French delegation visiting Co. Monaghan sample pike fishing on Lough Muckno in Castleblayney.
November 24th, 2011 | by Paul Bourke
East Coast Pike Fishing
With Blessington Lake reopened in November it has fished reasonably well. Several double fish have been caught and one 20 lb. pike on a popped up deadbait at Valleymount bridge was recorded by a Dublin angler.
Inland Fisheries Ireland organised a pike fishing trip on Lough Muckno on Monday 14th November for a visiting delegation from Marseillan in France in support of a cross border initiative to improve tourism in the area. This new initiative has been organised by Castleblayney Town Council and Newry and Mourne Council. Unfortunately, the fishing conditions on Monday were very difficult and no fish were caught during the short outing. However, the group were able to see and experience, the extent and potential of Lough Muckno and the professional guide and ancillary services, including quality boats and tackle hire, available to pike anglers visiting Castleblayney and the north east area. Guiding services, boats and equipment were provided by Peadar O’Brien and Tom Coagan and the trip was organised and coordinated by David Byrne Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Colm Lynch, reports that pike fishing continues to improve with plenty of reports of good fishing from the region. John Curtis had six fish at the weekend the best being a twelve pounder on around Shercock. While Dan Prunty and John Baker had a great day on Sunday 13th November on a well know midlands lake with 13 fish being boated on the day using dead bait and lures. The best of these fish was a lovely 17 lb fish caught on a salvage 4play lure.
Colm at East Coast Angling can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org mobile: 087 2044996