Another very encouraging week at Ballisodare, where 39 salmon were caught. Early in the week, Monday yielded three for Gareth Norris (5lbs), Patrick Scallon (10lbs) and Eamon Ruddy (10lbs). Better conditions the following day produced eight, four of which were released. Those to score were Eamon Gannon (5lbs), Chris Kitchen (6lbs), Stephen Moore (11lbs and 9lbs, one released), Mark Graham also had two weighing 12lbs and 9lbs (one released). Stephen Cassols and Michael Mullaney also released fish weighing 7lbs and 6lbs respectively.

There were six salmon caught on Wednesday with the majority on fly, with three salmon released. All fish ranged from 5lbs-10lbs and were hooked by John Doherty, Ken Tucker, Dennis Crawley and Noel Barbour.

With high winds and low temperatures on Thursday conditions didn’t look great, although three salmon were caught, one of 9lbs for Ken Tucker, Clive O’Neill had one of 6.5lbs while John Connolly had one of 6lbs. Three were caught again on Friday, with 10lbs salmon for Sean Maye and Jean Bernard Chenaux, while Ken Tucker had another of 9lbs.

The weekend again produced very good sport for anglers, with eight salmon (seven on fly) on Saturday and a further six on Sunday. Among those to fish Ballisodare over the weekend were well known magician and mentalist Keith Barry and his father Ken. The pair caught a very respectable four salmon between them, up to 9lbs and released all but one. The heaviest catch of the season thus far was also caught at the weekend by Vincent Brady, who landed a great 14.5lbs salmon on the fly.

Keith Barry releases a fresh salmon at the Ballisodare Fishery