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Irish Angling Update – 09 March 2017

March 9th, 2017 | by

Well it was a mild and relatively dry winter, but the Atlantic certainly made up for that over the last week with torrential rain and high winds at times, and water levels have risen in most areas. Some rivers are in flood, while some are benefiting from the extra water, particularly the Drowes, where 7 spring salmon were taken for the week. The conditions made for tough fishing on Lough Currane, where fresh fish were in short supply. On the Bandon and the Laune, floods need to recede a bit more for anglers to have a chance.

Anglers on Corrib were thin on the ground (or water!) last week, with heavy rain and cold temperatures putting many off, although an improvement this week should see more activity. Despite the conditions, anglers who did venture out encountered some great trout, both on the troll and flyfishing. Despite the inclement weather, Waterford City Anglers had fantastic sport on Saturday, where it took 18 trout on Carrigavantry to win a competition. Further north, Lough Sheelin opened on the 1st, and Gina Tanczos from Hungary opened the lake’s account with a beautiful trout, which is our Catch of the Week.

Gina Tanczos, Hungary with her beautiful first day of the season Sheelin trout which wins our Catch of the Week

Gina Tanczos, Hungary with her beautiful first day of the season Sheelin trout which wins our Catch of the Week

Rising water levels have impacted on pike angling, and much smaller bags than usual were reported from the final qualifier of the National Pike Championships, which was won by Paul McCarthy with 7 fish for just under 15lbs.

Sea anglers are a hardy bunch, and the weather didnt deter anglers aboard Kit Dunne’s boat out of Wicklow on Saturday, with 10 specimen spurdog already caught by 11am! Shore anglers in Cork also enjoyed some sport, with the West Cork anglers venturing east to Ballinwilling for a competition and recording some nice fish, including a good painted ray for Danny O’Riordan.

Danny O Riordan with a nice 72cm Painted Ray

Danny O Riordan with a nice 72cm Painted Ray

The forecast for the coming week is much more spring-like, with temperatures getting milder, even into the mid-teens Celsius, and while some rain is forecast, not as much as last week and water levels should continue to moderate.

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

Kevin Crowley

Catch, Photo, Release

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Another good spurdog for Wicklow Boat Charters

Another good spurdog for Wicklow Boat Charters


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