There can be no doubt now that the colder weather has arrived here in Ireland. It’s the first week of November and only the tougher anglers are out, mainly pike fishing or sea fishing, in these bracing conditions. There are still a few hardy anglers also fly fishing for rainbow trout on our put and take fisheries which remain open all through the year.
Roly Byrne the River Barrow Pike tried a new venue for his fishing this week at Carton House Lake near Leixlip and was well rewarded. Angling guide Mick Flanagan had a few pike on the midland loughs but he concentrated mainly on perch which were in biting mood this week. As we go to press Mick will be on the Fish Talk TV talking about fishing to Alan Broderick today. If you miss the live broadcast you can tune into the YouTube clip tomorrow onwards. Angling guide Greg Latour reported that pike fishing was a little slower on Lough Allua this week but his wife Sigi captured a fine fish of 104 cms on a softbait trout in 15 feet of water and wins our Catch of the Week.
On the sea angling scene, Alan Kelly was the winner of Leg 6 of Galway Buccaneers shore master angler series which was fished at the weekend on a Connemara beach catching six dogfish. Down in Cork Harbour, angling guide Jason Nash caught a best bass of 8 lb. on a plug while night fishing and landing many smaller bass while rock fishing. Despite the poor weather, charter skipper Kit Dunne managed one day trip out from Wicklow and the party caught spurdogs mainly and one nice Bullhuss of 13 lb.
There was one coarse report this week and well known specimen hunter Terry Jackson is still out chasing specimens at this time of year and his latest foray yielded a huge fish of 2 lb. 14 oz. on a small lough in the border counties and you can read more on his website at http://www.angling-ireland.com/
It was a tough start to the winter league for competitors fly fishing for rainbows at Rathcon Fishery near Grangecon, Co. Carlow but Paul Owens won the heat with 6 fish and the other four qualifiers caught four and five fish each.
There are many more new items and competition notices in our other news and news clippings sections and finally please wrap up well if you are fishing this weekend and always wear a life jacket if going afloat.
Tight lines especially in Ireland.
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Pike fishing reports
- Piking a little slower at Lough Allua but some fine fish still biting
- Cracking perch and a pike for good measure on Loughs Ennell, Erne and Derravaragh
- The River Barrow Piker ventures beyond the banks of the Barrow and a surreal day of pike fishing ensues
Sea angling reports
- Kelly does the dog to win Leg 6 of Buccaneer’s shore Master Angler
- The darkness of night brings an 8lb beauty
- Spurdogs arrive in numbers in Wicklow
Coarse angling reports
Trout fishing reports
- Getting started lure fishing with Absolute Fishing
- Tralee Bay SAC competition on Sunday Nov 9th
- The Irish Fly Fair in Galway Bay Hotel – 15th & 16th Nov
- Marley demands ‘radical overhaul’ of ‘deteriorating waterways’, Galway Advertiser
- Birthday boy makes a mint, Sunday World
- Greenway set to reel in fishing tourists, Irish Examiner
- World cup Julie the big cheese at Kilmeaden fly-fishing competition, Irish Times
- Anger over EU plans to limit anglers to catching one sea bass a day to combat ‘worrying’ decline, The independent
- Finding Nemo was wrong – fish are cleverer than we thought – Hearld.ie