Declan Gibbons reports on another improvement in fishing on Corrib over the last week.
In the Oughterard area on Saturday last the Oughterard Regatta Committee hosted the Martin Molloy Cup with the proceeds of the competition going to a very worthy cause – the James Kelly Fund; James is from Oughterard and suffering from Lyme Disease and is currently undergoing treatment for his illness in the USA. Lyme is an illness all anglers and outdoor enthusiasts should make themselves aware of and educate themselves on the matter. On the day 69 anglers took part, recording 27 trout in the competition which saw Paddy Kinneavy, Cornamona take 1st place with 3 trout for 3.06kg; 2nd place went to Galway angler Harold O’Toole with 3 trout for 2.38kg, 3rd place went to Corrnamona angler Tom Doc Sullivan with 3 trout for 2.14kg, 4th place went to Mikey Molloy Oughterard with 2 trout (Mikey was also Heaviest Fish Prize Winner with a trout of 1.00kg) and 5th place went to Conor Higgins, Oughterard with 2 trout for 1.84kg, Conor was also Best Junior angler on the day.
Staying in the Oughterard area Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reports of John Gilmore from Enniskillen and Glenn McGivern, Belfast having 3 fish on dry sedges for their trip mid week to Corrib with the best fish being 2.25lbs. Also midweek James Martin had 7 fish on daphnia, all averaging 1.25lbs and on Saturday last Peter Boyle had 4 fish on dry sedges with the best fish being 4lbs.
Larry McCarthy of Corrib View Lodge http://www.corribangling.com reports a huge improvement in fishing over the last few days at Corrib View Lodge. Larry guided Tom Chamberlain and his friend Tim from Wales and boated 11 trout from 1.75lbs up to 4.5lbs in 3 days. Frank Reilly fished with David Kidd over 2 days and boated 8 trout ranging in size from 1.5lbs up to 3lbs. Larry says the notable improvement has been in the amount of rising fish to small sedge and olive patterns. The Greenfields, Lisloughery and Curraghrevagh areas have been the most productive areas for guests at the lodge.
Ted Wherry of Mayfly Lodge Ballynalty Bay (087-4305957) reports reasonably good fishing in the area and enjoyed a good afternoon during the week with sedges, buzzer and olives showing and keeping fish near the surface. On Friday last Galway angler Harold O’Toole had 5 fish on the Lower Corrib all between 2 and 3lbs on dry fly.
On Sunday last The Annaghdown Angling Club hosted The Paddy Cunningham Cup which saw 8 anglers participate and 5 anglers recorded 5 fish. In 1st place was Ronan Sweeney Galway with a fish of 1.45kgs, 2nd place went to Cork angler James Sexton with a fish of 1.40kgs and in 3rd was Cork angler Adrian Lynch with a fish of .85kgs.
It has been brought to our attention that a lot of anglers have been observed lately without any lifejacket or personal flotation device. While this is not just unsafe, indeed reckless, it is also illegal. It is the law that all passengers in a small boat must wear a lifejacket or PFD at all times. Please folks, remember to wear it and don’t be another statistic!