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Newcomer makes his mark at Limerick Pike Anglers Competition

The Limerick County Pike Anglers Association stayed close to home for their latest club match, and were rewarded with some fine weather and a few decent fish. There were a decent number of smaller fish in the 1lb – 5lb category that helped anglers inch up the league table, but it was one of the newer members, Paul Maloney, that made his mark on the day with a couple of hefty fish of 12lb+ and 9lb+. That was enough to give him a clean sweep, winning him both the biggest fish and biggest bag of the day.

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High water on the Flesk but salmon being caught

River Flesk
River Flesk

Tim Moore from IFI Macroom reports that there were several Springers caught off the Killarney Flesk last week. Best of these was estimated to weigh 9lb and was caught by a by local angler.

Conditions on the river have not been easy with continuously high water levels following nearly daily rains.

Go fishing…

Rivers Laune and Killarney Lakes system

Targeting overwintered trout on Knockaderry Reservoir with Game Fishing Ireland

Jason O’Riordan of Game Fishing Ireland reports on an early February trip to Knockaderry Reservoir in County Waterford. Jason is by day permit angler Dave from Kilkenny. The fishery had not been stocked since autumn 2023 so any fish encountered will be overwintered trout. Conditions were good for the time of year with temperatures up around 12ºC with a south westerly wind which was forecast to be very strong at times during the day.

Jason and Dave set up with a lure and a nymphing/buzzer outfit each. The plan was to start off with the lures and later try some sheltered areas with buzzers and nymphs. The pair decided on the morning it was too early in the season for dry fly fishing.

On the lighter 6wt outfits they used floating lines, long leaders and imitative patterns to match what they expected the trout to be feeding on. On the 7wt outfits they fished 2 lure/wet fly patterns 6ft apart on sinking lines. The leader was made up of .20 fluorocarbon tippet for the lures and .18 for the nymphs.

Go fishing…

Game Fishing Ireland

Address Dungarvan Waterford Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 87 296 5712 Website: gamefishingireland.ie

Knockaderry Reservoir

Address Knockaderry Reservoir Kilmeaden Waterford Ireland Mobile Phone: +35386 3995552 Website: waterfordflyfishing.ie

Plenty of wind and rain on Currane but no salmon this week

Lough Currane, Kerry

Vincent Appleby reports from the shore of Lough Currane where anglers are still waiting to get the lakes first salmon of the season…

16/2/2024 Just one boat out, just two Kelts for their efforts. Wind SSW light to fresh and variable, overcast all day followed by misty rain at times.

17/2/2024 The Currane anglers were all quiet this day. Wind fresh SW and variable and overcast all day, followed by misty rain.

18/2/2024 All quiet on all fronts, so on that note we will head straight to the rainfall department, there was a good flood last night and early this morning, amount of rain 19.3 mm plus, up until1am?  I will have more on this flood in tomorrow’s nights notes. Wind NW veered SW light to fresh followed by reasonable cloud cover.

19/2/2024 All quiet on the Northside, the same goes for East side, Southside, Southwest side, all I can say is it’s a good job there’s isn’t an F side, if you get my drift. Now to the flood update, total amount of rainfall excluding mountainous rainfall was 24 mm. Wind WSW light to fresh, followed by a fair bit of sunshine.

20/2/2024 The Lonesome boatmen of www.fishingwithdom.com  reports that it was all quiet on the SW front in all fishing departments. Wind WSW veered NW and veered again SSW late in the afternoon.

21/2/24 Just two boats out manipulating their skills, sadly their lines stayed slack this day. Wind fresh W veered WSW fresh followed by strong gusts up to 63 Km/h followed by good cloud cover.

Vincent Appleby
Eureka Lodge, Caherdaniel West, Co. Kerry.
Telephone: +353 (0) 87 207 4882
E-mail:[email protected]
Web: www.salmonandseatrout.com

Sea Trout – Catch and release only

Inland Fisheries Ireland wishes to remind anglers that the Conservation of Sea Trout (No.7 or Kerry District) Waterville Area Bye-Law No. 971 of 2019 remains in effect. This Bye-law prohibits the retention and possession of any sea trout (Salmo trutta L.) taken by any fishing engine or by rod and line in the Waterville area i.e. that part of the sea eastward of a line drawn from the most westerly point of Bolus Head to the most westerly point of Lamb’s Head and to all the waters discharging in to it.

The Bye-Law mainly affects seatrout fishing on :-

  • the river Inny (Knockmoyle) and its tributaries
  • the waters of the Waterville system, including the Waterville River, Lough Currane, the Cummeragh River and all their tributary rivers and lakes
  • the waters of Ballinskelligs Bay


A new online survey has been developed by IFI for the Currane catchment to gather anglers’ knowledge – the survey method called FLEKSI was developed by IFI to help give an insight into the status of the fishery. Currane Anglers are needed for Citizen Science survey to examine fish stocks

Go fishing…

Find out more about Lough Currane…

The rivers and lakes of Waterville drain a large catchment and are regarded by many as the foremost Salmon and Sea-Trout fishery in the country. The lake system is well developed with access to boats and guides being readily available to the tourist angler. The Sea-Trout caught here are renowned for their size and quantity. For more details see:

Waterville lakes and river system

Guides and boat hire

Cloghvoola Fishing Lodge

Address Cloghvoola Waterville Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 66 9478009 Website: cloghvoola.com

Fishing with Dom

Address Spunkane Waterville Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 87 2051515 Website: https://fishingwithdom.com/

Fly Fishing on Lough Currane

Address Termons Waterville Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone: +353(0) 87 922 8659 Phone: +353(0) 66 9474146 Website: flyfishingatloughcurrane.com

Lakelands Farm

Address Lake Road Waterville Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 87 4160200 Website: lakelandshouse.com

Neil O’Shea

Address Caherbarna Waterville Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 87 9942792 Phone: +353 66 9474527 Website: oshealoughcurrane.com

Old Daly’s Supermarket & Filling Station

Address Murreigh Waterville V23 X459 Ireland Mobile Phone: +353669474842 Website: dalysfoodstore.ie

Salmon & Sea Trout Fishing

Address Eureka Lodge Caherdaniel West Waterville Kerry V23 XD63 Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 87 2074882 Website: salmonandseatrout.com

Waterville Boats

Address Spunkane Waterville Kerry Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 (0)87 2202355 Phone: +353 (0)66 9474800

VDE Irish Canal Masters tickets selling quick

Tickets for the qualifier rounds for the Van Den Eynde Irish Canal Masters are on sale now and are selling fast. Competition dates, prizes and other details are listed below. There are only a handful of spaces left for the Enfield qualifier, and all three qualifiers are expected to sell out, so if you want to put your name down, you better sign up quickly!

We have brought forward the date of the Grand Final by one week. The Final will now take place on Sunday 15th September. Please take note of this date change.
We are proud to reveal details for the 2024 Irish Canal Masters
Firstly we are delighted to announce the competition will now be called the Van Den Eynde Irish Canal Masters. We would like to thank Jack Tisdall and Mark Theedom, of Marcel Van Den Eynde Ireland , for their generous sponsorship of the perpetual winners trophy.
“Van Den Eynde Ireland is delighted to be involved in the sponsorship of the Irish Canal Masters event and commend the Monasterevin club for highlighting canal fishing with this excellent series of matches” said Jack Tisdall.
This years format will consist of 3 qualifying rounds and a final, all to take place in Ireland. Many thanks to the 3 clubs who are hosting the qualifiers;
Round 1-Saturday 4th May- Enfield,
Round 2-Sunday 16th June- Daingean,
Round 3-Sunday 4th August- Athy,
Final – Sunday 15th September- Monasterevin.
Each qualifier, based on 30 anglers fishing, will be split into three 10 peg sections, with top 3 in each section qualifying for the final along with the best 4th section weight, giving a total of 10 qualifiers. Over 3 qualifiers this will result in a final of 30 anglers.
Entry fee 30 euro per qualifier.
Pools fee 20 euro on the day of qualifier and final.
Proposed payout is based on 30 anglers per qualifier:
Final – 1st place- €1500 euro
2nd place – €600 euro
3rd place – €400 euro
4th place – €200 euro
Qualifier and final pools money on the day, based on 30 anglers fishing;
€50 euro every 5 pegs
1st – 150 euro
2nd – 90 euro
3rd – 60 euro
All anglers finishing in the main prize list, section will pass down to next angler by default in all qualifiers and the final.
All matches will take place over 5 hours. Bloodworm, joker, pellets and boilies are not allowed. Eels do not count and should be released immediately if caught.
Anglers are asked not to fish venues on a Thursday and Friday prior to the qualifiers and final weekends.
Entry fee is to be paid via PayPal to the following:
[email protected] Please make sure payment is 30 EURO, remember to click friends and family when making payment and if possible put “Canal Masters” and which qualifier you intend to fish (you can fish as many qualifiers as you want to) in the payment notes. You can also pay your entry by Revolut. Please message us here if you would like to use this option and we can forward on a phone number to you.
We expect this exciting event to fill up fast so please book in as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Remember, there are 3 different qualifiers over the Summer months so there are plenty of chances to make the final. If you don’t qualify for the final in the first qualifier you can also try again in the second or third qualifiers.
Again many thanks to Jack and Mark and Van Den Eynde Ireland and hope that all match anglers and not just canal anglers, will support this prestigious event.

25lb PB for Darren Dunne wins Newbridge District Anglers Competition

The Newbridge District Pike Anglers went back to a lake venue that has produced the goods in the past for the latest round of their club schedule. Weather on the day was fine, with sunny skies and mild temperatures, so it’s fair to say expectations were high given the lake had fished well in the past, and there’s nothing like a bit of anticipation of a big fish to focus the minds of anglers!

Luckily, the lake lived up to its reputation, producing a fabulous 25lb pike for Darren Dunne, a new PB for him, and a worthy fish to win any competition.

Darren’s fine 25lb pike

There were also a couple of decent doubles thrown into the mix on the day, so it’s fair to say that the venue has stamped its name on the competition calendar.

See the full report on Newbridge Anglers Facebook page.

Full results as follows
1st Darren Dunne 25lb 1 fish
2nd Paul Sheridan aka foxy 17.1hf 23.8 bag 2 fish
3rd Paul Moran 15.1 1 fish


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Fishing for Big Irish Pike in the Wildhunter Warship

Senan Stanley and Paul Bourke joined Brian Connaughton for some epic pike fishing onboard the Wildhunter Warship…

Jump onboard the Wildhunter Warship, an extreme pike fish machine, with Senan, Paul and Brian as they fish for some of the best wild Irish pike to be had.

You can catch up with all Senan’s adventures at his Facebook pageYoutube channel, on TikTok and more…

Go fishing…

Irish Fishing Tours

Address Garrykennedy Tipperary Ireland Mobile Phone: +353 87 1953554 Website: irishfishingtours.com

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Address Unit 7 Diskin Centre Ankers Bower Athlone Westmeath Ireland Website: wildhunter.ie


Early tench and big perch make for a thrilling final at Athy


The Athy & District Anglers report on the final match of their Winter League fished on 19 February…

In the heart of Athy, the Marina Club grounds played host to the thrilling culmination of the 2023 Winter League for the Athy and District Anglers Club. Due to the River Barrow swelling with floodwaters, the competition was relocated, but this change of venue didn’t dampen the spirits of the avid anglers who converged for the final match.

The day dawned with the promise of spring, surprising participants with unexpected sunshine that bathed the Marina Club grounds in a warm glow. Anglers, clad in anticipation and armed with their gear, gathered at 8:30 for a day that would prove to be a highlight in the angling calendar.


A dozen enthusiastic participants answered the call, each eager to test their skills in the final showdown of the Winter League. At 8:45, pegs were drawn, and the anglers wasted no time setting up their gear, their excitement palpable as they prepared for the challenge ahead.

The atmosphere crackled with anticipation as the all-in call came at 10 am, heralded by the experienced voice of Des. Anglers, with baited breath, eagerly cupped in bait and set their lines, hoping for a productive day on the waters. However, the initial moments saw a slow start, teasing the competitors with a bit of suspense.

Within 30 minutes, the narrative took a turn, with many anglers finding success in their pursuits. Chris, Ryan, Jimmy, Tommy, and Keith emerged as early stars, showcasing their angling prowess by landing some excellent tench after engaging in intense battles with these powerful fish. The Marina came alive with the sight of tench, a testament to the health of the waters.

Roach, too, made their presence felt, as they eagerly responded to the offerings from the anglers. The camaraderie among the pegs was vibrant, with banter echoing across the Marina, creating an atmosphere of friendly competition.

Fergal landed a phenomenal Perch, over 2lbs in weight! A beautiful specimen that fought like a demon on the way in.

2lb perch

However, not every moment was one of triumph. Chris, in particular, faced the heartbreak of losing two exceptional tench right at the bank, a result of hooklinks snapping.

As the clock ticked towards 3:30 pm, the ‘all out’ call marked the conclusion of a day filled with angling adventures. The final weigh-ins revealed fantastic weights, with more than half of the anglers boasting double-digit hauls.

In total, over 130lbs of fish were caught, underscoring the skill and dedication of the Athy and District Anglers Club members.


  1. Ryan – 20lb 4ozs
  2. Jimmy – 17lb 6ozs
  3. Chris – 14lb 8ozs
  4. Tommy – 12lb 6ozs
  5. Barry – 12lb 4ozs

Overall League Results

  1. Ryan – 10pts
  2. Tommy – 18.5pts
  3. Jimmy – 19pts
  4. Chris – 21pts
  5. Clive – 28pts

A huge thank you to Clive of Elk Recruitment Carlow and Murphs tackle show Carlow for sponsoring our grand final! Very much appreciated by the club and by all participants!

A massive well done to all anglers that participated in the league! Here’s looking forward to this years action-packed match calendar!

Join the Club…

If you’d like to fish the Marina Club Grounds or get involved with the club and fish matches like these, then click the links below!

Athy & District Anglers Club was formed in 1959 and to this day they continue to pursue their goals of protecting, maintaining and encouraging the sport of angling in the greater Athy area. The club works with local authorities to improve and maintain local fishing areas as well as organizing events and matches for local and national anglers. Athy & District Anglers Club welcomes all new members and all age groups to the sport! If you’d like to get involved, please check out the Getting Involved section of their website.

Athy Town Coarse Angling Centre on the Barrow

Public Consultation on Inshore Trawling – Make Your Submission

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has opened a public consultation on trawling activity inside the 6 nautical mile zone and the baselines.

The baseline and 6 mile limit of Ireland’s waters.

Readers may recall that several years ago, following a public consultation, the Minister banned trawlers over 18 metres from trawling inside this area, which would have ended the practice of pair trawling for sprat by large vessels, which has been the subject of much controversy in recent years. The ban was struck down by a High Court appeal, subsequently upheld by the Appeal Court, and pair trawling and inshore trawling by large fishing vessels has continued in the meantime.

European sprat (Source: www.fishsource.org)

European sprat is a fundamental part of the marine food chain, as it links between
zooplankton and top predators (fish, birds and marine mammals). Removing large quantities of sprat may adversely impact on species dependent on them, from mackerel and inshore fish species up to humpback whales.  Many of the inshore areas trawled for sprat are protected sites designated under the Birds and Habitats Directives, and many more will be designated Marine Protected Areas in the future.

Ireland’s inshore marine protected areas. (Source: Irish Wildlife Trust)

The briefing documents provided by the Department are informative, and outline many of the benefits that a ban on pair trawling inside 6nm would have. These include:

  • Improved economic opportunity for smaller sea-fishing boats
  • Reduced environmental impact from trawling
  • Re-establishing links between local fish resources, local fleets and local economies
  • Reduced conflicts between mobile and static fishing gears
  • Improving availability of fish in inshore waters
  • Protection of fish recruitment and stock components
  • Improved management of inshore waters

These briefing documents are available online, and should be read before making a submission. Sea anglers, and indeed anglers in general, may be very interested in seeing greater protection of inshore fish stocks, and are encouraged to contribute their views.

If you would like to have your view taken into account, the public submission is open until 1pm on the 12th of April 2024.

Further information, briefing documents and how to make your submission are available online here: https://www.gov.ie/en/consultation/0e523-public-consultation-on-trawling-activity-inside-the-six-nautical-mile-zone-and-the-baselines/ 


Dogfish the difference at GBSAC Renvyle competition

Renvyle Stony Beach in the near distance

Galway Bay Sac held the first leg of the 2024 Winter League at Renvyle on Saturday 17th. After a wet morning, the weather cleared up nicely to leave a mild, overcast evening. The beach is very sheltered, so even though paddle surfers could be seen in the distance riding some nice waves, the venue itself was almost flat calm.

Kevin O’Hara with a dogfish

Fishing was quiet early on, with just single dogfish coming for Gary and Danny Harty. As darkness fell, hopes were high that fish would move in, but fishing continued to be slow.  Further down the beach, Brian Reidy was picking up a couple of fish, and Kevin O’Hara was getting the odd dogfish.

Brian Reidy with a double shot of flounder and a coalie

The third hour saw Kevin Crowley hit a run of dogfish, having blanked the first 2 hours. Brian Reidy down the beach was also getting a few fish, including flounder, coalies, rockling and dogs.

Brian Reidy had a shore rockling for the species hunt

However, Kevin landed another couple of dogs and a coalie in the last hour to take the win with 10 fish for 481 points. Brian Reidy was second with 6 fish for 202, and Kevin O’Hara third with 3 dogs for 150 points. Danny Harty and Rian McDermott were first and second in the Junior section.

Kevin Crowley and club chairman Brian Reidy

There are 3 more legs of the winter league to come, and with the best 3 of 4 scores to count, there is still time for anyone to join in.  Check the club info below for details.


Go Fishing

Galway Bay Sea Angling Club is a progressive club based in Galway, but fishing competitions along the west coast. New members are always welcome, and every level of experience is catered for, with social outings right up to competitions held throughout the year. If you’re looking to get into sea angling in the west, check them out here