The cold snap gave way to unseasonably warm weather and temperatures to 16C have been recorded in recent days. Unfortunately water temperatures don’t change as quickly so fish that were inactive because of the cold did not just switch on – but at least it was not as brassy for those anglers who made the effort to get out and wet a line…

We have coarse angling reports in from Leitrim, Clare and Meath this week, all competition results. Catches over the weekend were modest but enough to keep the anglers happy. Better bags came from commercial fisheries like Oaklands and Toomans where good nets are possible now that the ice has cleared from these venues.

Pike anglers had some decent fishing in the last week with a good number of fish into the teens reported, particularly from midlands venues. Loughs Ree, Boderg, Derravaragh, Cloonfree and Garadice all produced a few good pike from travelling and local anglers. Good perch were also reported on deadbait at Boderg. Catch of the week goes to Killinarden Angling Initiative junior angler Ethan for his 23lb pike for the Oaks Fishery in Derry. A worthy winner and a new PB.

Ethan's 23lb 10oz pike wins him Catch of the Week
Ethan’s 23lb 10oz pike wins him Catch of the Week

At Waterfoot, Willie Weir from Larne  caught 20 fish to win the annual open fished there. Flounders made up the bulk of the catch but a good number of school bass also put in an appearance. Janet Snoddy won the women’s event and and Harry McKee Junior and Senior won the team event. In other sea angling news cod are in Cork Harbour and the general area in good numbers. Fish of 3-5lb are being taken, boat anglers are getting the better fishing. Staying with cod in Cork the Henry’s Tackle Irish Cod Championships were fished at Youghal over the weekend. There were 66 anglers on the beach taking part. The fishing was slow in general the best action was had at Red Barn. Tim Sexton won the title of Cod Champion for his 48 cm Cod.

Tomorrow and Saturday will continue to be mild and mostly dry though there will be some mist and murk in places. Sunday will get colder particularly overnight, but again it will be mostly dry. There will be some rain working its way across the country on Monday but most areas will be largely dry. The further outlook to the early days of next week is for a spell of unsettled weather with showers or longer spells of rain giving way to drier conditions mid week. After this evening’s winds have blown out conditions should suit boat angling at a number of venues both inland and coastal.

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

Myles Kelly

Catch, Photo, Release

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A midlands perch
A midlands perch