Steve Schreck reports from the River Moy and the Moy Estuary…
After a small flood last week, the Moy quickly returned to low water levels and therefore catch numbers decreased slightly. In total 232 salmon have been reported caught. Big fish are still running the system. Water levels at Ballylahan Bridge remained on a steady low until heavy rain set in on Friday and Saturday, causing a big flood that saw levels rise to 2.3m on Saturday and rendered the river practically unfishable over the weekend. The coming week should, however, see perfect conditions for all methods as the levels slowly drop.
The Moy Fishery recorded 11 salmon caught last week, of which 3 were released. 8 fish were caught on the Ridge Pool and 3 on the Cathedral Beat. The biggest fish weighed 7.5lbs.
The Moy Fishery is now offering a boat for use on the “Lower Beat”. The Lower Beat comprises of the former Polnamonagh, Spring Wells and the Ash Tree Pool beats. When purchasing permits for the Lower Beat anglers may now reserve the boat by contacting the Moy Fishery office at +353 (0)96 21332. A ghillie will not be supplied with the boat and permit prices for the Lower Beat are currently priced at €30 per day (sunrise to sunset) until 31st August when they revert to €20 per day. Angler access to the Lower Beat has been significantly improved over the last few months also.
Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 25 salmon for the week. All of those weighed between 3lbs and 5lbs. A children’s fishing competition was held in conjunction with Ballina Salmon Anglers & IFI on Saturday July 15th and twenty-one children attended on the day. IFI supported the competition through the IFI Sponsorship Programme and were onsite on the day to distribute rod licences and give out competition packs to the children.
Mount Falcon reported 8 fish, one on the fly and the rest on the spinner. The best one weighed 5.75lbs.
Attymass Angling Club recorded 11 fish, 7 from Padden’s and 4 from the Wood Pool.
Knockmore Salmon Anglers recorded 11 salmon for the week, caught on prawn and fly.
Coolcronan Fishery reported 4 salmon for the week with the biggest fish weighing 6.5lbs.
Byrne’s Fishery reported 12 salmon. 9 were caught on the prawn and 3 on the worm.
Gannon’s Fishery reported 25 salmon, with the best one being a 10lbs fish caught on a bright yellow Flying C. The most successful method was the worm.
Foxford Salmon Anglers had 66 salmon for the week. The worm, the spinner and bubble and fly were the most successful methods.
Local reports from the Foxford Rocks Fishery suggest that 8 salmon were caught, mostly on bubble and fly and the prawn.
The Foxford Fishery recorded 14 salmon caught for the week. The best fish of 12lbs was taken on the worm.
Cloongee Fishery reported 4 salmon between 2lbs and 7lbs. for the week. Anglers on the Cloongee Fishery are reminded that they are required to make a catch / no catch return on the form provided with their permit and place in the catch return box after fishing or forward to [email protected]
East Mayo Anglers reported 32 salmon for the week, 12 of which were released. The fish ranged between 2lbs and 8lbs, whereas the biggest fish weighed 10lbs. The most successful methods by far were flyfishing and worming.
One salmon of 2lbs was reported caught upstream of Cloongullaun Bridge on a spinner.
The Moy Estuary
Skipper Judd Ruane reports good fishing for sea trout in the estuary Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until the change in weather conditions made it impossible to fish.