That’s another wet and warm week of the summer ticked off the calendar. Unsurprisingly Storm Betty saw some really heavy rainfall in places and many rivers are still high as more rain followed this week. Winds were often pretty strong leading to difficult conditions for anglers inland and at sea. But as ever, for those able to get on the water when the conditions suited, there was some excellent fishing to be had, particularly for coarse anglers in Co. Cork…

Constant floods on the Moy have not suited anglers, and put the salmon off the take at times too. With the heavier water, spinning is getting most of the fish. Rivers in Cork and Kerry have similar reports. There are a few salmon about, but not a whole lot getting caught, as anglers on the Roughty, Lough Currane, Laune, Bandon and Munster Blackwater have found. There were reports of a good run of grilse on the Lee last week and in between floods on the Boyne, some anglers found their fish.

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Tisse with a magnificent six-pounder from Arrow

Trout anglers are getting better fishing and good sport is still being had on Loughs Conn and Cullin. Several parties had enjoyable sessions and even half days or shorter outings saw anglers catch a decent number of trout last week. Lough Arrow has been hit by high water levels and the Green Peter fishing hasn’t been great, but anglers are still meeting fish on wetfly. Our Catch of the Week goes to Tisse Siriwardena, Sligo, for his  beautiful trout of 6lb.

This week, the Ireland on the Fly podcast talks to Dec Conlon, Irish Team Captain, about the upcoming World Championships in a great interview that should be required listening for anyone thinking of entering the world of competition angling.

Catches to over 37kg were weighed in at the Coachford Festival

The Angler’s Rest Feeder Festival was held over five days last week and a top-class field of 45 anglers lined the banks on Garadice Lough, Brackley Lough, and Kiltybarton Lough. High water played its part but in what was a very competitive match Tony Green emerged the winner.  Staying with festivals, Marco Hoffman won the 3 day Coachford Festival fished on Inniscarra. Marco had an incredible  37.330kg on the last day for a total of 64.060kg. It was a big weekend on the Erne for the BSI Sensas club squad who qualified for a place at the FIPSed World Club Championships to take place in Slovenia in 2024. The developed river sections on Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh produced mixed bags of roach, bream, hybrids and perch for the five-man teams. Finally Dutch anglers visiting Longford are getting some great fishing for bream, tench, roach and rudd.

Porbeagle shark

Catches from charterboats, small boats, kayaks and the shore feature in this week’s sea angling reports. Rough weather on Galway Bay meant rough ground fishing in the lee of the Aran Islands. Some lovely wrasse were caught and on day 2, conditions improved enough to fish at anchor for tope and other species. Mixed weather hit charterboat anglers in the Shannon Estuary too. When they could get out, porbeagle was on offer and good rays, tope and more kept the anglers busy when they couldn’t. Down in Youghal, the Seahunter caught it’s first bluefin tuna of the year on a day that saw 4 hook ups and 2 fish brought to the side of the boat. In news hot off the press the Lady Louise out of Courtmacsherry got her first bluefins of the season yesterday and today. Anglers fishing with Mark Gannon also had the distinction of catching a hattrick of bluefin tuna, blue shark and porbeagle on the one day.

159cm tope

Over in Wicklow, Greystones Anglers have been getting some fine tope to 159cm ahead of their Monster Tope Festival. Working our way south, last week’s spring tides saw huge shoals of sprat move inshore and bass fed heavily on the bounty, leading to exciting fishing for lure anglers on the shore. Further west in Youghal, and further west still on Bantry Bay, West Cork and District Anglers had some great fishing with lots of rays at both venues. Heading north, nearly all the way north, we end up with the Killybegs mariners who had some great fishing from shore and afloat last week. They had 15 species in a day charterboat fishing and small eyed ray from the shore. Finally there are two kayak angling reports in from West Cork this week. Both saw the anglers catching good pollack on soft plastics.

In other news

Salmon Angling Logbook Returns

Inland Fisheries Ireland is encouraging salmon and sea trout anglers to return angling logbooks (setting out their fishing and catch record) and any unused gill tags from 2023 if they have ceased fishing for this year or once the season has closed.

These returns provide vital information regarding the status and management of our wild Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout stocks into the future.

Clare River Bye-Law Consultation

A public consultation is now open on a proposed new bye-law for the Clare River and tributaries in Co. Galway, which involves a new bag limit for angling of 2 trout per day. Find out about it and how to make a submission here.

Clare River and floodplain looking south from Anbally

Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme Funding

The Outdoor Recreation Infrastructure Scheme (ORIS) is now open for funding applications, which angling clubs can apply for. The focus of ORIS is to support outdoor recreational infrastructure in countryside areas across Ireland that not only provide an outlet for the communities in which they are situated, but that also deliver added value from a tourism perspective. Read our post about it here.

And now the weather…

Generally cloudy on Saturday with widespread showers, a few possibly heavy in the east. A fresh northerly breeze will persist with highest temperatures of 15 to 19°C, warmest in the south. There’ll be a rather wet and blustery start to Sunday as bands of rain move across the country during the morning with some heavy falls at times. The rain will gradually clear away to the east followed by scattered showers. Highest temperatures of 16 to 20°C in fresh and blustery westerly winds. Monday will be much the same but cooler and the unsettled weather will continue on Tuesday.

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.

IFI Staff
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