Padraig Carroll reports from the mid-Shannon region:

As the days cool down and the fish start to feed more there is some great fishing mid- Shannon near Banagher with some specimen roach popping up and mixed bags of double figure weights being caught with ease on the feeder rod with maggot fished 1/3 the way out.

Gerry Carroll with a fine fish

Some great fishing is to be had on the grand canal on all stretches with regular double figure mixed bags of bream, roach  tench and hybrids showing up every time, methods being used are pole, waggler and feeder fishing with maggots and corn over big beds of groundbait.

A fine canal tench

Some of our younger anglers got to reel in their first fish – Kristof Molnar caught his first ever pike at Shannon Harbour!

Kristof Molnar pictured with his first pike on dead bait at Shannon Harbour
Another canal tench

A great sight to see on a couple of occasions along the river Shannon, Grandfather’s teaching grandchildren how to coarse fish! What better way to spend a few hours than passing on the pastime of a lifetime – these will be long cherished memories for Harry and Thomas at Portumna with Granddad Philip Smith and also for Jack who fished at  Shannonbridge with Granddad Sean McKeown.

Philip Smith with grandchildren Harry and Thomas at Portumna


Sean Mc Keown with grandson Jack at the hotwater stretch, Shannonbridge

Indeed, anglers travelled from far and wide to get a piece of the action – Joe, Joe jr and Kristin Bisagna from New York got to try some pike fishing on the river Shannon at Portumna while visiting Ireland on holiday.

Joe, Joe jnr and Kristin Bisagna from New York