The season kicked off last Friday on Lough Corrib, with mild spring-like conditions welcoming anglers back to the lake. While some locals and visitors took to the lake with serious intent on opening their account for the season, many more went out in a more relaxed way, with fishing possible secondary to the social aspect of the day. Lunch on an island is a large component of opening day, and given the time of year, I’m sure many cups of tea and maybe something a little stronger were had!

Fly anglers tend not to do well until a few weeks into the season, and as ever, it was the troll that brought in most fish. Over the weekend Harold and Kenny O’Toole, fishing with Stephen Greaney, landed 8 trout for 12lbs on the troll and wetfly. PJ McGauley from Oughterard landed 2 trout, including one of 5lbs, on the troll. Sarah Mollor had 3 trout for 4lbs while trolling, while Cork angler Gavin Henshaw landed 5 for 8lbs over 2 days trolling. David Cox, Patrick Molloy and Padraic Fahy fished for one day and landed 6 fish for 12lbs.

In Greenfields, 12 anglers ventured out on opening day, recording 5 trout. Paul Dignam from Ennis took a 2lbs trout on a Kate McClaren fly. Ciaran Reilly (Loughrea) had a 1.5lbs trout on a Fiery Brown, and Declan Gibbons from Cong had a trout of 1.25lbs on a Pearly Dabbler. 2 visiting anglers from Co. Offaly landed 2 trout while trolling as well.

On Sunday the Collinamuck & District Angling Club held the Langan Cup competition. Winners for the third year in a row were the team of John and Frank Butler, with a catch of 6 trout for a total weight of 16.5lbs. They also had the heaviest fish, a trout of 5lbs. Second place went to Daragh Noone and Sergei Davoran, who had 4 trout for 7.8lbs, and in third were Pat Mc Donagh and Phil Donaghy with 2 trout for 7.6lbs.

Donal Connolly from Nonaim Lodge, west of Oughterard, reported on mixed fishing for his guests on opening day, with some blanks recorded, but Ernie Deacy had a lovely 4lbs trout, while Taylor Vard had 2 trout for about 2 lbs which were released. All enjoyed being back on the water after the long winter break. For more information on accommodation and boat hire/guiding with Donal, check their website at www.fishingcorrib.com

Tomi Kurman and Jacek Gorny (aka the Corrib Predatore Team) have been guiding anglers on Corrib for a few years now, specialising in ferox trout and pike fishing, and their guests have taken many specimen fish in that time. Jacek himself, however, had an opening day to remember last week, when he caught his own personal best trout from Corrib, a magnificent ferox of 93cm, that weighed 21lbs. The fish was photographed before being carefully released again. Well done Jecek! For information on guided fishing with the guys, check www.fishingireland.pl

Jacek Gorny with his cracking 21lbs trout from opening day
Jacek Gorny with his cracking 21lbs trout from opening day