Declan Gibbons reports there is plenty of action still to be had on Corrib, with anglers having excellent sport. In the Cornamona area Martin Kinneavy reported on the TAFI Youths Connacht Cup which Cornamona anglers hosted last weekend, run on a catch and release basis. First place went to young Loughrea angler Ciaran Reilly who caught 5 trout. Second place went to young Oughterard angler Liam Butler with 2 fish, and third place went to young Headford angler Ciaran Flaherty. Staying in the Cornamona area Tom Doc Sullivan (087-6113933) reported Oliver Dillon and Seamus Brogan had a great day;s fishing on Wednesday last, landing 12 trout – 6 of them over 13 inches – on a mixture of wet and dry mayfly patterns, with the best fish being 2.5lbs. In the Oughterard area the Martin Molloy Memorial Cup was held out of Baurisheen on Saturday, with 40 anglers participating and weighing in 45 trout. First place went to Gerry Molloy, Glann with 3 trout for 3.395kgs. Second place went to Mikey Molloy, Baurisheen with 4 trout for 2.850kgs.Third place went to well-known Renvyle angler Jackie Coyne with 2 trout for 2.740kgs. The Junior winner was Darren Keeler with one trout weighing .940Kgs.
Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Boat Hire and Guiding (087-9604170) reported good fishing during the week. On Wednesday last French father and Son Mr P. Sauuwaert were trolling for the day and landed 5 trout. On Thursday visiting UK angler James Campbell (16 years old) had 2 trout on wet fly, best of the two fish being 2.75lbs. On Friday another young visiting UK angler – 17 year old James Costello – out fishing with his father landed 2 trout trolling, best fish 5lbs.
On Sunday last as part of Headfest a festival being ran in Headford, Kilbeg and District Anglers ran a mixed grill competition as part of the festival in which 15 anglers participated. The competition was run on a catch-and-release basis. First place went to David Scully, 2nd place went to Lauren McGrath, 3rd place Dylan McGrath, 4th place Mike McGrath and 5th place went to Fursey Kenny. In difficult conditions 3 trout, 5 pike and 3 perch were caught.
Monday saw USA father and Son Jim and Zac Prendergast from Fort Worth, Texas enjoy a fishing trip on Lough Corrib with Frank Costello of Ashford Bay Boat Hire (087-2524253 www.ashfordoldschoolhouse.ie). They caught 2 lovely trout on wet mayfly patterns – one fish 1.8lbs and the other 3.6lbs.
Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge, Oughterard (091-552550) reports on excellent fishing on Lough Corrib at present. The Dargle Anglers from Dublin had a Catch and Release outing to Ardnasillagh over the weekend and caught 15 trout for 11 rods – best fish was 52cm. On Sunday Shannon anglers Glen O’Connell and Ger Carrick caught 6 trout on wetflies. John Fitzgerald landed 9 trout on Sunday. Dublin angler Larry Kelly and visiting Scottish angler John Jacks caught 28 trout for 5 days, all sportingly released, on wet and dry mayflies – best fish over 3lbs. Mark Patterson and John Malcom fished for 3 days, landing 13 trout – best fish 3.25lbs on dry olives.
Finally, Frank Butler was in touch to say that Collinamuck and District Angling Club are hosting the Galway Wind Park Cup on Sunday August 30th, with fishing from 11am-6pm and an impressive €500 in prizes. This is a dapping/casting competition and all are welcome. Enquiries to Frank on 087 329077 or Dave on 087 8507561