Fishing on Mask over the past week has been challenging to say the least. The recent low pressure has pounded the lake with even more unseasonable wind and rain which resulted in many boats remaining on the shoreline.
Last weekend, however, saw the Partry Angling Club host their annual Pair’s Development competition. Anglers in this event had the choice to fish either Lough Mask or Carra. This year a total of 168 anglers participated, to weigh in 95 trout.
First prize went to well known Lough Corrib anglers, Tom Doc Sullivan and Mike Keady. They weighed in seven trout totaling 8.04lbs. Longford anglers John Brennan and Kieran Newman took second place with seven trout for 7.30lbs while third place went to Stephen Browne and Brendan Bresnan with four trout weighing 7.20lbs.
Local Partry angler Tom Byrne and fishing partner Kevin Bradley weighed in the heaviest fish which was 2.10lbs (caught on Lough Carra).
Greg O’Donoghue, Ballinrobe, fished Mask on Monday and had three fish for the day (best was 1.5lbs, all released). Greg also fished Carra the previous Sunday and landed 5 trout for the day (best fish 1.5lbs all released). Angling guide Dennis O’Keefe fished with Ted and Sue Wherry from the U.K. for five days last week and had a total of nine trout (best fish 2lbs, all released). Finally, local Ballinrobe angler Brendan Costello landed a lovely trout of 3lbs while fishing dries in Lively Bay on Friday last.