Lough Derg is one of the premier pike fisheries in the country and many of our visiting overseas anglers value pike fishing above all. Luckily for them, some of the best pike guides in the country operate on Lough Derg and this week the stars aligned to give the visiting anglers some world class Irish pike fishing.

Alain Lawisky opted to fish from the shore and his guide, Cedric Charpentier, ensured that he was not disappointed with a plump 106cm fish. The previous week, Cedric guided Yves and Stéphane who caught 75 pike, 40 of those were over 90cm and 10 were 100cm+.

Alain and his fish

Posting similar numbers was Paul Bourke, who caught 96 pike with his two anglers in the space of four days. Paul reported some really exciting fishing on one day in particular – double hook ups, lost fish and crazy attacks on lures – when the dust finally settled, his guests had 10 fish over the metre mark for the day’s fishing, the best of which tipped the 108cm mark on the measuring mat. On another day, his guests had 26 pike, with 4 of those over the magic metre mark and plenty more in the 90s.

Richard Voegelin from France was guided from TJ’s Angling Centre and he was delighted with his Derg pike.

Richard and his super fish

Visiting from Rathdowney were Jack and Eugene also fished with TJ and Eugene caught this cracker of 113cm.

Eugene’s pike