Another extraordinary week for an Irish river, with the reported catch in excess of 800 salmon, reaffirming the River Moy as Ireland's premier salmon fishery. Water levels did continue to fluctuate slightly throughout the week, and fish were taken on worm, spinner and fly, with some notable captures on the fly in particular. The Ridge Pool produced just three salmon, including two grilse for Trevor Simpson, U.K., although angling effort has been very low on the lower fisheries.
The Ballina Salmon Anglers' water yielded 26 salmon, including two for N.Ireland angler John Mc Callan on a spinner. At Mount Falcon, over 40 salmon were caught, including 16 for the Brown party, U.K.
Knockmore, Attymass and Coolcronan each enjoyed very good angling during the week. At Coolcronan Linda and David Frost, U.K. had three while spinning.
Byrne's, Gannon's and Armstrong's fisheries also experienced a very fruitful week, and at the Foxford Fishery, 32 salmon were caught. Rinanney continued to fish very well, among those to catch salmon there was Henri Muire, France, who had one of 10.5lbs on a spinner.
At the Cloongee Fishery, many visiting anglers had great sport, with Ludovic Coulon, France recording three weighing 4lbs, 5lbs and 7lbs, two of which were caught on bubble and fly, the third on a spinner. Alain Schnell, France, had two grilse while spinning, Patrick Herve, France, had one of 7lbs, Thomas Smith, N.Ireland, landed a grilse while spinning with Beatrice Valaize, France capturing three of 5lbs, 6lbs and 8lbs.
Once again, the best sport on the Moy was had on the East Mayo Anglers' water, which reported a staggering 179 salmon for the week, 91 of which were released. Pascal Nicholas, France enjoyed an excellent week at East Mayo, landing several salmon, ranging in weight form 4lbs to 9lbs. U.K anglers Andrew Pearse and Ian Mountford, both captured fish of 8lbs on the fly while N.Ireland anglers Michael O'Kane and John McGinn also had success on the fly, with fish of 11lbs and 10lbs respectively.
Juvenile Angling Day
The Moy Fishery is hosting its annual Juvenile Angling Day on the Cathedral Beat on Thursday, 19th July. For those wishing to book a place, please contact the Moy Fishery on +353 (0)96 21332.
Carrowmore continued to produce good fishing during the week, and among those to have success were two anglers who captured their first ever salmon on the fly. Visiting German angler, 79 year old Tony Mann, had his first ever salmon on the fly, as did teenager J. Plumber, who boated one of 5lbs. Andy Latimer, John Thornton, Sean O'Malley, P. Byrne, Peter McGuire, Frank Dooley and J McElvoy all reported one grilse each off the lake. Eddie Harris, Tom Keane, Toby Gibbons and Sean Reynolds all captured two each on the lake.
The Ballisodare Fishery enjoyed an extremely productive week, with 225 salmon caught, 116 of these were released, with fish taken on worm, prawn, fly and spinner. Fishery Manager Dermot Glennon caught a good 15lbs salmon, taken on a size 10 Ally's Shrimp, and also released a 6lbs grilse. Paul Kilreavey and Vincent Henry both released fly caught grilse of 5lbs, while John Connolly also released two of 5lbs, both taken on the fly. Dennis Barrett released three small grilse caught on the fly, Ken Henry also had success with two grilse on the fly, while James Douglas had two of 5lbs and 6lbs on the prawn. Dennis Crawley caught a nice 12lbs salmon on a Willie Gunn, with visiting anglers George McLaughlin and Peter Callaghan each having success, also with the fly.
Newport River and Lough Beltra
The Glenisland Anglers Co-op reported six grilse over the past week on Lough Beltra, as well as numerous sea trout. Davy and Alan Patten recorded two grilse, their best weighing 5lbs. Conor Deffley boated four grilse and several sea trout over two evenings fishing, his best weighed 5lbs.
Estuary angling guide Judd Ruane reported some good angling of late for sea trout, recording 51 for the week. Martin Kiernan, Tommy Dougherty and Des McDonagh had 19 over three days, their best weighing 2.5lbs. Jürgan Heigo and three friends, members of the Landshut Angling Club, Bavaria, Germany had a total of 23 trout over three days while Howard Farrand and Roy Templeman, U.K. landed nine.
Skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy reported how a group of French anglers departed Killala Harbour on the 5th of July for a day's fishing. Mackerel were scarce at first but later in the day, fishing deeper water the party encountered many. A good variety of fish were boated, with some good dabs and plaice up to 2lbs. Red gurnard were also caught, along with some nice tub gurnard with whiting also in good supply as were pouting. A move to a deeper mark produced some nice ling, the best weighing close to 7lbs, along with cuckoo wrasse, pouting, and a few pollack. The highlight of the day was a good fight from one of the first spurdogs that were caught this season in Killala Bay, which was close to specimen weight.