Rene Bieniek with a cracker of 106 cm
Rene Bieniek with a cracker of 106 cm is Catch of the Week winner

Ophelia wrought destruction across much of Ireland on Monday and there has been little to report on since it passed on. The weekend leading up to the storm was quiet in terms of weather and there was not much angling activity either…

There are final reports in from Lough Sheelin and Lough Currane which were both busy at times during the final days of the game season. Competitions marked the last day of trout season on Sheelin, but sea trout anglers recorded a blank on Currane.

Junior Feeder Championships
Junior Feeder Championships

Congratulations to to Charlie Richards (U15) and James O’Doherty (U25) who are the 2017 NCFFI Junior All Ireland Feeder Champions. The competition was fished on Lough Sillan at the weekend where the angling was not easy. Munster Coarse Anglers fished their first leg of their Winter League at O’Briens Bridge on Sunday. The venue fished well with anglers recording double figure weights on pole and whip.

There more reports of good pike fishing in the Longford area as 4 German anglers reported good sport with plenty of pike in the 80s and 90s with the biggest fish making 106cm.

In Westport 75 deep sea anglers, from all over the UK and Ireland, aboard seven boats, fished the two day Helm Skate Festival at the start of October. This catch and release competition is scored in a unique manner that makes for very entertaining awards ceremony. So it was that Sean Fahey, Westport and his “White Water II” skipper Darragh McGee received a loud roar when their record-breaking width of 230cm was announced.

More stormy weather is in store for Ireland and its anglers this weekend. On Friday potential for mean wind speeds of 50 to 60km/h and gusts of 90 to 110km/h, especially in coastal counties. Saturday is to be a wet and windy day with strong and gusty westerly winds and heavy squally showers. Highest temperatures of 11 to 13 degrees and feeling cold in the wind and rain. The weather will improve for Sunday. Although the day will still be fairly breezy the showers will be far more scattered and it will be dry and bright much of the time. Highs of 11 to 14 degrees. More general rain spreading eastwards Sunday night and the weather will continue unsettled with further rain or showers during the week.

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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