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Big night, big fish for West Cork Bass angler

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Big bass were the reward this night

David Norman of West Cork Bass reports on a stellar session…

“Sometimes you see it coming, special conditions that show great promise but, more often than not, don’t always deliver what we dream of…

but sometimes, just sometimes, they deliver everything and more. Such was the case as the weeks of hot August weather we’d been enjoying gave way to an increase in wind speeds and came accompanied by a Met Éirann Level Orange severe weather alert (Thunderstorm).

I chose my locations really carefully, tucking away under high ground and watched flashes of lightning out at the horizon in the night sky and thankfully coming no nearer.

Having already landed some good sized Bass from a number of locations that evening it was immediately obvious when I connected with the big lady that I was connected to something different to the norm… Line was ripped of my tight drag with ease on multiple occasions and my 5 – 20g rod was, as you’d expect, bent right through to the butt. Heart in mouth I gradually gained the upper hand but was not willing to risk dealing with any fish in the precarious position in which I’d hooked it.

So a perilous retreat to flat ground began and seemed to last a lifetime until finally I was able to gently land the fish, get a photo, scale sample it for the IFI National Bass Program and send it on its way strong and healthy whilst I stood there alone in the dark trying to take in what had just happened – Who dares (Sometimes) Wins…

Bass
Big bass were the reward this night. The Bass measured 78cm in length so would probably weigh 10lbs+, the fish wasn’t weighed to save further time out of the water after scale sampling and photographs.

Go fishing…

West Cork Bass

Address Clonakilty Cork Ireland

Sea angling from Clonakilty to Glandore Harbour

 

Irish Angling Update 12 August 2022

Taking in the view. It's not all about the fishing!

“Janey mac, isn’t it powerful weather altogether!” must be the most widely uttered phrase this week in Ireland. Or variations on that theme! A heatwave in Ireland is defined as 5 consecutive days where the temperature exceeds 25 degrees Celsius in the same location, and we certainly look set to achieve that over much of the country, particularly Munster and Leinster.

High temperature warning

Although the weather is great for kids’ paddling pool sales, ice cream vans and seaside resorts, it is a double-edged sword. Inland Fisheries Ireland has this week issued a warning about a high risk of fish kills, with high water temperatures and low water levels combining to create extremely stressful conditions for freshwater fish stocks. Anglers are asked to bear fish welfare in mind – use of keep nets should be discontinued for the moment, and catch-and-release on salmon rivers is also discouraged, as the chance of survival is much lower. Perhaps leave the rods in the shed for a few days, or head to the coast and enjoy some sea fishing instead…

While freshwater fishing may be difficult at the moment, sea anglers are loving this weather, particularly those venturing afloat on charter boats or small craft. We have reports of great fishing up and down the coastline over the last week, including Tralee Bay, where two Donegal anglers enjoyed fantastic fishing, and James Raymond from Irish Angling Adventures went for a Grand Slam of ray.

Charter boats have been out taking advantage of the lighter winds and great weather. On the east coast, tope, huss and ray have been the star attractions off the Wicklow coast. Further south, blue shark aplenty have been providing great sport off Cork, as well as Galway Bay, where porbeagles were more plentiful. Everywhere seems to be producing good mixed fishing, like West Clare, where anglers had great pollack fishing, as well as lovely ray fishing in the Shannon Estuary.

Shore anglers have also enjoyed the weather. In Clare, the Lisdoonvarna Fanore club held their annual International Week festival, with some great fishing including several tope off the rocks! Pollack and bass were also eager to feed round the corner in Galway Bay.  And finally, up north the great start to the bluefin tuna season continues, with lots of big fish caught and tagged.

 

Salmon angling may be curtailed this week by low water levels, but last week gave good conditions in a number of rivers. A short flood on the Moy after the Bank Holiday Monday rainfall gave good fishing for a few days, with over 300 salmon recorded for the week. The July report for the Erriff made for good reading, with salmon recorded almost every day, and some great fishing when rain provided better conditions. Last week provided some sport on the Commeragh and Inny rivers in Kerry, as well as the Butler Pool, but Lough Currane itself was quiet. Also in Kerry, there was great sport last week on the Owenmore, but conditions this week are less suitable. Elsewhere, low water and high temperatures are the news this week, with some Blackwater beats closing until the river cools down a bit. For salmon anglers currently on hiatus from the river, you may be interested in the latest edition of the Ireland On The Fly podcast, this week featuring Jason Nash talking about the River Bandon

Well done Valerie! A first Erriff salmon – a nice ranched fish off Beat 9

Trout fishing took a back seat this week, with little to report from the lakes, only Conn and Cullin producing a few small fish. Sea trout fishing in the Moy estuary was productive, even though the trout were gorging on white bait and hard to tempt, but plenty of mackerel were also feeding hard and easier caught.

A sea trout caught and released by Gerry Fitzsimons, Enniscrone on a white Tasmanian Devil near Bartra Island in the Moy Estuary

To coarse angling, there the big news trhis week was the magnificent victory of young Charlie Richards in the under 20 World Championships held in Slovenia. A section win and a third place put him on 4 points, equal with two other anglers, but Charlie’s skill in eking out some of the larger fish in the swims put him ahead on weight, and he took a well-deserved gold medal. Congratulations Charlie!

The Gold Medal

In other news…

High temperature warning

As mentioned above, we have a warning out for a high risk of fish kills due to high water temperatures and low levels, possibly resulting in low oxygen and thermal stress for fish.

Inland Fisheries Ireland staff are continuously monitoring water bodies, such as rivers and lakes, for any signs of fish suffering thermal stress in shallow water or drying out rivers and streams. We’re encouraging the public to report any sightings of fish suffering thermal stress to our 24-hour confidential hotline on 0818 34 74 24 so we can respond as quickly as possible to help rescue or relocate these fish

Public Consultations

Inland Fisheries Ireland this week launched a 6-week public consultation on the Draft Great Western Lakes Management Plan. Loughs Corrib, Mask, Carra, Conn, Cullin, Arrow and Sheelin are some of the best wild brown trout fisheries in Europe and are collectively known as the Great Western Lakes. Inland Fisheries Ireland wishes to develop a long term management plan for these lakes to address many of the factors currently impacting on the ecological wellbeing of native fish stocks in their catchments.

For more information, including the draft plan, a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions, and how to participate in the public consultation and have your voice heard, check out the web page here:  Western Lakes Plan

The Annacotty Fish Passage Project is underway and to create greater awareness, Inland Fisheries Ireland is hosting a Public Information Meeting on Tuesday, August 23rd 2022 at 6pm. The venue is the Castletroy Park Hotel on the Dublin Road in Limerick.

The M.C. on the night will be Noel Davidson of The Entrepreneurs Academy and there will be presentations from the project team at Inland Fisheries Ireland followed by a ‘Questions & Answers’ segment with the audience.

Anyone with an interest in this project and all stakeholders are invited to come along. To find out more about the project or to register for the Public Information Meeting on August 23rd, please visit www.fisheriesireland.ie/annacotty

 

And now the weather…

The hot, sunny weather is to stay with us for most of the weekend. Remaining hot today with temperatures of 25 to 30C, possibly cooler along coasts where sea breezes develop. Much the same tomorrow, even warmer in places with temperatures of 26 to 31C and possibly higher. Some cloud will bubble up in the afternoon and there is a slight chance of an isolated thundershower developing also.

Sunday will be another hot day with highest temperature of 25 to 30C. Cloud will bubble up through the middle of the day, sparking off scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon, which could produce some very heavy downpours and localised flooding.

After Sunday the weather turns cloudier and cooler as the week goes on, freshening as the week goes on and with low pressure bringing some showers at times.

Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland. If you’re heading to the coast, don’t forget to check the tides. And remember the Factor 50!

IFI Staff
Catch, Photo, Release

If you have an angling story to share with the Irish Angling Update, please send it to reports@fisheriesireland.ie.

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        More Bluefin Tuna action reported from the Northwest!

        The fantastic start of the new bluefin season continued for “Kiwi Girl” fishing out of Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo with four successful trips and a total of 14 bluefin tuna so far.

        Into a tuna on Kiwi Girl

        Further north fishing out of Killybegs, TunaMick got off to a good start with the Marine Institute satellite tagging 2022 on board Leah-C.

        Marine Institute tagging bluefin tuna in Donegal Bay

        Over two days, 7 fish were boated, tagged and released (all fish ranged between 300 – 450 lbs.) including a first for Darragh Mc Guinness which is a nice little addition to his species count for Killybegs Mariners SAC.  Darra also managed to catch some blue shark later in the week skippering his own boat. That’s a bluefin tuna and a blue shark this week out of Killybegs for Daragh. Excellent fishing!

        Daragh Mc Guinness with his first bluefin tuna onboard Leah C
        Blue shark for Daragh

        Adrian Molly of Tuna.ie also reported a continuation of the excellent bluefin fishing in Donegal Bay.

        Nice bluefin for tuna.ie

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        Leah C

        11m BW Seacat Catamaran
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        Skipper: Adrian Molloy
        Base: Killybegs Operational area: Up to a 30 mile radius from the point of departure.

        Authorised bluefin tuna boat

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        Address: Rosses Point, Co Sligo.
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        Tuna CHART

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        Killybegs Mariners enjoy fantastic fishing in Kerry

        Cormac Burke & Gavin Dorrian, both members of Killybegs Mariners SAC, had a trip of a lifetime in Kerry on the species trail. Read their report below…
        Kevin’s & Cormac’s adventure…
        Well that’s our excursion to Co. Kerry all over and I’m sure we’ll most definitely be back after this brilliant angling experience!
        Finding our particular target species was hard work at times and it saw us fishing 12 hours per day (15 hours on one of the days!) at twelve different venues overall – sometimes with fantastic results and sometimes not so much.
        A massive thanks to Chris O’Sullivan for his advice on venues and tides, and to John Marshall who joined us for a day to “show us how it’s done” by getting a club record stingray and beating Gavin’s stingray record that he had only set less than 24 hours earlier.
        Bull huss for Cormac
        Stingray for Gavin
        New club record stingray for John
        On the minis
        Kerry trip species (all from shore)
        1. Ballan wrasse
        2. Corkwing wrasse
        3. Goldshinney wrasse
        4. Black goby
        5. Red mouthed goby – Cormac club record 15cm
        6. Ring necked blenny – Cormac club record 8cm
        7. Rock goby
        8. Pollock
        9. Pouting
        10. Tompot blenny
        11. Bull Huss – Cormac club record 86cm
        12. Flounder
        13. Tub gurnard – Cormac club record 30cm
        14. Shore rockling
        15. Ballion wrasse – Cormac club record 14cm
        16. Thornback ray
        17. Undulate ray – Cormac club record 45cm
        18. Stingray – John M. club record 65cm
        19. Dragonette
        20. Garfish
        21. Mackerel
        22. Painted ray – Gavin club record 70cm
        23. European eel
        24. Conger
        25. Grey gurnard
        Six new club records for Cormac
        One new club record for Gavin
        One new club record for John M.
        Five new species (red mouthed goby, ring necked blenny, ballion wrasse, undulate ray, bull huss) for Cormac’s total = 52
        Four new species (painted ray, red mouthed goby, garfish and sting ray) for Gavin’s total = 48
        *All species confirmed by Chris O’Sullivan.

         

         

        Moy Estuary produces some nice sea trout

        A sea trout caught and released by Gerry Fitzsimons, Enniscrone on a white Tasmanian Devil near Bartra Island in the Moy Estuary

        Kevin O’Boyle reports from the Moy Estuary…

        Sea trout angling was patchy enough during past week. Despite some perfect angling days on the river, the sea trout were concentrating on a large influx of white bait into the estuary.  It is difficult to catch trout while they are gouging on white bait.

        Also, many shoals of mackerel followed the white bait and anglers were catching mackerel on every second cast.  The best results seem to come from the Killala side of Bartra Island. Anglers who persisted got some results.

        Harry Mc Cafferty and party had some fish to the boat all averaging 1.25 lbs. All fish were released.  The Leonard brothers, Ryan and Simon from Ballina, regulars down the estuary had some good keepers to the boat, up to 1.5 lbs all on sand eel.

        Later in week, Ryan won the local sea trout competition on Sunday with the heaviest trout for 2.6 lbs.

        Ryan Leonard, Ballina with a 2.6 lbs sea trout on the Moy Estuary

        Sharks and more in Galway Bay

        A fine blue shark

        John Fleming had a group from Irish Outgoing Pikers for a couple of days early last week. Although they had strong northwesterlies and a heavy swell for most of the first day, the weather cleared up nicely for Day 2. The lads were rewarded with some great fishing for porbeagle and blue shark.

        A small porbeagle
        A fine blue shark
        A porgie is brought alongside
        In the hurt locker!
        Success!

        The crew also enjoyed some good fishing on the reefs while they were drifting.

        Double pollack

        Father and son James and Matthew O’Donnell also enjoyed a day out. Matthew missed a porbeagle early on before bringing one to the boat a few minutes later.  That was the end of the shark action, but they did enjoy good pollack fishing for most of the day while not catching sharks!

        Matthew admires his catch from a safe distance!
        Dad James with a nice pollack.

         

        Go Fishing…

        Brazen Hussy ll

        Skipper: John Fleming
        Licence:1011 (11 passengers and 1 crew)
        Base: Rosaveal, Spiddal, Galway (Depending on species)
        Operational area: Rosaveal, Spiddal and Galway up to
        20 miles to sea

        Notes: A regular day is between 9am- 6pm from either
        Rosaveel, Spiddal or Galway depending on species being sought after. Fishing
        on the inshore reefs for pollock, cod, ling, wrasse, conger eel and mackerel
        can be reached in 10 minutes from departure, while our offshore reef marks
        are within 45 minutes of departure. Our ground fishing for tope, spurdog,
        ray, bullhuss, turbot, plaice and the giant common skate can all be reached
        within the hour which ensures the most amount of time is spent fishing.
        The shark season usually starts at the end of June and runs into late
        October, this is the ultimate angling addrenaline rush with these hard
        fighting blue and porbeagle sharks all being tagged and release safely.
        Package deals available

        Address: Baile an tsagairt, Spiddal, Co. Galway.
        Telephone: +353 (0)87 7571320
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        Moy running low but flash flood improves fishing for a short while

        The Cathedral Beat in Ballina

        Kevin O’Boyle reports from the River Moy…

        Angling Report week ending 31/07/22

        301 salmon reported caught in the Moy catchment for the last week. 87 of these grilse were returned from various fisheries. Water levels were low for the week.  Levels at Ballylahan Bridge on Monday morning were recorded at 0.391m and rising sharply that night to a peak of 0.787m and then began to drop off slowly for the rest of the week to 0.288m by Sunday night.

        Water temperatures also taken from www.waterlevel.ie  reached 12˚ Celsius at Ballylahan bridge, and water temperatures on Lough Conn reached 11.5˚celsius.

        The Moy Fishery recorded 16 salmon for the week, some on the worm earlier in week, but mostly on the fly. Four grilse returned. Best flies over the week were Cascade and Red Francis.

        Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 18 grilse from 2-5 lbs mostly caught on the worm.

        Mount Falcon Fishery report 36 grilse ranging from 3 to 6 lb. A party of 3 had 25 grilse over 3 days and returned 21.

        Knockmore Salmon Anglers recorded 13 grilse for the week.

        Attymass Anglers reported 3 salmon, all caught spinning.

        Coolcronan Fishery had 9 grilse for the week mostly caught on the prawn and spinning.

        Byrnes Fishery reported 4 grilse from their water.

        Armstrong’s Fishery reported 20 salmon for the week mostly caught on bubble and fly and shrimp.

        Gannon’s Fishery had 28 salmon for the week and 7 returned.

        The Foxford Fishery reported 34 grilse, mostly caught on bubble and fly.

        Foxford Salmon Anglers reported 32 from their waters.

        Local reports in relation to the Foxford Rocks Fishery say that at least 6 grilse were caught for the week, nearer to the falls at the Woollen Mills.

        Cloongee Fishery reported 19 grilse for the week with 10 released mostly on bubble and fly.

        East Mayo Anglers recorded 63 salmon for the week, with 45 released.  Some 5 lbs grilse were reported caught but most ranged from 3 to 4 lbs weight. Fly and worm were best methods.

        8-year-old Frank Lambert from the U.K. with his first salmon caught on a worm, helped by his father Danny at Ballina Salmon Anglers waters

        Angling Report week ending 07/08/22

        328 salmon were reported caught in the Moy catchment for the last week.  37 of these grilse were returned from various fisheries. Water levels were for the most part low for the week apart from a flash flood on Monday night into Tuesday. Levels at Ballylahan Bridge on Monday morning were recorded at 0.264m and rising sharply that night to a peak of 1.146m and then began to drop off slowly for the rest of the week to 0.288m by Sunday night.

        Water temperatures also taken from www.waterlevel.ie  reached 12˚ Celsius to 12.6˚celsius at Ballylahan bridge, and water temperatures on Lough Conn averaged 11.5˚celsius.

        The Moy Fishery recorded 6 salmon for the week all on the fly. 2 grilse returned.

        Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 33 grilse from 2-5 lbs mostly caught on the worm.

        Mount Falcon Fishery reported 33 grilse ranging from 3 lbs to 6 lbs.

        Knockmore Salmon Anglers recorded 17 grilse for the week, all spinning.

        Coolcronan Fishery had 8 grilse for the week mostly caught on the prawn and spinning.

        Byrnes Fishery reported 11 grilse from their water.

        Armstrong’s Fishery reported 9 salmon for the week mostly caught on bubble & fly and shrimp.

        Gannon’s Fishery had 22 salmon for the week, and 8 returned.

        The Foxford Fishery reported 22 grilse, mostly caught on bubble and fly.

        Foxford Salmon Anglers reported 87 from their waters. 15 in Bakers waters and 72 in Rinnaney stretch.

        Local reports in relation to the Foxford Rocks Fishery suggest that at least 7 grilse were caught for the week.

        Cloongee Fishery reported 13 grilse for the week with 3 released. These fish were mostly caught on bubble and fly.

        East Mayo Anglers recorded 54 salmon for the week, with 24 released.  Some 5 lbs grilse were reported caught but most ranged from 3 to 4 lbs weight. Fly and worm were best methods.

        Local reports say that 4 salmon were caught on Lough Conn during the week.

        Local reports from the River Deel say that 2 salmon were caught on the River Deel during the week.

         

        Bright sunshine and warm temperatures don’t help anglers on Conn & Cullin

        Brendan Murphy released this trout from near Cormorant Rocks on Lough Conn.

        Kevin O’Bole reports from Loughs Conn & Cullin…

        Angling Report week ending 31/07/22

        The lakes are quiet and fishing poorly.  Most anglers heading out are not seeing any fish movement or activity for days on end.

        Harry Mc Cafferty, Brackwansha and friend fished a few days with only 2 small trout to the boat, which were all released.

        A party of four in two boats from Murphy’s Boat Hire had some small trout to the boat all returned, over 3 days.

        Enniscrone Angler Gerry Fitzsimons had 3 trout and some good perch, all released on the Tasmanian Devil while trolling for salmon, off Castle Island and Roe Island.

        Congratulations and well done to the Irish Youth Team on winning the Youth’s International on Lough Lene in Mullingar last week and to their captain, Jim Kelly from Cloghans, grandson of Padraic and Carmel Kelly, Cloghans.

        Angling report week ending 07/08/22

        Overall trout angling is poor on the lakes and bright sunshine accompanied by warm temperatures is not helping. Anglers are reporting a lot of weed growth in many bays and virtually no fly life on the surface. Several reports from the lake suggest the few anglers who ventured out, with some persistence and hard work and patience got results.

        Local angler Peter Roche from Cloghans, fished 2 days with Gary Binley from Foxford in South Conn and had 5 fish to the boat on wet flies.  Unfortunately, none of these fish were to the measure and all were released.  On the second day in North Conn along Annagh Island shore Peter had 2 keepers to the boat on a Claret Hopper, and a few smaller fish to the boat all released as they fished into deeper water.

        Dominick Mc Gowan from Foxford and John O Connell, Foxford, fished Coleman Shallows, Massbrook Point, Cormorant Rocks and Brackwansha shore and had several small fish with just one keeper.  All fish were caught on wet flies and all were released.

        Brendan Murphy and a friend fished out of Cloghans Bay, and they had 7 trout at Cormorant Rocks and 2 more along Brackwansha. All the fish measured just around 11” limit and were all released.

        Best flies for the week included Claret Hopper, Daddies and Dabblers.

         

        Plenty of sport in Carrigaholt, but sixgills break Gary’s heart

        Under pressure!

        Before the good weather, skipper Luke Aston gave some of his guests more sheltered fishing in the Shannon Estuary. Although fishing was described as slow, the crew aquitted themselves well, reeling in some lovely thornback ray to double figures

        An impressive thornback ray

        Another nice thornie

        Luke got some downtime from fishing to get the boat lifted out and cleaned – a vital job that actually saves money, as the growth under the water line creates drag and bruns more diesel!

        A day charter at the weekend were “blessed with the weather and we had good steady fishing through the day. Plenty Mackerel at the loop and indeed we would come on them at times further off. General fishing was good with a fine mix of Pollack and some Coalfish, Whiting, Codling, Haddock and a nice Ling.

        We also got onto some steady Spurdog fishing but the general run was a bit smaller at 6 to 8lbs.
        Pollack came aboard all day
        Spurdog

        Finally, a group in for a few days targeting the monster sixgill shark have had a tough time. As Luke says “Well what a beautiful day on the sea, but we had nothing to show for it but sweat!

        A couple of lads have been in for 3 days at the SixGill and both have had one before so they knew what to expect. But after now show for 2 days we got a heavy fish on today. After about an hours fight the fish started to move and swam up tide a bit. Then unfortunately it seemed to get the trace round a reef and managed to get off. So all Gary had to show for a hard hour and a half was sore legs.”

        Better luck next time Gary!

        Under pressure!

        Go fishing…

        Clare Dragoon

        Clare Dragoon is a LOCHIN 366 powered by 650HP engine, skippered by Luke Aston and operating out of Carrigaholt Co. Clare…

        I have some offers up on my web site www.fishandstay.com and if anybody is interested in putting a trip together please do get in touch. Also I Twitter from the boat on @fishandstay and try to update my face book page www.facebook.com/CarrigaholtSeaAngling fairly often!To experience some of the best deep sea fishing available in Ireland contact Luke.
        Telephone: +353 65 9058209 or +353 87 6367544
        Email: lukeaston@eircom.net Web: www.fishandstay.com

        Blue seas, blue skies and blue shark in West Cork

        Dave Edwards of West Cork Charters reports some super shark fishing aboard the Silver Dawn. Dave and crew managed to tag and release dozens of blue shark and a few small porbeagles recently under the Marine Sportfish Tagging Programme.

        The Dublin Fire Brigade lads managed to catch thirteen good blues and one porbeagle during their two days of fishing.

        Go fishing…

        West Cork Charters operates the Silver Dawn, a 41′ Rodman 1250 with twin 430 HP Engines out of Courtmacsherry. The range of fishing found within close range of Courtmacsherry is superb, with trips producing anything between 6 and 15 different species as a norm and in excess of 20 is possible if anglers are prepared to change methods and use different baits and lures throughout their trip. As a rule mackerel, pollock, cod and ling are usually encountered but several species of wrasse along with whiting, pouting, coalfish, bull huss, conger and many more are often added to the catch.
        If you do choose to head offshore to sample the superb shark fishing available within 10 miles of Courtmacsherry, there is a very strong chance of encountering blue sharks and an increasing chance of bringing a porbeagle shark to the boat.

        Address: The Pier, Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork.
        Telephone: +353 (83) 449 1403
        Email: DavidEdwardsCymru@hotmail.com

        Web: www.irelandseaangling.com