Angling guide and journalist Michael Flanagan reports;
The Lakes and Rivers are all over the shop with high water, and the spell of cold weather has really affected the feeding habits of our predator fish. Mind you last weekend the water temperature was just below 4-degree Celsius, which was actually warmer than the air temperature some early mornings on the lakes.

Marty Smith with super pike
Marty Smith with a super pike 22lbs 1oz which is our ‘Catch of the Week’ winner

I have being treating to venture down the River Inny through Lough Iron, and give it a go for a few pike. On Sunday morning when I arrived at Donore Shore a few anglers had already launched and were out on Derravaragh.The wind was blowing right into Donore Shore and it was a bitter cold wind. The plan was to head down the River Inny trolling lures and dead baits right down to Lough Iron. The River was in a huge flood, and the current had us down on Iron in little over an hour. I had teamed up with angling pal Marty Smith and on the way down the Inny River I got one small pike trolling. We knew with all the fresh floodwater, it was going to be hard going on the River. The pleasure of boat fishing along the River Inny is that you can anchor up, or bank the boat where the river is not heavily fished. Quite a few stretches of the River Inny is not fishable from the bank, especially this time of year when it’s in flood. Eventually I reached a favorite Hot Spot of mine on the Inny, and we banked the boat and starting spinning. The spinning proved fruitless, and decided to chuck out a few deadbaits. As they say the rest is History now. Marty got stuck into a huge River Inny Monster and it rattled the scales at 22lbs 1oz, it measured 95cm, and had a girth of 40cm.Its certainly one of the best River Inny Pike in years, and was in mint condition.
We had the pleasure of meeting two Co. Offaly angling mad pals as they ventured along the Inny in their Kayaks. Also this week’s news of the Derravaragh Anglers Dinner, which once again will be held in Weirs Restaurant. Plus something a little different this week, with a photograph of a huge Skate which our Midland Sea anglers might be interested in checking out.
Michael Flanagan
Midland Angling

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Michael Flanagan
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