Salmon fishing picked up slightly on the River Moy during the week but was still hampered by fluctuating water levels. However, salmon were caught throughout the system including the first fish of the season on the Mt. Falcon Fishery by Shane Maloney. Shane’s fish took a worm and weighed 5 lbs.

Pat Loughnane with his excellent 17.5 lbs. Moy salmon
Pat Loughnane with his excellent 17.5 lbs. Moy salmon

Tom Mallen, Northern Ireland, had one on spinner (9 lbs.) on Armstrong’s, while Donal Smyth, Dublin, got a 7 lbs. fish on Gannon’s also spinning. The fish of the week however, was caught by Pat Loughnane, Ballinasloe, on the Foxford Salmon Anglers’ water! Pat’s fantastic springer weighed 17.5 lbs.

Further up river, on Cloongee, French anglers Beatrice Valaize and Amaury Juge, did well catching fish of 8 lbs. and 6 lbs. respectively (on spinner). For 16-year old Amaury this was a memorable catch as this was his first ever salmon! Also on Cloongee, Harry Horan, Westmeath, had a 10 pounder on worm. East Mayo Anglers Association water also produced a few fish including a cracking 15 lbs. springer for local angler, Peter Martin, on worm. Flyanglers also did well on East Mayo: Frank Sommer, Germany, had a 7 lbs. fish, while Reto Coutalides, Switzerland, landed an eight pounder.

A proud Amaury Juge from France with his first ever salmon
A proud Amaury Juge from France with his first ever salmon