Midlands Reporter Michael Flanagan reports from Lough Ennell…

It was tough going last week trying to locate perch on Ennell. These super predator fish are moving and feeding hard on their own fry in very deep water. Some of my favorite marks failed to produce the goods, so it was a case of working hard to locate the shoal fish. I had teamed up with Gwenael Brunet of Argentre Du Plessis near Brittany, in France.Gwenael is a pal of my work colleague in the Sunday World Eamon Dillon, and I promised to give him a day on one of our Midland Lakes. Hopefully it will come to something, and Gwenael will return to Mullingar in time with some angling pals. We had a wonderful few hours when I caught up with huge shoals of feeding perch. The perch were feeding hard on their own fry, and it’s a “reel” case of fish eat fish in the angling world. We dropped small rubber lure down on 4oz led weights, and as the say the rest is history. Gwenael even managed a few double hook-ups.

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A pretty Lough Ennell perch


You really don’t need top of the range gear for taking on perch be it during the winter months when the fish go deep, or summer time when they are sculling around in shallow water. All you really need is lightweight spinning gear and a few colorful spinners for warmer weather when the perch are feeding in shallow water, and this time of year a few weighted Rubber Jig head worms, or minnows when they are down deep. If you drop into David o, Malley or Brian Conlon in our local Angling Centers you will be well kitted out for small money. I always mean to photograph some of the Jigs & Rigs that work for perch, and some time I will eventually get around to it.” Watch This Space”.


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Could this be a monster – Michael not sure what to make of this mark

I came across a very unusual feature in deep water on Ennell last Friday. Naturally I am not going to publish the exact location as we might have some of the Lough Ness Hunters scanning Ennell. I told a few of my angling friends, and explained to them it was like a large rabbit head coming up from the bottom of the Lake. As it’s a family paper I cant publish what some of my angling pals answers were. Hopefully we will have room to publish the unusual feature I picked up on the bottom of Ennell in 62.7ft of water in a cool temperature of 4.5degree celcus.

Michael Flanagan
Midland Angling

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