River Suir Salmon #CPRsavesfish

The blazing hot sunshine continued all this week with temperatures hitting 26C in some places. There were thundery showers at times that invariable impacted on angling, but on the whole its been a pretty good week – if a bit bright at times for fishing(!).

Salmon anglers are no different to any other fishermen when it comes to sunshine, but nonetheless some great fish were caught this week, particularly from the River Suir and Munster Blackwater. The Lee and west Cork rivers all need water and so fishing has been slow in the county. Kerry fared much the same but some salmon were met on Lough Currane. The grilse run is starting to build at the Galway Fishery and the drop of rain seen over the Erriff at the weekend saw a small jump in catches there. The Moy catch was down to 148 salmon which was not surprising given the conditions and Carrowmore managed to produce a few fish even in the sunny weather.

Another Corrib beauty illuminated by the early morning sunlight
Another Corrib beauty illuminated by the early morning sunlight

The late spring and sudden summer seem to have conspired to produce a very unsatisfactory mayfly season. Many lakes have seen trout move to the abundant coarse fish fry, affecting even the evening fishing. One lake that has bucked the trend a little is Arrow which is still producing good spent fishing. Good hatches of caenis on Corrib have seen the fly angler catered for there, as long as he gets up early enough. To put the early morning advantage in context, Larry McCarthy, starting at 4.30am and  finishing before most anglers hit the lake, in one 5 day period boated and returned 84 trout. Olives and buzzer continue to provide sport for the more relaxed anglers.

A happy Bob Nudd with his final day catch
A happy Bob Nudd with his final day catch

Four Times World Champion Bob Nudd came from 7th position on the final day to win the Ballinamore Lakeland Festival last weekend. Bob is one of the biggest fans of Irish angling festivals and is back fishing the Arvagh Festival this week. We also have reports from the 2018 International Coarse Fishing Festival fished in Longford, the Frank Holding Memorial fished on the Grand Canal in Kildare and the CM Lakelands 3 Day Festival.

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A big fly caught pike is released on Lough Derg #CPRsavesfish

Pike angling tends to slow down at this time of year, but Lough Derg’s fish have yet to look for the off switch. Some incredible catches were reported in the last week with as many 5 fish over 1m in a day to one guide alone. Dutch anglers in Longford also beat the odds to produce some good pike in the sunny weather.

1.7 meter Blue Shark for David Edwards onboard Tigger. Ireland’s first reported blue shark for 2018. #CPRsavesfish

Catch of the Week goes to charter boat skipper David Edwards. David had the Tigger out for a spin last Thursday and not far from Clonakilty he hooked and landed the first blue shark of the year. It’s been a lovely few days for sea anglers marked by specimens and special fish. On the east coast smooth hounds to specimen size were caught along with black bream and more. Bluemouths featured in catches of one Kerry charter boat. Another boat in Clare had both common skate and the much more uncommon white skate. Sometimes the Catch of the Week could be won over and over on just one day!

And now the weather…

The forecast from Met Eireann tells us it will be warm again tomorrow with highs of 19 to 23 degrees. Largely dry with hazy sunshine for the morning but further heavy and thundery showers will occur during the afternoon and evening. Warm in the early days of next week, especially in the southern half of the country and there will be a good deal of dry weather, with some scattered showers, most of them on Sunday. Indications are that it will become cooler and changeable from midweek. Well, it was fun while it lasted.

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Myles Kelly
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