While this week saw an end to the “heat wave” and some more unsettled and cooler weather approaching from the Atlantic, low water situations persisted on most lakes and river systems in the country. With the exception of the southeast where severe flash flooding occurred earlier in the week, rainfall levels remained generally low throughout the week and most game, coarse and pike anglers took a voluntary break.

River such as the River Deel in Co. Mayo are still suffering from the drought conditions

However, plenty of angling action took place along the coast and at sea…and what spectacular sea angling there was this week!

Starting in the south, a 24 hour shark trip produced 51 blue sharks up to 130 lbs. between 4 anglers fishing out of Courtmacsherry in West Cork. Staying in West Cork, David Norman of West Cork Bass had a memorable night’s fishing for sea bass, including an impressive fish measuring 78cm!

Big bass were the reward for the night out

Off the Clare coast, some massive sixgill shark were caught up to an estimated weight of 1400 lbs. No wonder the Clare Dragoon skippered by Luke Aston is known as the “tamer of beasts”. Remaining in County Clare, it was ling time for anglers aboard the Lady Gwen II together with some great mixed species fishing and blue shark as a bonus.

Look at the size of that! Massive sixgill shark for the Clare Dragoon

There was also some excellent mixed fishing reported from Donegal Bay with fine cod, ling and some lovely John Dory. Donegal Bay has also continued to be a tuna hotspot with the bluefin Bonanza continuing for yet another week, while Killybegs Mariners continued their species hunt as well.

The bluefin action continued in Donegal Bay

If it wasn’t for young Ella, it would have been quite a difficult task to award this week’s “Catch of the Week” as there was such brilliant sea angling enjoyed by Irish and visiting anglers alike. However, future charter skipper Ella made our decision quite easy and she definitely deserves to win the “Catch of the Week”. Read her full story here!

Ella with her first shark – a fine spurdog

Over to coarse and pike fishing, where two Belgian guests of Melview Lodge did quite well catching some nice pike, bream and tench despite tricky conditions. Melview Lodge seemed to be a great venue this week as a father and son from the UK also enjoyed good coarse fishing there.

Great tench for Belgian visitor Nick

Staying in the Midlands, Lough Derg produced a number of fine one meter plus pike for guests of TJ’s Angling Centre in Killaloe.

David and Liz Sanford from USA had pike to 111cm on Lough Derg

As mentioned already, there was very little trout and salmon angling reported for the week due to low water levels and warm temperatures, and the reports we received from Lough Currane in the southwest and Lough Conn in the northwest are more or less representative for the rest of the country as far as game fishing is concerned these days. However, we received a great video from RANDADDY’S “A real Taste of Adventure” featuring Randy Lewis’ River Moy Salmon Fishing Experience when he visited Ballina earlier this year in May when conditions were a lot more suitable for salmon fishing but unfortunately not for catching…

Randy getting expert advice on the Moy Fishery

In other news…

Public Consultations

Great Western Lakes Management Plan

Last week Inland Fisheries Ireland launched a 6-week public consultation on the Draft Great Western Lakes Management Plan. Loughs Corrib, Mask, Carra, Conn, Cullin, Arrow and Sheelin are some of the best wild brown trout fisheries in Europe and are collectively known as the Great Western Lakes. Inland Fisheries Ireland wishes to develop a long term management plan for these lakes to address many of the factors currently impacting on the ecological wellbeing of native fish stocks in their catchments.

For more information, including the draft plan, a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, “open evenings” and how to participate in the public consultation and have your voice heard, check out the web page here:  Western Lakes Plan

The first of a number of open evenings will take place on:

Wednesday 24th August: McDermott’s Bar & Restaurant, Bellanagarrigeeny, Castlebaldwin, Co Sligo F52 FN24

Thursday 25th August: Great National Hotel, Rathnaconeen, Ballina, Co Mayo F26 X5P3


Annacotty Fish Passage Project

The Annacotty Fish Passage Project is underway and to create greater awareness, Inland Fisheries Ireland is hosting a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd 2022 at 6pm. The venue is the Castletroy Park Hotel on the Dublin Road in Limerick.

Annacotty Weir, Mulkear River, Limerick

The M.C. on the night will be Noel Davidson of The Entrepreneurs Academy and there will be presentations from the project team at Inland Fisheries Ireland followed by a ‘Questions & Answers’ segment with the audience.

Anyone with an interest in this project and all stakeholders are invited to come along. To find out more about the project or to register for the Public Information Meeting on August 23rd, please visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/annacotty

And now the weather…

Scattered showers gradually becoming more isolated with improving sunny spells for the rest of the evening. Tomorrow will see a drier start over the south of the country though with just isolated showers and a few sunny spells. The band of rain will track over the south of the country later in the afternoon turning light and patchy. Drier and sunnier weather will follow into northern areas later. Highest temperatures will range from a cool 15 degrees in the northwest up to 22 degrees in the southeast, in moderate to fresh westerly winds, easing later. The outlook for next week is for more unsettled weather with rain and showers and temperatures generally in the high teens to low twenties.

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland. If you’re heading to the coast, don’t forget to check the tides.

IFI Staff

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