Terry Jackson wins catch of the week with this 6lb 12oz mullet caught on fly
Terry Jackson wins catch of the week with this 6lb 12oz mullet caught on fly

Salmon anglers are reminded that from 1st September to the close of the season, there is a daily bag limit of one salmon (any size) or one sea trout (over 40 cm) on all open salmon fisheries which are not subject to catch and release only regulations. After the daily bag limit has been taken, anglers are permitted to fish catch and release, using single barbless hooks and anglers may not use worms. Fish should be handled carefully and should not be removed from the water prior to release to ensure the survival of fish.

There’s only one word to describe the salmon fishing this year in Connemara, and that is fantastic. Record-breaking might be another description, and this certainly applies to Lough Inagh, who have just smashed their previous record for salmon caught in a season, with several weeks left to go. Elsewhere, Ballynahinch, Erriff and Delphi all report excellent fishing and big improvements on previous years, with fresh fish coming in all the time. The heavy rain this week has brought big floods in all fisheries, and once the water settles fishing should be excellent for the next week. Anglers on the Moy were frustrated by low water levels and many rivers in the area were also low. In Donegal the Owenea fished well over the weekend when water levels rose again. While east coast rivers are still waiting for rain to change their fortunes the Suir and Munster Blackwater and a number of rivers in the Cork/Kerry area all saw a dramatic improvement following rain in their catchments.
We have a packed sea angling report this week with some really exciting fishing off the south west where albacore tuna were taken by Mike Dennehy and his regular crew. Mike seems to have got the timing of the fishery down to a fine art. There was a mix of good deep sea and inshore fishing in the Cork Harbour area over the last few days and best of luck to anglers fishing in the Cobh International Sea Angling Festival. Anglers are reminded that the 2011 Cork Small Boats Festival starts on the 23rd September and places are still available, see www.skuaangling.net for more information. Luke Aston, Skipper of the Clare Dragoon reports that last week they had fine weather and good fishing with everything from blue shark to cod caught. There was also good fishing reported from Clifden, Killala Bay and Red Bay where charter boat anglers enjoyed catching a wide range of species.

The windy conditions made for difficult fly fishing in the last week and anglers on Lough Sheelin found the fish difficult to get stuck into, though one angler did manage a lovely 8lb fish. The fishing on Corrib was described as reasonable and many are expecting September to fish well as the lake continues to cool. Loughs Conn and Cullen fished well despite the unfavourable conditions of late with rain and gusty winds. There have been good hatches of olives in the sheltered bays, particularly in northern Lough Conn.

Congratulations to the Garda Siochana Coarse Angling team who won gold in Holland at the 15th European Police championships. Back at home Cavan and Longford fished well for visiting and local coarse anglers but the weather made fishing difficult on occasion.

The cool weather suited pike anglers but the blustery conditions made lake fishing difficult at times. We have a couple of reports from Loughs Lene, and Derg and from Portumna. At the recent Kingspan Qualifier fished on Finn River near Clones fishing was poor and most fish caught were small. Pike anglers are also reminded that the European Pike Challenge begins on Monday the 19th Sept and continues on the 20th and 22nd on Lough Derg.

On Saturday the 22nd October Inland Fisheries Ireland will again be holding an introductory ladies fly fishing day in aid of Action Breast Cancer at Annamoe Trout Fishery near Glendalough in Co. Wicklow. These events are free, open to any lady and run from 10.30 to 16.00. For further details or to book yourself a place on the day please contact Mark.H.V.Corps (Angling Advisor) on 087 672 7194 or [email protected].

There will be a bit of rain tonight and Saturday will be a wet and windy day, with widespread showers which will be heavy at times in particular along the west coast. Southwesterly winds will increase to fresh to strong along the west coast, with some strong gusts at times. The outlook for Sunday and early next week is for lots of blustery wet weather.

Tight lines especially in Ireland,

Paul Bourke,
Angling Information Officer.

Catch, Photo, Release.
email: [email protected]

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