Fisheries Information Manager Markus Müller reports from the IFI Ballina office:
With high water levels and strong winds fishing in general has been slow during the past couple of months. However, angling guide, Kenny Sloan reports some excellent early season pike action from the Foxford area. Visiting Essex anglers, William Sudders and Graham Applegate, made their way to North Mayo where they had arranged for a week’s pike fishing with local pike expert Kenny Sloan. The anglers fished a number of waters such as Loughs Conn & Cullin and Levally Lake but heavy showers and squally southwest winds made for difficult fishing conditions. However, persistence and fishing a range of different methods including fly, wobbling, lure casting and trolling paid off. The two anglers caught a total of 15 pike but it was 15 year old William Sudders who stole the show with fish of 12, 14, 18 and a personal best of 20 lbs. on his Super Shad Rap C.H. and Salmo Sweeper H.P. lures. Both anglers have planned to return in September for more pike and salmon fishing.
To book a day’s guiding or boat hire contact Kenny Sloan on +353 (0)9492 56501 or +353 (0)87 9670310 or visit

15 year old William Sudders, UK, with his personal best Lough Conn pike of 20 lbs.
15 year old William Sudders, UK, winner of our ‘Catch of the Week’

Markus Müller
Fisheries Information Manager
Iascach Intíre Éireann
Inland Fisheries Ireland, Ballina
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