The weather was a little more settled than last week but there were still plenty of showers, some very heavy, and some high winds to contend with.  In the latter half of this week the weather improved no end and the photos in this week’s reports suggest that we still get some sunshine in this rain drenched country.

Conger eel about 6 feet long
This conger eel of more than 6 feet long caught on a soft plastic wins Catch of the Week

Despite a flood earlier in the week salmon fishing at Delphi has been difficult with only 10 fish landed. However it was quite a good week for sea trout fishing with over 50 fish caught, mostly on Doolough. 16 salmon were landed at Kylemore as levels dropped back bringing the total there to 100 for the year. The floods brought better fishing to the Erriff where good sport was enjoyed by a number of anglers. The River Moy fished very well during the week with over 600 salmon reported. Despite fluctuating water levels fishing conditions remained good and salmon were caught right throughout the system. Last week’s spate resulted in excellent fishing on the Owenmore River and despite dropping water levels towards the end of the week anglers enjoyed fantastic sport with some fine double figure fish being caught including the biggest fish reported in 20 years. Floods have been less kind to the Slaney and the Suir but salmon fishing on the Munster Blackwater is much better and 39 fish for 39 rods days have been reported by Blackwater Lodge so far for August with seven fish caught yesterday. Salmon and sea trout fishing on Lough Currane has been consistently good over the last week.

The Liffey is fishing well at present with good water levels and the recent milder weather providing some excellent trout fishing in the evenings with Sedges out in force. Green Peter fishing is producing some good fish on a number of lakes including Loughs Arrow, Owel, Ennel and Sheelin. Fly fishing on Lough Corrib has been quiet of late, with very few boats out. However, some anglers who ventured out on the Lough during the week were rewarded with dood trout on the dapp. Congratulations to Mick Dunne who won the World Cup was held on Lough Mask over the August Bank Holiday weekend. The final day finished with a dead heat between Mick and Brendan Shallow, both anglers weighed in 4 trout weighing 4.42 lbs. The competition was decided by a count-back of their qualifying catches. Congratulations also go to the Irish Youths Team who took silver at the  2012 Youths International Fly Fishing Competition at Lough Owel.

Max Couque, skipper of the Leaca Rua, reported on some good mixed fishing recently with eight different species including pollack, John Dory, red gurnard, poor cod, dog fish and ballan wrasse landed. Siegy Grabher of the Sioux out of Valentia reports 10 species including ling to over 1m his first blue shark of the season. Good pollack fishing was reported from the Clare coast over the week and Hamish Currie of Predator II is changing his focus to specimen pollack as the tope have moved out the area.

Kevin Lyons reports that coarse fishing has been good in and around the Longford area. The change in the weather and water levels have improved things with some good catches of Bream, Tench, Hybrids, Roach and some big Perch. Early morning or late evening is his advice due to the bright conditions we are having at present.

There were few pike this reported this week and those reports we did receive were mostly from lakes in the Mullingar area where good perch are also being taken on lures. Some good piking was had in the Belturbet area and anglers fishing with Gerry Olin of Esox Lodge had 31 pike over two days.

There is a great change in the weather with hopes for a summery weekend. The weather forecast is for  breezy weather particularly on the east coast and a return to unsettled conditions by Sunday.

Tight lines especially in Ireland,
Paul Bourke
Catch, Photo, Release


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