Ronan Cusack reports on some excellent angling from Mask this week, as the duckfly make their first appearance of 2017. Westport brothers Colin and Ronan Gibbons had a fantastic day’s sport on Sunday last, landing 10 trout on wets in the Tourmakeady area. All trout were over 13 inches and returned to the water. Joe Fitzharris and Paul McEwan from Ballyhaunis had 4 nice fish on Tuesday (best fish 1.75lbs, all returned). Joe fished again on Friday with John Munroe from Partry and they had a further 7 (best fish 1.5lbs, all returned).
Sean Maloney from Ballinrobe had a good week this week reporting fish on every outing. Sean’s best day so far was Tuesday last where he finished with 4 trout (best fish 3.5lbs). Malcolm Naughton and fishing partner JJ Hannon from Loughrea had 11 on Sunday (best fish 2.5lbs, all returned). Kevin Beattie and Ray Broughton from Ballinrobe have been out most days this week and reported excellent sport pulling dark wet flies on slow intermediate lines.
Anglers have reported some trout being a bit thin or “slatty”, which is normal at this time of year, so they are asked to allow these fish time to mend and return them to the water.
The water level and clarity is excellent at the moment, so if you’re looking for a bit of sport over St Patrick’s weekend “Mask is the place to be” according to Ronan!