The last few days have felt strongly of Autumn as temperatures dropped a little. The cooler weather improved fishing in many places but for river and many lake anglers the low water continues to impact on angling success despite the bit of rain here and there. Sea anglers are rarely affected by rain or lack of it and there were some great reports from all around our coastline in the last 7 days.
The Munster Blackwater saw a few more salmon caught over the weekend but rain is needed to bring up the fish below Cappoquin. Salmon anglers on the River Lee have had little to entertain them as the water levels are so low, but as dusk turned to night last Saturday Kevin Collins’ long day and perseverance paid off when he caught a fine salmon of 17.5lbs. Some fine sea trout were reported on Lough Currane last week where an 8.1lb fish was landed while this week there were some big bags of juniors reported. Low water too at the Laune and though salmon are scare there are a few to be caught, with one anlger landing 3 in 4 outings. A few grilse and some good days at sea trout were reported recently at Costello and Fermoyle where the forecast rain should really liven things up. Last week’s rain saw Lough Inagh rise by over 2 feet and 45 sea trout to 4.5lb, a few grilse and even a couple of char were recorded. Kylemore Fishery reported its best week of the season with 21 salmon for just 17 rod days. The much talked of rain is expected to improve the fishing on the Erriff though Andrew Kyd’s party from the UK finished their week with 20 grilse and 9 sea trout for the week, and 17 sea trout were landed in one day on Tawnyard. Despite difficult fishing conditions with northerly winds prevailing for most of the week, the Burrishoole Fishery produced a few salmon during the week. One of the few fisheries not worried about water levels was the Owenmore and fishing on the Bangor Angling Club stretch of the Owenmore was good with quite a number of salmon caught and released. Water levels on the River Moy dropped again to summer level and, as a consequence, angling effort was very low this past week. However, the Moy system yielded a reported catch of 164 salmon. The Ballisodare Fishery saw a relatively slow week with just 27 fish caught. The water on the Drowes was very low and few fished the river but 15 grilse were still reported. The Owenea had a number of small freshes and there were a few grilse landed.
The Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association held a qualifier on Lough Lene last weekend. The trout were lying doggo a just 2 fish was enough to win the day. Some great rainbow trout were reported from the Lough Bane Cup, an evening competition, fished last Friday. Angling on Mask proved challenging last week, yet Carra produced the goods over the weekend. The Mask fish are particularly quiet and have not yet started to hit the Daphnia patterns. Lough Conn also reported slow fishing though the Daddy did well for some anglers. It was a very similar tale on Lough Sheelin with the addition of streamers for fry feeding fish.
East coast beaches are still fishing well and some anglers are getting a good mix of species from the shore, including smooth-hounds, ray, dabs, plaice, flounder, dogfish, bass, whiting, codling and tope. A pair of shore anglers fishing in who Wexford spent a long night catching dogs in pursuit of bass were rewarded by a good gilthead bream on rag which was released. Staying in Wexford some enjoyable bass fishing was had from the kayak in tidal creeks where fish fell to a variety of bucktails and soft plastics. One angler reports 30 bass over sessions in the south east which is very encouraging news. Charter fishing from Dungarvan is currently producing a good mix of species including ling to 15lb. The charter fishing in Cork Harbour is also going well and some great days were had over the weekend with big congers and loads of whiting at 2lbs about. Bass fishing is also going well in the Harbour at the moment. There was also some great charter fishing reported from West Cork where good cod, pollack, ling and sharks have kept anglers busy. Galway Bay is also fishing well while anglers in Donegal are reporting good rock fishing. At Red Bay in Co. Antrim there were reports of porbeagle sharks and of course our Catch of the Week – a lovely 16lb 3oz turbot.
A phenomenal 170 lbs. of bream won the IFI Open Competition fished at Temple House for Galway angler, Ronan Ryan at the weekend despite difficult conditions. Bream were the quarry in Longford, but they are not on the feed, though the roach, hybrids and tench made up for their absence. Perch, roach and hybrids provided great sport for anglers waggler fishing on the River Boyle. Coarse anglers around Mullingar are enjoying good results in the early mornings.
Belgian anglers fishing the upper Shannon enjoyed good sport last week with fish to double figures landed. Although the water temperatures are a little cooler, big pike are still difficult to tempt in the Foxford area though entertaining fishing on surface lures is still possible.
Over the weekend the temperatures will continue a little cooler and the winds will be mostly light from the Northwest. Rain should start to fall in earnest on Sunday and flooding is expected locally in the afternoon.
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Salmon fishing reports
- 17lb salmon from the Lee but otherwise quiet in low water
- Some fine sea trout from Lough Currane
- Water up on the Laune but salmon not so plentiful
- Kylemore Fishery doing well, best week of season reported
- Good week at Lough Inagh – sea trout to 4.5lb
- Costello and Fermoyle Fishery update – rain expected to improve fishing
- Low water at the Erriff but good sea trout in Tawnyard
- Good catches for anglers who ventured out at Ballisodare Fishery
- The Emerald isle comes up trumps for Edward with his first fly caught salmon
- 7lb fresh grilse for Dutch journalist Rudy on the Owenmore
- 164 salmon from the Moy this week
- Some nice grilse ranging from 4 to 10 lbs from Owenea
- Things are quiet for the Drowes
- A few fresh fish on the lower Munster Blackwater
- The Dubs fight back with a fine 8.5lb salmon on the fly from Ballyduff Bridge Fishery
Trout fishing reports
- Ladies on Lene
- Bane Crackers for the Bane winners !
- Challenging fishing on Mask, Carra a better bet
- Daddy longlegs worked well on Lough Conn but fishing is slow
- A tough week on Sheelin as the trout play ‘hard to get’
- A few trout reported from Lough Arrow.
Sea angling reports
- Great fishing reported from Union Hall and Glandore for charter anglers
- Major improvement in charter fishing at Cork Harbour last weekend
- Porbeagles on the troll of northern shores
- Gilthead bream for bass anglers at Wexford mark
- Good Array of Species Reported on East Coast Beaches
- Good bass fishing in Cork Harbour reported
- Wrasse beauty from Donegal shore
- A little bit of everything for the Galway skipper
- Ling in abundance for Sid as he visits the wrecks around Dungarvan
- Specimen turbot of 16lb 3oz for Red Bay angler
- Not big fish but certainly a stack of fun nailing them in fast running current
- New mark proves productive for Steven Neely
- A selection of Beauties for the Wexford kayaker
Coarse angling reports
- Early angler catch the fish in Mullingar
- Waggler fishing providing great sport on Boyle River
- Bream on holidays but UK anglers do well with tench, roach and hybrids around Longford
- 170lb bag of bream at the IFI Open Competition held at Templehouse Lake under difficult conditions
Pike fishing reports
- A lovely Glore trout of 5lbs 2oz for Pat Daly
- A touch of “ool la la” enchants the pike at Foxford
- Double figured pike from the Upper Shannon
- Poisonous fish in our waters, The Kerryman
- Investigation into Limerick fish kill continues, Limerick Leader
- Salmon farming must be sustainable, says Coveney, AgriLand
- Yorkshire sculptor carves out his second sea-trout victory on Lough Currane – Irish Times
- Peter is our top rod at angling championship – The Corkman
- The Freshwater Detective – UCD COURSE – Autumn 2014
- 5 Nations Fly Fishing Championships Stirling Scotland 2014
- Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship at the Evesham Festival
- Carbon fibre fishing poles, rods and boats repaired
- NCFFI ‘All Ireland’ Junior Angling Competition 30th August
- A lot of hard work, but exciting times ahead for Knockaderry!