Irish Angling Update – 1st June, 2007

From the Central &
Regional Fisheries Boards

 

1st
June 2007

 

Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer

 

E-mail: paul.bourke@cfb.ie

 

Website: www.cfb.ie

 

Webmaster: Myles Kelly

 

                                  
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·       
Specimen Sea Trout up to 6.5
lbs. reported from Lough Currane.

 

·       
Lakeland anglers from
Mullingar have a great Trout trip to
Lough Conn where they enjoy
great sport.

 

·       
Mayfly fishing is at an end on the western lakes but there
was some nice catches reported from Corrib, Mask and Conn.

 

·       
Salmon up to 14 lbs. reported from the River Moy where 133
Salmon recorded for the week.

 

·       
Very good coarse fishing reported from many venues in the
Cavan Lakelands area.

 

·       
Good 120 lbs. Bream catch landed by UK visitor at Lough
Major in Ballybay (with Photo).

 

·       
1,115 Pike for a group of Belgium anglers fishing in
the Arva Gowna area for the week.

 

·       
Press Release on the Central Fisheries Board monitoring
Fish Communities required for the Water Framework Directive.

 

·       
More Information for Salmon Anglers covering the rest of
the season up to the end of September.

 

 

 

GAME ANGLING

 

 

South Western Region: Web: http://www.swrfb.com

                                 E Mail: swrfb@swrfb.ie

 

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

 

Email: salmonandseatrout@eircom.net

Website: http://www.salmonandseatrout.com/

21/5/07
All quiet on the SW front, except one guest did see a bit of action in the fly
department when he produced a fine Sea Trout in the 2-3 lbs class fishing with
well known local Gillie Mr Dominic Mc Gillicudy, and for the rest of we so
called boatmen, no comment. Wind NW then veered WSW light to fresh with bright
sunshine.

22/5/07
just a few Sea Trout caught but to be fair to Lough Currane very few boats out
and if my noble Angler is not casting a fly what do you expect. Wind WSW light
to fresh and overcast with light drizzle.

23/5/07
There was some good action this morning in the Sea Trout department, first in
the striking zone were two Anglers from Luxembourg when they caught a fine 5 lbs.
Sea Trout on the fly on the south side of the Lake but Sea trout of the day
goes to Mr Michael Roden who caught a fine 6.5 lbs Sea Trout on the fly out at
the Sisters and finished the morning off with a 2.5 lbs Sea Trout and as always
Michael was fishing with his Gillie Mr Junior Scully (see photo on
http://www.cfb.ie/fishing_in_ireland/update/game_angling.htm and I asked Junior if he could give me some good advice on Specimen
Sea Trout Fishing, he replied you couldn't afford me boy, and on those words of
wisdom I will go to the Salmon department where Mr Joe Newbold of the UK caught
a fine 9 lbs Salmon on the troll with his Gillie Mr Michael O'Sullivan of
Waterville Boats and of
lobsterb@iol.ie Wind SW
in the morning then veered NNW in the afternoon light to calm and overcast with
light drizzle at times.

24/5/07
there were a few Sea Trout taken on the drift but no real rod benders. Wind SW
in the morning then veered NW for a time in the afternoon veered back into the
West and overcast all day with light drizzle in the afternoon.  Air temperature was at
4 pm 15c/59F
water temperature at the ledge in the Mouth of the Commeragh 16.1C/60F.

25/5/07
not a great day for Sea Trout fishing with a very cold NW blowing but with all
that, some boats did see a bit of action with a fine Sea Trout of 3 lbs. caught
by guests fishing with their Gillie Mr Bob Priestly. And in the Salmon
department all quiet on the SW. Front. The forecasters are predicting heavy
rain for Saturday evening and Sunday morning but my Noble Salmon thinks other
wise, flood maybe but not a very big one or put it this way not big enough to
activate my Noble Salmon?

26/5/07
There was some good action on Lough Currane both in the Salmon and the Sea
Trout departments First in the striking zone, was Mr Matthew Soulen caught a
fine 5 lbs. 10 ozs. Sea trout fishing with his Gillie Mr Neil O'Shea of
www.oshealoughcurrane.com
also Neil reported to me that one of his hired out boats caught a Sea Trout
just under 6 lbs and staying with the Sea Trout, Mr Frank Donnelly of
www.lakelandshouse.com
was telling me that one of his hired out boats also caught a Sea Trout just
under 6 lbs and a few of our Noble Cork Anglers caught a few Sea Trout in the 2
to 3 lbs class and in the Salmon department there were two Salmon caught by Mr
Gerry O'Sullivan, and his fine catch weighed in at 6 lbs. and 10 lbs. all
caught on the troll and just for the record Mr Jerry O'Sullivan was fishing out
of
www.lakelandshouse.com Wind SW light and overcast with light rain
all day.
27/5/07 There was
a wild NE wind blowing but that didn't deter the enthusiastic Angler from going
out. I did hear of some good strikes this morning but they were all lost but at
least they saw some action.
Wind
NE
strong
with heavy showers and very cold this morning but mainly sunny through out the
day. That is all the news from your Gillie and the
Waterville fishery.
No Spin No Fly's just Facts.

 

Berni Kelleher reports:

 

RIVER LAUNE BEATS 1 AND 2

No reports of
any catches water levels very low.

 

KILLARNEY LAKES

No reports of
any catches with water levels very low.

 

RIVER LEE

8 fish caught
at the weir mainly on shrimp the largest weighing 15 lbs. and the rest between
8 lbs. and 10 lbs.

 

RIVER BANDON

4 fish reported
last week with an average weight of 6lbs. between Ballineen and Innishannon.

 

LAUNE ANGLERS WATERS

Just two fish to report for the week
from Laune Anglers' Waters but this is an improvement.  Water not great but as one of my informants
put it, but it was good enough for Grilse.  Fair fishing effort over
weekend, two people fished
Johnstons
from
2 pm
to
8 pm
and not a touch and they did not see anyone with a fish or meeting a
fish.  We still need some serious rain to bring more grilse into the
river.

 

Shannon Region: Web: http://www.shannon-fishery-board.ie/

                        E Mail: info@shannon-fishery-board.ie

 

Brian
McManus
reports:

 

http://www.shannon-fishery-board.ie/guides/game/fishing-reports.htm

Mick Flanagan, Angling Correspondent for the
Westmeath Topic and Sunday World Newspaper Tel: 087 2797270:
mick@midlandangling.com reports on Midland
Lakes

& Rivers.

                  MULTYFARNHAM  ANGLERS 
DONS  THE GREEN BLAZER

 

Here we go and the merry months of May is
on its way out. It was another bust week, here in the angling world. On the trout
scene Ennell and Derravaragh anglers were in action last Sunday. Unfortunately I
was tied up over the weekend, and early into this week working on an angling
production. The coarse anglers are in action once again next Sunday, and
pleasure anglers will be out in force over the June bank holiday weekend. Plus
one of the
Midlands top anglers get presented with his Irish Green Blazer. Now where do we
start. MISSED COMPETITIONS. As I mentioned above I was unable to compete in the
local competition scene last Sunday. At present some of
Europe's top angling
magazine people are in
Ireland. Pierre Bronsgeest of Beet Magazine and Witold Zytka of Wedkarstwo magazine are
in town. The group are covering game and coarse fishing here in
Ireland, and spent Sunday and Monday last in Mullingar.  Along with the magazine photographers and
journalists are a production team who are preparing some film work on the Irish
angling scene. Looking after the group on this trip to Westmeath are myself,
Alan Broderick of "Spirit of The Waterwolf Angling Adventures", and
one of the
Midlands top pike anglers Barry Darby.  Next
week we will have a full report on the lads adventures here in Westmeath, plus
pictures of the days angling.

STONEHALL CUP. Fished on Derravaragh last
Sunday, this event proved to be a tough day on Derravaragh.  Early in the week hatches of may fly were seen
on the lake and expeditions were high for the weekend competition.  Time of fishing was
4pm-9pm starting and finishing at Donore Shore.  It was hoped that on a late may
evening some fish would come on the feed.  As it turned out the weather took a change for
the worse, and anglers competed in blustery cold winds. This change in the
weather really did not help the trout anglers, and very little fly life was
present on the lake surface. In these conditions its a up hill battle from the
start.  As it turned out Derravaragh
secretary Paddy Ward landed the only fish of the competition and this won paddy
the famous Stonehall Cup. The presentation was held in Murtaghs Bar and Lounge
Multyfarnham, and I got talking to club Chairman Jimmy Nally about the history
of the Stonehall Cup. He told me it was the first Cup the club even fished for,
and was presented to Derravaragh back in 1959. The first winner that year was
Jack Murtagh from Ballinredra Multyfarnham. In the late fifties early sixties
dapping  may fly was the chosen way to
fish, mind you anglers those day had very little fly fishing gear Jimmy told
us. As Jimmy explained the history of the Cup, one could see the years reeling
back through his thoughts. The next competition on Derravaragh is on June 10th,
when the Johnny Owens Cup will be fished.  More on this later.

GREEN BLAZER FOR GILSENAN. One of the
Countries top trout and salmon  anglers
Liam Gilsenan from Multyfarnham was honoured by his fellow club  members from Derravaragh. Last year Liam
competed in the Irish national Qualifiers ,and put in a star performance which
earned him a place in this years International. The event is pencilled in for
later in the season ,and I am not quite sure weather its in
England, Wales, or Scotland. I will have more on this when I get the info.  Anyway back to the green blazer. Its every
sports persons dream to represent their Country in their chosen sport and Liam
Gilsenen is really looking forward to the challenge. Liam has being part and
parcel of the Derravaragh angling scene over the years, and the club honoured
their Treasure by presenting him with his Blazer. The presentation took place
in Murtagh's bar and Lounge after the Stone Hall cup prize giving.  On hand 
to present Liam with his just rewards was another Derravaragh legend
Club president Mr. Brue Meehan. The Brue was in great form, and said he was
delighted to present his good friend and fellow officer with the Irish International
Blazer. The night was topped off with fantastic food, which really hit the spot
with all present.

JIMMY NEA CUP. Lough Ennell anglers hosted
their official first club trout competition of the 2007 season. On the day
Ennell once again proved a tough nut to crack, but cracked it was. It was
quality rather that quantity that prevailed on the day. Mick Malone topped the
day with a super trout weighing 5.3 lbs., in second place was Seamus Eighan
with 1.84 lbs., third place went to Pat Dunne 1.77 lbs., and 4th Morris Gorman
1.51 lbs. The presentation of prizes was held in Whitebridge bay, and John
Tyrrell thanked all who fished and supported the Jimmy Nea Cup on the day. The
next club competition on the calendar is the family day out, which is in July.  More on this and other Ennell competition in
the coming weeks.

LAKELAND ANGLERS ON CONN. Yes once again lakeland anglers ventured west recently and competed in their annual 3-day
competition on Lough Conn. Unfortunately the first day Friday had two be cancelled
due to high winds. Mind you looking at the results fro m the next two days the
Lakeland anglers were in top form. Once again the competition for the top prize,
which is a beautiful engraved Mirror presented by the Caffrey family of Mount
St. was always on anglers mind during the two days fishing. This prize is for
the angler who catches the best trout over the weekend competition. To be in
with a chance of this super prize you must fish all days. This year round
Mullingar angler Brendan Murray top the trip with a cracking trout weighing
1.90 lbs. On Saturday the best gross weigh of fish went to Denis Goulding with
a weight of 2.83 lbs. 2nd place was Darren Cox 2.78 lbs.  3rd was Pat Delaney 2.45 and   Andy Boyle and Brendan Murray tied for 4th
place with 1.90. Brendan Murray produced the bet fish of the day on Saturday,
1.90.  The best boat on Saturday was Andy
Boyle and Denis Goulding, the lads boated a fine catch of 4.73.  On Sunday Noel Shields topped the day with a
fish 2.71 and the heaviest boat catch on Sunday went to father and son pairing
Christy Cox and Darren. The deadly duo produced 7.30 of fish on Sunday.  The individual winners on Sunday were 1st
Darren Cox 5.47, 2nd Michael Healy 4.33, 3rd Noel Shields
2.71 and 4th Stephen Brown 2.65.  Club
secretary Andy Boyle thanked all who competed in this year's trip to
Lough Conn and especially the sponsors who as in previous years really held back
no expense. The sponsor list is endless and it included David O'Malley, Sam
Smith, Niall Caffrey, Jack Doolin, and many others.  The club presentation will take place later
this year, at the end of season competition. 
As you can see
Lough Conn is worth a trip. Boat and Engine hire and angling news on Lough Conn
Gerry Murphy 087-2390409.

 

JUNE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND.  

 

That's it folks for another Angling report,
we will just sigh off by wishing you an enjoyable June bank Holiday. Remember
if you are going out on the lake or fishing a river please head the safety laws
and wear a lifejacket. If you would like to check out some pointers on
water-safety here are two sights that will put you right.  IRISH WATER SAFETY 1890 420202 or www.iws.ie  ROYAL
NATIONAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUATION 1800 789589 or www.rnli.ie

 

Western Region: Web: http://www.wrfb.ie/

                       E Mail: kcrowley@wrfb.ie

 

Kevin Crowley reports:

WRFB Angling Report 22nd May 2007

 

GALWAY
WEIR

There
were 7 fish caught at the Weir this week, with the spring run slowing down and
grilse starting to appear. On the 23rd French visitor Jean La Moral
landed a nice 7 lbs fish on shrimp. The following day another French angler,
Matthieu Pilorge had a 4.5 lbs. grilse on shrimp, and Dave O'Reilly from
Dublin caught and released a 5 lbs fish. On
the 26th Declan McInerney landed a 7.5 lbs. fish on shrimp. Dave
O'Reilly had a nice 9lbs salmon on shrimp on the 27th, with Joe
McElduff also catching and releasing a fine 11-pounder on fly. Ashley Matthews
landed a 4.5 lbs. grilse on the 29th, caught on fly.  With grilse beginning to run the river,
prospects looks great for the next few weeks.

 

LOUGH MASK

There
was mixed weather over the last week, with northerly winds again putting in an
appearance over the weekend that didn't help fishing. Olives and mayfly were
hatching, and 49 anglers reported 187 trout in 112 rod-days. Wet and dry
mayflies were the top flies over the week. Andrew Sorby and a friend from
England had 48 fish for 6 days, with 2 reaching
5 lbs, and all the fish were sportingly released alive. Morgan Oapes from
England had 8 fish in 3 days to 3.5 lbs. Two
Northern anglers had 26 fish for 6 days, and French visitor Yann LeFevre had 4
fish for a day from 2 lbs to 3.75 lbs., all returned alive. It is encouraging
to see so many anglers now practicing catch-and-release, which surely bodes
well for the future stocks of trout. Warmer weather this week should see
conditions improve, with evenings fishing well to buzzer and sedge patterns, as
well as spent gnat.

 

LOUGH CORRIB

Mayfly
hatches seem to be coming to an end on Corrib, with slow fishing reported from
the Cornamona-Greenfields area. 188 anglers reported 226 trout in 289 rod-days,
averaging 1.25-1.5 lbs. Wet fly was most successful, with mayfly, Green Peter
and dabblers best.
UK anglers P. Styles landed 28 trout over
6 days averaging 1.25 lbs., F. Haverty from Headford had 30 trout over 20 days
of the mayfly season, and Jimmy and Bill Bradbury from Athlone had 16 fish over
4 days. J. Martyn landed a super fish of 11.5 lbs, the best fish of the week.

Cornamona
Anglers held a Mayfly Competition on Sunday, but stormy conditions made angling
very difficult, and 62 anglers only landed 13 trout. Keith Curtis (UK) was the
winner, with 2 trout for 4.2 lbs. Gerry McDonald from Clonbur had 2 fish for 4
lbs for 2nd place, and third was Peter Curran, with 2 trout for 3.7
lbs. Padraic Browne from Clonbur was 4th, with a fine trout of 3.5
lbs, and the ladies prize was won by Katie Shaw, UK, with 1 trout for 1.2 lbs.

Cross
Anglers held a competition to raise funds for the Corrib/Mask Lifeboat, with
Robert Holian taking 1st place with 2 trout for 1.265 kgs.  Billy Talbart was 2nd, with 1
trout for 0.661 kgs, and Frank Reilly took 3rd with 1 trout for
0.621 kgs.

 

LOUGH CARRA

Strong
northerly winds over the week affected Carra badly, as sediment was stirred up,
lowering water clarity. Olives and mayfly were seen hatching, and 67 anglers
reported 39 trout in 80 rod-days. Wet and dry mayflies accounted for most fish,
with dapped crickets also successful. Brian Swift from Wicklow had a nice fish
weighing 2 lbs., and Peter Galvey from
Dublin had 2 good fish averaging 1.75 lbs. for
an evening. A
Cork angler also had 2 very good fish. Spent
gnat fishing in the evenings may be productive here over the next couple of
weeks.

 

North Western Region: E Mail: info@nwrfb.com

                                     Web: www.northwestfisheries.ie

Markus Muller
reports:

 

River Moy

 

The Moy system accounted for a reported catch of 133 salmon for the week. With varying
water levels fishing conditions remained difficult for most of the week

 

On the
Moy Fishery, John Howley had 3 salmon (all released) from the Weir Pool on the
fly. John also caught the fist salmon of the season on the Cathedral Beat.
Donegal angler, Shaun O'Doherty, also was successful on the Cathedral Beat and
caught a salmon at 7 lbs. on the fly and Alan Keaveney, Ballina, had a fine 10
lbs. fish on the Point Beat.

 

On Mount Falcon, Stuart Price had 2 fish, one at 6.5
lbs. on the worm and one at 7.5 lbs. on the fly.  On Armstrong's, Tom Kane,
Northern Ireland, landed a fine fish at 11 lbs. on the
worm and French visitor, Gilles Boudier, had a 5 lbs. salmon. There were also
good reports from Gannon's, where
Juergen Gasser, Switzerland, had a 9 lbs. Salmon and Robert Orr, UK, caught a fine 10.5 fish. Both fish
took the prawn. On the Foxford fishery, Howard Bayliss,
Wales caught 2 salmon at 4 lbs. and 11 lbs.
and on Rinanneys, Thomas Murtaugh,
Germany, also had fine fish on the prawn
weighing 14 lbs.

 

Further up river, the Cloongee Fishery produced 7
salmon for the week including 2 fish (6 lbs. & 6.5 lbs.) for Mike Tulley,
UK. Also on Cloongee, Tommy Colgan, Westport, had an 8 lbs. salmon, Peter Deegan,
Carlow, landed a fish at 7.5 lbs. and Laois angler, Sean Moore, had one at 7
lbs.  All fish were caught on the worm.

 

The East Mayo Anglers association
water also fished well dur
ing the week. Amongst the successful anglers
were Ernest Piere,
France with a salmon at 14 lbs., Pat
Donovan,
Dublin, who also caught a 14 lbs. salmon and Lois
De Nardo,
Italy, who landed a 10 lbs. salmon.

 

Moy Estuary

 

Fishing picked up during the week in the Moy
Estuary.

Michael Hyland and friend, Dublin, who were out fishing with Judd Ruane
of www.fishingireland.ie reported 5
trout on mackerel strip. Benjamin Perutschnig,
Austria and Harry Feeny, Foxford, who were also
fishing with Judd, had 15 sea trout up to 1.75 lbs. on mackerel strip and sand
eel.

 

Carrowmore
Lake & Owenmore
River

 

Angling on Carrowmore Lake improved this week and despite the
windy conditions 9 salmon were caught for the week. The Derek Rutter party,
UK, had 2 fish at 5.5 lbs. and 6 lbs.,
Franz Kaizer, Bangor Erris & Germany, landed 2 salmon at 4 lbs. & 4.5
lbs and Dave Elliot, Enniskillen, also caught 2 salmon, one at 6.5 lbs. which
he returned and another one at 9 lbs. Anglers also reported the first sea trout
catches of the season. 

 

On the Bangor Angling Club stretch of the Owenmore River a total of 4 salmon was caught for the
week. Declan Foley had the best fish for the week, weighing 11.25 lbs. and
Martin Reuland, Belmullet, also was successful and added another fish (7.5
lbs.) to his account.