With high water levels and strong winds fishing in general has been slow during the past couple of months. However, angling guide, Kenny Sloan reports some excellent early season pike action from the Foxford area. Visiting Essex anglers, William Sudders and Graham Applegate, made their way to North Mayo where they had arranged for a week's pike fishing with local pike expert Kenny Sloan. The anglers fished a number of waters such as Loughs Conn & Cullin and Levally Lake but heavy showers and squally southwest winds made for difficult fishing conditions. However, persistence and fishing a range of different methods including fly, wobbling, lure casting and trolling paid off. The two anglers caught a total of 15 pike but it was 15 year old William Sudders who stole the show with fish of 12, 14, 18 and a personal best of 20 lbs. on his Super Shad Rap C.H. and Salmo Sweeper H.P. lures. Both anglers have planned to return in September for more pike and salmon fishing.
15 year old William Sudders, UK, with his personal best Lough Conn pike of 20 lbs.
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Lough Conn also produced some fine early season brown trout during the past week. Despite the extremely high water levels some anglers ventured out and were rewarded with some fine catches. Amongst the successful anglers were John Burke, Foxford, with a nice 2.5 lbs. trout and Ballina angler, Joe Quinn who caught a fine 3.2 lbs. fish. Joe's trout was caught along Brackwansha Shore and took a Fiery Brown, while John's fish fell for a Green Peter near Glass Island. Other successful anglers included Peter Roche, John Walsh, Stephen Brown and Bernard Breslin who all had fish between 1 and 2.5 lbs. around the Cloghans area. With dropping water levels and milder weather forecast trout fishing should definitely improve in the coming weeks.
Ballina angler, Joe Quinn with his fine 3.2 lbs. early season brown from Lough Conn