The bright sunshine and warm daytime temperatures made fishing difficult for many anglers. But reports on conditions and general fishing trends were overtaken by the big news this week – the capture of that huge trout from Lough Corrib. The story received international coverage with angling media in the USA, UK and Europe carrying reports and photos. Reaction from anglers at home and abroad was quite varied, even polarised.

Ceri Jones with his record-breaking Corrib ferox trout, a magnificent fish of 23lbs 12oz, taken while trolling on Lough Corrib, May 2012
Ceri Jones wins Catch of the Week for this 23lbs 12oz trout, taken while trolling on Lough Corrib, May 2012

Many praised the achievement while others condemned the killing of the fish. The debate this has created is an interesting one with many questions raised regarding catch and release, maximum size limits, the value of big old fish to the spawning stock and whether it is better to kill a fish that has spawned once and could contribute more to a fishery or one that  has spawned many times already being widely debated. Each argument has its proponents and detractors, angling like all sports is full of opinion.

Although fishing on Carrowmore had been a bit slow, as of last night the lake is fishing its socks off and boats reported double hook ups and salmon to 13lb. In general most fisheries have seen salmon hard to tempt in the bright sunshine. Where there was good water; the Munster Blackwater,  Galway Fishery, on the Moy and at Ballisodare fishing was a bit better. Evening angling worked on some rivers like the Suir and where there was a bit more cloud like at Lough Currane salmon anglers had better luck.  The change in weather conditions should see an improvement at all the fisheries which have suffered from the bright sunshine and low water.

Wynnes Bay on Lough Allen is fishing well for bream at the moment and local Leitrim anglers had bags to 80lbs last week. Anglers on the Inny report that the shoals of roach there are bank to bank, but no big bags have been taken. The annual NCFFI Junior Canals Championship, sponsored by Waterways Ireland, was held in Kilcock on 26th May. Despite high winds, bright sunlight, clear water and signs of roach and rudd spawning, it was great that most anglers caught with some nice bream landed. Well done to Conor Byrne, Jack Sutton and Rosie Connolly who won their divisions.

11 year old Thomas Bigot with a terrific pike of 1.24 metres estimated at 28 lb. + on Lough Derg
11 year old Thomas Bigot with a terrific pike of 1.24 metres estimated at 28 lb. + on Lough Derg

French pike anglers had great fishing on Gortinty Lake near Drumsna Co Leitrim. In all they had 68 pike for the week the best of which was 1.19m. Other Shannon venues which are producing some good fish include Lough Derg where pike to 1.6m were reported. Flyfishing is proving very successful at the moment on Lough Corrib and many anglers fishing with Corrib Predator Team have had personal bests on their recent trips, including a fine fish of 111cm for one Polish angler.

Mullet fishing reports have been scare but it looks like the sunshine has improved anglers chances with this wary fish as David from EastCoastFishing reports. Tope from the shore is many a sea anglers dream and there were some fine fish taken last week from a Co. Clare mark. Those waiting for the bass closed season to end are focusing on other species and there was some good pollack fishing in Wexford. Charter boat reports this week come from the Antrim coast, Donegal Bay, Wicklow and Mayo.

Bank holiday safety warning

The Irish Coast Guard today issued advice to the public (and to holidaymakers) in advance of the June bank holiday weekend. Many people like to enjoy the outdoors during good weather and in particular during bank holiday weekends.  Every summer, the Coast Guard responds to thousands of requests for assistance to those in difficulty while on the water, on cliff paths and coastal walks, enjoying water sports, engaged in coastal activities, hill walking and so on. Throughout the year, Coast Guard Units throughout the Ireland will patrol our rivers, lakes, waterways and coastlines issuing safety advice and information to holidaymakers and tourists.

Before going afloat or sea angling from rocky shores check local weather conditions and tides in the area. Wear correctly maintained and fitting lifejackets that are suitable for the activity – boat fishing, wading, kayaking etc. Lifejackets are of no use unless they are worn. Ensure your craft is fit for purpose. Always advise someone as to where you are going and the time of your intended return.  Do not overload the craft.

If you are in difficulty or see someone in difficulty and requiring assistance dial 999/112 and ask for Coast Guard.

Weather outlook

After a mainly dry start with hazy sunshine rain will gradually extend from the southwest and will become heavy and persistent in places. It will be very mild with highest temperatures of 16 to 20C in moderate easterly winds. Rainfall warning – Between 25 and 65 mm of rain possible, (heaviest totals likely south midlands). The heavy rain will initially affect the southwest on Saturday, gradually extending northeastwards by evening time. Rain slowly clearing southwards later Sunday. Sunday will be cloudy with further outbreaks of rain and a risk of local spot flooding. The cloud and rain will very gradually clear away southeastwards. Monday will give a bright, fresh day with sunny spells and dry apart from a few scattered showers. Highest temperatures 13 to 17 degrees in light to moderate northeasterly winds. The week looks to be wet after that. Not great for the beach but anglers will be happy.

Tight lines to all,

Myles Kelly

Catch, Photo, Release


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