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A good pollack on a shad at Courtmacsherry

It has been a quiet week for angling in Ireland as the unsettled weather of the last week developed into Storm Diana. Tomorrow sees the official start of Winter and the countdown to Christmas begin in earnest…

Coarse anglers on the River Bann at the weekend enjoyed good fishing with catches to a very impressive 40lb recorded in competition.

Our pike angling news is from competitions also. Tough fishing was reported from a boat competition on Lough Deravarragh. Meanwhile a shore based event fished at Blessington had 19 pike to nearly 17lb landed.

In sea angling news we have reports of bass to over 10lb from the shore at Courtmacsherry along with good catches from charter boats. Shore anglers in Donegal report that the winter species are now dominating their catches.

Salmon angling regulations for 2019 are in draft form and can be reviewed at the following link. Closing date for observations or objections is 13 December 2018.


Finally, all water users along the River Shannon are reminded to take precautions after confirmation of an outbreak of Crayfish Plague (which kills native freshwater White-clawed Crayfish) on a stretch of the Al River. This river is one of the main tributaries to the River Shannon in Athlone and flows westerly, entering the Shannon downstream of the weir. More information here Water users urged to take precautions to limit an outbreak of Crayfish Plague confirmed on Al River, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

And now the weather…

Another storm has blown through and in its place we have had pretty wet conditions. Tomorrow will be damp and cool and the outlook is for unsettled weather with showers or spells of rain at times over the weekend. It will turn colder with some frosty nights during the early days of next week. Who’s watching the “Toy show” tonight?

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

Myles Kelly
Catch, Photo, Release

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