Mick Flanagan reports on the predator fishing trip on Lough Ennell…


Ennell perch

I had the please of meeting Tom O’Connor and his son Calam last week. The lads are from Indianapolis, Indiana in the U.S.A. Calam has being in Ireland the past 6-7 months working, and is remaining here for a few more he told me. He has travelled quite a bit of Ireland, and visited Westmeath a few times taking in Fore Abbey, the Friary in Multyfarnham. This time around when dad Tom dropped over it was for a day’s fishing, as back home Tom is nuts on fishing and shooting.

Tom and Callam with their pike

Ennell was our chosen lake and we enjoyed a few cracking hours but only managed a few perch and one nice pike. The lads were very impressed the beautiful scenery across Ennell, and also the Mullingar Park Hotel where they stayed.


It’s amazing how nature looks’ after its self, and as soon as the Duck Fly started to appear on Ennell our Swallows arrived. Plus the Gulls were eagerly waiting this bonanza of food. Under the water surface the perch had also homed in on hatching Duck- Fly, and the Ennell trout were showing an interest in surface feeding. Last Sunday Pat Liddy of Mullingar Golf Club was spinning for pike, and one of the bigger Ennell trout hammered his pike lure.

Pat’s trout took a lure meant for pike

This does happen at times, and spinning Lures instead of trolling is starting to produce more trout .It’s not just Ennell, we are told Sheelin, and Ree has produced cracking trout for anglers spinning a variety of soft and hard lures.

Michael Flanagan
Midland Angling

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