Irish Angling Update – 20/06/07

From the Central & Regional Fisheries Boards
20 June 2007
Editor: Paul Bourke, Angling Information Officer
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•    An increase in water levels in the South Western Region brings an improvement in Salmon Angling in the Cork, Kerry area.

•    There is still some Trout reported taking Mayfly and Spent Gnat on Lough Sheelin.

•    Better water levels improving Salmon angling in the West.

•    130 Salmon reported from the River Moy and 24 from Carrowmore Lake in Co. Mayo.

•    2 lbs. 9 oz. specimen Rudd wins our Catch of the Week from Carrigadrohid Reservoir in Co. Cork.

•    Good catches of Bream and Tench reported from the Ballinamore Mohill area.

•    Good mixed Coarse catches reported from many lakes in the Arva and Cootehill areas of Co. Cavan for parties of UK visitors.

•    Good Deep sea and shore fishing reported from the Beara area in west Cork.

•    Good mixed deep sea fishing reported from the Shannon Estuary.

•    Good catches reported from the Clifden Open Boat Competition where 25 species of fish were recorded by competitors.


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

11/6/07 very light to calm SE wind, which didn't make for good Sea trout fishing even though there were few caught but nothing that would hit the headlines in the Trout and Salmon. Max air temperature 17C/62F but I can tell you it seemed hotter than that but who am I to argue with Valentia.     12/6/07 just the a few Sea Trout caught but nothing substantial. Wind S light to calm, max air temperature 22C/71F overcast at times with the odd light shower, humidity 56%.
13/6/07 There was one bit of action in the Salmon department, a guest fishing with local Gillie Mr Bob Priestly, caught a fine 8 lbs/ 3.64 kgs. fresh Salmon on the troll. In the Sea Trout department very slack even though there were a few caught but no real rod benders. Wind S calm to light then veered SW in the afternoon light to fresh. Rain fall light for most of the morning then around 12.15 pm it lashed down for about half an hour so heavy in fact one had to bale the boat, I suppose you could call it a Minnie flood.  Air temperature 22.5C/72F
14/6/07 Not a great day for Sea Trout fishing even though there were a few Sea Trout caught but nothing substantial which is not surprising with a very light NE wind, and there was light rain through out the day. Max air temperature 15C/59F humidity 88%
15/6/07 There were three fine Sea trout caught in the 2.5 lbs/1.14 kgs class by a guest fishing with his Gillie Mr Vincent O'Sullivan and of also in good form was a Guest fishing out caught a Sea Trout 2.1 lbs/0.95 kgs  Wind NNE light and overcast with light rain throughout the day, max temperature 17C/62F Humidity 82%
16/6/07 There were a few nice Sea Trout caught in hired out boats from first Sea trout of 3 lbs/1.36 kgs, was caught by Eddie Shanaghe, next in the striking zone was Mr Davidson who caught one of 2 lbs/0.91 kgs and last but not least Mr Mc Murray caught one of 2.5 lbs/1.14kgs all were caught on the fly Wind NNE calm to light with sunny intervals max temperature 15C/59F Humidity 79%
17/6/07 There were three Sea Trout recorded in log book first in the striking zone was Mr Michael Murphy who caught two fine Sea Trout in the 2.1/4 lbs/1.09kgs class also in good form was Mr John Burton who caught one of 1.5 lbs/0.68kgs and in the Salmon department no comment. Wind SE light to calm and overcast, max Temperature 19C/66F Humidity 44%. That is all the news from your Gillie and the Waterville Fishery. No Spin No Fly's just Facts.

Berni Kelleher reports:

17th JUNE OF 2007.
Two fish reported caught at the weekend with the rise in water levels.

8 fish caught on the Bandon with three caught on David Lamb's fishery with 2 weighing between 8 lbs and 9 lbs with the smallest one being returned to the water.  All in all, the rise in water levels proved very beneficial to the anglers who were able to get out and wet their lines.


Water was still at a nice level for the week and perfect for grilse at any rate.  I am aware of 2 fish for the week on laune angler's waters.  One of 12 lbs. was caught on Thursday and one on Friday 8 lbs. Both fish were caught on the fly.  A Tralee angler lost a lovely fresh grilse on Saturday evening fishing the fly.

Prospects of rain are getting anglers hopes up.

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Brian McManus reports:

June 20th, 2007

The Mayfly are still hatching on Sheelin but few enough anglers are fishing the lake. There is also great hatches of olives and sedges. Peter O'Reilly fished the lake with Michael Kelly L.S.T.P.A. on last Monday June 11th. They caught 11 trout (released 5) averaging nearly 2 lbs. on dry fly off the Arley shore in deep water.  They spent most of the day on the lake and observed some good fish rise.  Neddie Clinton L.S.T.P.A. had 2 trout on a spent gnat.  Anglers fishing the lake this week should try small dry sedges.
Contact Thomas Lynch L.S.T.P.A. Mobile: 087 9132033 or logon to the L.S.T.P.A website for information on local competitions and other upcoming news.
For local updates contact Mr Sean Gurhy, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Lough Sheelin Tel: 049 4336144
Last week Lough O'Flynn fished well with the change in the weather. Fish are presently in pursuit of the explosions of perch fry.   Best reports to the Shannon Regional Fisheries Board were from Anthony Baggot, Castlerea and Declan Mc Goldrick Ballyhaunis.  They had 5 fish to over 7 lbs. on Saturday evening on Muddlers and Dabblers. John Connolly Castlerea had 9 fish for 12 lbs. over two days.  Sean and Tommy Keane Ballinlough had 4 fish on Saturday evening. Bernard Mannion and Matt Foley had 7 fish on Sunday evening caught on imitation perch fry flies.
For updates contact John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Co Roscommon at 087 2536
There's very little angling activity on Ennell at present, hence little feedback.
For updates contact Pat Mc Donnell, Fisheries Officer Shannon Regional Fisheries Board Mullingar Office Tel: 044 9348769 mornings
Trout angling on Lough Owel has improved over the past week. The best results were during late evening sessions on buzzers. The best reported fish of the week was caught by Gerry Scully at 3.5 lbs. in the Guinness Anglers Competition fished on Saturday. In the competition 10 anglers had 16 fish and was won by Gerry Healip with 6 fish for 9 lbs. Andy Boyle and others had 10 fish between them. Brendan Murray Mullingar had 6 fish for 9 lbs. on fly. Paul Owens caught and released most of his catch of 9 fish averaging 1.5 lbs. On Monday June 18th, Andy Boyle had 5 fish, best 2 lbs. on fly. On Tuesday Liam Cox fishing with two other anglers from Newbridge had 11 fish between them, best fish, 2 by 3 lbs. Barry Lenihan Mullingar had 2 fish for 3 lbs. on fly.
For updates contact Pat Mc Donnell, Fishery Officer Shannon Regional Fisheries Board Mullingar Office Tel: 044 48769
Mick Flanagan, Angling correspondent and photographer for Sunday World and Topic group of newspapers Tel: 087 2797270: reports on Midland Lakes & Rivers.
Last week we mentioned the Irish trout Fly Fishing Association National championships on Lough Owel. At present I.T.F.F.A. PRO Greg White is working on some serious sponsorship deals for the organisation. He had been in contact with some new tackle distributors and Mariner Outboard Engines. If any I.T.F.F.A. affiliated clubs or members would like more info on this please contact Greg White on 07713160210 or
Anglers reported good fishing during the day up to weekending Sunday June 17th with bag limits easily obtained.  There were good fly hatches and corresponding rise of fish. The most successful flies were Green Peter, Peter Ross, Sedges and Muddlers.  The best reported fish of the week was a Rainbow of 3 lbs. caught by A Cawley, Ballinasloe on a Green Peter. Several other fish of 2 lbs. were reported caught. Prospects for the coming week look good.
For updates contact John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon 087 2266735
The Lough Derg Native Fish Biodiversity Study is ongoing with the first batch of samples sent to Canada and Belfast for analysis. The samples consist of representative samples of perch, pike, roach, bream, eels and trout. When results are available it is intended to hold a seminar in Killaloe in the autumn to deliver the preliminary findings. A random aging of an 8 lbs. brown trout by Dr Fran Igoe, Shannon Regional Fisheries Board showed that it lives for 2 years in a river before migrating to the lake and becoming cannibal. It was found to be 8 years old. Dr Igoe will demonstrate the methodology in aging scales to anglers in September.
ShRFB reports for the RIVER FEALE CO KERRY
Heavy rain over recent days should bring on a flood this week, we'll keep you posted in next weeks update 
NB: Anglers please note the new Salmon & Sea Trout Bye Laws for the River Feale for 2007. See
This Bye-Law provides for a bag limit of 4 fish (being either salmon or sea trout over 40 cm) from 1 March to 12 May subject to a daily bag limit of 1 fish during the period.  The Bye-law also incorporates the provisions of the existing Bye-law i.e. an overall annual bag limit of 10 fish for 2007, a daily bag limit of 3 fish from 13 May to 31 August and a daily bag limit of 1 fish from 1 September to the end of the season. The Bye-law also provides for the use of single hooks and prohibits the use of worms as bait once the specified number of fish have been caught in the specified periods.
For up to date fishing reports contact the local Assistant Fisheries Inspector Mr Paddy Halpin Mobile: 087 7729126

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Kevin Crowley reports:
WRFB Angling Report 19th June 2007

The summer grilse started running the river over the last few days, with good numbers seen coming in on every tide. Fishing improved a lot on the previous week, with 20 salmon caught at the Weir. Among the anglers to land fish were Brendan Doyle, with a 4.5 lbs grilse on shrimp, and local Henry Cosgrove, with a 5-pounder on fly. German visitors Wolfram Hoppe and Manfred Wilke both had grilse, as did John Anderson from Moycullen, and Tony Kavanagh from Galway. Meath angler James Carney took a 4 lbs. fish on fly, and Kevin Finnegan landed the fish of the week, a fine 10.5 lbs salmon, caught on shrimp. Canadian visitor Jimmy McDougal had a small grilse on shrimp, and Dublin man Colm Adams had a 5-pounder. Donegal man Seamus McAlevy took a 4 lbs. fish on fly, and Kildare man Sean Murphy landed 2 grilse of 3 and 6 lbs. on fly.
With fresh fish in the river and water conditions perfect, fishing prospects look excellent for the coming weeks.

Most of the week was calm and humid, with thundery showers about. The easterly wind was not ideal for fishing but light conditions were good. There were hatches of sedges for the most part, and 39 anglers reported 27 trout in 67 rod-days. Dry fly and trolling was most successful, with a few fish also feeding on Daphnia.
Ms. P Gaynor from Tourmakeady hooked a fine trout weighing 10 lbs. 4 oz on a Rapala on the western side of L. Mask.  Mr. H Frashenuv from Belgium had 3 fish on wet flies for 7 lbs., best 3 lbs. 8 oz. Welsh angler Rob Griffin had 4 fish on the Rocky Shore, and
Ballinrobe local Noel Moran had 2 fish during the weekend on wet flies, best 1.75 lbs.  Sedge fishing should improve over the next couple of weeks as hatches improve, with fish also feeding on perch fry and Daphnia.

Corrib has been very quiet of late, with most anglers taking a break after the mayfly. Some good hatches of chironomids late in the evening will bring fish up to dry fly, and some anglers are taking nice fish on the balling buzzer, but most Trout are now focussed on the perch fry.

Calm conditions prevailed on Carra over the week, with ideal light conditions. Sedge hatches were quite good, and a significant increase in feeding activity at the surface was noticed. 11 anglers reported 26 trout in 23 rod-days, with most fish taken on wet fly, including Green Peters and Claret Bumbles and Dabblers. Trout appeared too much more free-rising than previously, especially late in the evening.
Mr Brian Canavan from Tyrone had some good fishing on Friday and Saturday with fish of 3 lbs., 2.25 lbs. and many other keepers all released.  2 Northern anglers had 2 fish in an evening session on Carra also, best 2.5 lbs, and Mr. J Halpin from Meath had 1 fish weighing 3 lbs, released back.

After a long dry spell the rain finally arrived in Ballynahinch on 19th June and within hours good numbers of grilse started running the river.  The large amount of rain means that the river will be in good order for the coming week.  The run was late; however there are good sized grilse, possibly as a result of the drift net ban.  The sea trout are also running in good number and are in great condition.  For bookings, contact Fishery Manager, Simon Ashe on 087 9962424.

Simon Ashe
Fishery and Estate Manager,
Ballynahinch Castle Hotel,
Co. Galway,

Tel: + 353 95 31006
Mobile: +353 87 9962424
Fax: +353 95 31085
Email: fishing@bhi

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Angling Report – w/e 17 June, 2007

River Moy

Fishing was mixed over the past week, with 134 salmon reported for the Moy system. While water levels were suitable the extremely sunny weather impacted on the fishing for most of the week. However, high tides over the weekend resulted in a run of sea liced salmon upstream.
The Moy Fishery had a total of 10 salmon for the week. On the Ridge Pool, Tim Keoghan, Mullingar, had a 6.8 lbs. salmon and John Chambers, Northern Ireland, landed a fish weighing 7.11 lbs. Both fish came to the fly. The Weir Pool accounted for 5 fish including a nice 7.14 lbs. salmon for UK visitor, John Thorne. Declan Foley caught and released a 5 lbs. salmon on the Cathedral Beat.

On Mount Falcon, Eddie Summerville & Mr. Jeffries, both UK, had salmon weighing 7 lbs. and 8 lbs. On Byrne's, English visitor, Roy Smith had 3 salmon while on Gannon's, Eric Le Guillermic, France, landed a fine 10 lbs. salmon on spinner. On the Foxford Fishery, Thierry Rey-Dorene, also France, had 2 salmon (averaging 4 lbs.).  On the Rinnaney Fishery, Jim & Ruth Bowman, Northern Ireland, landed 3 fish on the prawn, with best at 12 lbs. Also on Rinnaney's, Albert Berchtenbreiter, Germany, caught a fine 11 lbs. salmon on the worm.   

Further up river, the Cloongee Fishery produced 7 fish for the week including 2 fish for French fly angler, Lionel Jaffrain, with best at 7 lbs.  On the East Mayo Anglers Association water, Marcel Jacruemin, Belgium, had a 7 lbs. salmon on worm and Mayo man, Fred Thompson, also got a 7-pounder on the fly.

Carrowmore Lake

Again, Carrowmore Lake fished very well for the week. Anglers caught 24 salmon, 8 of which were released. There is also some excellent sea trout fishing on the lake with some fine trout around the 2 lbs. mark been taken. The salmon averaged 7 lbs. – 8 lbs.

Amongst the successful anglers were: John Cassidy, Co. Clare, with 2 salmon, Antonio Sardinero, Spain, Ronnie Mayock, Dublin, with two fish (both returned), Franz Kaizer, Germany & Bangor Erris, Brian Clayton, Mel Parrot (2 salmon) and Adrian Blackwell, UK, who landed his first two salmon during the week.

Ballin Lough

At present, Ballin Lough is fishing very well and anglers are delighted with the quality of the rainbow trout. A total of 20 rods fished the Lake during the week with 57 trout caught, 31 of which were released.

Amongst the best catches were: Ronan Cusack, Galway & friend with 12 trout (9 released), best at 3 lbs. (rainbow trout) & 2 lbs. (brown trout), Jimmy Gibson, Scotland & friend with 3 rainbows, best at 3 lbs. and 2 brown trout (all released) and Cathal McGuire, Willie Noone & David Quinn, all from Galway who had 10 rainbows and 6 brown trout, best at 3 lbs. The most successful flies for the week were Green Peter, Buzzers and Muddler patterns.
To book a boat on Ballin Lough, anglers should contact Mrs. Gill, beside the lake, on 098-26128.

Clogher Lough

Five boats fished the Lough this week and anglers reported good catches. However, most of the brown trout caught were small and therefore safely returned to the water. Dennis Coughlan, Newport, had 10, Paul Barnes, UK, caught 8 and Stephen Lee & friend, also UK, took 12 trout.

Permits and boat hire for this delightful wild brown trout fishery can be arranged through Mrs. Gibbons on 098-25061.

Lough Conn

Now that the mayfly time is over, very few anglers are fishing Lough Conn. Additionally, the very hot and sunny weather impacted on the fishing during the week. However, the few anglers who ventured out were rewarded with some fine catches.  An estimated 50 trout were caught by approximately 60 anglers in 90 rod days.

Gerald Thompson, UK, took 3 trout over 2 days on Green peter and Grey Wulff, with best at 1.2 lbs.  Martina Williamson, Wexford, had her first trout on Lough Conn at 1.25 lbs. to an Octopus and Austrian angler, Herbert Krankl and his friend landed 2 fish on dry flies, averaging 1 lbs.  Albert Steward, Scotland also caught 2 trout (returned) for 2 lbs. and Dermot Dunne fishing together with Seamus Kelly, Cloghans, had 6 fish (all returned) over 2 evenings, weighing between 0.75 lbs. and 1.3 lbs.

Best flies for the week included Sooty Olive, Golden Wulff, Royal Wulff, Green Peter, Fan Wing Mayflies, Octopus, Gosling and Golden Olive Bumble.
Ballisodare River
The Ballisodare Fishery recorded 44 salmon for the week, 28 of which were released. Alan Marshal had a 7 lbs. salmon on the prawn while Maurice Coleman landed a nice 5 lbs. fish on the Yellow shrimp Fly. Mark Graham had the best fish of the week with a fine salmon weighing 11.5 lbs. on the fly. Mark also released two other fish for his day.
Drumcliffe River/Glencar Lake

Although the water levels rose towards the end of the week reports of fish moving on the Drumcliffe system were scarce. However, a few salmon were caught. Brian Gordon had a 6 lbs. salmon on the worm and local angler, Johnny Lockney, had two fish during the week, best at 5 lbs.  John caught his fish on worm on the upper section of the river.
Lough Arrow

Fishing on Lough Arrow was quite slow during the day and only few anglers sallied out for the week. However, Peter Dunne from Drumshanbo did it again and landed a nice trout weighing 2 lbs. Peter fished late in the evening and took his fish on a Murrough. Elsewhere, John Kelly, Athlone, had 2 fish for the week averaging 1.5 lbs.
Lough Doon

A party of visiting anglers from Germany reported some good fishing on Lough Doon during the week with catches of 3 to 6 trout per boat with all of their fish safely returned to the water. To book fishing on Lough Doon anglers should contact Mrs. Nora Martin at 071 9164989.

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RIVER DROWES – Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2007.
The Drowes ran at fairly low levels for the week once again. All the useful rain is falling on the other side of the country due to the prevalent east winds! The fishery was understandably quiet with anglers waiting for a fresh. There are however large numbers of grilse running through the river and up into Lough Melvin. The grilse however seem to be very dour and ‘will look at nothing'.  On Thursday, visiting German Angler, A. Lenk recorded a fine 10 lbs. salmon caught on a Toby spinner. On Friday, Bob Marsh accounted for a 4½ lbs. grilse caught on the fly.

LOUGH MELVIN – Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2007.

Angling on Lough Melvin this week has been fairly good. There were large numbers of fresh grilse showing all over the Lough at the weekend and around 7 were hooked and lost. Ian Grimsley accounted for a 3½ lbs. grilse caught trolling a Toby on Saturday. I am waiting on confirmation of other catches. The Sligo Anglers held there trout angling fly competition on Saturday. The day was busy with 40 boats out fishing and catches were recorded for the majority. Darren Maguire won the competition with 7 trout (sonaghan) caught with Dougie Kenan second with 5 trout. Stan McCart hooked and landed a 4½ lbs. grilse during from the competition from ‘The Barrel' in the Rossinver Fishery.

Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2007.

The Fishery was at low to very low summer levels all week which did little to encourage fish to run or anglers to fish. There were no visiting rods and little to report. We were however busy with visiting schools as part of the ‘Something Fishy' schools educational programme. We explained the life cycle of salmonids, eels etc, and the children got to see fish at close quarters. There was kick sampling and identification of insect life from rivers and loughs etc. Hopefully we made the next generation more aware of some of the environment. The school children (and adults alike) seemed to enjoy the experience greatly.

EANY FISHERY - Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2007.

The Eany had very little water for the week also. There is little to report with no visiting rods fishing. It is still early in the season for the Eany. Local anglers recorded a number of 3 lb rainbow trout which seem to magically appear in the river! No one seems to have had an escape of the same!

OWENEA FISHERY - Monday 11th to Sunday 17th June 2007.

The Owenea River was running at very low levels on Monday & Tuesday but rose to low levels on Wednesday and remained at around 0.15 metres on the gauge for the rest of the week. The gauge average for the week was low reading 0.14 metres. There are a number of salmon now present in the fishery. Despite the low conditions, 10 visiting rods fished for the week. John Breslin recorded a 7 lbs. grilse caught from beat 6 on a spinner on Thursday. On Saturday, Maurice Kennedy accounted for a 6 lbs. grilse caught on a spinner from beat 8.

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Cashel Trout Fishery report by Marlene Mc Laughlin

Buzzers and damsel did the damage at Cashel this weekend landing up to fifteen trout for Limavady's Arnold Boreland.  William Bole banked six trout while Ciaran Mellon (Maghera) landed four trout which took an orange nomad.  His trout averaged 4 lbs. each.  Ray Banks (Donegal & Derek Rutherford (Derry) had seven trout between using an orange tadpole and a yellow cat's whisker.  Paul Rathfield (Happy Anglers member) had five trout which took assorted dries like a klinkhammer while Steven Canavan (Bellaghy) had nine trout and unfortunately lost six which mostly took a muddler.  Antrim's Michael Edwards had four good trout in as many hours using a cat's whisker.  Franky Murphy (Feeny), John Hasson (Dungiven) accompanied by his uncle Pat from England all landed two trout each and released a few others which took suspender buzzers and f-flies.  John and Pat's trout were 4 lbs. 10 ozs. and 6 lbs. 2 ozs. in total.

Breakfast is now being served at Cashel in the comfort of an open log fire with plenty of craic.  Group bookings are most welcome during the week. 

Well done to all this weekend!

Tightlines for next weekend and fingers crossed for a tagged trout.

Foyle and Carlingford Area Licences can be purchased at Cashel Trout Fishery.

Info and enquiries to Marlene at 17 Birren Road, Dungiven, Co L'Derry, BT47 4SH, Tel/Fax: Dungiven 028777 42159, e-mail:  and web:


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Catch of the Week

Our catch of the week is from Cork.  Well known specimen hunter Conor Healy fished the Carrigadrohid Reservoir for big Rudd last week.  Conor using sweetcorn captured some fine specimens including a best fish of 2 lbs. 9 oz. Conor wins our catch of the week and has forwarded claims to the Irish Specimen Fish Committee for ratification including this great picture of his big Rudd.  Conor also forwarded scales to help ratify the fish as a genuine Rudd using genetic finger printing.  Conor safely put back the fish to the water.

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June 20th, 2007

ShRFB Reports for the Upper Shannon Region
Very few anglers around at Lanesboro and upriver with little or no feedback received from pleasure anglers. 
We are working on a photo gallery for the recent King of Clubs competition which will be live soon. Watch this space. For the results of the competition logon to our archived report dated June 6th, 2007 CLICK HERE TO ACCESS
Brian Bohan   CHAFLYNNS COTTAGE MOHILL reports on angling in the upper Shannon region around MOHILL and CARRICK ON SHANNON
Lough Rynn fished well for 2 local anglers at the weekend in dull conditions, hybrids, Roach and some Bream with catches of up to 60 lbs. and 70 lbs. Clonbonney is still fishing for Roach and small hybrids.  Lowfield fished well for 2 visiting anglers with Bream, Roach and hybrids. The Hillstreet lakes fished well for some visiting anglers Tench, Bream and hybrids with some nice 50 lbs. – 60 lbs. bags recorded. Crenagh Lake only produced 6 Tench between 3 local anglers from early Sunday morning.   Barney's shore on Lough Allen produced hybrids, Roach and Bream. Heron's shore produced Roach, Hybrids with Bream coming on in the afternoon and evening. The Pump House is fishing well for hybrids and Roach.
 Upper Shannon Match Results

1st  Place: B. Swift - 11.8
2nd Place: C. Allen -  3.8
3rd  Place: P. Lee -   1.10

1st Place A. Turton -  6.1
2nd Place: B. Bohan - 4.11
3rd Place:  T. Allen - 4.7


1st Place: T. Varo - 29.14
2nd Place: T. Allen - 14.11
1st Place: B. Bohan - 12.8

Kevin Lyons, MELVIEW LODGE GUESTHOUSE, Drumlish Road, Clonrollagh, Co Longford Tel : 003534345061 Mob: Email: Web:  covering fisheries in the LONGFORD AREA and the STROKESTOWN LAKES
There were no reports from the Strokestown lakes this week. It is intended that these fisheries will be fished over the coming week. Some swims along the Shannon have been fishing well for big Roach and Hybrids, Lanesborough hot water outlet is still not running at full speed. However if anglers were  to fish a long pole up against the lilies just past the gap in the Island it should  produce some big Tench which were observed moving around on Tuesday evening.
Angling guests of Melview Lodge had some decent weights between them but most of all some of the Roach and Hybrids were of specimen size.
The ShRFB reports for Ray Duthie Old Forge Banagher, Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER  Tel: 057 9151504.  BANAGHER area this week.
Water levels are good for coarse angling along the mid Shannon. Temperature fluctuations are not helping though! The River Brosna is fishing quite well at Shannon Harbour, hybrids, skimmers and Roach.  The town stretch at Banagher is fishing in the late evening, lots of Roach up to 1 lb. The Salmon Run is producing hybrids, skimmers and Roach. A few
decent Tench were reported from the Grand Canal at Pollagh, best fish 4.5 lbs.
ShRFB reports for the RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck
Bill Cassidy's school of junior anglers had a pleasant morning session on Saturday using 5 meter poles with quality Roach at Stoneham's lake. There was a report of quality Bream caught to 6 lbs. in the locality.
Visiting anglers reported good fishing on the River Suck in the Mount Talbot area, bags mixed fish to 25 lbs. 
Further local info contact Mr John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Tel: 094 96 40103 Mob: 087 2536064 and John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon for the lower River Suck 087 2266735
ShRFB reports for Mark Egan Athlone Bait Stockist, Accommodation Provider Email: Website  Tel: 090 64 94773 Mob 087 8517299 - the River Shannon and Inny ATHLONE area.
No anglers about this week in the Athlone area - no feedback.    
ShRFB reports for  INNY BAY B&B -  fishing at TOM FOXES ANGLING STRETCH and lower RIVER INNY  Tom Foxe Mob: 087 9960173 for enquiries and boat hire
Angling is very quiet on the River Inny as we write. Angling guest of Inny Bay B&B, John Wilson from the UK is fishing on the Royal canal at Abbeyshrule and bagging lots of quality Tench there.
Dermot Killeen Shannonbridge Tel 090 96 74112 Email: reports for SHANNONBRIDGE area
Shannonbridge Fishing Report .. Dated 18th June 2007.
 River level varied slightly during the week due to rain. On Friday it read 2.34 at the village bridge. This evening it was 2.3 Metres.  Variety of weather mostly fine with showers and drizzle at times. No hot water flowing at the power plant.
Frank Flood from Dublin fished from the marina at Shannonbridge on 16th June and caught 26 mixed Perch, Bream and Roach in two hours using maggot. Peter Henry from Willowmere Fishers caught eight good perch on 16th June. Louise Killeen Shannonbridge fished the Shannon on 10th June in the evening. Using maggot and sweetcorn, she caught 15 lbs. of skimmers and hybrids in three hours. Paul Airey Ahascragh fished at the Hot Water Stretch on 17th June on a fine day and using maggot and sweetcorn with a feeder caught 40 fish – 38 good hybrids and two Perch.  Mrs Cynthia Airley also fished for a short time and caught two hybrids. Too slow was her comment. Allen Harrison from Golborne, Warrington fished on the canal on a fine 17th June. Using maggot and float he caught 10 hybrids. Joan Foster from Golborne also fished the canal alongside and caught 10 hybrids to 2.5 lbs.  During the fishing session twelve large canal boats passed and helped clear the rubbish and weed. Mike Bradley from Walsall fished at Shannonbridge on 17th June and used red maggot to catch 42 fish, Roach, Rudd and Perch. Trevor Bamford from Kinsale fished the Grand Canal on a fair day on 18th June. Using sweetcorn and red maggot he had great fishing catching mainly Tench and hybrids.

Mick Flanagan, Angling Correspondent for the Westmeath Topic and Sunday World Newspaper Tel: 087 2797270: reports on Midland Lakes & Rivers. 
Once again last Sunday Mullingar Coarse Anglers were in action. The match competition was fished from 4 pm-9 pm and at the final weigh-in Mullingar angler Pascal Weymes topped the scales with 12 lbs. 7 oz. This was followed by another Mullingar lad Shane O'Neill with 9 lbs 4 oz, and Polish angler Marcin Goraus finishing 3rd with 6 lbs. 7 oz. More competitions are planned in the coming weeks and the club members are meeting this Thursday Night at 8pm in the Old Stand Bar & Lounge. If you are interested in getting involved in coarse angling in Mullingar and would like to join the club call in Thursday night or give Keith Glennon a ring. 087-3686071.
Unfortunately we start off this week with sad news. As we arrived in from the competition on Sunday evening it was announced that Freddie Nolan had passed away suddenly. Freddie worked for a number of years at Cullion Fish farm and also was a keen competition angler both on Derravaragh and Owel. Both clubs held a minute silence on Sunday evening in respect for the late Freddie. Over the years I had got to know Freddie through the competition scene and he always enjoyed the day out on his favourite lakes. Well able to hold his own in the competition scene only some weeks back in April we featured Freddie in the prizes on Derravaragh. Farewell Freddie, you will be missed on the lakes. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Freddie's family members and friends over this sudden loss.
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Fishing this week is improved greatly with some very good Tench reported at  Drumlonan Lake and also at nearby Corgar Lake  near Ballinamore. 

Three English anglers staying in the Breffni Arms in the Arva, Gowna area report excellent bags of fish in the Arva/Gowna area recording the following weights:- K Rushby - Gulladoo 72 lbs., Holybank 58 lbs., Leonards Shore 81 lbs. Rosduff 86 lb.  E Betteridge Gulladoo 48 lbs. Hollybank 86 lbs. Leonards Shore 85 lbs., R. Pymer Gulladoo 61 lbs. Hollybank 56 lbs., Rockfield 84 lbs. Leonards Shore 60 lbs. 

The river at Killykeen is reported to be fishing very well with good mixed bags of 40/50 lbs.  Foxholes good Bream and Trinity mixed bags with good sized Hybrids.  Rann is producing good Bream and Glasshouse is also giving good mixed bag approx 40 lbs.  Corglass opposite Deralk early morning and late evening is providing plenty of good big Bream for the angler who is willing to put in the hours.  Some pegs on Eonish opposite Sandy Point is producing good mixed bags with the odd Bream.  Pike fishing on Lough Oughter is also reported to be improved in recent weeks. 

Drumlona has improved also with good bags of Bream and Tench, while Rudd is being caught on Dung Lake near Cootehill. 

The annual Ballybay Anglers Festival took place in Ballybay with 40 anglers taking part.  A total of 1,449 kg. of fish were fished during the festival.  The following were the overall winners:

1st.     Rory O'Neill, Newry         65.380kg.
2nd.     Barry Matthews U.K.        63.000kg.
3rd.     Baz Smith, Fermanagh             61.990kg.
4th.     Steve Sadler            59.700kg.
5th.     Neil Mazurek, Cootehill             58.090kg.

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June 20th, 2007


ShRFB reports for the RIVER SUCK VALLEY - Mid River Suck
Six French anglers finished a weeks fishing with lots of small pike each day in the River Suck Valley area. The leader of the group Patrick commented that the fishing was very enjoyable.
Further local info contact Mr John Ryan, Assistant Fisheries Inspector Tel: 094 96 40103 and John Devaney, Assistant Fisheries Inspector, Roscommon 087 2266735 for lower River Suck.
The ShRFB reports for Ray Duthie Old Forge Banagher, Bait Stockist, Tackle and ACCOMMODATION PROVIDER 
; Tel: 057 9151504.  BANAGHER area this week.
Not much news on the Pike angling front from the Banagher area. Coarse anglers are reporting plenty of pike around along the Sheebeen stretch. 
report courtesy of Eamon Cunningham P.R.O. Athlone Anglers Association Phone
Mob: 087 - 2340815
We expect to have a full report on all the recent Pike angling competitions which will be published here over the next week or two. Watch this space.
The following is the schedule of competitions that it is proposed to hold over the next few weeks. Please note this list may change due to unforeseen circumstances, however the details of each competition will be published in the local newspaper, on the posters, the  website and sent out to members by text message in the week prior to each competition.
•    June 17th – Deceased Members Cup – Pike, down river.
•    June 24th – Harp Lager Cup – Pike, down river.
Dermot Killeen Shannonbridge Tel 090 96 74112 Email: reports for SHANNONBRIDGE area
Shannonbridge Fishing Report .. Dated 18th June 2007.
River level varied slightly during the week due to rain. On Friday it read 2.34 at the village bridge. This evening it was 2.3 Metres. Variety of weather mostly fine with showers and drizzle at times. No hot water flowing at the power plant.

Local angler Brendan Kenny from Clonburren fished the River Shannon on 10th June for three hours using a Voblex lure and caught 15 medium sized pike weighing from 5 to 7lbs each. Nine year old Alia McGurrin from Howth caught her first freshwater fish on a damp 16th June using a spoonbait. It was a fine 30” pike which she returned alive. Peter Henry from Willowmere Fishers and friends caught 18 pike to 10 lbs. They used plug, spoon and jerk baits. Blue baits worked well for them.
Mick Flanagan, Angling Correspondent for the Westmeath Topic and Sunday World Newspaper Tel: 087 2797270: reports on Midland Lakes & Rivers.
Fishing last Sunday proved a huge success on Derravaragh with super summer weather greeting the young anglers. These family days out are a must for all local clubs who need to keep some young anglers coming on line. It's important we teach them the proper code of angling and that we conserve the fantastic angling that we have here in Westmeath. It was a short day with fishing from 1 pm-5 pm, starting and finishing at Donore Shore. The top prizes were the McGowan Cup for seniors and the Mergon Trophy for juniors. On the day it was Derravaragh hot-shot Barry Darby who landed the best pike in the senior section. Barry produced a pike of 13 lbs 3 oz to win the McGowan Cup for the second year in success. Derravaragh Club Chairman Jimmy Nally finished second with paddy Smith from Castlepollard taking 3rd place. Young Allanis Corcoran topped the junior section with a fine pike weighing 9lbs 9oz, Amanda Smith finished second with 6 lbs 3 oz, and 3rd place went to April Flanagan. After the presentations all competitors were treated to a fantastic sit down dinner in Donore Cafe where Paul Smith and staff produced super food.
Also last Sunday Lough Owel anglers were in action. Up for grabs on the day was the Glen Owel Cup for pike. On the day some monster pike came on line with local motor mechanic Tom Gorman topping the day with a monster pike weighing 21 lbs, Seamus Eighan finished 2nd with another cracking pike of 19 lbs and Tom Blight finished 3rd with 18 lbs 4 oz. All pike were put in holding tanks and will be transferred to other local waters. With day time trout fishing a little slow during the coming weeks, some super sport may be had on Owel pike fishing. Why not give it a go on the fly.
Unfortunately we start off this week with sad news. As we arrived in from the competition scene of Sunday evening it was announced that Freddie Nolan had passed away suddenly. Freddie worked for a number of years at Cullion Fish farm and also was a keen competition angler both on Derravaragh and Owel. Both clubs held a minute silence on Sunday evening for the late Freddie. Over the years I had got to know Freddie through the competition scene and he always enjoyed the day out on his favourite lakes. Well able to hold his own in competitions only some weeks back in April we featured Freddie in the prizes on Derravaragh. Farewell Freddie, you will be missed on the lakes. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Freddie's family members and friends over this sudden loss.


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Pro-charter Offshore 31. 330 HP
Skipper: John Angles
Base: Castletownbere Operational Area: 30 miles out from Castletownbere.                      Address: Inches House and Restaurant, Eyeries, Castletownbere, Co. Cork.
Telephone: +353 27 74494 or +353 86 3983586 Fax: +353 27 74494
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Boat fishing from the Castletownbere on the Beara peninsula has been improving in recent weeks and most bookings have been fulfilled due to the weather being not too bad. We had decided to try our chances at Blue Shark fishing on the 9th & 10th June because the surface water temperature was at 15 degrees celsius, with no luck, we understand that the first Irish Blue was caught a few days later!!!! well done Jan.
We have had plentiful Haddock recently with the best so far at 5 lbs. 8 oz. caught by Michael Wrenne from near Limerick on the 15th June. There have been some whiting in the 2- 2 lbs. 8 oz range as well. There are plenty of Ling now on the reefs and wrecks, most are in the 10 lbs. -20 lbs. range, however a wrecking trip with a group from Manchester & Suffolk UK produced two crackers, one at 27 lbs. 11 oz caught by David Wesley from Newmarket in Suffolk and one at 29 lbs. 11 oz caught by the skipper!!!! Conger have started to wake up a bit now on the reefs, best so far estimated at about 30 lbs. caught by Liam Wrenne from Abbeyfeale, Co Limerick
We have caught quite a few Dabs and Plaice recently as well as some nice Cod and Codling; we have seen more Cod on the ground this year than the last six years. Best Plaice so far is 2 lbs. 12 oz. caught by Danny Riley. The group from Manchester & Suffolk also shore fished during their stay with us and caught two notable Ballan Wrasse, one at 5 lbs. 8 oz. caught by Gary Knowles and one at 5 lbs.  2 oz caught by David Knowles. Gary will claim his specimen but David won't because he forgot the camera!!!
On the 20th June in fairly poor weather three types of Ray were caught by Bob Groves and his party from the UK. The three species were Thornback Ray, Spotted Ray and a surprise Cuckoo Ray.
Another update will follow in a couple of weeks, If anyone is interested in sampling the fishing afloat from the Beara Peninsula, please contact us with the details provided below.
John Angles
Inches House & Boat Angling Centre offers:-
Maulin cottage   (sleeps two) 3 star ITB approved
Milleeny cottage   (sleeps two plus one) 3 star ITB approved
Miskish Cottage (sleeps four) 3 star ITB approved
Boat Sea Angling & scenic cruises aboard TIGGER. 31ft Procharter Offshore.
All this on the beautiful Beara peninsula in South West Ireland.
You might like to visit our websites at:- or
John & Maree Angles, Inches House
Eyeries, Beara, Co. Cork, Ireland
Tel/Fax: + 353 (0)27 74494


Paul Harris reports

An eventful, prod
uctive and unusual week here on the Beara for our guests.  Rob Grant and fishing partner Richie form Cardiff were enjoying some huss and pollack fishing on their first days holiday when they spotted what they thought was a seal about fifty yards out. Closer inspection revealed it was a fin which sent Richie scrambling for a reel loaded with stronger line. A pop bottle was emptied for a float and a whole mackerel attached to sturdy wire trace which was duly drifted out on the offshore wind.
After only a short wait the pop bottle vanished and Richie found himself connected one large fish. Unfortunately in all the excitement he forget to check the setting on the clutch and after taking several large steps towards the water the line parted. Best estimates are that it was a porbeagle of around 150 pounds. I have a feeling there will be quite a few balloons floating around this area through the summer after such a close encounter.
The rest of their holiday passed in more normal fashion and they took both thornback and small eyed ray to ten pounds, wrasse to nearly three pounds (in a catch of 32 fish in one afternoon) plus plenty of pollack and mackerel.
Andy Mills and fishing buddys, Chris, Bob and Carl also had a productive week with pollack and wrasse to five pounds along with ray to seven, huss to six and a few strap conger. Bob kept up the shark theme in the house with two foul hooked basking sharks, although at about 17 feet long they knew little of the incident which certainly got Bobs attention.
Fishing prospects from the shore are excellent at present with fish being caught at all stages of the tide.

Anyone looking for information on fishing on the Beara can contact me at  or ring me on 027 60330. Web site 

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Boat: Clare Dragoon
LOCHIN 366, 650HP.
Skipper: Luke Aston
Base: Carrigaholt Operational Area: 30 miles form base.                                                    Address: Rahona, Carrigaholt, Co. Clare.
Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
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Good mixed fishing off the Loop
After such a fine week last week this past few days were more “normal” and although the winds were still light there was a northerly breeze towards the weekend. With the cool down in the temperature the fish were back at the baits again. One thing that was noticeable was that the Pollock were not dominating to the same degree when drifting further off on the reefs. There was some good mixed fishing with lots of different whitefish coming to the boat. Drifts were producing Cod, Ling, Whiting, Haddock, Pouting, Gurnard, Saith and Pollock and last weekend Pollock were only making up about half the catch of whitefish. There was a lot more Pollock through the Mackerel close to the shore, which kept people on their toes while filling the bait box! With the strong tides the Tope fishing was patchy. We were still getting fish at slack water, but this was only a half hour window with the water rushing pass for the rest of the time. At least a group of Fisherman from Somerset got one in the boat for a picture this year after missing about 10 runs last year!!

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Boat: Blue Water
42' Cygnus. Twin 250HP
Skipper: John Brittain
Base: Clifden Operational area: Clifden, Achill.                                                                  Address: Streamstown, Clifden, Co. Galway.
Telephone: +353 95 21073 or +353 87 2779622 Fax: +353 95 21678
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The Clifden Open Boat Competition was help over the weekend of 15th 16th 17th June. Three boat loads of anglers competed over three days for a top prize of €1500 cash in a species competition. Weather was moderate to good but drifting conditions were a little difficult on the first tow days due to a NE wind which made it hard to keep baits near the bottom. Nevertheless a total of 25 species were caught and the winning angler was Graham Newsome from the Isle of Man with 15 species. He just beat Dublin angler Cecil Barron's 15 species to the €1500 by a weight difference of 0.3 kgs!  Heaviest fish went to local man Sean Gibbons who had a fine Bull Huss of 5.5 kgs aboard Western Kingfisher and species of the event went to Josie Flaherty for a Megrim caught aboard Blue Water.  Blue Water and John Brittain won best skipper for the second year running with a daily average of 6.7 species per angler.

The event will be run again in 2008 but the date is yet to be finalised. It is organised by Clifden Station House Hotel and Bluewater fishing with a great deal of help from the Central Fisheries Board's Norman Dunlop who looks after all the rules and weigh in. We also had many sponsors the main ones being Shakespeare Fishing tackle, Ireland West Tourism and Tourism Ireland to whom we are very grateful.

For further information please email

John and Sue Brittain,
Blue Water Fishing,
Sharamore House,
Co. Galway,
Tel. 00353 95 21073