The mixed weather of the last week brought mixed results for many anglers over the last seven days. Timing was, as ever in angling, everything – whether it was managing to catch a 10lb 7oz bass with your first cast, arriving at the lake when the conditions were just right and landing 14 sea trout or hooking your first 20lb pike on fly. Hopefully this week will see more Goldilocks events  for fishermen and women in Ireland…

Water conditions are very low and clear in the River Boyne at the moment, however there are a few fresh salmon to be had in the lower river. Salmon to 11.75lb were reported from the Munster Blackwater at Blackwater Lodge earlier this week, but fishing remains slow enough on the river. The fishing on the Laune is reported to be more productive, and now that the commercial nets have stopped catches are expected to improve further. There were only a handful of salmon from Lough Currane last week, and most of them came from Butlers Pool on the lake’s outflow. However there were some good sea trout caught and one angler had 14 juniors. Low water levels on the Erriff saw 8 grilse landed but the wet weather should see fishing improve there. Around the corner at Delphi, 10 fish were caught by anglers but the going was hard as the blue sky weather made for sulky salmon. Angling effort was quite low this past week on the Moy and, as a consequence only 231 salmon were reported. There was better water up on the Drowes but angling pressure is light now so only a few grilse were reported. The early part of last week saw good water on the Owena too and some nice grilse and salmon to 13lb were landed.

Trout anglers are getting good catches of Sonaghan over Lough Melvin’s deep water drifts. As poor weather forced the postponement of the World Cup on Lough Mask, this popular competition only finished last Saturday. Over 500 anglers took part and David Corcoran from Tuam, Co. Galway was this year’s winner with 5 trout for 5.708lb. On Lough Corrib there was good fishing to sedge and mayfly patterns. Those on the lake also enjoyed having the lake almost to themselves as so many were competing in the World Cup on Mask! The Dublin Angling Initiative took a busman’s holiday to assist at the introduction to angling day on Lough Rowan. It was a great success for the Rinn-Shannon Anglers with lots of trout and even more learning and fishing. Trout on Lough Lene are on perch fry and in bright conditions a small lure was used to good effect by Christina Barry who had a very handsome rainbow from the lake – her favourite venue. Lough Sheelin had some great sedge fishing last week with fish to over 7lb reported, but as the fish here are moving on to pinhead fry a change in tactics is needed – especially for day time fishing. A mix of sedges and wets is also making for enjoyable fishing on Lough Owel where competition and pleasure anglers are meeting with some good trout. The recent weather conditions have also made for some pleasant evenings on stocked trout fisheries such as Wavin Lake and Ardaire Springs.

Ballybay Angling Association were on Lough Egish last Sunday and had some great catches of roach, caught mainly on the pole. Seamus Mac An Gheimhribh won the knock session with 29lbs. Congratulations to Fermoy AC who won the Bobby Smithers Cup in tough, low water conditions at Inniscarra to become the 2015 NCFFI All Ireland Club Champions. The team will head to San Marino next year to represent Ireland at the FIPS-ED World Club Championships. There was a good turn out for the Annual Silver Fish Match at Oaklands at the weekend where Adrian Browne was first with 29.85 lb. Fishing through the brighest parts of last week on Lough Ramor saw decent catches of perch, but the evening sessions were not as good as hoped for. Ballymote Angling Club hosted the I.F.I Open on the shores of Templehouse Lake in Co. Sligo at the weekend. Calm, bright conditions meant the 173lb winning bag of last year would never be matched, but the anglers did well. Despite the efforts of Bob Gilbert, Keith Coleman was the winner with 17kg of famous Templehouse bream.

Fishing with Michael Flanagan on Lough Ree, a group of 3 anglers had an enjoyable day despite wet, blustery weather, catching pike to 10lb. A pair of young anglers fishing with Kenny Sloan in the Foxford area had some good piking with 6 fish of around 80cm landed.

There was a good mix of shore and boat reports from our saltwater cousins this week. Dutch anglers had good day’s fishing off the Wicklow coast with charter skipper Kit Dunne, when they caught 21 tope to 42lb, 6 bullhuss and loads of smooth hounds. Small boat anglers fishing off the Wexford coast also report some good tope fishing with 4 fish to specimen size landed. Welsh anglers fishing the Wexford and Waterford coasts with Sid Jones had 16 bass on surface poppers, including a PB for one of the visitors. Small boat bass anglers in Cork Harbour are seeing an improvement in catches recently. Brothers James and John Crowley had bass to 69cm and 75cm fishing with guide James McSweeney. Meanwhile the Smith family were enjoying 4 days on the charter boat John Boy where they got good fishing inside and outside the harbour, depending on wind and weather. Back to bass again and anglers fishing with Peter Aspinwall around Clonakilty were getting some fine fish over the weekend and earlier this week with bass to 9lb landed. Courtmacsherry was the location for the inaugural Irish Kayak Fishing Open. The competition was fished on Saturday and although the day started flat calm the afternoon’s winds made for a tiring paddle home. Ian Burton was the event’s winner with 7 species. West Cork charter boats from Courtmacsherry to Union Hall are reporting big ling caught last week. Some good sized conger and cod have also featured in reports. Stonebass were also landed. Shore anglers fishing the Beara Penninsula had some great rod bending excitement with Paul Harris last week. One angler left for home with arms aching after catching 30 pollack to 8lb one day and too many bullhuss and conger to keep count of the next. Charter anglers fishing off Valentia are also getting good ling, amongst all the other usual suspects, with fish to specimen size landed. Staying in that part of Kerry, bass anglers having been getting some good fishing on surface poppers. That’s not to say bait does not work anymore – one angler had a 10lb 7oz bass off the bottom which he carefully released following a photo. Anglers fishing off the Clare coast on the The Clare Dragoon had a great mix of fish recently with shark, specimen bullhuss and even John Dory landed. Tope were the target for one angler fishing Galway Bay last week. Alan Kelly put in a lot of hard work this year to finally get his shore caught tope and what a fish it was – a 51lb specimen. The Bundoran SAC Open boat competition was fished on Saturday and anglers from England, Wales and every corner of Ireland travelled to fish the event. There was a real festival atmosphere in the town during the competition which was won by Liam O’Connor.

The outlook is for warm, wet weather over the weekend with more unsettled conditions for next week. Make the most of the weekend!

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Myles Kelly

Catch, Photo, Release

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Joe bloggs Fantastic Picture of the Idyllic Setting at the Wavin Lake Last Night
Fantastic Picture of the idyllic setting at the Wavin Lake this week