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Kieran Lee wins Bernard O’Reilly memorial on L. Gowna


The Lough Gowna and Upper Erne Anglers Association held the Bernard O’Reilly Memorial on Lough Gowna, eleven boats took part. Weather conditions were cold and dry with light winds. Nineteen fish were caught on the day. 1st place Kieran Lee with 20lb 11ozs; 2ndJohn Farrell 15lbs 13ozs; 3rd. John Boyle 14lbs 12ozs.


Nice cod for Howth SAC member Patrick Appleby


Patrick Appleby was fishing Ballyvooney Cove in Co. Waterford recently when he managed to land a nice cod of 4lb from the shore. Patrick is an avid angler and a member of Howth Sea Angling Club but has found cod of any size hard to come by in recent years so he was delighted with his catch. Let’s hope it’s the first of many.

2019 International Bank Flyfishing Championship at Laois Angling Centre



Leinster T.A.F.I recently played host for the first time to the International Bank Flyfishing Competition. The venue was the superb Laois Angling Centre in County Laois. The competition delivered a welcome boost to the local community and will leave a legacy for angling in this area of outstanding natural beauty which is set at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains.

Teams from Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales competed in this annual Home International event. The four home nations fielded teams of six anglers with a travelling reserve and manager to make up the squad of eight.

In first place with 112 place points were England, Wales were runners-up with 149 place points with Ireland third with 155 place points. Scotland were fourth with 185 place points. England also had three anglers in the top five with Andy Taylor crowned International Bank Champion with 12 fish, David Neilson runner-up with nine fish and Andrew Taylor fifth with eight fish. Andy Taylor and Phil Shaw-Browne shared the longest fish with both anglers catching fish of 58cm. In total 129 fish were caught for a rod average of just over five.

The Irish team was made up of top class anglers, led by Manager Campbell Baird and Captain Brian Kerr. They put in a lot of time training and preparing for the event, a superb effort was put in but it wasn’t to be their day.

Thanks to the stewards and referees, Hubert Smith, Denis Cronin (Fips Mouche representative for Ireland) and Pat Noonan.

Timekeeper Brian Lynch.

Recorders Paul Page and Diego Leccard.

Thanks also to the following sponsors:


Ivor Cox Fishing Tackle, Mountmellick

Laois County Council

Nolan Premier Angling Supplies

Abbeyleix Manor Hotel

Donal Monahan Builders, Kildare

Inland Fisheries Ireland




1st England, 40 fish, 112 place points.

2nd Wales, 34 fish, 149 place points.

3rd Ireland, 33 fish, 155 place points.

4th Scotland, 22 fish, 185 place points.

Individual Results:

1st Andy Taylor, England, 12 fish, 4 place points.

2nd David Neilson, England, 9 fish, 9 place points.

3rd Matthew Pate, Wales, 7 fish, 14 place points.

Longest Fish:

Andy Taylor and Phil Shaw-Browne – 58cm.


Leinster T.A.F.I would like to express their thanks to all parties involved, stewards on the day for their time, referees, sponsors. Also ‘The Abbeyleix Manor Hotel’ and ‘Laois Angling Centre’ for being wonderful hosts for the event.

It was a great privilege for me to be involved as Chairman of the Organising Committee. A dedicated group of people gave their time so generously, the competition ran smoothly and I would like to thank all teams involved for their outstanding cooperation.

It was a pleasure to host this event in Ireland and we all look forward to next year’s International Bank Flyfishing Championship which will be held in Wales.


Pat Noonan

Competition’s Chairman

Leinster T.A.F.I

Wicklow Boat Charters getting plenty of SPECIMEN SPUR


Wicklow Boat Charters Skipper, “Kit Dunne”, reports on a cracking start to 2020 with record numbers of Irish Specimen Spurdog. 4 recent trips all produced Specimen Spur with a massive 15 on one occasion to 16.5lb weight. The odd BullHuss, Conger and a Tope complimented the Spur catches.

Jerry Dixon with one of his Spurdog to 16lb.

The first trip produced 32 Spurdog of which 10 were specimens plus 3 un-claimed.; Local WBSAC Club member Jerry Dixon topped the poll with his 4 Specimen fish to 115cm long weighing in at near 16lb.

Ciaran o toole with his first ever Spur, a specimen too

After a 2 day storm the next trip out was less productive, however Ciaran O Toole of the GRAC Club managed his first ever Spur, at 14.5lb, 117cm Irish Specimen.


Weather settled again and the Spur came back to play in numbers, we had a red-letter day with 70+ Spur including 14 Specimen claims. Avid specimen hunter John Millerick hit the jackpot today with 4 Specimen size Spur to 15lb and 116cm.

Dan Lynch with his fine Tope of 1.5metres +

Next trip wasn’t far behind, I was keen today as I filled a seat. After a slow start we had a small Spur, then a double hook up, Dan Lynch produced a fine 1.5M Tope followed by a Specimen Spur for Myself, phew. We made a strategic move and hit them again. The day was topped off with 40+ Spur and 5 Specimen Fish, 3 for Cork Angler Ken Murphy and 2 for Myself.

Ken Murphy with one of his 3 Specimen Spurdog

Having recorded a total of 30 Specimen Spurdog already for 2020 the signs are promising for a growing spur population, coupled with Conger, Huss, and Tope at this stage things are looking good.

Aimee O Flaherty showed the men how to do it with the first Spur of the day.
Niall Burke wasn’t going to be left out, he claimed 2 Specimen Spur
Dennis Morgan landed this fine Conger, a nice surprise for Wicklow Bay


Kit Dunne
Wicklow Boat Charters

Telephone: +353 (0)87 6832179 +353 (0)404 67031
Email: dunnekit@gmail.com Website: www.wicklowboatcharters.ie

Local lure anglers go in search of the perch

Irish Perch
Perch can provide great sport on light tackle

Anglers were keen to get out and about after the Christmas and New Year period and canal fishing provided a close local venue for anglers in and around the Drogheda area. There was some nice perch fishing reported from the Boyne canal at Oldbridge and Donore from the New Year until the recent arrival of Storm Brendan.

Nice Perch from the Boyne Canal
Nice Perch from the Boyne Canal

Anglers were catching good numbers of small to medium sized perch on small plastic lures on very light tackle but conditions have deteriorated with the arrival of the heavy rain and strong winds. Anglers will again have the opportunity to search out the perch when the weather settles and water drops a bit.

Irish Perch
Perch can provide great sport on light tackle

Latest fishing report and updates from Alan Broderick in the Westmeath area

Great Sport, Pike on the Fly
Great sport, Irish pike on the fly
Great Sport, Pike on the Fly
Great sport, Irish pike on the fly

Alan Broderick from Fish Wild Ireland has been in contact to let us now that fishing has been slow in the Westmeath area over the winter with the best of the fishing towards the tail end of 2019. A number of Alan’s guests fishing in the Westmeath and Midlands areas had some good fishing to the fly at the tail end of the year with one angler boating 53 pike during a 2 day fishing trip with Alan. The best fish was around 16lbs and there were many fish around ten pounds and the early teens. At the moment the water levels on Derravaragh are still above normal and with the recent heavy rain over the last few days levels are sure to rise again. Like most anglers, Alan is looking forward to the longer days and he is keen to let anglers know that he has made a number of upgrades to his self-drive boats over the winter. Alan informed us that all of his 4.9M Lund Laker self-drive boats are now powered by the latest Yamaha 25hp 4 stroke electric start motors. Each Lund Laker boat has the following equipment for 2 anglers per boat:

Lund Laker Boats with 25hp electric start
Lund Laker Boats with 25hp electric start

2 x raised. carpeted casting decks;  2 x padded swivel seats, a  Lowrance X135 fish finder;  Carlson Waterspike Anchor;  Drift sock (drogue) for controlled ultra-slow drifting;  4.9m push pole; predator XL conservation mesh landing net;  2 X auto-inflation life jackets and powered by a 2019 model Yamaha 25hp 4 stroke electric start motor.  Alan has indicated that the rental cost is:  €95.00 per boat per day, excluding gasoline with a typical fuel burn is 8 -10 litres over the course of a day. So if you are keen to get on the water why not get in contact with Alan at

Telephone: +353 44 9372 015
Mobile: +353 87 2411 003
Email: alan@fishwildireland.com
Website: https://fishwildireland.com/

Tough day for junior anglers fishing the All Ireland Boats in Cork Harbour

Anglers aboard Camden Mist
Anglers aboard Camden Mist

Tim O’Herlihy reports on a tough day fishing for the All Ireland Boat…

Weather in October forced postponement of the All Ireland to 27th December. Despite flu season 21 fished split 6 U18 – 15 U12 with 3 first time fishing and 2 first time competitive boat fishing. A very tough days fishing compared to the same day the last 3 years all caught fish with Dabs, Dogs and Whiting accounted for most of the catch.

The individual boat winners were:

  1. Kieran Lane Panah U12 – 21 fish 49 points
  2. Sarah Lynch U18 – 15 fish 37 points
  3. Amy Kenndey U12 – 13 fish 28 points

Top 3 at Under 18:

  1. Sarah Lynch,
  2. Ken Sheehan and
  3. defending Champion Cormac O’Brien.

Top 3 at Under 12:

  1. Kieran Lane Panah,
  2. Amy Kennedy
  3. Liam Davis

Thank you to Liam McDonnell for travelling to represent Leinster, despite his best efforts the Inter-provincial Champions were…

Munster U12:

  1. Kieran Lane Panah
  2. Amy Kennedy
  3. Liam Davis
  4. Scott McShane
  5. Evan Collins

These days are made possible through the generosity of:

Inland Fisheries Ireland (grant aided boat hire)

Skippers Anthony Lane of Camden Mist, Alan Kennedy of Lagosta II and James Linehan of Deora Dé Deep Sea Angling Charters (reduced cost boat hire)

Bait Sponsor Dan Lynch of Halfway Angling http://www.tackledirectireland.ie/

All Ireland Trophy and Prize sponsor John Dennehy of B&D Windows http://www.bndwindows.ie/

Parents who tied rigs for/helped other anglers, kept score, Shay McDonnell, Dermot O’Brien, Denis Lucey, Tom Collins, Pete Davis, Sean Og Mcshane and Sidney Kennedy.

Thanks to Sean Og and John Dennehy for photos and to Crosshaven SAC for use of the Clubhouse.

Happy New Year to all who participated/assisted.

Tim O’Herlihy
Munster PC Youth Boat Officer 

Opening day report from the Drowes

River Drowes

Shane Gallagher reports from the Drowes Fishery Office…

01 January: A smaller than usual number of anglers gathered on the banks of the river this morning in search of that increasingly elusive prize, an opening day springer. Despite a few reported sightings and better than normal opening day conditions, with above average temperatures and below average water levels, no fresh fish were landed today.

A big thank you to all the anglers and well wishers who ventured out to join us for opening day this morning. Whether you have travelled from across the road or across the world, for the first or for the fortieth time, your presence is greatly appreciated.

Shane Gallagher
Drowes Salmon Fishery

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River Drowes

The Drowes Fishery is one of Ireland’s premier spring salmon and grilse fisheries. The river is some 5 miles in length, with over 70 named pools, flowing from Lough Melvin at Lareen Bay and entering the sea at Tullaghan, just outside Bundoran. The Drowes has a wide variety of water suitable for all fishing methods, including several miles of good fly water and deeper slower moving pools suitable for spinning and bait fishing.

For information and bookings on the Drowes Fishery & Lough Melvin see http://www.drowessalmonfishery.com
Tel: 071 9841055 (8am to 12 noon).
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Public Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework Directive

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Public Consultation on Marine Strategy Framework Directive (2008/56/EC) – Article 17

The Department of Housing Planning and Local Government has published the draft update of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive Article 8 Assessment, Article 9 Determination of Good Environmental Status and Article 10 Environmental Targets for public consultation.

What they are looking for?

Your views are being sought on the following elements set out in this document namely: the assessment of the marine environment, the characteristics for good environmental status, the proposed environmental targets and associated threshold values.

This feedback will be used to inform the preparation of the final assessment report including setting environmental targets and associated threshold values.

The Public Consultation document can be downloaded from this page on the Department’s website:

The Department invites submissions from interested parties by e-mail or in writing.

The consultation period closes at midday on Friday, 28 February 2020.

What is the Marine Strategy Framework?

The Marine Strategy Framework Directive  is implemented in 6-year cycles commencing in 2012. The Initial Assessment addressing Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the directive was published and reported to the European Commission in 2013. This was followed by the development of a monitoring programme in 2015 and a programme of measures in 2016.

The Department are now in the second implementation cycle and are in the process of revising the Initial Assessment under Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the Directive. They are seeking your views in relation to the draft update.

The Department invites submissions from interested parties by e-mail or in writing.  The consultation period closes at midday on Friday, 28 February 2020.

The Public Consultation document can be downloaded from this page on the Department’s website:

Aaron produces some cracking pike for his clients over Christmas and the New Year

Another Cracking Pike fro AM Guiding
Another Cracking Irish Pike fro AM Guiding

Aaron Maughan from AM Pike Guiding has been in contact to let us know about his pike angling exploits over the Christmas period and into the New Year. Aaron and his clients have been having great success lately on lakes in the Longford, Westmeath and Cavan areas.

Cracking Fish
Cracking Fish

On one of his outings Aaron had what he described as a red letter day catching and releasing an astonishing 14 pike to 19lbs with no fish under 14lbs. being recorded. In the first days of the New Year John Farrell had two fish, one of 16.4 and later in the day a super fish of 19.8. On another day Kieran Gill and Paddy Glenn boated 8 fish to 22lb 10ozs.

Another Cracking Pike fro AM Guiding
Another Cracking Irish Pike from AM Guiding

The weather over the period was changeable, cloudy and cold and on his last trip on 5th January there was hazy rain most of the day. Water levels have also generally been up. According to Aaron a nice chop on the water helped move the baits around and the fishing was absolutely fantastic with anglers getting some really nice fish well into the mid-teens and above. The fish came to either casted lures on a slow retrieve, dead-baits float fished over target pike or slow float trolled dead-baits. In the last 4 trips we have had 45 large pike, the biggest weighing 22.10 and measuring 110cm. Most of the fish have been over 12lb.

Pike could not resist the floated deadbaits.
Pike could not resist the floated dead-baits.

Despite the cold and the time of year all of the pike were fighting fit and gave a great account of themselves. All fish were carefully returned after a quick photo. #CPRSavesFish

Big Irish Pike
The Pike were in Fighting form over the Christmas period.

Go Fishing……..
Aaron Maughan is based on the lakes in the Longford area but also guides in the Westmeath and Cavan areas. He has a well-equipped boat with all the electronics required and can cater for beginners and seasoned anglers alike. If you fancy a day’s guided pike angling with a guide who regularly delivers great results why not get in touch with Aaron whose contact details can be found below.

Two nice Irish Pike
Its nice to see young anglers enjoying the super sport of angling!

AM Pike Angling
Contact: Aaron Maughan
Telephone: 00 353 87 7682479
Email: amaughan@live.com
Website: A new website is currently under construction
Facebook: AM Pike Guiding Facebook

Another well conditioned Irish Pike
Another well conditioned Irish Pike