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Irish Angling Update – 26 April 2018

April 27th, 2018 | by

The River Bandon

The River Bandon earlier this week.

We had some incredible weather in the end last weekend. Most areas enjoyed at least one day of good, warming sunshine, and the unique smell of barbeques firing up wafted about the country. But it didn’t really last and rain soon followed. Along with colder temperatures. The best of the weather probably didn’t coincide with the best of the fishing in the last week though, and it seems it was probably a bit too bright when the sun was shining!

There weren’t many anglers out on the Drowes last week and so the catch, which included some early grilse, is a little lower than we’d expect given the conditions on the river. On the Moy heavy rain put the river in flood for a number of days. As it cleared salmon began to be caught and the week ended with 31 fish reported. Fishing at Delphi was described as steady as spring arrived in the valley last week. There’s always the chance of a good salmon at this time of the year, and a lamb on your back cast can’t be ruled out either. In Connemara high tides at Costello and Fermoyle are expected to improve the fishing there following the landing of their first salmon of the season on Wednesday, 25 April. Staying in Galway there were 4 fish from the Galway Fishery in the last few days. Moving south, there were a few more fish taken from the Feale on fly and spinner, though as levels there rose again conditions are more suited to spinning only now. The Owenmore reported its first few sea trout of the season and fishing in the river is expected to be good as levels there are topped up by the rain. Springers to 14lb were landed on fly at Lough Currane. Before the weekend the lake was almost unfishable but conditions improved from Saturday on. The Ilen had one salmon and a good few sea trout in the last week, while there was just one fish reported from the Bandon and the Lee reported 6 salmon in high water. Water levels on the Munster Blackwater are improving and fishing has picked up again on the river.


Team Rock and Roll – Lukasz Sankiewicz & Bartosz Nieciecki – are the World Cup Winners 2018. They also win Catch of the Week for their 114.5cm pike

This year’s Lough Ree International Pike Festival & World Cup had its best single day of fishing ever when 21 fish over 100cm caught on Thursday, 20 April. Team Rock and Roll – Lukasz Sankiewicz & Bartosz Nieciecki, were the winners of this 3 day event with 312.5cm (for their 3 best fish) and they also won the biggest fish competition on 114.5cm. The rest of our pike reports are also from the Shannon system this week. There were big fish on Derg in the last few days and also in the Longford area of the catchment. Unfortunately the Go Hire Pike Championship final was fished in bright sunshine on Saturday and so the fish they met were a bit smaller but it was still a good day with 163 pike entered.

There have been few reports from Corrib lately, water temperatures are only just reaching 9C, well back on normal for the time of year, as we await the main hatch of olives. Lough Mask was in good form over the past few days despite the recent return to cold and unsettled weather. Reasonable hatches of sedge have been complemented by the odd olive and Campto buzzer in recent days, keeping trout interested and on the move.

Inniscarra Reservoir had a chance to shine again as some great catches were weighed in at the festivals fished there in the last number of days. Paul Leese had a great start to the David Bacon Feeder Only Festival with 23.240kg and he ended up winning the 3 day event with 57.120kg. At Portumna the 3 day Curley’s Festival was won by Julian Kendrick. The Grand Canal at Edenderry fished well at the weekend and despite blustery conditions some good catches, which included some lovely tench and bream, were weighed in.

Like grandfather, like grandson was the story from Cork Harbour where a a young Sean Ryan had bass on fly and lure. These are amongst the first bass reported from the area this year. Staying afloat the Wicklow Bay Sea Angling Club reported tough fishing in the first leg of the Leinster boat league fished in Kilmore Quay. The sun was, again, blamed for this. We also have shore angling reports from Youghal and Donegal Bay where competition anglers are getting some decent fishing. Wexford had some of the best reports and great bass fishing was enjoyed by angling guide Sid Jones.

And now the weather…

The forecast from Met Eireann isn’t great and the outlook is for temperatures below normal and cold enough at night for some rural grass frosts. Some sunny spells most days, but there’ll be showers too, some heavy with hail and a risk of thunder. Still cool and changeable for the first half of next week. At least the sun won’t scare away the fish this weekend…

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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