It’s the middle of June, and an Irish summer stretches out before us – so more wind and cloud! It’s been a strange year, a dry spring, weeks of wind, even the hurling championship only has a few games left! With the solstice only a few days away, we are currently enjoying long hours of daylight at least – and anglers are making the most of it.

Low water prevails in most rivers, although some spate fisheries have seen a drop or two. Some rivers are suited to low water conditions, including the Galway Fishery where anglers have enjoyed the arrival of the grilse lately. The Moy is also fishing well, with 302 fish recorded there. Grilse and sea trout were reported from Lough Currane, but wind hampered fishing greatly. Low water didn’t deter grilse running at Costello & Fermoyle, where several grilse were landed to kickstart the season.

Garrett Ruigrok just about to release a beautiful 10 lbs salmon on 9th June at the Ridge Pool

Mayfly fishing on the loughs is over for the moment, and Brenda Montgomery reports on a frustrating mayfly hatch from Sheelin. Fishing was much quieter on Conn and Cullin as well. River fishing is producing fish at the moment, and the Liffey provided good sport in tough conditions for the North Kildare Trout & Salmon Anglers competition. The Nore also provided good sport for one young angler under the tutelage of Dan O’Neill.

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Charlie with a Nore trout

The windy weather made pike fishing difficult, but trolling and deadbaiting produced good fishing for French visitors in Longford. Visiting German anglers enjoyed superb fishing in Roscommon too, with a lot of fish in the 90cm-1m bracket. Another visitor, veteran French angler Jean Feinte, had great fishing in the north-east, with pike to 103cm landed.

A 1m plus for Bodo

Wind also made for tough conditions for coarse anglers, and the competitors at the Edenderry 3-day festival had to work hard for their catches. Lough Muckno provided some quality fishing for the Feedermasters qualifier, with the top weight an incredible 41.56kgs. Elsewhere, Tony Green won the Arva Senior Festival with a brilliant performance.

Not to harp on too much, but the wind also hampered sea angling, with charter boats unable to get out some days. Despite that, we have reports of great fishing when conditions allowed. Silver Dawn repeated the achievement of the previous two years and boated the first blue shark of the season. We believe that’s what you call a hat-trick! An incredible 21 species, including two specimen fish, were reported from Clonakilty. One of the specimens was a 186cm Common Skate, which is our Catch of the Week.

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Catch of the Week

Good fishing was also reported from west Clare, where fisdh were feeding well, and Galway Bay, where a run of tope and spurdog provided great sport, while down south in Kerry anglers aboard the Fuego enjoyed great pollack fishing, with fish to 11lbs caught. Shore anglers also had good sport, with Nigel Larke catching his first ever bass, a nice fish, on the fly no less! South Shore SAC had great fishing for their competition in Wicklow with plenty of ray, dogfish, gurnard and whiting caught.

Nigel in flying form with his first bass

Other News

Serious Concerns Over Pacific Pink Salmon in Irish Waters: At the recently held North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation (NASCO) meeting, serious concerns were raised that pink salmon may spread to and establish in rivers throughout the wider Atlantic region. These concerns are raised after an explosive growth in their stocks was observed in northernmost Norwegian rivers in 2021.

Mature male pink salmon with characteristic humpback and spotted tail (photo credit: Eva Thorstad, NINA)
  • NASCO has raised concerns about the potential for spread and establishment of Pacific pink salmon in rivers throughout the North Atlantic region
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland issues an urgent appeal for anglers to remove and report any catches

Further information is available here.

EIFAAC Symposium: The 2022 EIFAAC Symposium- Inland Fisheries and Aquaculture – Advances in Technology, Stock Assessment and Citizen Science in an Era of Climate Change is being hosted by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications in association with the FAO on the 20th and the 21st of June 2022 in Randles Hotel, Killarney, Co. Kerry. For more information and registration see EIFAAC SYMPOSIUM

 

And now the weather

Patchy outbreaks of rain moving southeastwards this afternoon, followed by brighter weather from the northwest. The patchy rain may persist in the southeast tomorrow, but remaining mostly dry elsewhere, with sunny spells developing, though there will be isolated showers, mainly in the northwest. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 degrees in moderate north to northwest winds.

Sunny spells and isolated showers on Sunday morning will give way to a mostly dry and sunny afternoon with highest temperatures of 14 to 18 degrees in moderate northerly winds. Monday will be mainly dry with light northerly winds becoming variable in direction and good spells of sunshine. Temperatures to reach 21 degrees in the afternoon, although still a little cooler in the northwest.

A damp start to Tuesday after overnight rain, and the outlook suggests next week will continue somewhat unsettled with some spells of sunshine and showers at times. Temperatures will be close to normal for the time of year.

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.

Kevin Crowley
Catch, Photo, Release

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