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Good bream and tench catches at lower Shannon venues

October 4th, 2017 | by

Emma Stanley, IFI, reports on the coarse fishing along the lower Shannon…

Cooler conditions have spread into the Lower Shannon River Basin District over the past number of days with temperatures falling to single figures during night time hours.  The days were generally mixed with some sunny spells, blustery conditions and rain fall in some areas.  Temperatures ranged between 11 to 18 degrees Celsius.

Coarse Angling is as always holding its own with good numbers of bream and tench being caught in the Meelick, Portumna and Rogers Island areas of recent days.  Sizes are varying between 1lb to 3lbs.

Portumna Coarse Angling Club netted its largest participation in a competition yet, along with weights of up to 40lbs on the River Shannon.

Dave Brooks co-manager of Angling Trust England Ladies Coarse Fishing Team came through on the last day to win this points based match, just ahead of local angler Arunas.

The festival was at its highest attendance this year with 43 taking part, mostly those visiting from overseas. Everyone enjoyed catches of roach, hybrids, and bream from the Rogers, Shebeen, Salmon Run, Town and Meelick sections of the river. The festival carried sponsorship from Waterways Ireland along with local businesses.

Next up for 2018 is the April festival commencing on Monday 16th – but book in quick places are already very limited. http://www.ncffi.ie/events/portumna-festival/

 Up and coming Events: Portumna Coarse Angling has had a few people ask for the dates for next year’s festivals already and the first competition is on Monday 16th April 2018 to Friday 20th April 2018.  There will also be an open match Sunday 15th of April of next year.

Bio Security: As always, we would kindly ask all who use Irelands watercourses to please use appropriate biosecurity measures for themselves so to help prevent the spread of invasive species in and out of the water.

Water Safety: It has been noted by Birr staff that there are a number of Anglers fishing from boats and on banks / stands where there is deep water who are not using adequate flotation devises.  We would kindly like to remind all about the importance of Life Jackets as they really do save lives. Adequate Flotation devices should be worn at all times and it especially sets a template regards water safety where younger Anglers are present.  It’s fantastic to see the range of ages fishing on the rivers and lake of the Lower Shannon River Basin District at the moment and there’s a promising new generation of Anglers starting to emerge.  However, the importance of water safety is something everyone needs to be aware of.

 “Take only memories, leave only footprints”.  As always, The Birr staff would like to ask all who are using the water courses in the area to be mindful of littering and to please use bins provided or take home their rubbish.


This post is in: Coarse angling reports, Portumna, River Shannon