Friday 13th July: There were 3 fish all between 10 – 11lb. caught for 3 rod days yesterday.

This was 11 years young James Shanahan with his Second Ever Salmon which weighed 11lb. & was taken on spinner at the Junction Pool on Bridgetown Abbey.

James Shanahan with his 11lb salmon
James Shanahan with his 11lb salmon

This sea-liced 10.4lb. was taken by Mike Whelan on spinner on the Jole on Lower Kilmurry. His son Christopher also released a 10 pounder caught in the same pool.

Mike Whelan with 10.4lb salmon
Mike Whelan with 10.4lb salmon

Ten fish caught which takes us past the 200 Salmon for the Season mark!!!!

Notable on the day were Conor Arnold who released 5 fish on the top but one beat in just 3 hours fishing in the evening. He landed four fish of 4, 7, 8 & 10lb. on spinner & an 11½lb. on fly.

Father & son Padraig & James O’Keeffe  from Glanmire, Co. Cork tried their first fishing ever as a half guided day with Glenda & released fish of 6 & 13lb. respectively on spinner on the lower river.

David Walsh released an 8.5lb. on spinner at Ballyhooly, Kieran Conlon a 7 pounder on Woodstream & Pat O’Donovan killed a sea-liced 5lb. also on Ballyhooly.

Glenda Powell and James O'Keeffe
Glenda Powell and James O’Keeffe

Saturday 14ht July: Another good day with six fish caught including four sea-liced fish from the upper river.  Best were Pat O’Donovan’s 10.6lb. on spinner from Bridgetown, Kieran Conlon’s 10lb. released on fly at Ballincurrig & Christopher Whelan’s sea-liced 8.6lb. from Ballinaroone.

Sunday 15th July:  This fish was caught today by Garry O’Shea from Dungarvan. It was caught on spinner at the Wall Pool on Ballinaroone beat on the lower river just a mile above the Lodge. It weighed 14.5lb and was heavily sea-liced.

Garry O'Shea
Garry O’Shea

I also had a report by 11.30am that Fergus Glynn from Co. Clare had already caught three sea-liced fish to 8lb. on fly at the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry.

Other fish caught last week……

Stefan Kadlubowski released this 9½ pounder on fly on the Wood Flat on Woodstream

19 year old Dan Kadlubowski (UK)

Joe Tynan caught his first fish on the fly Wednesday. 4lb weight

Ian & Glenda Powell
Blackwater Lodge & Salmon Fishery
Upper Ballyduff, Co. Waterford.
Tel: 00 353 58 60235     From UK: 0871 474 0135  (10p/min any time!)
Mobile: 00 353 87 235 21 20
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Fort William Angling Report

Water levels are dropping nicely and clarity is 3ft+. Perfect for spinning and fit for a fly on certain beats. A few fish having being landed over the weekend with Brian Henessey landing 2 fish off the Bishops on spinner.Both fish were 7lbs each. Tim James from the U.k. landed a nice fish of 10lbs off the Glenmore beat. Fergus Crawford also had a fish of 7lbs off Glenmore. Our Guide Bob had 2 fish one of 6lbs off the Ellis and another of 7lbs off the Bishops all on spinner. Today our  Russian guest guided by Bob has already landed a fish of 5lbs off the Glenmore beat. Things are certainly picking up here on the fishery and a nice few fish are showing themselves moving through.

Paul Whelan
Fort William Fishery
Fort William Estate, Glencairn, Lismore, Co. Waterford.
Tel: +353 (0)87 8292077