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he older I get, the stranger the weather seems to get. When I was in school, the summer months were May, June and July, and it seemed we always had some decent summer weather by the time the summer solstice rolled around. Now it appears the meteorologists define summer as June to August, and the weather of late, with the longest day occurring yesterday, makes it feel like summer is only coming, but the evenings will already be drawing in. While we have had some nice days, the northerly airflow over the last week has kept temperatures decidedly below average, or so it feels! A bit of heat and settled weather would be very welcome. And a petition to move the summer solstice a month later!

Salmon angling has picked up significantly in Galway, with 82 fish to the rod so far in June, mostly on the fly, with the ever popular classic Stoats Tail proving very effective. The Moy saw a big increase in catches, with 227 fish reported for last week, and finally some good fishing for the lower river, where the Moy Fishery saw 32 fish landed.

Paul Kelly about to release a nice grilse on the Weir Pool

Angling effort on the Munster Blackwater is well down on other years, but fishing is slowly improving, with the best fishing on the beats downstream of Fermoy. After a few grilse were caught last week, Lough Currane saw quieter sport this week, while a few salmon were reported from Killarney, both from the Flesk and the lakes.

Northerly winds have made for difficult conditions on the Moy Estuary, but Judd Ruane reports a good head of sea trout in the outer estuary, with good numbers caught on calmer days.

Grahem Hodgson, UK, with a fine sea trout from the Moy Estuary

 

All quiet on the western front – with the mayfly finished the great western lakes are a lot quieter this month – but river fishing for browns is proving very good in places. Peter Driver reports excellent evening fishing on the Nore, with trout taking freely and small upwinged olive patterns proving irresistible.

Olive CDC upwing

Keith McDonnell also had a great session recently, taking advantage of a fall of spent mayflies to enjoy some cracking fishing, landing wild browns of incredible size – to find out just how big, read the story here

Beautiful brown trout
The Dodder is a unique and special river that flows through Dublin’s south city boundaries with salmon, sea trout and incredible brown trout in it – a fact not many capital cities can claim. Mark McAndrew of the Dodder Anglers Association  joins Tom & Daire on this week’s Ireland on the Fly podcast to tell them about the remarkable survival and growth of the Dodder river as well as the challenges it faces in the future.
The Maigue is also producing some nice fish for guests of Paddy Dunworth, although poor fishing was reported from the Bride, with low nighttime temperatures blamed. In our only lough report, anglers on Lough O’Flynn reported good fishing, with trout to 2.5lbs caught.
Sea angling is in full swing, and although the northerly winds have dominated, better days have seen excellent fishing both for mixed species on reefs and predators, with sharks starting to show up in catches. Anglers on the Clare Dragoon enjoyed both this week, with excellent pollack and general reef fishing mixed with superb tope fishing in the Shannon Estuary, and porbeagle sharks out west.
In Galway Bay, while the tope proved elusive, the reef fishing was excellent with pollack, wrasse, gurnards and more in great numbers. On the other side of the country, the tope were certainly not absent, with anglers on Kit Dunne’s boat in Wicklow getting specimen tope and smoothhounds, as well as plenty of ray and huss.
Big tope

Further south, Dave Edwards of West Cork Charters reported an encounter with a monster porgeagle estimated at 400lbs, but they failed to hook up. They did, however, hook plenty of other fish, with the pick of the bunch being Bert McGregor’s specimen coalfish (his 50th specimen!) which wins our Catch of the Week. Well done Bert!

Bert McGregors 50th specimen, a superb Coalfish
Bert McGregors 50th specimen, a superb Coalfish
There was plenty of drama at the South Shore SAC competition at Roney Point, where a biblical downpour provided the backdrop to superb fishing, with plenty of smoothhounds, whiting, flats and dogs, but the best drama was Ruairi Coleman hooking into a big tope late in the day. Read about it here.
93cm smoothhound
Pike fishing reports were fewer this week, but the Lure Team Ireland qualifier fished on Upper Lough Erne, from the excellent Watermill Lodge, provided good fishing, with the best fish a super 110cm.
In Roscommon, regular German visitors Martin and Michael had a fantastic week, one of their best yet, with 6 fish over a metre, including 4 in one day, and many more fish over 80cm.
In coarse angling, the latest FeederKing qualifier was fished around Bailieborough on Sunday, with Drumkeany proving the best venue of the 3 lakes fished. Rimantas Kondrakas put in a great display catching lots of hybrids, roach perch and odd skimmers to win there, while Piotr Horbiński and Brenton Sweeney won the other venues to book their golden tickets to the final also.
a good perch
Good fishing was also reported from Portumna, where 20lbs plus was needed just to make the podium in the club match at the weekend, while a knock-up match fished 2 weeks ago was won by Sean Brereton with 33lbs 5oz.

RIP

On a sad note, there was tragic news yesterday of an angler dying after falling from rocks in Co. Donegal. We express our sincere condolences to the man’s family and friends. Without speculating on the incident, we would appeal to anglers fishing rock marks to be extra cautious, particularly in wet or inclement weather which can make rocks marks very slippery. Check the weather and tides, don’t go near the water if there is a swell, and do wear a personal flotation device such as a lifejacket. Let someone know where you are going and what time you expect to return too.

In other news

Inland Fisheries Ireland calls all sea anglers to participate in the 2024 IMREC Survey. The Irish Marine Recreational Angling (IMREC) Diary was launched in 2021 to help monitor recreational catches of marine species in our waters. A primary aim of the project is to collect data that will help all stakeholders to better manage, conserve and protect the fisheries resource, thereby providing benefits for recreational sea angling in Ireland and supporting those small businesses involved in the sea angling sector.

hand on diary

 

 

And now the weather…

Cloudy with outbreaks of rain continuing to spread eastwards over the country this afternoon, with occasionally heavier bursts. A clearance to sunny spells and isolated showers will follow from the west later today.

On Saturday, cloudy conditions in the west will gradually extend eastwards through the morning and early afternoon with patchy light rain and drizzle. Brighter and drier intervals will spread from the west during the evening. Highest temperatures 16 to 21 degrees in light to moderate southwesterly winds.

Sunny spells on Sunday and staying mainly dry. Highest temperatures 18 to 23 degrees in mostly light southwesterly or variable breezes.

A warm day on Monday with sunny spells. A few showers will likely develop in the afternoon. Highest temperatures 20 to 24 degrees generally in light southerly breezes.
Tuesday will be slightly cooler with temperatures of 18 to 21 degrees with light winds. There are likely to be some heavy showers, merging to longer spells of rain in the west.

The further outlook through the midweek period is for unsettled conditions with rain or showers at times and temperatures around normal for the time of year.

Don’t forget to check the forecast before heading off and if you’re going to sea, check the tides.

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

IFI Staff
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