Declan Gibbons reports on the opening of the season on Lough Corrib. After a mild winter, anglers were optimistic for early sport, and were well rewarded with plump trout that have wintered well.

Opening day in the Cornamona area saw good angling had by a number of anglers, with Kevin Kerrigan getting his season off to an excellent start landing 5 fish  – best 3.25lbs, all on wet fly and all released.  Peter Walsh had 3 fish for his day, as well as Cormac Dunleavy and Eamon Gavin landing a fish each, all released with anglers enjoying a customary cook up on one of the islands.

 

Cornamona Anglers enjoying a good lunch on Opening Day
Cornamona Anglers enjoying a good lunch on Opening Day

 

Connacht Predator Anglers on Sunday hosted “Trout Master” catch-photo-release competition on Lough Corrib out of Greenfields, which you can read about here . In total 16 trout, 4 pike and a bonus salmon were caught and safely released again, including the longest fish, a cracking trout of 61cm.

Membership open to all to join contact Colin Rickard 0861710466/ Frank Carthy 0868656409 or email [email protected]

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Opening day saw Collinamuck & District Anglers host their opening day competition – the Langan Cup – in which 8 boats participated and 35 fish were caught. 1st place went to John & Frank Butler (again!) with 8 fish for 25lbs, 2nd place went to Mike Keady, Martin Walsh & Tommy O’Loughlin with 8 fish for 22lbs and 3rd place went to Noel Carter and Paddy O’Farrell who had 7 fish for 20lbs. Heaviest Fish went to Conor Hynes, a pike of 7.5lbs.

Cong Anglers had their opening day get together, with 11 boats and 20 anglers out for the day. Robbie Conneely had the heaviest fish at 2.9lbs, with members returning to Lydon’s Lodge for their annual opening day get together where members had an enjoyable evening and meal.

 

Robbie Conneely won the prize for Heaviest Fish in Cong Anglers opening day competition.
Robbie Conneely won the prize for Heaviest Fish in Cong Anglers opening day competition.

 

Patrick Molloy (http://www.pmacfishing.com 0879828438) enjoyed a good opening day landing 4 fish for 14lbs, and on Sunday Patrick & Padraig Fahy had 6 fish with an average of 2lbs, all on the Bricin.

Galway anglers & brothers Harold and Kenny O’Toole on Friday last & Sunday landed 22 trout with two over 5lbs spinning Rapalas on the lower Corrib, ranging in size from 1.75 to 5.25lbs, all released apart from two fish.

Opening day in Oughterard saw the club there host their opening day competition, with Gareth Little taking 1st place with 4 fish for 9lbs. 2nd place went to Gerry Molloy, Kevin Molloy & Emmett McGloin with 4 fish for just under 9lbs, & 3rd Place went to Mark Colton & Darren Curran with a bag weighing 8lbs.

Kevin Molloy Guiding (tel. 0879604170) reports of Jasper Matthews and Friend Ian enjoying opening day with 5 fish and the best being 5.5lbs.

 

Overall it has started off very promising, with fish in great condition and coming to all methods. We wish all the anglers on Corrib a very successful season!