Emma Stanley tells us that pike fishing is continuing to remain popular in the area of late with a good number of boats still out on Lough Derg on Sunday the 1st of October.  Sizes being caught range from 15lbs to 25lbs .

Elsewhere along the lower Shannon Dónán Mac Domhnaill reports on a recent trip with his son…

Under request from a 7 year old that “hey dad I want to catch a pike“ the quest was set. A quick call to my brother and friend we set off and launched the boat from Banagher and traveled down the Shannon fishing a few holes where the bait fish were holding with no joy. We then pulled into a backwater off an island down towards Portumna . And as luck would have we had a double hook up resulting in two lovely pike one for the 7 year old, Domhnall (with a little help from his uncle FIONN). The pike was about 13lb and measured 96cm. It had taken a ledgered Joey mackerel.

Dónán ( left) Domhnall ( middle) Fionn (right )

The other was about 16lb (98cm) and was taken on float fished Joey mackerel . It’s very satisfying using bait which had had caught out off greystones along with some herring the week before . We also had a visit from IFI Fisheries officers and it is great to see their presence on the water to keep an eye on this magnificent river. The funny thing is about twenty years ago we had a 31lb pike out of the same swim . The Shannon lives on !!

96cm pike