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Lough Inagh rounds off a good sea trout season with some fine fish on closing day

October 5th, 2017 | by

Fishery manager Colin Folan draws the curtains on a good sea trout season on Inagh with his final report for the year.

Another season has passed and 2017 was a memorable one for sea trout.  Not since the collapse in 1988 have we had proper and decent fish with the average size of sea trout being 1.25lbs, and with so many of the sea trout of 2lbs and bigger.  In September, Galway angler Tom Burke caught a 6lbs fish on Lough Inagh on a Kate Muddler.  In total 585 sea trout were recorded in Lough Inagh Lodge for 2017 (432 in 2016).

The salmon season was a frustrating one though.  Again June was the premier month for salmon with 39 salmon landed.  The yearly total was 58 (68 in 2016) with an average weight of 5.72lbs.  The best fish weighed 12lbs and was caught at the Derryclare Butts by Cyril Conlon on a Silver Rat.  2018 promises to be an improved year, as the sea lice levels in the bay were excellent this year.

The brown trout were plentiful also with a total of 497 recorded (442 in 2016).  Three fish weighed 8lbs, 8lbs and 9lbs and were caught and released on Lough Inagh by regular guests.

The annual end of season competition was held on September 30 and 15 anglers took part.  The winner was Sean McCloskey (N.Ireland) with a 5lbs grilse (see pic below) from Corloo, the fish took a Yellow Allys and was released.  Sean also landed 10 brown trout on Inagh that day.

Sean McCluskey with a closing day grilse from the Corloo beat at Lough Inagh

Sean McCluskey with a closing day grilse from the Corloo beat at Lough Inagh

In second place was Pat Cleary (Dublin) wit two brown trout of 1lbs and 9lbs (see pic below).  The fish, with its amazing red spots took a pink Goats Toe tied by Colin Folan, and was released very quickly and carefully.  Third place went to Rob Kelly (Dublin) with 4 sea trout and 2 brown trout.  Lough Inagh Lodge and Lough Inagh Fishery would like to thank all its patrons this year for their loyal custom.  Please don’t forget to return your salmon licence thanks.

Pat Cleary with a magnificently coloured 9lbs trout from Lough Inagh on the last day of the season

Pat Cleary with a magnificently coloured 9lbs trout from Lough Inagh on the last day of the season


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