Ronan Cusack reports from Lough Mask.
Tension is building around Lough Mask as the ITFFA Spring international approaches in a few days. The four teams have arrived in good spirits and are busy preparing for the big event. The two official practice days are on Wednesday / Thursday with the competition being held on Friday. Conditions over the past few days have been mainly windy with a mix of sunshine and rain. Overall the fishing has been very good, with fish being caught on a variety of methods.
Ballinrobe & District Anglers held the annual David Walsh Memorial Cup on Sunday last, which was run on a catch-and-release basis. This competition is a pairs event and was supported by 78 anglers on the day. First place went to Aidan Heffernan from Kildare and Peter McKenna from Sligo with 11 trout measuring 386cm. Second place went to David Egan from Ennis and Seamus Kelly from Ballina with 9 fish measuring 295 cm. Third positions went to Ronan Cusack Ballinrobe and Eddy Harte from Sligo with 6 trout measuring 215cm. Stephen Browne from Lough Conn won the longest fish prise, with a trout of 56cm. Aidan Heffernan also won the best individual Ballinrobe angler.
Regular visitor to Mask Martin McCoy had 7 good trout on Saturday last on a mix of wets and dries.
Olive hatches over the past week have been quite good with the warmer days producing the bigger hatches.