Captain’s Bay, Lough Sheelin


Wet, windy, showery, blustery etc… just about sums up most of the past week. Autumn is known as the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, but Atlantic fronts, and even an ex-hurricane, dominated the weather over the last week, with big ocean swells making boat fishing all but impossible, although shore anglers gathered for the Master Angler event in Co. Sligo enjoyed a fruitful weekend.

Lough Currane is one of the few venues still open for a couple more days sea trout fishing, and it produced a few fish in tough conditions this week. Salmon and sea trout fisheries around the country are mostly closed now, and we’d like to remind you to return your logbook and unused tags to Inland Fisheries Ireland using the business reply envelope supplied with your licence, or you can drop them into any of our offices around the country.

Most trout fisheries are also closed, but you can still fish Sheelin until October 12th, and indeed excellent fishing can be had at this time of year, with a great report from Brenda Montgomery this week. Our Catch of the Week again goes to Sheelin, with Dylan Ennis and his winning 7lbs 8oz fish at the LSTPA competition on the 5th.


Catch of the Week - Dylan Ennis, Moate with his 7lbs 8oz trout
Catch of the Week – Dylan Ennis, Moate with his 7lbs 8oz trout


Pike fishing can be superb at this time of year, and there was good fishing had at the annual competition for Crumlin Hospital on Lough Gowna, while Brendan Sharkey reports great fishing in the Sligo/Roscommon area, and tourist anglers are enjoying excellent fly fishing for pike in Longford, with several fish to over 100cm.



There were few coarse angling reports in, with inclement weather and high water levels making for uncomfortable fishing. However, there was good fishing for those who braved the weather at the Carrigallen Festival, with winner Kevin Johnson weighing in a very respectable 30.25kgs.


On the coastline, shore angling was the order of the day this week, with boat fishing mostly out of action due to the weather. Over 70 of the country’s top shore anglers made their way to Sligo for a weekend of stiff competition over 3 sessions, with the coveted Master Angler title at stake. Despite the swell after Hurricane Lorenzo, the venues proved fishable and produced plenty of fish for a good test of skill. Congrats to the winners Des Farrelly and Tracey Whelan on becoming national champions!

Mens and Ladies Master Anglers Des Farrelly and Tracey Whelan with the coveted trophies
Mens and Ladies Master Anglers Des Farrelly and Tracey Whelan with the coveted trophies


Reminder: The 10th Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show 2019

Ireland’s biggest fly-fishing extravaganza will again feature the largest group of fly tyers and game angling stands under one roof. A host of the greatest fly dressers, fly casters and angling celebrities from all over the globe will once again gather at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salthill, to participate in the 10th Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show. On the 9th and 10thof November, visitors will come from all over the world to this celebrated event. They will have the opportunity to see some of the finest fly dressers from around the world practice their art, while champion fly casters will be available to demonstrate and advise on fly casting techniques and fishing tactics. Find out more at: The 10th Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show 2019.



And now the weather…

It looks like a mixed bag again this week, with today and tomorrow possibly the best days for fishing, with bright spells and some showers. The rest of the week looks pretty unsettled, with Atlantic fronts bringing rain and wind at times, but at least we can say there won’t be any frost.

Safe fishing to all this weekend and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

Kevin Crowley
Catch, Photo, Release

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