Ronan Cusack reports excellent wetfly fishing on Mask this week as strong southerly winds freshened things up over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Garda Trout and Salmon Anglers held a competition on a very wet and windy Lough Mask on Thursday last. Twenty members from all across the country battled it out for the much coveted O’Connor/Prendergast Cup. First place went to John Donoghue with 4 fish for 4.06lbs. In second place was Damien Barron with 2 fish for 4.02lbs and in third position was Barry Carolan with 4 fish for 3.15lbs. A total of 26 trout over 13” were weighed in and numerous undersize released unharmed which is a good rod average for wild trout fishing.

Conor O’Mahony and his son Kyle from Partry enjoyed some good sport on wet-flies for a few hours along the Northern half of Mask on Monday last. The lads finished with 3 good trout and returned a few undersize. Kieran Biggins and Ronan Cusack also fished on Monday last and they had 10 keepers for the day (best fish 1.75lbs all returned).

A very happy Kyle O’Mahony
A very happy Kyle O’Mahony


Local angler Gerry O’Brien guided for 2 UK anglers on Friday and Saturday last. The lads had 16 trout for the 2 days (best fish 1.5lbs all returned). Eddie Shanagher and Kevin Hehir from Ennis had a good day on Saturday last. They finished with 7 good fish on a combination of wets and dries. The lads said they also met several undersize trout throughout the day.

The forecast for the coming week is for more unsettled weather so Mask is definitely worth a look.