Ronan Cusack reports that there was plenty of good fishing to report from Lough Mask again up to the cold spell over the weekend. The mild conditions and abundant fly-life meant trout were constantly on the move.

Local Ballinrobe angler Greg O’Donoghue had 7 fish on Tuesday last on a mixture of nymphs and buzzer (best fish 3lbs). Greg fished again on Sunday and had a further 4 fish (best fish 3.75lbs).

Erriff fishery manager Jim Stafford and his son Trevor spent an afternoon on Mask earlier this week and they had 8 trout on wetfly (best fish 1.75lbs).

Billy Graham, Fermanagh, fished with Sean Maloney during the week and they had some fantastic sport with fish up to 3lbs. Sean said the number of small fish they met and returned was unbelievable. Pat Feerick of Partry anglers fished on Wednesday last and he had 7 fish for his day (best fish 2lbs). Pat fished again on Sunday and he had a further 4 fish (best fish 2lbs). Joe Fitzharris and Ronan Baggott from Ballyhaunis fished buzzer on Monday of this week and they had 9 fish for the day (best fish 2lbs). Hall’s Angling Centre also reported some excellent fishing during the week. Four Northern Ireland anglers staying at Hall’s had 13 trout on wets over 2 rod-days (best fish 2.5lbs). John Walsh from Wexford also fished from Hall’s on Sunday last and he had 3 fish for his day (best fish 3lbs).

A class act !!! Conor Cusack and his pal Cian Sheridan
A class act !!! Conor Cusack and his pal Cian Sheridan

Cornamona angler Padraig Kerrigan spent a few hours trolling on Friday last and he landed and returned a lovely ferox trout of 9.6lbs, while Ronan himself took a couple of young enthusiasts, Cian Sheridan and Conor Cusack, out trolling on Sunday and they landed 3 fine fish. The best fish went to Cian at 13.5lbs. It took approximately 20 minutes to get under control before Conor finally managed to get the net under it. The fish was taken ashore, photographed and returned to the water completely unharmed to fight another day.

Ronan also guides on Mask and can be contacted at [email protected] or on 087 2869487.

Kevin Crowley IFI