Fishing improves further on Mask as Timmo opens new disabled angling facility
April 6th, 2017 | by Kevin Crowley
Ronan Cusack reports that the good fishing continues on Mask, as we enter the first week in April. Anglers have reported seeing some excellent hatches of duckfly and small sedge on the warmer days this week.
Visiting anglers Martin McCoy and David Nevin had 22 trout over the size limit last weekend, mostly on wet-flies (best fish 2lbs). Philip Comber from Headford had 2 nice fish on dry duckfly patterns this week at the south end of the lake (best fish 3lbs). Kevin Egan and Declan Gibbons from Ballinrobe fished together on Sunday and they finished with 11 on a combination of buzzer and wets (best fish 1.75lbs, all released). Fermanagh angler Billy Graham fished with Sean Maloney from Ballinrobe on Sunday and they had 7 good fish for their day (best fish 2.25lbs). Joe Fitzharris from Ballyhaunis was guiding for 2 UK anglers for 3 days towards the end of last week. The lads had a total of 19 trout for their trip on a combination of buzzer and wets (best fish 2.5lbs). Conor Dennedy from Claremorris had a lovely 3.5lbs trout off the Ballycoyne rocks while fishing wets for a few hours on Tuesday last, with several more smaller fish landed and released.
The Ignatius Burke Memorial Cup 2 Day Competition was held in Clonbur on Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, with anglers from all over the country enjoying a festive stay in Clonbur and some decent fishing as well, despite inclement conditions. 112 anglers fished the competition, with first place going to Nigel Greene, Enniskillen, with 4 fish for 3.68kgs. Thomas J Carroll from Westport was second with 6 fish for 3.518kgs, third was Mike O’Shea, Killorglin Co. Kerry with 4 fish for 3.47kgs. Mike also won the Heaviest Fish prize with a trout of 1.67kgs. The Junior Angler prize went to Daithi Ryan from Cong, with 2 fish for 0.821kg.
A great addition to the facilities of Lough Mask, is the construction of a wheelchair-accessible facility for disabled boat anglers built at Burkes pier at Ferrybridge. Timmo Sullivan from Co. Kerry was the first angler to use the facility for the competition, and is pictured here with Ciaran Burke, brother of the late Ignatius who the competition was held in memory of. The Burke family welcome any and all anglers who wish to use the facility – access can be obtained by contacting Tomás Burke on 087 9099593.