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Irish Angling Update – 12/05/17

May 12th, 2017 | by

Rain dances have been the order of the day everywhere this week, with the possible exception of sea anglers. Rivers and lakes are at extremely low levels this week, following a prolonged dry spell that has followed a dry winter and spring. Water tables are low, soil moisture deficits are giving farmers headaches, and we need a lot of rain to top things up. In the low water, salmon runs have been impacted, and there are few reports from salmon fisheries this wee, although there were some nice fish caught in Galway, and some lovely springers off the Suir recently too.

The very bright sunshine and calm conditions have also had an impact on mayfly hatches, with Duffer’s Fortnight on hold until the weather changes. Some mayfly have been hatching on the big trout lakes, but conditions have not been great for wet fly or dapping, although some decent spent fishing is expected in the evenings. Buzzer fishing has provided great sport on Corrib.

Sea anglers, on the other hand, are enjoying this fine calm weather, which has provided boat anglers with perfect conditions, and some great reef fishing is reported from Killala and elsewhere. That man has done it again, however – skipper Luke Aston of the Clare Dragoon knows just where to find the big fish, and this week he has outdone himself, with a sixgill shark estimated at 1,500lbs weight to the boat! The fish, which was caught by Ben Bond, is our Catch of the Week.

The coarse fishing festival season is in full swing, and we have reports from the 4 day Killeshandra Festival, and an update after Day 2 of the Fermanagh Classic. Good pike fishing is reported from various fisheries around the country also.

The weather is changing today, with rain forecast to spread to most areas later, and a further band of rain from the southwest tomorrow. The flat calm conditions of late will give way to southwesterly winds, fresh and gusty at times, which will be music to the ears of mayfly anglers, but make sure to take care and check the forecast before going fishing.

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

Kevin Crowley

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