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Irish Angling Update – 08/03/12

March 8th, 2012 | by

The lovely spring weather continues and though it is sometimes cold, conditions are generally good for all angling activity in freshwater and at sea.  Water levels are a bit low around the country for good salmon fishing but a few fish were reported.  The best fishery in the past week was the River Drowes where there was consistent fishing with some lovely fresh fish caught.  Down in Kerry, there were four fish recorded on the River Flesk and Hughie Reid caught his first ever salmon on Lough Currane.  Well known angling guide, John Scanlan caught a fine 11 lb. fish on the River Feale.   Other fisheries to report fish were Melvin, Delphi and there was a nice 12 lb. fish from the lower Kilmurray beat of the Munster Blackwater.  Two salmon were reported from the River Moy in Ballina and the first salmon of the season was taken on Carrowmore Lake.

Chris Logan and his first ever skate

Chris Logan wins Catch of the Week with his first ever skate

There were few reports from the sea this week but Chris Logan caught his first ever skate fishing with charter skipper Hamish Currie out from Red Bay.  It weighed 153 lb. and it is our Catch of the Week for the lovely photo of the great fish and a very happy Chris.  There is a fund-raising competition this weekend for the 2012 Ireland Boat Angling Team going to France later in the year, and details of contacts and entry at Cobh are in the report.

There were two major coarse competitions on in Co. Fermanagh last weekend where a group of Juniors had good catches of small roach at the Waterways Junior Classic at the Lakelands Forum in Enniskillen.  There was another leg of the senior float only competition on the Roslea loughs near Clones on Sunday last and some nice catches were reported.

There was plenty of trout fishing reported from around the country this week. Down in Waterford, the two reservoirs Knockaderry and Carrigavantry got off to a good start with some fine brown trout up to 5 lb. along with good catches of Rainbows.  Over in the west wetfly fishing was very good for anglers fishing on Lough Mask and on Corrib, the first signs of duckfly were seen.  There was a report of early sedge hatches on Lough Melvin. On Lough Conn, there was some good flyfishing for the few anglers who have ventured out.  The lough at the Eclipse Centre near Kenmare came alive in the mild weather with hatches of Duckfly bringing some nice trout to 2 lb. on the fly. In the midlands, plenty of browns and rainbows were encountered on Lough Lene near Collinstown in Co. Westmeath.  The season opened brightly on the River Fane in Co. Louth and many brown trout were caught and released on fly by anglers using New Zealand style.

The Hooked Live show is on this weekend at the Citywest Hotel. There is plenty to see and do at the show and it is on Saturday and Sunday  Check the website for a full list of events at www.hooked.ie

You can listen into an angling update report given by me on the Seascapes programme going out on air on Friday the 9th of March on RTE 1 at 10.30pm and also on their website at http://www.rte.ie/radio1/seascapes/

I am on leave for the next two weeks returning Wednesday the 28th of March 2012.  Please send in any angling reports to our webmaster, Myles Kelly in my absence at myles.kelly@fisheriesireland.ie

Tight lines especially in Ireland

Paul Bourke

Angling Information Officer.
Catch, Photo, Release


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Chicken raiding an Anglers lunch Box, courtesy of Michael Flanagan

Chicken raiding an Anglers lunch Box, courtesy of Michael Flanagan

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