East Coast Pike Fishing

Recent heavy rain has put the water levels up in many of the lakes in the north east over the last few weeks but despite this, pike anglers have been diligently working away and making the best of the adverse weather and water conditions. Many have been rewarded with some fine catches recently.  On Lough Bracken, Paul Martin of Ardee Pike Angling Club landed a beautiful 21 lb. 12 oz fish on Monday last 31st October.  The fish was in excellent condition as can be seen in the photograph below.  Good numbers of jacks are also been taken at this venue.

Paul Martin of Ardee Pike Anglers proudly displays his fine 21 lb 12 oz pike from Lough Bracken

Angling guide Peadar O’Brien also reports that many venues are flooded and pike fishing can be difficult at some locations.  Peadar fished with David Byrne over the bank holiday weekend and despite the changeable conditions they had 5 pike to the boat.  Nothing too big but the fish still provided excellent sport.  All fish were taken on lures and the best period of activity was in the late afternoon.

If you fancy a days pike angling with Peadar he can be contacted at [email protected]

David Byrne shows one of the smaller but more cooperative pike taken over the weekend

Also over the bank holiday weekend Ronan O’Brien IFI reports that one angler had three nice pike at Black Island. The fish weighed 6 kg., 7 kg. and 9 kg.  An excellent result taking the high water conditions into account.  Numbers of smaller pike to 4 kgs. are also being taken at Whitewood Lake, Ballyhoe and Quiglough.