It was another very wet week as the classic Irish summer reigned supreme. Over the past seven days, rainfall amounts were above average, well above average in some places. Malin Head recorded 68.8 mm, close to three and a half times its average. With all the rain it’s no surprise that it was a cloudy week, with sunshine levels as little as 40% of what’s expected for the time of year. Despite the cloud cover temperatures were pretty good. This may have contributed to some of the fantastic reports listed below…
We have salmon reports in from 10 rivers in Waterford, Cork, Kerry, Galway and Mayo. The common theme is that salmon are about in good numbers. Given the numbers of fish about, and the numbers of anglers pursuing them, now more than ever we need remember to Catch Photo, Release.
Salmon Fishing Reports
- Salmon abundant on the Bandon last week, prospects are good for this week
- Lots of salmon seen in the Laune, few reports of fish caught
- River Lee fishing reports, salmon fishing well this past fortnight
- Exceptional run of salmon on the Ilen
- Big numbers of salmon throughout the Munster Blackwater
- Anglers on the Erriff take full advantage of regular spates!
- Flood follows flood at Waterville, Currane anglers fish the Inny
- Best July catch at Delphi since 2006, August off to good start
- Terrific fishing on the Owenmore Fishery in Kerry
- Foxford Salmon Anglers River Moy Report w/e 2nd August
- Mount Falcon Fishery enjoys tremendous month of July!
The unsettled weather was not so productive for trout anglers. Those heading out on the lakes found it particularly tough at times due to high winds. Corrib and Sheelin both had some good fishing to report but all in all results were pretty mixed. The rivers had been fishing well and we have a lovely report in from the Nore. Unfortunately, the high water seen on many systems has slowed down the trout fishing.
Trout Fishing Reports
- Mixed fishing on Corrib due to rising water levels
- Trout on Sheelin for those fishing dry between downpours
- Great dry fly action at Southern County Fishing Resort
- French angler gives fresh perspective to fly fishing the Nore
We have 2 coarse angling reports this week one from Muckno where the roach remained reluctant to bite and the other from Lough Sillan where decent catches of mostly roach were recorded.
Coarse Angling Reports
We have lots of sea angling to report on, both boat and shore. Big fish abound, with skates, sharks and bluefin tuna all featuring. Michael O’Callaghan and his anglers on the Leah C win Catch of the Week for tagging and releasing the first bluefin of the year. Anglers are reminded to only fish from the bluefin tuna charter boats listed here.
Sea Angling Reports
- Wild Atlantic Angling for bluefin tuna on the Wild Atlantic Way
- Great variety fishing reported from Killala Bay
- Birds, whales and anglers meet in West Cork for the fishing
- Blue shark and more for anglers on Sligo Boat Charters
- Huge number of fish for Killybegs Mariners at Rossnowlagh
- Good charter boat fishing continues off the Clare coast
- Wicklow Charters explore wrecks 22 miles out, big tope inshore
- PB Gilthead for Christopher
- Great Bank Holiday sharking in Dungarvan
- Tope and mackerel thick on the ground in Greystones
Love this place, Leave No Trace
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And now the weather
Dry and warm over the weekend. However, heavy spells of thundery rain will occur on Monday and for a time on Tuesday. The good news is that will remain warm til the middle of next week. I’d be making excuses to go fishing if I was you…
Safe fishing to all this weekend and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.
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