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Irish Angling Update – 05 July 2018

July 5th, 2018 | by

Appeal to anglers and fishery managers during hot spell

The incredible run of weather continued all last week and is forecast to stay with us for the next week or so. Although temperatures may be dropping it’s still going to be hot and no real rain is likely.

In light of high water temperatures and the current drought conditions Inland Fisheries Ireland is appealing to anglers and fishery managers to voluntarily cease salmon angling on catch and release rivers with immediate effect. We also advise that for conservation purposes on open rivers, anglers should cease angling once their daily bag limit is reached.

With regard to the use of keep nets on coarse fisheries, our advice is that this practice should be suspended.

Inland Fisheries Ireland will monitor the situation and issue updates as appropriate. Should the current weather conditions continue, Inland Fisheries Ireland may consider the introduction of emergency conservation legislation.

Unsurprisingly salmon and trout fishing reports are thin on the ground this week and we have no updates from pike anglers as most have opted to rest these special predators.

The settled, warm conditions have seen many take to the sea but at times even shore anglers found that their quarry was too busy staying out of the sun to be tempted by lure, bait or fly. Boat anglers can get out to deeper waters and some great reports came from those targeting sharks in particular. One boat from Clonakilty had 19 blue shark in one day and there were also some great reports in from Wicklow where there is an abundance of smaller shark species to target. Catch of the Week goes to Evan McGovern and the crew on Tigger for this huge catch of sharks. Bass fishing has not been easy but some good fish were caught and released recently at marks in Wexford, Waterford and Cork.

Blue shark

19 Blue Sharks were caught onboard Tigger at the weekend. #CPRsavesfish

And now the weather…

Mainly dry, warm weather will continue over the weekend and for much of next week, with an advisory from Met Eireann in operation for drought conditions.  It will be cooler in coastal areas. Winds mostly light, easterly or variable. If you’ve never been out on a charter boat, now’s the time. Find the boat for you at http://www.fishinginireland.info/charterboats/index.htm

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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