Anglers are an industrious lot and despite rain, wind and cold conditions quite a few large fish were caught right across all categories. Congers, pike and salmon made the headlines and shore competitions brought out good numbers of participants….

Eoin McManus with his fish. Thanks to Joe Broderick for the photo and video.
Lovely C & R salmon caught by Eoin McManus : photo by Joe Broderick

After Currane’s first salmon of the season last week, the Drowes anglers came back fighting with a lovely salmon just under 8lbs caught by Ballybofey angler Eddie Roulston on Saturday. This week’s stormy weather on the Currane meant little action for those fishing. However, the Drowes wasn’t finished with the good news.  To crown the week off Eoin Mc Manus caught and released the second fish of the season from the river yesterday.  This beautiful bar of silver weighed approx 8lbs and was taken on a 15g yellow Mepps flying c from the corner of the Blackwater.  A quick photo by Joe Broderick and Eoin gallantly released his fish safely into the river.

Some excellent pike were caught this week. A frosty cold Lough Derg saw a nice 14lber caught on a big 34 cm Dexter shad for James McGurrin.  While tackle shop owner Florian Peter has a superb pike weighing 28lb 8oz on a trout deadbait.  Dublin Pike anglers fished their winter league in Cavan with 23 anglers taking part. Heaviest bag winner was Joey Bonnie and heaviest fish of 10.5 lbs went to Ste Farrelly.  Angler Aaron Black and friends had a couple of nice small pike from the Royal Canal.

The Corrib got off to a great start with Przemek Markowski claiming a 103cm pike while out fishing with guide Jacek Gorny. And over at Lough Ree as the floods started to recede, one angler reported a pike of 107cm, 23lb 2oz. Popular angler Lloyd Lynch won the Leinster Pike anglers league for a second year running. Larry McCowen got the heaviest fish and Dave Moody angler of the year.

Cormack Daly made the most of difficult conditions and caught two pike in quick succession at Melview Lodge in Longford. But the heavy weight winner of ‘Catch of the Week’ had to go to a cracking monster pike caught by Dennis Coyne from Tullamore.  A super 33lbs 6oz pike which he caught on Sunday at the Pallas Angler’s competition.

Dennis Coyne with 33lbs 6oz pike
Dennis Coyne with 33lbs 6oz pike is our ‘Catch of the Week’ winner

The Ballybay Angling Association held their open Knock-up on Namachree. Windy weather didn’t help and weights were modest. Robertas Zilaitis won with 2.750kgs.  Oaklands in New Ross continues to fish well and the owner’s son John Browne is a hard one to beat as he lands some fine size carp.

Lady angler Sandra O’Shea out fished all her male colleagues at Cork Harbour angling clubs winter league. 74 fish earned her a total of 455 points and first place.  Sunday saw anglers line up for the Carty’s Land and Sea Sports cup on Tullan strand in Bundoran.  The 2016 cup went to Cathal Donnelly and the junior section was won by Keeva O’Brien.

Hamish Currie was delighted to report the biggest conger in 10 years caught onboard the Predator in Red Bay. Billy McMichael landed this 47lb beauty and his luck didn’t stop there as he also landed a lovely 21lb spurdog in very deep water using whole coalfish for bait.

There is a Status Orange Wind Warning in effect at the moment for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford

Southwest winds later veering westerly will increase 65 to 80 km/h overnight and will gust 110 to 130 km/h at times. The strongest winds mainly in northern and western coastal areas.

Counties Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary have a Status Yellow warning with Southwest winds later veering westerly will increase 50 to 65 km/h overnight and will gust 100 to 110 km/h at times.

Anglers are reminded that because of flooding care needs to be taken on river banks as they can easily give way.

We wish you a good weekend and remember what Ernest Hemingway said “My big fish must be somewhere.”

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

Nancy Hearne

Catch, Photo, Release

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Corner of the Blackwater
Corner of the Blackwater where the Drowes C & R salmon was caught.