Ronan Cusack reports the changeable weather on Mask over the last week resulted in mixed angling reports. The early part of last week brought bright sunshine and soft winds, which was closely followed by a drop in temperatures and strong westerly winds on Saturday. The heat and light winds returned again on Sunday and Monday making angling a bit of a challenge.

John Webb and Mike Donaghy made their annual pilgrimage from Scotland to Mask last week and had some excellent sport on wets and dries with Ronan Cusack. The most memorable day of the trip was midweek in a light breeze and bright sun. The lads managed 9 good fish on dries, 2 of which were taken off the shore during lunch (best fish on the day 3lbs; all returned).

John Webb stalks a feeding fish during lunch
John Webb stalks a feeding fish during lunch
Success!
Success!

The same could be said for the windier days with catches reaching double figures each day on wets. UK visitor John Young fished wets with Ronan Cusack on Saturday in stormy conditions and they had 10 trout for the day (best fish 3lbs; all returned).

John Young with a nice 3lbs Mask trout, May 2017
John Young with a nice 3lbs Mask trout, May 2017

 

Local Ballinrobe anglers Tommy Foley and Tim Hannon had a red letter day last week by boating 19 trout on a combination of wets and dries (best fish 2.5lbs; all returned). Local guide Declan Gibbons fished wets with John McCarthy for a day this week and they had 4 good fish plus numerous undersized for their day (best fish 4lbs; all returned).