Ferox Trout

Lough Corrib has always been noted for a stock of big ferox trout. Packed with prey, the lough provides rich feeding for these carnivorous trout, and they grow to impressive size. And if there’s one man who knows how to catch these monsters, it’s fishing guide Tomi Kurman (www.facebook.com/tomi.guidedfishing), who has been targeting them of late. Although not taking bookings until June due to Covid restrictions, Tomi has been out with friends lately, and they have landed some amazing fish.

Bernard McMahon was one who scored the fish of a lifetime, with a mindboggling 91cm fish, estimated at well over 20lbs weight. The scales stopped working at 18lbs with the fish still partly supported!


Man in boat holding huge trout
The fish of a lifetime for Bernard McMahon, a huge 91cm ferox trout.

Tomi and his boat partners practise catch-and-release for all their fish, and the big fish went back strongly after a quick photo.

Catch-Photo-Release: the huge fish goes back safely



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No Weight Watchers Here!

Tomi was also out with good friend Colin Rickard, and Colin managed just about the fattest trout any of us will ever see. Although “only” 85cm, this one weighed in at 18lbs 12oz. Look at the hand in the second photo for scale!


Man in boat holding huge trout
Colin Rickard with his fat 85cm ferox trout


What a specimen!



Family Time

Elsewhere, Robert Moloney has been enjoying good fishing with family of late, with duckfly and olives on the menu for trout. Robert has had some nice trout, as seen in the photos. He has also been introducing the next generation to fishing. As can be seen, sometimes lunch in an island fishing hut can be the best part of the day!

A well deserved lunch break from fishing for the next generation of the Moloney clan


Robert with one of his fine recent catches


Another well-fed fish to the boat.

The weather has not been conducive to flyfishing over the last week, with bright sunshine and an east wind. The slight change and more showery conditions should hopefully see some good fishing over the bank holiday weekend. With May just a couple of days away, many anglers will be eagerly looking forward to the main hatches of mayfly, and there should be plenty of good news over the coming weeks.