Lough Derg’s pike angling guides reported more good fishing over the last week. There seems to be no end to the supply of big pike at this incredible venue, no doubt testament not only to their skills at finding these big pike, but more importantly to making sure they are safely returned.

The biggest on the day was 95cm
Cyril’s  biggest on the day was 95cm

There were some nice fish for husband and wife team Pascale and Cyril from St. Tropez, fishing with TJ’sAngling Centre on Sunday. Their biggest fish was 95cm and they had a few other pike to keep the interested. At the end of last week Jules from France was out with TJ – it was a balaclava in the morning because of the cold north east wind and sun cream in the evening with temperatures in the mid teens, typical Irish weather. His best was also 95cm.

A 95cm pike for Jules on Friday. Balaclava in the morning, sun cream in the afternoon…

Paul Bourke advises that when trolling in calm conditions isn’t working a switch to casting the rainbow shads can change your luck. Setting the depth to 15m and adding a rattle for added attraction is working for Paul at the moment.

Pierre Montjarret had a very special fish to his boat over the weekend. French angler Didier hooked into a super fish that turned out to be a PB at a whopping 113cm. Even better was that this magic fish marked a special occasion for Pierre, his 100th 100cm+ fish to the boat this year.

Hermann Molenaar tells us that fishing through the cold and sometimes uncomfortable conditions is all part of winter pike fishing. Perseverance certainly pays off, but it is his parting words of advice that we should all pay heed to: Releasing a big one of last week, all part of fishing  “Handle fish with care so someone else can catch this one again when it is bigger”.

Go Fishing…

TJ’s Angling centre

TJ’s Angling centre arranges trips and offers support to anglers visiting the Lough Derg area.  All our guides are local anglers with a detailed knowledge of Lough Derg and its surrounds. All equipment needed can be supplied or if you prefer to use your own, our guides will be happy to offer advice on methods and baits to use, full or half day trips are available, contact us for prices and available dates.

Telephone: +353 (0)87 8108225
E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.tjsangling.com

Pierre Monjarret

Pierre Monjarret moved to Ireland in 2007 to pursue his dream as a guide. It is now many years since he cast his first line on Lough Derg. Throughout that time his passion for this lake has never faded, always something new to learn, new techniques to develop and challenges that remind you why you love catching big fish!

Address: Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)87 215 83 37
Web: www.pierremonjarret.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pierre.monjarret.1


Herman Molenaar offers guided pike fishing on Lough Derg. Specialises in the Dutch market. Boat hire, tackle shop and accommodation also available.

Address: FisHerman, Main Street, Killaloe, County Clare, Ireland
Telephone: +353 (0)87 985 74 91
Email: [email protected] Web: www.fisherman.nl

Irish Fishing Tours

Our comprehensive packages include a guiding service, boat and tackle hire, food and accommodation. Using our local knowledge, we have carefully selected a range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
Paul Bourke 087 1953554

Web: www.irishfishingtours.com Email: [email protected]