 lb another few snaps and it was released and sent home. These fish saved the day for us, Thanks for recommending Lene, needless to say we’ll going back for more and hopefully next time we’ll get the one that got away.
Anthony Greene
Scouting Ireland

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Latest Pike championship qualifier takes place on the River Finn near Clones in Co. Monaghan

Sundays Kingspan National Pike Championships Qualifier was held on a mile stretch of the Finn River near Clones. 58 anglers turned up to fish the September Qualifying Competition of the 2011/12 Kingspan National Pike Championships. Club secretaries will be getting full results shortly. Most of the fish caught today were very small - less than a pound.
Best fish on the day was Jimmy Thompsons 14.5 pounder.
Check in and results were done in the Leggakelly Inn. They laid on a huge number and variety of excellent sandwiches and sausages. Many thanks to them. If you are fishing in the area do drop in for a drink or meal. They really do deserve our support.

The top 5 anglers who go through to the Final are

1st Jody Kiernan (Kingscourt)
2nd  Willie Heasley (Duleek)
3rd  Marty Lawlor (Belfast)
4th  Godfrey Donohue (Dublin)
5th  Jimmy Thompson (Dublin)

John Chambers from the  website

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Sea Angling Update

September outlook for east coast bass

Sea fishing conditions are poor this week with the current spell of low pressure and high winds. However, September is the month for big bass and with current weather conditions live bait is the best. Fish sandeel in close on the beaches of North Wicklow and on the South Wexford beaches crab baits will work well.
David Byrne
IFI – Blackrock
Creevy Lake Office

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Good deep sea fishing for the Interagency sea angling challenge held at Cobh

In the annual Interagency sea angling challenge held this year at Cobh, the team from Inland Fisheries Ireland from Macroom won the team prize ahead of the Sea Fisheries Protection Agency (SFPA) with the team from Inland Fisheries Ireland from Ballyshannon taking third place. Dan Lynch fishing on the winning team won the individual prize in a wonderful day’s deep sea fishing for all 26 anglers taking part.  Skippers Joe Lynch, Pat Condon and Donal Geary provided the boats on the day and ensured all participants fished in good areas inside and outside the Cork Harbour area.  The prizegiving took place in the Bellavista Hotel in Cobh.

A big thank you to the skippers on the day Pat Condon of the Osprey, Donal Geary of the John Boy and Joe Lynch of the Wreckhunter.

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Rebecca catches her first bass in Cork Harbour


John Roulston has fished for a number of years with Richie Ryan of Eire Bass and has had a lot of success on board "Sea Hawk" with Richie. John's daughter Rebecca needed to catch her 1st bass so he turned to the Eire Bass guide to get that bass.  Richie has a bit of a reputation for organising that elusive 1st catch and within a short while Becs had her first ever bass on board. The fish was a fine 6 lb. and the smile on the photo says it all. She also boasted that it was bigger than her brother's first bass, also on board.
Richie Ryan
Saltwater fly fishing Guide.
"Sea Hawk"

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Wonderful Albacore Tuna trip out from Kerry reported on by Michael Dennehy


Intrepid angler and specimen hunter, Michael Dennehy from Blarney reports on another albacore tuna expedition using his own boat fishing far out of the Kerry coast with some friends after these unique fish and it was a successful trip.  By e-mail:

“I’ve been at the tuna again.  With the large anticyclone earlier this week, we decided it was worth the effort to travel to Portmagee for the tuna. We departed at 02:30 am on Tuesday and arrived at the edge of the shelf at 06:30. After setting up the spread of lures I then began to troll along the shelf edge towards the SW. 


We didnt have to wait long with the first fish on board by 8:00 am we caught fish steadily all day. The tuna were very obliging and would readily accept any lure that we presented them with. The biggest fish weighed 27.75 lb. so no specimens on this trip but fantastic fishing. The number of different whale species on view was amazing.  We had fin whales, humpbacks, minkies and pilot whales for company.”
Mike Dennehy


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Good deep sea fishing including blue shark for anglers fishing out from Loop Head


Charter skipper Luke Aston reports on some recent deep fishing trips operating out from Carrigaholt on the Shannon Estuary and Loop Head.
Fishing Report 5th September

Lovely week last week with fine weather and good fishing. Got to do as we wanted with the group that were in and fishing was good in the area.

The reefs out to the west were producing a fine mix of fish on the drift with lots of Ling, Pollack and Haddock about. We also had some nice Cod with them even coming up in two’s! Also on the drift we had Gurnard, Pouting, Whiting, Coalfish and Spurdogs. I anchored in this deep water for the turn of the tide and this produced Conger, Bullhuss and Dogfish along with a steady stream of the normal suspects!

On another day north of Loop Head we ran in to an area of Pollack that were feeding high in the water and this produced some great sport on shads as well as the normal rigs. A bit further west in this area was where we spent 2 days shark fishing and the fishing was steady with 3 Blue shark on the boat on each day along with a couple of missed fish. Fishing on the bottom was producing some fine Whiting and Gurnard. We also had a good session on Wrasse close to the rocks.

blue shark

We spent one day early last week and yesterday in the estuary and this produced a fine steady run of Ray and another Tope along with some fine Gray Gurnard and the normal Doggies! Mackerel are also still to be caught well up the estuary.

Also over the weekend I had a day charter where we were targeting Shark. I fished this over a stone bank and we had some very good Cod fishing off the bottom which was lovely to see.

Pity as I write this the weather has really become broken and we a struggling to get out at all.
Luke Aston
Clare Dragoon, LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Carrigaholt Co. Clare  

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Good deep sea fishing including a blonde ray of 20 lb. reported from Clifden

blonde ray

John Brittain’s clients have been enjoying some fabulous fishing over recent weeks, with plenty of blue shark being landed, as well as excellent mixed species fishing for cod, pollack, ling – as good as John remembers it in his 15 years skippering a charter boat in the area.  Stephan Lamb from Leixlip brought a group over for the weekend, and Bar Kennedy was lucky enough to land a cracking blonde ray, which was released again, but probably weighed close on 20 lb.
Kevin Crowley
IFI-Galway .

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Wonderful pollack fishing on fly and good deep sea fishing reported from Killala and Portacloy in Co. Mayo.

The final league of the Pat O’Hara Cup competition was held on Saturday 3rd September in Killala Bay, to determine the makeup of the Connaught team. This competition was run alongside the first ever John Kinheart Cup event, held in memory of the late John Kinheart, well know skipper in Killala Bay. The anglers participating enjoyed good sport throughout the day, with a total of 15 species boated including megrim, scad, three species of ray, three species of gurnard, pollack, ling, turbot, plaice, dabs, dogfish, coal fish and pouting.  Winning on the day and in the overall league, to claim both cups was Josie Barrett, Killala Bay SAC, with 12 species. In second place was Shane Gilvarry, also with 12 species, third place went to Kevin Walsh, in fourth was Gearoid O’Scolai and fifth was John Munnelly.  


Dutch angling journalists Rudy van Duijnhoven and Jos van der Wouw enjoyed great saltwater flyfishing during the week. The two keen fly anglers fished various shore marks on the Mullet Peninsula and around Portacloy catching Pollack up to 7 lbs. However, the highlight of their trip was flyfishing offshore out of Blacksod with Sean Lavelle, skipper of the Doloree.  Rudy and Jos were using 9 - 11 weight rods with fast sinking lines.  The most productive area was south of the Innishkea Islands where over 50 Pollack could not resist their Clouser patterns.
Bryan Ward
IFI-Ballina .

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Good shore fishing reported from Benone shore in Co Derry

Results from Sunday Open Shore at Benone where 30 Anglers fished, 25 Seniosr and 5 Juniors


1st Liam O'Connor Culdaff SAC
2nd Barry Platt East Antrim SAC
3rd David Burnside Lough Foyle SAC


1st Ryan Blair
2nd Matthew Williamson
3rd Calvin Blair

Longest fish , Ryan Blair & Nicholas McNeill  flounder  33 cm

Fish caught 189.

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Good tope fishing along with good deep sea fishing reported from Carlingford Lough

Fishing remains steady around the Lough with mackerel shoals breaking the surface regularly. Some real nice cod and ling are being caught on the mackerel bait.  Tope are fairly plentiful with 2 x 35 lb. fish being landed by Gary Whitmarsh and his crew while the bigger fish are holding around the hoskyn channel as Peter Davis and his young crew proved by boating a 47 lb. tope on the deck of pisces 2 during a trip on Wednesday.  All tope caught were tagged and released.        
Other species caught recently included wrasse /pollack /dogfish /whiting /octopus and bull huss...

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Specimen hunter Terry Jackson captures a fine specimen mullet of 6 lb. 12 oz on fly off the Antrim coast and is our catch of the week.


“I took this mullet of 6 lb. 12 oz the other day at small harbour on the Antrim coast the other day. It was taken on a Shakespeare Trion Fly rod, Trion reel and Trion line, 6 lb fluorocarbon and a home tied fly creation. It fought extremely well on fly gear before succumbing to the landing net. Hooked and lost its mate of similar proportions before a couple of guys launched a boat and unfortunately spooked the shoal.”
Terry Jackson
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Good deep sea fishing and a fine porbeagle by dutch anglers fishing out from Red Bay

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


“Last week I had dutch anglers and some nice specimens were caught and of course the lads wanted to try their luck at the porbeagle sharks so we gave them a go and am pleased to report they haven’t left the building just yet, we returned to the deep water reef north of Rathlin Island and action wasn’t as good as it had been on previous trips ling, conger, coalfish, pollack featured in the catch but the goal  was this lovely porbeagle shark captured by Pieter from Holland another 2 were hooked up one spat the hook and again the other went to ground on the reef resulting in another break off.  I believe that there is a record fish on that particular piece of ground as I have seen sharks under the boat well over 3 meters. Time will tell I suppose.”
Hamish Currie
Predator II
Red Bay Stormforce 9.1 Rib
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