Declan Gibbons reports that sport on Corrib has really taken off lately.

The Lower Corrib Area is fishing well to buzzer and the Upper Corrib is fishing well to olives and mayflies.


In the Cornamona area The Cornamona & District Anglers Association hosted their Annual C&R Competition in Aid of The Galway Hospice, 60 Anglers recorded 145 fish with an average length of 38cms. winners on the day Mike Coyne & TJ Carroll with 13 fish for their day on wet flies. Longest Fish was 51cms and there was a tie for this category with Mike Keady & Cormac Dunleavy sharing the Prize.

Competitors in the Cornamona Pairs competition prior to setting off.
Competitors in the Cornamona competition prior to setting off.


Cornamona C&R Hospice Competition Pairs Winners TJ Carroll & Mike Coyne (centre ) with Club Officers
Cornamona C&R Hospice Competition Pairs Winners TJ Carroll & Mike Coyne (centre ) with Club Officers

Staying in the Cornamona area Tom Doc Sullivan reports good fishing for the week gone by with Rory McCabe from Wicklow landing 4 fish on Friday last, John Mullins had 4 fish for his day.

Peter Cox from Dublin had 5 fish on dry olives for his day on Corrib and Richie Johnston had a lovely fish of 3Lbs on a golden olive bumble.

In the Oughterard area Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge 091-552550 reports of reasonably good angling and with weather conditions becoming more favourable predicting the angling to match it, all fish caught at the Lodge for the week were caught on olives and buzzer, On Easter Monday Mike Murphy from Shannon had 3 fish for his day, Jack Kingcade from Northern Ireland had 7 fish on Wednesday last with the best fish being 52cms. Thursday Martin Mullane had 2 fish for his outing and on Sunday Mark Kinnane had 2 fish for 7Lbs, Joe Murray had 1 fish for 3Lbs and Shannon angler Glen O Connell also had 1 fish for 3Lbs.

Staying in the area Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Bay Boat Hire, Guiding & Self Catering 087-9604170  also reports of good angling in the area. On Monday last John Broadbent from Donegal had 3 fish on wets with the best fish being 2.5Lbs, On Friday last Kevin himself had 5 fish on wets from 1.5Lbs up to 3Lbs, On Saturday Kevin along with his Brother Eamon landed 2 fish with the best fish being 5Lbs. On Sunday last Jim Fitzsimons and his 2 Sons were trolling and landed 2 fish averaging a pound and both returned. Midlands angler Ian had 2 fish on the fly and Richard & Hugh McGuire had 7 fish for their day on Corrib with fish varying in size from a 1Lbs to 3Lbs.

In the Cong area Caolan McDonnell landed a superb fish of 9lbs on the dap.

Richard Molloy from Ballard Shore Boat Hire & Self Catering (tel. +353 87 2879339) reported that Joe Duff and a friend landed 10 fish to the boat in the Cornamona area, including 4 fish over 4lbs (all released).

Mary Miller from Lough Corrib Fly Fishing (tel.+353 (0) 89 4507 213) was also in touch with a great photo of Paul Smithson, who landed a fine 6lb 5oz trout while out with boatman Greg O’Donoghue. The fish took a size 12 epoxy buzzer in Ballindiff Bay. Mary reports that buzzer has been attracting plenty of fish, but wetfly fishing with mayfly patterns is also producing fish.

Paul Smithson with a fine Corrib trout
Paul Smithson with a fine Corrib trout