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Irish Angling Update – 22 October 2020

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The week was mild, dry and bright for the most part, though the last couple of days saw some very heavy rain in places. Given the Level 3 and 4 restriction in places and the uncertainty in advance of the recent Government announcement  its’s  no surprise that less angling took place that would normally be expected for the time of year and favourable conditions…

conger eel
Biggest of the day: 190cm conger about 40lbs for Evan

Very little to report in a week that has seen the return to lockdown. Sea anglers were out and about; shore, small boat and charter boats all had some action in the last week. But we only have one report in from Cork Harbour where one boat enjoyed decent fishing over the wrecks and the day was topped off with a super specimen-sized conger eel. Evan McGovern gets Catch of the Week for his 190cm conger.

This time of year we normally expect to see plenty of reports from coarse and pike fisheries from Cork to Clare, up the Shannon and all across the midlands and north east. We’ve heard very little from our regular reporters this year, so instead we’ll give them a shout out.  Here’s to Michael Flanagan of Midlands Angling, Kevin Lyons of Melview Lodge, Maura Hughes of Church View Guest House, everyone in IFPAC and the clubs like Newbridge, Dublin and Leinster, everyone in the NCFFI and their clubs like Munster Anglers, Inniscarra TDL, Oaklands, Tulla, CM Lakelands, Sheemore, Cavan, Belturbet, Fermoy and the guys in IADA, Lough Muckno, NADA and all the others who share the news and updates from recreational anglers, competitions and festivals. Thank you. And here’s to a return to the days when we can fill the pages of the Irish Angling Update with smiling anglers with 100cm pike and good nets of roach, bream, rudd and tench.

It’s time to return your logbook and unused tags

As the salmon and sea trout season is now closed all across Ireland we’d like to remind all salmon and sea trout anglers of the importance of returning their 2020 angling logbook and unused gill tags on time. Logbook returns must be made by 19th October annually even if there is no catch recorded.

Level 5 and angling

Everyone is aware that the lockdown is in place and what it means. But here is a reminder of the measures in place for angling:

  • Guides and ghillies are not on the list of essential services
  • Charter boats are not on the list of essential services
  • Anglers must stay within 5km of their home
  • No angling events permitted
  • For more see: IFI Guidance to Anglers – Level 5 restrictions

And now the weather…

Cold wet weather ahead. Friday will see more rain and with it a risk of flooding in Atlantic counties. Saturday will start cold and very wet before becoming slightly milder with a risk of hail and thunder. Sunday will be blustery and wet again. Monday sees a slight improvement but the outlook is for unsettled conditions again from Tuesday. If you plan on going fishing dress for the weather, keep it brief and respect the 5km limit.

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

Myles Kelly
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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    IFI Guidance to Anglers – Level 5 restrictions

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    Level 5 restrictions
    Level 5 restrictions

    Resilience and recovery 2020-2021: Living with covid-19

    The Government has published a medium-term strategy Resilience and Recovery 2020-2021: Plan for Living with COVID-19.

    Inland Fisheries Ireland offers the following information to anglers as a guideline only. Government advice to stop the spread of coronavirus is BE RESPONSIBLE, BE SAFE.

    Anglers are advised to comply with Government guidelines specific to the region in which they live and wish to travel to, see Current status of the Plan for Living with COVID-19. Travel is only permitted within 5km of your home.

    Visiting international anglers should refer to government guidelines ‘Arriving to Ireland from another country’ for up-to-date advice.

    Organisers are advised to ensure that their events comply with Government guidelines specific to the level in operation and location of their events, and the advice of their governing body and Sport Ireland on running competitions safely. Angling competitions are not permitted.

    General Guidance for everyone

    • Follow Government protocols and public health guidelines.
    • Observe physical distancing by keeping at least 2 metres apart, if not possible wear a face covering.
    • Park legally and responsibly if driving to outdoor amenities.
    • Respect our emergency services and avoid activities that could potentially lead to emergency call outs.
    • Respect the environment, animals & wildlife and dispose of waste properly.
    • Travel separately, unless from the same household and visit outdoor areas at off peak times if possible.

    All Anglers

    Remain within 5km of your home. Follow up-to-date Government advice, however changes to Government advice may result in amendments to this information. Angling competitions are not permitted..

    To stay safe, anglers should follow public health guidelines:

    Boat Anglers

    Max 2 persons in small boats to comply with physical distancing (unless from same household). Remember to maintain physical distancing on board and at slipways and access points. Remain within 5km of your home.

    Guides & Ghillies

    Guides and Ghillies are not included in the Governments list of essential services.

    Charter Boat Owners

    • Anglers are not permitted to participate in the Tuna CHART programme.
    • Regular charter boat operation is not included in the Governments list of essential services.

    BE RESPONSIBLE     BE SAFE

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    Level 5 restrictions

    The power to control this pandemic is still in our hands

    A summer rudd for Tom in Templemore

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    Tom Delaney from Roscrea caught this fine rudd from Templemore Lake in the middle of the summer. Tom was using an 11m pole, but only using it at 8m as the fish in Templemore lake can be caught very near the bank, Tom was fishing in 6 feet of water adjacent to the sluice gate. He caught the rudd on sweet corn over a bed of brown crumb. All the ground bait was put in via a pole cup for accuracy & loose feeding 5 maggot’s every few minutes.

    It’s not often we are sent in pictures of a fine summer rudd like this one so we thought we’d post it up; this winter is set to be a long one so we all need something to look forward to and, for some of us, sitting on the bank of Templemore lake catching beautiful rudd like this one would be just that.

     

    Community Water Management Training in County Longford

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    Longford waters 2020
    Longford waters 2020

    Community Water Management Training in County Longford brought to you by Longford Community Resources CLG

    Ken Whelan and Martin McGarrigle are delighted to announce two Community Water Management Courses in North and South County Longford..

    Course will run Oct – Dec 2020, dates to be confirmed.

    For full information on the two courses and how to register visit http://longford.watersproject.com/

    Learn about the myriad of life forms in County Longford’s unique rivers and  streams. All are welcome: Tidy Town members, farmers, anglers, walkers, wildlife groups, teachers and anyone with an interest in water protection, conservation and management.

    Are you resident in County Longford?

    • Do you want to learn about your local rivers, lakes and wetlands?
    • Do you want some practical and hands-on engagement with these local waters?
    • Are you interested in developing local action plans for your local rivers and lakes?
    • Do you and your community group need more knowledge and the confidence to apply for funding for your action plan?
    • Would you like to learn, share ideas, gain expertise in the areas of water conservation and management?
    • Would you like to learn how to develop and implement a local water management plan?

    Then this course is for you!

    For full information on the two courses and how to register visit http://longford.watersproject.com/

    Longford waters 2020
    Longford waters 2020

    Good cod and coalies and conger to 190cm outside Cork Harbour

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    conger eel
    Biggest of the day: 190cm conger about 40lbs for Evan
    Cod
    Cod to over 8lb were caught

    Evan McGovern was fishing out of Cork Harbour friends at at the weekend.  They fished a few inshore wrecks with mixed results on the drift.  They caught good numbers of ling but nothing massive.  They also caught good pollack and a good stamp of cod and coalies on lures.  Some of the better fish were cod to 8.5lb and coalies to 7lb.

    coalfish
    Some decent coalfish were picked up too

    As the tide slackened off they stopped drifting a  dropped anchor on a wreck as the tide. Once more they were catching ling at steady enough rate for a while.  It all went dead then when the conger came on the feed.  They had about 10 straps and Evan had one big eel of 40lbs.  Measured on  mat it came to 190cms.

    conger eel
    Biggest of the day: 190cm conger about 40lbs

    Overall it was a great day out with plenty of wildlife sightings.  They even came across tuna a few times throughout the day and a there was a lot of whale and dolphin activity too. All part of the rewards for the angler who makes an effort to get out on the water.

    Irish Angling Upate – 16 October 2020

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    It’s been a beautiful autumn week, a little chilly at times, but dry and bright. These bright, sunny days have brought out the colour and glory of the autumn leaves, encouraging moments of mindfulness in these turbulent times. Mid-October brings the end of the salmon and trout seasons, and, with coarse and pike angling unnaturally quiet right now, it’s the saltwater anglers that have, once again, come to the fore in this week’s report.

    It’s time to return your logbook and unused tags

    As the salmon and sea trout season is now closed all across Ireland we’d like to remind all salmon and sea trout anglers of the importance of returning their 2020 angling logbook and unused gill tags on time. Logbook returns must be made by 19th October annually even if there is no catch recorded. There were a few fish caught in the last days of the season and our final salmon updates this year come from Lough Currane and the River Boyne.

    Oliver McCormack with his end of season trout caught on a Claret Bumble at Orangefield #CPRsavesfish

    Our last trout report of 2020 comes from Lough Sheelin, where the feeling is that it was a quiet end to a season made difficult by lockdown, restrictions and uncertainties. One not lacking in opportunities and successes, but coloured by the backdrop of the global pandemic.

    The lockdowns and restrictions continue to impact most heavily on coarse fishing and there have been no festivals or competitions in the last week and many more cancelled into the coming month.

    Eugene holding the IFPAC Final trophy for the second time
    Eugene holding the IFPAC Final trophy for the second time

    We have one pike angling report, from the start of the month. In a thrilling competition where literally hundreds of pike were caught and safely released Eugene Mc Cabe emerged as the new IFPAC National Pike Champion. This is Eugene’s second time as IFPAC Champion. This has never happened in the history of IFPAC since it was founded in 1988.

    Cork Cod

    There are plenty of sea angling reports again this week. Starting on the East coast, charter boat anglers out of Wicklow are getting some great fish; inshore for specimen tope and offshore over wrecks for specimen pollack. Anglers fishing out of Cork Harbour are getting a good mix of species including cod and bass.

    Andrew Ware wins Catch of the week for his incredible haul of bluefin tuna caught, tagged and released over 2 days

    Bluefin tuna continue to grab the headlines. Some incredible catches have been enjoyed by anglers taking part in the TunaChart tag and release fishery. One angler fishing in Donegal Bay caught and released 16 bluefin tuna to over 600lb in 2 days. The arm aching feat wins Andrew Ware Catch of the Week. There was excellent sport enjoyed off the Cork coast too. It was a case of “one for everybody in the audience” on the Rebecca C at the weekend and the other authorised bluefin tuna boats in Cork also reported some fantastic adventures.

    Finally, the current nationwide Level 3 status means anglers are confined to fishing in the county in which they reside and all competitions are suspended or postponed. Further restrictions are in place in those counties which have been moved to Level 4. For more see Resilience and recovery 2020-2021: Living with Covid-19 – Guidance to Anglers

    And now the weather…

    Saturday will be mainly dry with scattered showers in the morning becoming isolated by afternoon. Cloudier overall, particularly in the north and east with sunny spells elsewhere. Outbreaks of rain will develop on the southwest coast towards evening. Highest temperatures of 10 to 13C with moderate easterly winds, fresh at times in the west. Sunday will be cloudy again, rain turning persistent later, particularly along southern coastal counties. Temperatures will range between 11 and 13C during the afternoon. Winds will be light variable in direction on Sunday, becoming fresh southerly on eastern coasts. Rain again on Monday and the weather continues unsettled on Tuesday and through the midweek period.

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

    Myles Kelly
    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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    Salmon and sea trout anglers reminded to return logbooks and gill tags

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    It's time to return your logbook and unused tags

     

    Inland Fisheries Ireland is reminding all salmon and sea trout anglers of the importance of returning their 2020 angling logbook and unused gill tags on time (by law angling logbook returns must be made by 19th October annually even if there is no catch recorded). Please ignore this email if you have already returned your logbook and unused gill tags.

    These returns will provide vital information regarding the status and management of our wild Atlantic Salmon and Sea Trout stocks for 2021.

    Anglers are asked to make the return via the business return envelope which was supplied at the time of license purchase. In the absence of the prepaid logbook return envelope, anglers can return their completed logbook and unused tags to the Inland Fisheries Ireland office address on their licence/logbook.

    Any queries in relation to the scheme can be sent to salmonlogbookreturn@fisheriesireland.ie.

    Big pollack and specimen tope for Wicklow Boat Charters

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    Specimen tope
    Specimen tope

    Early October saw more top class pollack fishing over the Wicklow wrecks. Johnathon Edgeworth’s crew hit a couple of spots under 20Nm. They had plenty of pollack to 9lb, and a few Pouting too.
    Wrecks have produced consistently for skipper Kit Dunne in the last 2 months and he has 3 Irish Specimen Pollock recorded.

    Pollack
    Pollack

    This weekend saw Kit’s boats fishing closer to shore but the fishing was no less exciting. After getting mackerel for bait in the morning, the crew targeted tope and were rewarded with a specimen in the afternoon, a lovely fish of 156cm, 62cm girt, a very welcome beauty.

    Specimen tope
    Specimen tope
    Kit with a tope
    Kit with a topeBig pollack and specimen tope for Wicklow Boat Charters

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    SPECIALIST ANGLING CHARTERS

    Specialist Angling Charters are offered for those who wish to target specific species, specimen fish or try new methods of angling.

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    Whether you’re a Club, Individual, School or Junior you can have an angling coaching session or programme tailored to suit your needs.

    Kit Dunne
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    Unique double for Eugene McCabe in 2019/20 IFPAC National Pike Championship

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    Eugene holding the IFPAC Final trophy for the second time
    Eugene holding the IFPAC Final trophy for the second time

    John Chambers reports on the previously postponed and finally fished National Pike Championship…

    Fifty three enthusiastic anglers turned up at Shannonbridge on 03 October for the postponed final (due to Covid-19). All precautions were implemented as per NPHET guidelines during the check-in process. Fishing was superb with weather and water levels perfect – this aided a large number of fish been caught with the heaviest bag in the 60lb bracket and the cut-off 39lb!

    Eugene holding the IFPAC Final trophy for the second time
    Eugene holding the IFPAC Final trophy for the second time

    In a thrilling competition where literally hundreds of pike were caught and safely released Eugene Mc Cabe emerged as the new IFPAC Champion. This is Eugene’s second time as IFPAC Champion. This has never happened in the history of IFPAC since was founded in 1988.

    Results were as follows:

    1st Eugene McCabe 12 fish – 64Ib 9oz
    2nd Jody Kiernan 21 fish 55Ib 14oz
    3rd David Walsh 13 fish – 54Ib 11oz
    4th Eddie McGuirk 10 fish – 54Ib 11oz
    5th Tucker McCabe 13 fish – 46Ib 11oz
    6th Mark Kiernan 16 fish – 46Ib 3oz
    7th Albert McNamara 10 fish 43Ib 1oz
    8th Paul Reynolds 12 fish 40Ib 5oz
    9th Rodney Gaynor 12 fish – 39Ib 7oz
    10th Dave Murphy 11fish – 39Ib 4oz
    (Joint 10th. Dave is 10th with 1 more fish)

    Substitutions:
    11th Marty Lawlor 10 fish – 39Ib 4oz
    12th Tommy Coffey 15 fish – 39Ib

    Heaviest Fish: 18Ib 8oz Carl O’Reilly

    14 Doubles caught.

    Amount of Fish: 342.

    Report courtesy of the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs

    Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs

    The Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs (IFPAC) is a body representing pike anglers in Ireland, North and South.The IFPAC was founded on 17th January 1988 at a meeting held at the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. The membership for that year stood at fifteen clubs representing six hundred anglers, today membership of IFPAC is approaching 100 affiliated clubs representing in excess of seven thousand anglers from all walks of life.

    http://www.angling-in-ireland.com/

    Cork coastline busting with bluefin

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    The seas off our south and south west coast are alive with bluefin tuna at the moment and Tuna CHART authorised skippers are making the most of their opportunities to tag and release as many as they can catch before the bluefin season is out.

    Fishing out of Baltimore, Radiance tagged five more fish up to 600 lbs on Wednesday bringing Kieran Collins’ season total to 41 fish. Earlier in the week they managed to tag five more fish with one monster estimated at 700 lbs.

    A radiant bluefin
    Ben Horgan and his tuna

    Over in Courtmacsherry, skipper Sean Maxwell aboard the Lady Louise was only after the big girls yesterday and he managed to entice four of them to the side of the boat, the biggest a thumping 96 inch fish for Michael Madden.

    Land ahoy and a double hook up for the Lady Louise

    Still in Courtmac and, just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water… Dave Edwards of West Cork Charters posted this epic video up featuring tuna busting all around the Silver Dawn moments before their second hook up of the day:

    Impressive stuff to say the least.

    In Union Hall, Tom Collins of Sea Angling Charters only managed to get out two days last week because of the adverse weather conditions but he still managed to hook ten tuna bringing 6 to the boat for tagging. Tom reckons that the sea off West Cork is stuffed with tuna at the moment and it’s only going to get better as we progress into Autumn.

    Stunning bluefin pic from Sea Angling Charters

    It was a family affair for Adrian Nowotynski of Irish Deep Sea Charters as he took younger bro Alex out on the Chloe Jay for a half day’s tuna fishing on Wednesday; it turned out to be a full day’s work for Alex with three nice tuna in the 300 – 400 lbs range tagged and released before 2pm.

    Alex Nowotynski and his bluefin

    Over to Ballycotton in East Cork and Derek Schwartau had a tough day earlier in the week with three good fish trashing his gear. He did manage to tag one nice fish so all was not lost.

    One is better than none in Ballycotton

     

    Tuna CHART

    Tuna CHART (CatcH and Release Tagging) will see authorised vessels catch, tag and release Atlantic Bluefin Tuna for data collection purposes off the Irish coast.  The programme, which is being developed by Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Marine Institute in partnership with the Sea Fisheries Protection Authority, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the Department for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, operated on a pilot basis in 2019.

    The 2020 season will open on the 13th July and close on the 12th November 2020.

    Authorised Vessels

    Anglers wishing to engage in this fishery must only do so on a sea angling vessel specifically authorised to participate in the pilot programme.  Any person engaging in this fishery on any vessel which is not appropriately authorised will be in breach of the Sea-Fisheries and Maritime Jurisdiction (Bluefin Tuna) Regulations.

    A full list of authorised skippers can be found below:

    Name

    Vessel name

    Current Port

    Adrian Molloy
    Killybegs, Co. Donegal
    Brian McGilloway
    Killybegs Co. Donegal
    Donal McMenamin
    Killybegs, Co. Donegal
    Michael Callaghan
    Killybegs, Teelin, Co. Donegal
    Michael McGettigan
    Killybegs, Co. Donegal
    Patrick O’Doherty
    Bundoran Pier Co. Donegal
    Daryl Ewing
    Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
    Declan Kilgannon
    Mullaghmore Co. Sligo
    John Brittain
    Cleggan, Co. Galway
     John Fleming
     Galway
    Luke Aston
    Carrigaholt, Co. Clare
    Noel Kelleher
    Kilrush, Co. Clare
    Peter Power
    Mullaghmore Co. Sligo
    Thomas McCallion
    Rosses Point, Co. Sligo
    Carroll O’Donoghue
    Kinsale, Co. Cork
    David Edwards
    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork
    Derek Schwartau
    Ballycotton, Co. Cork
    Séan Maxwell
    Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork
    Tony Santry
    Marlogue, Cobh Island, Cork Harbor
     Adrian Nowotynski
     Union Hall Co. Cork
    Kieran Collins
    Baltimore, Co. Cork
    Tom Collins
    Reen, Union Hall, Co. Cork