Ronan Cusack reports that Lough Mask was back on top form again this week, with the deep water producing some fantastic sport. Unfortunately the inclement weather conditions we have been experiencing have hampered many anglers getting out.

Clonbur was a hive of activity on Tuesday and Wednesday last week for the annual licensed vintner’s competition.  The first leg of the event had to be cancelled on Tuesday due to storm conditions, but competitors woke up to excellent conditions on Wednesday with a fresh south westerly and plenty of cloud cover. There were a total of 120 angler’s competing on the day with a return of 81 trout for 107.9lbs, with an average weight of 1.3lbs.

The winner on the day was John Rochford from Cork with 4 fish for 6.6lbs. In second place was Patsy Tracy Fermanagh, with 4 fish for 5.6lbs. Third place went to Kevin Willis, again from Cork with 4 fish for 5.1lbs.

Ballinrobe Anglers were forced to cancel their annual club competition on Sunday last due to the storm. This event will be re-scheduled for later on in the month.

Ronan fished on Friday last with Vincent Kelly from Cavan and they had 6 fish for their day (best fish 2lbs, all released). Jackie Mahon from Sligo also fished on Friday with his father and they had 8 fish for their day (best fish 2.25lbs, all released). Andrew Boyd and Richie McCormack from Headford had 6 good fish earlier in the week on a combination of wets and dries. Good hatches of sedge could be found scattered across the deep by the high winds and trout were eagerly taking advantage.