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Irish Angling Update – 01 March 2018

March 1st, 2018 | by

This Bandon angler stayed on for one last cast… beware!

Spring salmon fishing in Ireland has taken off, even with the cold weather we had in the lead up to the arrival of the “Beast from the East” and the freezing conditions and snow it brought with it. Big pike and decent coarse fish catches were also recorded over the weekend but apart from a bit of shore angling the sea has not been so productive…

The River Moy had its first salmon of the season last Friday in Ballina. The fish was caught by Noel Maloney with his very first cast of the year. Since then we have reports of 3 more salmon caught on fly and worm in the Ballina Salmon Anglers water and East Mayo Anglers water. On the Munster Blackwater some lovely springers were caught and released on the Blackwater Salmon Fishery and the Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery beats. Of the 3 fish at Ballyduff Bridge, Connie Corcoran had the best, a lovely salmon of about 14lb. There’s not many sea liced salmon get released this time of year so Catch of the Week goes to both Jason and Connie Corcoran of Ballyduff Bridge Salmon Fishery. A couple of springers were also taken on Lough Currane. One novice had a 10lber on fly on his first try at salmon fishing, while another, more experienced rod, had a smashing fish of 17lb – probably the biggest salmon in Ireland so far this season. The Laune Anglers are still waiting for a salmon on the river, but fish have been reported from further up the system. There were no more fish to report from the Bandon, Delphi or Drowes but the Lackagh opened its account for the year with a 10lb salmon caught and released by John McLoughlin on Wednesday last week.

Connie with his first salmon of the year. #CPRsaves fish. Catch and Release

Five Munster clubs started the Munster Council‘s Team of Four league in chilly conditions on Inniscarra Lake on Sunday. It wasn’t easy going by any means and the top weight of 7.1kg by Duncan Lennox goes to show what home advantage can overcome. The Sheemore Anglers also had some luck in beating the odds and in their Wednesday match last week they recorded weightes to 17lb. Round nine of the Erne Angler’s Winter League took place on Sunday, on a freezing River Erne. In the bitter winds some sections blanked but Lyndon Reid came out on top at Bellanaleck with an excellent 9.900kg. Staying in the North the Monavagher Canal was once again the venue of choice for the  Lower Bann CAA league. Fish were nicely spread amongst the pegs and Slawek Siembida had a great match win with 7.150kg of roach on the pole.

The Ray Gill perpetual competition was fished by 17 boats from Lanesborough at the weekend. In the bitter conditions only a few boats caught any pike. In the IFPAC Go-Hire qualifier fished on the Erne,  32 anglers caught 19 pike to 12lb 8oz. Newbridge and District anglers fished the Winder Cup at a venue in the North East.  There were just 11 pike caught and released but the biggest was 22lb 10oz and there were 3 other doubles weighed in. The East Clare lakes produced a couple of double figure pike too last week, but the fishing was described as difficult. Finally, Sean Traynor and his son braved the Baltic conditions of the weekend and were both rewarded with new PBs.  Sean had a beauty that weighed in at 32lb 10oz and his son Cillian caught a super fish of 18lb 10oz.


Sean Traynor with his 32lb 10oz pike #CPRsavesfish

In Donegal the Killybegs Mariners fished the latest round of their league on a dark night or bitter winds. Flounder, whiting and sea trout were on the feed and an enjoyable, if cold, night was had.

As today is World Book Day we compiled a short list of favourite angling books to mark the occssion – you can check it out here: World Book Day: An Angling List for A-fish-ionados!

And so to the weather. There is a national RED WARNING in place. Blizzard conditions will develop from the south this afternoon and evening as heavy snow and strong easterly winds bring snow drifts northwards over the country. Eastern and southern coastal counties will be worst affected. Further heavy snow showers tomorrow will bring accumulations of significant levels with all areas at risk. The temperatures over the weekend will be down to -5C and there’ll be a mix of snow, sleet and rain in the south with further snow showers along eastern and northern coasts. There’ll be breaks in the weather but it will remain rather cloudy. On Sunday and Monday there’ll be rain, sleet and snow showers along eastern and northeastern coasts with temperatures still very low for the time of year as the easterly regime persists. The winds will gradually ease, becoming light by Monday. The further outlook in to next week is for the cold conditions to persist with light to moderate east to northeast winds and isolated wintry showers. Road conditions in many parts are treacherous and the advice is to stay indoors until things improve. Don’t take any chances – you can always go fishing next weekend instead…

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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