Bryan Ward reports that it was a poor week on the lower Moy fisheries around Ballina town, not surprising with virtually no angling effort combined with high water levels. The most significant catches were recorded in the mid and upper stretches of the Moy, where the weekly combined catch totalled an excellent 376 salmon. However, the upper Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water did produce good catches as did the Mount Falcon fishery, where John Price, U.K., landed a total of 10 salmon, releasing all but one.
The Knockmore, Attymass and Coolcronan water’s all produced relatively good sport. At Coolcronan, Chris Cosgrove and Dickie Harte, N.Ireland, both had success landing a grilse each to the worm. At Byrnes, angler’s enjoyed some success, while good angling was reported from Armstrong’s and Gannon’s. The Foxford Fishery also enjoyed a good week, as did Rinanney and the Foxford town fisheries.
At Cloongee, anglers enjoyed relative success, again despite the low angling effort. Among those catch fish at Cloongee were Christian Moranzoni, France, who had two small grilse and a further 5 lb. grilse while spinning. Marco Kelser, Switzerland, also had one of 5lbs while Beatrice Valaize had a fine fish of 10 lb. also to a spinner.
East Mayo Anglers’ water also enjoyed success, with fish being caught on fly, spinner and worm, the majority of which were sportingly released. Christian Lischke, Germany, had two on spinner at East Mayo, as did fellow German Thomas Weiss, while Matthias Engles (also Germany) had two small grilse on fly.