Markus Müller, Angling Information Manager with IFI Ballina office reports from the River Moy:
With over 600 salmon reported caught, the River Moy saw another excellent week. Fresh fish were present throughout the system and were mostly in the 3 lbs. to 6 lbs. bracket. However, a number of bigger fish, well into double figures, were also caught.
On the Ridge Pool, Paul Leonard, Limerick, caught his first ever salmon (3 lbs. on fly), while Javier Gomez, Spain, had two fish at 4.5 lbs. and 6 lbs. respectively also on fly. John McKinley, Athlone, scored on the Weir Pool with two grilse averaging 4.25 lbs. and Brian Fleming from Northern Ireland caught a nice 7.5 lbs. fish on the Cathedral Beat.
A proud Paul Leonard, Limerick with his first ever salmon caught on the Ridge Pool
US angler, Allison Lepping had a fine 13.8 lbs. salmon on Mount Falcon, while Gilles Boudier enjoyed excellent fishing on Armstrong’s with bubble & fly. The Frenchman landed 3 fish, best a cracking 16 lbs. salmon! Double figure fish were also caught by Jeff Wyles on Gannon’s (10 lbs. on spinner) and Tom Carthew, Cork, on the Foxford Fishery (11.25 lbs. also on spinner). With over 100 fish reported, the Foxford Salmon Anglers’ waters provided excellent sport for local and visiting anglers alike.
Thierry Coulm also reported very good fishing during the week for a group of French angles on Cloongee. Amongst the successful anglers were Alain Bordessoule with 5 fish weighing between 4 lbs. and 7 lbs. and Freddy Turbin, who had 4 fish also between 4 lbs. and 7 lbs. Anglers on the East Mayo water also experienced fantastic fishing. Jo-Ann Rhodes from Foxford had a fine fourteen pounder on spinner, while Rubin Legros, France, caught 6 fish over two days, best at 9 lbs. also on spinner.
Some of the successful French anglers on Cloongee (f.l.t.r.: Alain Bordessoule , Freddy Turbin, Thierry Coulm)
Fisheries Information Manager
Iascach Intíre Éireann
Inland Fisheries Ireland, Ballina