After a brief spell of hard, winter weather we have returned to more unsettled with some rain and wind. Water levels, though not back to normal are dropping at most fisheries. Though the conditions were not all bad in the last week there were only a handful of reports, some very interesting…

The first salmon of the season was caught on Monday of this week. The lucky angler, Neil O’Shea, was trolling on Lough Currane when he met with and landed his 10lb springer. No further fish have been reported. Lough Currane opened on Sunday, though conditions prevented anglers from marking the day in earnest. The Laune also opened on Sunday though few anglers turned out to fish on a day that saw waterspouts whipping along the lake shore and a good wave coming down Beat 1.

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Neil O’Shea with the first salmon of 2016 wins Catch of the Week.

Winter canal angling is not normally associated with bags of fish to 30lb, but at weekend two anglers from Naas and District Anglers fished the whip at Newry Canal. One used bread the other maggot for for a combined weight of almost 57lb.

The  Leinster teams dominated the IFSA shore angling championships fished at Wicklow and Wexford, winning the Mens, Ladies, under 21 and under 16 divisions. Notable catches were 7 of the men getting over 40 fish on the night session.

Pike anglers on Lough Ennell enjoyed good fishing last week and at the weekend. Fishing on the troll, double figure pike in great condition were landed. Anglers on Lough Derravaragh were not so lucky and even the perch were reluctant to be caught.

Gales and small craft warnings are in effect all along the west coast as this is written and the forecast for the weekend is for wet and windy weather, though colder conditions are expected later next week.

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

Myles Kelly

Catch, Photo, Release

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A winter beach scene from the Interprovincial shore championships