Ronan Cusack reports that fishing on Mask this week is beginning to show signs of improvement with a change in weather conditions. The recent rainfall and drop in air temperature has cooled the water slightly, which should encourage the fish to go back on the feed.

Ballinrobe angler Kevin Sheridan spent 3 half days fishing dry sedges this week and he had 4 fish for his efforts. Kevin’s best fish was 2lbs, all the fish were returned.

The Biggins family of the Corner Bar Ballinrobe sponsored a competition on Saturday last, in memory of the late Sean Biggins. It was fished from Cushlough with just over 50 anglers participating. The competition was a pair’s event and the winners on the day were Ray Broughton and Kevin Beattie, both local Ballinrobe anglers. They had 1 fish for 4.28lbs on dries.  Second place went to Tom Doc Sullivan and Mike Keady from Galway, with 3 fish for 3.81lbs. Third position went to Mayo footballer Donal Vaughan, Ballinrobe, and his uncle Michael Twohig from Cork, with 2 trout for 3.06lbs. Dennis Kelleher from Ballinrobe took the heaviest fish prize with a trout of 2.32lbs.

Partry brothers Pat and Martin Feerick fished on Sunday last and they had 4 good fish in the shallows (best fish 4lbs, all returned). Sedge hatches have been described as poor but hopefully with the change in weather all that will soon change.

Ronal also guides on Mask and can be contacted at [email protected]