Declan Gibbons reports on fishing on Corrib, where trout are providign great late season sport for many anglers. Conditions have been tough for much of the week, with unseasonably wet and cool weather, but anglers have still managed to land plenty of fish.
In the Greenfields area on Friday last the Galway Garda Angling Club hosted a competition in which 8anglers participated. 1st place went to Peter McGuinness with 3fish for 4.75lbs; 2nd place went to Bob Bradley with 1fish for 1.75lbs, and in third place was Mick Bradley with 1fish for 1.25lbs. Staying in the Greenfields area, on Friday last Sean Naughton from Kilbannon, Tuam had 3fish on wets for his days fishing with his best fish being 5.5lbs! On Saturday last, also in the Greenfields area Ennis anglers Pappy Cotter and Brian McInerney had a fish each on wets, both averaging 1.5lbs.
On Wednesday last Bert Dennedy and Richard Kelly, both from Knock enjoyed a day’s dapping out from Cong in the Inchagoill area, landing 3fish – Bert having a fish of 2lbs and Richard having 2fish with the best being 3lbs.
On Thursday last John Somerville, Cornamona and Stephen Lydon, Cong enjoyed a day’s fishing in the Cornamona area landing 3 nice fish on wet flies, with Stephen landing the best of the fish all sportingly released.
John also fished on Saturday landing two keepers – best fish 2lbs – on wet flies and a few smaller fish, all sportingly released.
In the Oughterard area Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reports good fishing on Corrib for the week gone by. Jim Cope from the USA had 17 fish for 3 days, all on Daphnia. Larry Kelly from Dublin had 15 fish for 3days, all on Daphnia. Michael Keane from Wicklow had 9 fish on Thursday last, also on Daphnia. Brothers Jerome Mullane, Newcastle West and Pat Mullane Charleville had 6fish for two days on sedges. John Malcolm from Newtownards, NI had 8 fish for two days fishing- 6 on wets and 2 on dries.
Corrib View Lodge (www.corribangling.com) reports that fishing was difficult last week with wind and rain. However a party of 5 anglers visiting from the UK had an average of 4 to 5 fish each day, which considering 3 of the party had no experience was a very good return. The best fish for their week weighed 4lb 8oz. Malcolm Patrick and Ian McKenzie both fished over 4 days and returned several nice fish between 1.5lbs and 2lbs. Paul Mott, guiding from the lodge on Wednesday boated a fine fish of over 4lbs in the Ballindiff area on dry fly. Best areas were Greenfields, Inchagoill and Ballindiff. Dry fly was the most productive method.