The continuing changeable warm weather has improved fishing in some parts of the country but some areas still need rain to improve water levels although there were floods reported in some other parts of the country.    Sea angling is really going well and one well known skipper Mark Gannon described the deep sea fishing for his clients as the best in years with plenty of species and some wonderful quality fish being recorded this summer.

Angling guide Eamonn Conway reported that the night sea trout fishing was excellent on the Castletown River but heavy rain has brought a flood this week but the good fishing should resume when water levels drop a bit. Ian Powell reported from Blackwater Lodge on the Munster Blackwater that fishing improved in the last few days with the extra water from the heavy rain bringing better fishing for grilse for clients.  The better water levels helped bring better sea trout fishing on Lough Currane last week.  The better water levels on the River Laune brought better salmon fishing in the past week. At Delphi, there was an improvement in sea trout fishing but conditions were still poor for salmon fishing with some grilse reported during the week.  The salmon fishing was very good on the nearby Erriff River.  In Burrishoole there was some nice grilse fishing reported from the lough last week.  Unfortunately there was low water levels all week on the River Moy and fishing was quiet poor for this prolific fishery. Salmon anglers had no luck on Lough Melvin last week and they are praying for some heavy rain to liven up the fishing. Further up in Donegal heavy rain brought the River Owenea back to providing good fishing for grilse for the many visitors in the area.

Eamonn Conway also reported from the north Monaghan area where he guided some anglers to excellent trout fishing on the Monaghan Blackwater on nymphs.  A group of anglers from the Newgrange Active angling visited the Courtlough Fishery near Balbriggan and they caught over 120 rainbow trout up to 5 lb.  The evening fishing on Lough Sheelin is going well with many anglers using daddy long legs imitations to catch some fine trout up to 6 lb.  It is really nice to report some very good trout fishing from Lough Owel with some trout up to 7 lb. reported.   Alan Hodgins won the annual World Cup four day event on Lough Mask.  There was some nice trout reported from Lough Conn but few anglers fished on the lough last week.

A fine specimen 32 lb. Ling at Courtmacsherry is our ‘Catch of the Week‘ winner
A fine specimen 32 lb. Ling at Courtmacsherry is our ‘Catch of the Week‘ winner

With the changeable weather the daytime fishing got better on the small loughs in the Baileboro area and some nice catches of quality hybrids and roach were reported.  A group of French anglers enjoyed some super bream fishing on small loughs near Melview Lodge in Longford with angling guide Kevin Lyons.  Tench featured in many catches taken by anglers fishing the annual Clones Festival where Drumlona lough produced some good fishing for competitors.

Angling guide Michael Flanagan reported that he had a pair of young angler from Wicklow who enjoyed very good fishing for pike and perch in the Mullingar area.  A party of french anglers fished with angling guide Kenny Sloan in the Foxford area and they enjoyed very good fishing with good pike taken on lures and fly.

Some nice bass were reported from the Clogherhead area in Co. Louth although weed did hamper fishing at times. Angling guide Gerard Doran reported some good bass fishing for his clients fishing in the south Wexford area particularly at night fishing with lures.  The Waterford area produced some nice catches of bass for anglers fishing from inshore marks.  We have two great deep sea angling reports from skipper Mark Gannon this week from Courtmacsherry this week and the best fish was a fine specimen Ling of 32 lb. for a young Dutch visitor which wins our Catch of the Week.  Rob McClean and Gavin Moran enjoyed some wonderful mullet fishing at Roscarbery where they both caught some big specimens. Skipper Max Couque reported that parties of anglers from France enjoyed some excellent deep sea fishing with some fine cod and pollack among the best fish taken. Nearby skipper John Fleming reported that his parties of anglers enjoyed similar fishing for pollack and cod in Galway Bay.  Up in Downings, charter skipper Michael McVeigh reported some excellent deep sea fishing including some good porbeagle shark.  Finally as always please enjoy the best of Irish Angling safely and please wear a life jacket when you fish from a boat on inland waters and at sea,

Tight lines especially in Ireland,

Paul Bourke

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"Safely returned" - Photo compliments of Clonanav Fly Fishing
“Safely returned” – Photo compliments of Clonanav Fly Fishing