Declan Gibbons reports on another fine week of fishing on Lough Corrib.
Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge http://www.corribangling.com reports another busy week on the lake. Ian McKenzie and Malcom Patrick from England fished with Larry over four days and boated 12 trout between 2lbs and 3.5lbs on small dry olives in the Ballynalty and Greenfields areas. Paul Richardson staying at the lodge fished with Paddy Kinneavy for a day and they boated 5 fish in the Inchagoill area, 3 of which weighed 2lbs, all on wet flies. Benjamin and Eddie Fourcader visiting from Montpellier fished for two days and caught 5 trout up to 1.75lbs on dry sedge patterns.
Staying in the Greenfields area on Tuesday to Thursday last the 2018 Police International was hosted by An Garda Síochána on Lough Corrib. The competing police teams were from Ireland, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, with 76 rods participating. Good angling was had over the three days with the first two days practice days and the third day being Competition day which was run on a Catch & Release basis.
The winners for this year’s competition was the host team, An Garda Síochána recording 21 fish for 743cms. Second place went to Team Scotland recording 11 fish for 428cms, and third place went to Team Northern Ireland recording 11 fish for 409cms. Top Individual Rod went to Bob Bradley of the Irish Team recording 6 fish for 203cms. Best Fish went to Wales competitor Graham Anthony with a fish of 46cms.
Also in the Greenfields area on Sunday last the Headford & Corrib Anglers hosted the Andrew Egan Memorial Cup with 24 rods participating and 10 fish landed. Winner on the day was Sean Naughton with 4 fish for 9lbs.
In the Oughterard area Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (tel. 091 552550) reports a quieter week gone by but those that did head out fishing were rewarded with some excellent bags of fish. Cork duo Robbie Crichton and Colin Murray had 12 fish for their outing on Sunday last with the best being 1.75lbs. Ian Machette and Ronnie McIntyre from Northern Ireland had excellent sport for two days landing 18 fish.
Staying in the Oughterard area Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Bay Boat Hire, Guiding & Self Catering (tel. 087 960 4170) reports on Northern Ireland anglers Hugo Frew and Shane Meharg on Tuesday landing 8 fish on wet and dry fly patterns, and on Thursday landing 9 fish varying in size from 1-2.5lbs. Kevin himself fished on Saturday for half a day and had 2 trout on wets, and on Tuesday (9 September) he had 4 fish – best fish being 1.75lbs.
In the Birchall area on Sunday last Galway Lough Corrib Club hosted the Malachy Hanley Memorial Cup with 23 rods participating. The winner on the day was Mark Regan, Moycullen with 5 fish for 8.35lbs (extra fish over the bag limit were counted at 1lb, Mark weighed in 4 fish for 7.35lbs). Mike Costello was 2nd, with 3 fish for 5.9lbs, with Richard King 3rd with 4 fish for 5.45lbs. The Heaviest Fish Winner was Dorrie Gibbons from Cong with a fish of 2.7lbs.
On Sunday last the Annaghdown Club hosted the Michael Kavanagh Shield in which 19 rods participated and 9 fish were weighed in. First place went to Ronan Sweeney with 2 fish for 1.1kg, second place went to Anthony Ryan with 2 fish for 1kg and third place went to Kenny O’Toole with 1 fish for 0.9kg. Kenny also won the Heaviest Fish prize.