My Dad always said “everything comes to those who wait”. Well salmon anglers waited and waited for the rain but it didn’t come in time before the end of the season. The Munster Blackwater was one of the lucky ones who had an extension (fly only, single barbless hook, catch and release) to 12th October. With the arrival of the rain, things improved and the last day turned out to be the second best day of the season with nine fish to 15lb. caught – including the first fresh fish for months.

Jim Sayers was on Lough Namona in the Currane catchment where he caught a lovely 4lb sea trout while his fishing companion John Walsh had a fine 1 ¼ lb brown trout. On the upper Lakes, on Lough Derriana anglers landed a number of sea trout in the 1 ½ lbs bracket together with some juniors and a fine basket of brownies.

Lough Sheelin was lazy on its last day of the season. It remained under a thick blanket of fog and when it felt ready to greet the day it opened up to harsh bright sunshine. Catches of trout were slow although there seemed to be a lot of movement. Nonetheless 95 brave anglers took part in the annual Cavan/Monaghan Garda Divisional Fly Fishing championships. The winner of this competition was Clones man Jim Hughes with his 3lb 7.2 oz beauty caught around Stony. Second place went to Tommy Rushe, Armagh – 2lbs 3.8ozs and third went to Larry McAlinden with a 1lb 13.2oz fish. The heaviest fish for the week was a 5lb 59cm trout caught by Richard Newton, England.

Pike angler
Pierre Henneron from Paris with a pike over 20lbs on Lough Ree is our ‘Catch of the Week’ winner.

October 12th also saw a competition on Lough Ennell. A cracking trout of 2.512lbs won the competition for Niall Kenny of Rochfortbridge. Lough Owel too made its presence felt on Sunday with a Stocking Fundraising competition on the lake. Mullingar man Barry Lenehan came out tops with a 2.232lbs fish.
If you are down Waterford way on the Bank Holiday weekend, Knockaderry fishery is holding an open fly fishing competition with €1,500 in prizes. This 80 acre reservoir offers great sport with a great stock of feisty trout.

Three Belgium buddies frequented Melview Lodge. These anglers wasted no time and were out on the waters right away fishing with mainly lures and jerk baits. This paid dividends with 76 pike and a large number of perch being caught. Over at Lough Ree, French angler Pierre Henneron had an epic battle with our ‘Catch of the Week’ winner – a superb 20lb+ pike. Pierre was delighted to see the pike tail walking and pitching 3-4ft out of the water as they hit the lures.

Carrigaholt in Clare reported big pollack, ling, haddock plus red gurnard as well as cod and Luke Aston was pleased to get out after the previous week’s storms. Tralee Bay SAC competition at Glin saw lots of smiling faces and banter, but it had little to do with the weather and more the company as the sunshine and calm seas did little to help the fishing. Daniel Brosnan reeled in a 71cm thorny on a 15 pound line. The competition was won by Aidan Halloran.

Up north of the country in Donegal, wee Kyle Ball took part in Cartys Alcedo shore league where he won the longest fish with a cracking 56cm mullet. The overall competition was won by Cathal Donnelly who had a total of 18 fish including turbot, flounder, seatrout, coalie and a nice 52cm mullet.

Fermoy Coarse Angling Association had a mixture of weather conditions during its festival which ended on 10th October. The week started good but conditions changed quickly. By Friday fishing was difficult with the river well below summer levels, the water cold and the start of ground frost. For the 5th time Tommy Lawton came out in first place with 46lb 5ozs.

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Unsettled weather is predicted for the rest of the week; wet and windy at times, with driest conditions further east. Friday will see southerly winds; fresh to strong and gusty, with gale force winds near south and west coast to begin. Saturday sees humid and very breezy conditions with fresh to strong southerly winds. Long dry spells across the north and east with some sunny spells, however some showers will develop here later in the day. Elsewhere showers will occur on and off through the day with the risk of some thundery falls. Highest temperatures 15 to 17 degrees Celsius.

Anglers are reminded to wear their lifejacket, as you know the water can be your friend or your foe. Don’t take chances.

Nancy Hearne
Catch, Photo, Release

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