Fly Fish Ireland guide Mark Houlihan reports on a hectic last 2 weeks fishing on Inniscarra Lake Co Cork.

The unusual recent cold snap and incessant chilling Easterly winds weren’t enough to deter the sport fishing on Inniscarra Lake. The past 2 weeks has produce over 100 fish for Fly Fish Ireland guides Alan Houlihan, William Kavanagh and Mark Houlihan. The Pike are well and truly on the feed before spawning gets into full swing.

Alan Houlihan with an Inniscarra pike
Alan Houlihan with a good Inniscarra pike

This time of year can historically be hit and miss but due to the cold weather Pike seem to be still on the feed close to their spawning areas.

William Kavanagh with one of his pike
William Kavanagh with one of his pike

Most of the Pike have been taken on flies stripped at speed tied in a variety of aggressive colours.

Inniscarra Angling Centre owner Barry Galvin while fishing with son Daniel broke his personal best with a fish of a lifetime from Inniscarra Lake.

Barry Galvin with a good pike from Inniscarra
Barry Galvin with a good pike from Inniscarra

Daniel who is on mid term from school guided his father Barry over one of his favourite Pike lies on the lake. After a few unsuccessful drifts Barry switched lures to a Spro Screaming Triple Jointed Devil and on the second cast hooked the fish. The Pike made a number of powerful runs over the shallow flats as Daniel kept control of the boat in gale force Easterly winds. The fish was then netted, unhooked and taken quickly ashore for a quick photo. The fish was then revived and released.

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