Declan Gibbons reports from Corrib, where most guides and guest houses reported a quieter week on the angling front, with only this week remaining in the 2019 season.
Starting off in the Greenfields area – on Sunday last the Braithreach Na Coiribe hosted the Tony Tighe Classic (Heaviest Fish), in which 66 anglers recorded 28 fish for 57.5lbs. 1st place went to Loughrea Angler William Cullinane with a fish of 3.35lbs, 2nd place went to Philip Comber with a fish of 3.25lbs, 3rd place went to John Burke with a fish of 3.20lbs and 4th place went to Sue Kidby with a fish of 3.15lbs. The combined boat prize went to Philip Comber and Darren Hornibrooke with 3 fish for 7.5lbs.
In the Cong area John Joe Mullen was fishing with his Niece Maura Keavney from Tuam when Maura caught her first fish, a fine Corrib trout of 5.5lbs while trolling.
Ted Wherry of Mayfly Lodge Ballynalty (087-4305957) reports reasonable fishing activity to dry olives in the Lime Island and Ballynalty areas where he guided Andrew Wain from Lincolnshire, England and Richard Robinson most days for the week and had fish each outing.
In the Cornamona area John Somerville and Ian Edgar had 4 fish for two and a half days with the best being 2.5lbs on Bumbles and Dabblers in the Cornamona and Inchagoill areas.
In the Oughterard area Basil Shields of Ardnasillagh Lodge (091-552550) reports a tough week’s angling on Corrib with some anglers finding conditions and catching challenging – those fortunate enough to record catches were as follows: Matt Baker visiting from England had 1 fish on dry fly on Tuesday last at 3lbs. Larry Kelly from Dublin had 3 fish for 3 days with the best fish being 3lbs, all on dries. Ronan Meghan, Wicklow had 2 fish of 3 lbs each on wets on Saturday, on Sunday Nessan Kelly from Wicklow had 1 fish of 4lbs on dry fly, and John and Michael Shiels, Wicklow had 3 fish – best fish 2.5lbs on dries.
Staying in the Oughterard area with Kevin Molloy of Baurisheen Bay Boat Hire, Guiding and Self Catering (087-9604170): On Monday last Kevin guided Ulli and Roland and caught 1 trout of 3.5lbs trolling. On Tuesday Kevin guided French angler Pierre Perry and landed a 9lbs trout trolling, on Friday he guided a visiting German angler and landed a trout of 4.5lbs trolling and on Sunday he guided 2 Dutch anglers and landed 2 fish on wets, best fish 2.5lbs. Also on Sunday David McLoughlin and friend had 2 trout on wets averaging 1.5lbs. Galway angler Harold O’Toole reported reasonable fishing on dry sedges and olives in the Lower Corrib area.