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Mullet fishing hotting up in the summer sun

The guys at Irish Mullet Fishing have been sharing photos of some of the cracking mullet they have caught over the past couple of weeks. The warm temperatures seem to have got the mullet into a bit of a frenzy and the lads had some lovely 4lb+ fish to show for their efforts.

Plenty of action for Clare charter boats

The good fishing off the Clare coast continued for charter boats in the area last week. Sean Maguire of Fishing Adventures had a group out targeting Pollack and they certainly managed to get a few good ones despite a heavy downpour putting a dampener on things…


Meanwhile, Luke Aston of the Clare Dragoon welcomed back some overseas visitors for the first time this year and they got straight into the swing of things catching a good range of species over their week’s fishing, including Blues, Porgies, Tope, Huss, and they also managed over 100 Spurs in a day.

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


Lady Gwen II

Fishing Adventures on Séan Maguire’s Lady Gwen II, a Lochin 33  M265Ti Perkins charterboat which operates 15 miles from Kilbaha, Carrigaholt, and Kilrush.

Whether you want to go to the Atlantic Ocean for a large selection of species, including different types of shark, or fish the estuary for ray conger tope etc, Fishing Adventures will cater for whatever fishing you desire.
Telephone: +353 (0) 877508758 or +353 (0) 894431182
Email: fishadven@gmail.com Web: www.fishingadventures.ie

Kelpy cod and powerful pollack in Cork Harbour

Con Murphy of Cappoquin with a powerful pollack

A report from saltwater fly fishing guide Richie Ryan detailing his recent experiences fishing in Cork Harbour deserves mention this week:

There is good pollack fishing aboard Sea Hawk at the moment while chucking fluff! Currently, pun intended, sea temperatures have the bass in sulking mode but the ever reliable pollack are obliging as always. The very underrated sport of hooking and landing pollack on a  fly is a thrill to be savoured by all ages. Youngsters can partake where we cheat a little bit by putting the fly in the water and letting the wind and current do the rest. There is a most unusual sensation pulsed through the line whilst a pollack is trying to suck the fly into its mouth. The smallest inquiry, thanks Dr. Jacques Bronkhorst for the appropriate word, can be a 6lb mass of muscle ready to test your angling skills. If you don’t control the fish he will head for the weed and it’s extremely difficult to dislodge him.

Whilst fly fishing for pollack there can be the odd surprise. Having lost one of my favourite people recently, Commander Rory Costello, he came to mind as I headed out guiding the morning after his funeral. I thought of this angler who loved his cod and asked him to send me a decent one that morning. One of the last times we met I had given him some nice fresh cod. As can be seen from the photo, Rory obliged, a fine kelpy specimen for me. The first one I’ve landed this year on the fly! Coincidence or divine intervention? I’m not sure!

Richie’s ‘kelpy’ cod


Richie Ryan
Saltwater fly fishing Guide.

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Eire Bass – Richie Ryan

Saltwater fly fishing Guide.

Web: www.corkbass.com E-mail: info@corkbass.com
Tel: +353 (0)86 1940744

Feedermasters fishes well on Muckno

The Irish Feedermasters qualifiers have seen Lough Muckno just continue to improve and improve, with multiple double figures the norm on all sections. Winner Rory Dunne, (an exceptional angler on all methods) netted 24kgs on feeder only, one can but guess at what his weight would have been had all methods been available to this very special angler.
With another top angler Seamus Winters weighing in 14 kgs on an unfancied peg at Upper Concra Wood and not framing even in his mini section, you can get an appreciation of how good this venue is at this time, even with the limitations of having to fish the feeder.
For all Irish anglers looking for a brilliant 5 day ALL METHOD Festival before end of 2021, please look no further than our individual 5 day Festival, mid September and book on as soon as possible.
Top five today with weights ranging from 16kgs to 24kgs were:
  • 1st Rory Dunne.
  • 2nd Darren Fairhurst
  • 3rd Robertas Zilatis
  • 4th Rory O Neill
  • 5th Joint Brenton Sweeney / Rimantas.
Qualifiers today including those by default.
  • Rimantas
  • Jacek Monika Januszewscy
  • Shane Dunne
  • Brenton Sweeney
  • Adrian Van Der Heever
Sections mini.
  • Mick Carr
  • Neil Keane
  • Jacek
  • Noel McNulty
  • Michael Cormican
  • Shane Dunne
  • Philip Hartin
  • Damien Foltyn
  • Adrian Van Der Heever
  • Arthur Artur Dudek
Penultimate qualifier will be held on this day two weeks and that event is now open for entry by the usual method. “Book me on please” on this Facebook page.
The final two qualifiers as normal will be heavily subscribed so please book early.
Organisers will continue to take entries for the September individual Festival by pm to this Facebook page.

Lough Ree International Pike Classic welcomes anglers with disability

Lough Ree Angling Hub are delighted to announce that this year’s International Pike Classic will be OPEN to anglers with disability & wheelchair users for the very first time.

The event will take place this September 11th and 12th launching out of Ballyleague and is a big attraction every year for serious pike anglers from Ireland and beyond.


The wheelie boat has made a huge impact since its launch, if you are interested in taking part in the International Pike Classic, or booking an outing on one of the three daily sailings, you can email loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com or check out https://www.facebook.com/LoughReeAccessForAll/ for info.


Moy Catchment Angling Report week ending 25/07/21

Kevin O’Boyle reports from the River Moy…


Week ending 25/07/21

A brilliant week of sunshine with temperatures reaching over 25˚ Celsius throughout the week. Calm weather and blue skies all week resulted in lower angling effort and significantly reduced catches. Water temperatures were well over 20˚ Celsius all week too and water levels at Ballylahan Bridge reduced from 0.272 m at the start of the week to 0.192 m on Sunday. Ninety-nine salmon were reported caught within the Moy catchment for the week.

Thirteen grilse were caught on the Moy Fishery waters, 8 of which were caught on the Ridge Pool and 5 on the Cathedral Beat. All fish were caught on the fly and four salmon were released.

Ballina Salmon Anglers reported 10 salmon for the week.

Mount Falcon Fishery produced 5 salmon.

Knockmore Anglers had 4 salmon while Attymass waters reported 1 salmon.

Byrne’s Fishery reported 3 salmon.

Armstrong’s Fishery reported 4 for the week.

Gannon’s Fishery produced 2 salmon for the week.

Granville Nesbitt reported 23 grilse from the Foxford Fishery.

Foxford Salmon Anglers reported 16 grilse from their waters.

Reports from the Foxford town waters reveal that at least 1 grilse was caught for the week.

Cloongee Fishery produced 4 grilse on bubble and fly and all fish were released.

Reports from East Mayo Anglers reveal that 9 grilse were caught for the week with 4 of them released.

13kms of illegal nets seized last year

Inland Fisheries Ireland staff member John O’Connor in Kerry seizing an illegal fishing net from the River Feale in 2020.
Inland Fisheries Ireland staff member John O’Connor in Kerry seizing an illegal fishing net from the River Feale in 2020.

Inland Fisheries Ireland, the state agency responsible for the protection and conservation of freshwater fish and habitats, has revealed that over 13 kilometres of illegal nets were seized by its protection officers and inspectors around the country last year.

250 illegal fishing nets, measuring 13,158 metres in total, were among the 1,287 items seized by the agency on its patrols and inspections in 2020. Other items seized by Inland Fisheries Ireland included spear guns, hand lines, traps, illegally caught fish and stroke hauls which are large-weighted hooks used to impale a fish.

Unless licenced, it is illegal to use a net for catching fish in freshwater due to the ecological damage they cause to fish populations and habitats, such as Wild Atlantic Salmon, Sea Trout and Sea Bass. Due to the severity of the offence and the environmental impact caused by illegal fishing, Inland Fisheries Ireland has a policy of bringing cases involving illegal nets directly to court. Those convicted can face fines and even prison sentences.

An example of an illegal fishing net measuring 160 metres in length in the Shannon Estuary seized by Inland Fisheries Ireland in 2020.
An example of an illegal fishing net measuring 160 metres in length in the Shannon Estuary seized by Inland Fisheries Ireland in 2020.

A recent court case involving the use of an illegal net for fishing came before Judge David Waters at Listowel District Court on July 1st this year. Tom Allen, with an address of Lixnaw, Co. Kerry, was convicted under Section 96 of the Fisheries Acts 1959 – 2017 on a charge of possession of a net along the River Brick in 2020. Mr. Allen was fined €700 and was also ordered to pay €947 in court costs.

Assistant Inspector at Inland Fisheries Ireland, Darren Halpin, gave evidence in court, outlining how he was responding to a report from a member of the public, which led to the seizure of the illegal net.

An example of an illegal fishing net, seized by Inland Fisheries Ireland at Inisdooey Island in Co. Donegal in 2020.

In another court case this year involving illegal fishing nets, Gareth Fennel of Kilrush, Co. Clare was convicted on July 20th under Sections 96 and 97 of the Fisheries Consolidation Act 1959.  Appearing before Kilrush District Court in Ennis Courthouse, Mr. Fennel was fined €500 and ordered to pay €530 in costs for possession and use of an illegal net for the purposes of taking salmon. Ray Byrne, a Fisheries Officer with Inland Fisheries Ireland, gave evidence in court.

To report suspicions of illegal fishing, or sightings of illegal nets, members of the public are encouraged to call Inland Fisheries Ireland’s confidential hotline number on 1890 34 74 24, which is open 24 hours a day.

Killybegs Mariners doing well from shore & boat

While local shore marks produced some hard fighting chunky ballan wrasse along with more bass, scad and flatties for Killybegs Mariners member Christopher, more members (including Christopher) enjoyed great boat fishing during the week! Read Killybegs Mariners Sac report below…

“Great weather on the bay for the boat fishing and a lovely mix of different species for everyone out enjoying the trips with more dolphins in huge numbers all over the bay swimming with the boats. Fine cod and pollack etc along with thornback rays for John, Callum and Christopher. Bluemouth and rays for Adam and Daragh!”
Nice cod for John
Bluemouth for Adam
Grey gurnard for Daragh
Mariners sea angling club Killybegs Co Donegal. The club runs a shore league and boat competitions and angling trips around Ireland doing the sport we love. Get in touch at www.facebook.com/mariner.sac


Pollack, cod and ling aplenty in Killala Bay

Good fishing has been reported from Killala Bay. See Donal Kennedy’s report below…

“Fishing trip on Sunday 25th. A group of anglers from Co. Offaly headed out from Killala Harbour for a day’s fishing onboard “Leah”. The weather was good, over cast with light northerly winds. The first stop was to get a few mackerel for bait but as always the skipper brings fresh frozen ones just in case. A couple of dozen mackerel were caught. The fishing was very slow at first but as the day moved on some fine pollack were caught along with cod ,ling and pouting. All in all a good day was enjoyed by the anglers.”

Happy anglers onboard Leah

D. Kennedy Angling is a family run Angling Charter Business operating out of Enniscrone, Co. Sligo and Killala, Co. Mayo. Trips on the MV Leah offer a fantastic fishing experience, from a full day’s shark fishing to a short mackerel fishing trip. As well as catering for the serious angler we offer a range of other services including family trips, pleasure trips and dolphin watching…

To book a day’s fishing in Killala Bay contact Donal Kennedy on +353 (0)86 8174509 or visit www.dkennedyangling.net.

Did you apply for a River Lee brown tag? Final Draw results here

Kingsley Weir - River Lee, Cork
Kingsley Weir - River Lee, Cork

On Tuesday morning, 27 July 2021, the FINAL virtual draw took place to allocate River Lee Brown Tags to prequalified valid 2021 salmon rod licence holders.  A total of 104 entries were received for the 40 available tags.

Entrants were issued numbers ranging from 601 to 704 inclusive and notified of their number by email by Sunday 25th July 2021, in advance of the draw.

IFI used a random generator to draw the numbers. The draw was recorded.  A total of 45numbers were drawn in the first instance.  The first 40 to be allocated brown tags, with a reserve of 5.

The draw was witnessed by Tom Morrison Cork District Inspector, Myles Kelly, Angling Advisor, Catherine Dwane, Assistant Inspector (Administrator of the Tags) and confirmed by Sean Long, RBD Director.

Numbers selected are laid out below.

  • 639
  • 644
  • 664
  • 646
  • 665
  • 604
  • 689
  • 692
  • 667
  • 686
  • 704
  • 703
  • 625
  • 655
  • 610
  • 633
  • 673
  • 606
  • 637
  • 605
  • 622
  • 620
  • 676
  • 682
  • 697
  • 623
  • 696
  • 677
  • 679
  • 658
  • 685
  • 615
  • 632
  • 659
  • 683
  • 688
  • 651
  • 656
  • 657
  • 653

These are the initial 5 reserve numbers:

  • 635
  • 694
  • 617
  • 603
  • 640

It is envisaged that the Brown Tags will be issued by post by tomorrow afternoon.  All anglers are asked to acknowledge receipt of their Brown Tag by email including the tag number to corkleebrowntag2021@fisheriesireland.ie

Please note: This is the final allocation of brown tags for the 2021 season. Good luck to all anglers for the rest of the season.

brown tags
Brown tags