The Moy system yielded a
reported catch of 389 salmon for the week, a considerable
increase on last week’s reported catch possibly reflecting the
increased effort as the season draws to a close. The total reported
catch for the season now stands at an impressive 7,153 salmon.
The Moy Fishery produced
a total of 16 salmon for the week with the Ridge Pool yielding 3
salmon including one for Mark Corps at 6.5lb on the fly which was
released and one salmon fell to Roustand Christophe, France, at
3.56lbs caught on the bubble and fly. The Cathedral Beat produced one
salmon at 8.5lbs for Ben Carvosso, Dublin, caught on the spinner
while the Freshwater Beat had four salmon reported including one for
N.I. angler David Kidd who landed a salmon at 3lb on the fly.
Photographed below is
French lady angler Renate Sieber with her first ever salmon which
weighed in at 7lb. The salmon was captured on the Ballina Salmon
Anglers’ Canal Beat, just upstream of the Freshwater Beat on the
26th of September on the worm. Pictured with Renate is her
local guide for the day Kenny Sloan.
Renate Sieber with her 7lb salmon and local Guide, Kenny Sloan
The Ballina Salmon
Anglers’ water fished very well for the week where a total of 91
salmon were reported, with at least 11 of these being released. The
Mount Falcon Fishery recorded a total of 54 salmon for the week, 39
of which were released. Among those to score at Mount Falcon was
Staurt Price who caught and released a fine salmon of 12+lbs which
was taken on the fly. The Knockmore Club water reported at least
seven salmon for the week while Attymass had a reported catch of at
least 6 salmon. The Coolcronan Fishery had a total of 22 for the
week, with Alan Caughey, Northern Ireland netting a nice salmon of
14lb which was taken on the prawn.
and the Foxford Fisheries all had increased catches for the week,
with Armstrong’s producing at least 25 salmon, 15 of which were
released. Gannon’s yielded over 30 salmon for the week, with
Pierman Bouchard of Switzerland landing a fish of 10lb on the prawn
while the Foxford Fishery produced 23 salmon, with Trevor Greene of
Northern Ireland having a successful trip, capturing and releasing
three salmon all of which fell to the fly. At Rinanney a total of 64
salmon were reported with Thomas Murtagh, Germany, landing one salmon
at 10lb, caught on the prawn and Dave Hawley, England, landing and
releasing one salmon at 11lb also taken on the prawn.
The Cloongee Fishery
produced five salmon, with Beat 1 producing two fish for Johnathon
Sykes, England, including one at 12lb, both taken on the fly and
released. Beat 2 also produced two fish for Francis Higginbotham,
Northern Ireland. A reported catch of at least 18 salmon was recorded
from the East Mayo Anglers’ water, with Paddy McDonnell, Swinford,
hooking three fish on the fly, two grilse and the third weighing in
at 8lb. Lothar Deeg, Germany also banked a fish at 8.5lb on the fly.
The fishing on Lough Conn
was disappointing, despite temperatures being up slightly and water
levels continuing to drop to near normal levels.
Pontoon Bridge Hotel had
a few boats out over the week, with visiting anglers enjoying some
success. Amanda Wills, London, had one trout on the Daddy Long-legs,
while Kevin Mc Greevy, Leeds had a trout of 1.5lbs and Gary Flynn,
Surry, boated two trout on the Bibio. Jack Mellet had some success
on the dry flies, netting two trout totalling 3lbs.
Saturday the 26th
also saw the annual Pontoon Bridge Hotel End of Season Competition
take place, with thirty boats participating and 59 anglers competing.
The competition as ever was run on a‘catch and release’ basis.
The spoils were shared by Mike Shanks of the Irish Angler Magazine
(three trout for a total of 103cm) who came in first and his boat
partner Castlebar man Peter Byrne who took second place (three trout
for a total of 102cm). The Derek Wills Cup for best visiting angler
was awarded to Julian Makin, UK, who had two fish.
The Boatman Cup was
awarded to Ronnie Mayock, Monaghan and Foxford, who boated the 1st
and 2nd place winners in the competition, netting a total
of 6 trout.
Only a few anglers
ventured out from Murphy’s boat hire over the week, where Ronnie
Chambers, Belfast, and partner had two trout for the day, the
heaviest weighing in at 2lbs.
Kelly’s Boat hire,
Cloghans had a few anglers on the Lough, one of whom had three trout
for 5lbs all of which fell to the Green Peter. Dermot Dunn, Offaly,
and Brendan Levins, Dublin, had four trout between them for a days
fishing, while Lou Valgrooton and Paul Vangrotoon, both of Belgium,
had a total of four trout for the week, with the best weighing in at
Owenmore River and
Carrowmore Lake produced
some good fishing for salmon and sea trout over the past week, with
Martin Rouland, Belmullet and Martin McDonnell, Glenamoy having a
combined catch of fifteen sea trout and four salmon ranging between
5lbs and 7lbs. The Slattery party, Loughrea Co. Galway also enjoyed
good sport on Carrowmore, with a total of 20 sea trout reported and
five salmon between 4lbs and 6lbs, with all trout and one salmon
The Owenmore River fished
well with twenty one salmon reported in total. The Pound Pool fished
very well where John Long, Dublin, Jim Mills, Bangor Erris and John
Reynolds, Belmullet all had salmon. Larry Mitchell had success on
Conmy’s and Maggie’s Pools with a total of three salmon, while
Eddie Murphy had a 5lbs salmon from the Rocky Pool. Three salmon were
caught by Mervin Corway, two of which were successfully returned.
Lough Beltra West proved
successful for some visiting anglers this week, with Jonathan
Smalley, England catching a nice salmon at 7.5lbs plus two sea trout.
Flies which proved successful included shrimp patterns, the Beltra
Badger and the Green Peter. At Glenisland Co Op, Beltra East Jackie
Diffley had a fine salmon at 10lbs.
Once again Ballin Lough
produced good angling for those who ventured out. Twenty one anglers
fished the Lough and reported a total of 48 rainbow trout. Mattie
Foley and party had fifteen trout, eight of which were released.
Michael Szapag and friend, Switzerland had a total of 12 trout (seven
released) while Peter Gray and Timmy Deasy, Castlebar landed five
trout, with four of these being returned. The biggest fish for the
week weighed in at 4lbs with Olives, Bibios, Damsels and Minkies
proving the most successful flies.
The Lough Bo juvenile
angling competition took place on Saturday the 26thst place winning the Joe Mc Gann Cup was
Seamus Hailstones with a total bag weight of 3lb 1oz, 2nd
place winning the Cheoltas Shield was Connor Gordon and 3rd was
Stephen Meehan. Congratulations to all the juvenile anglers who took
part in the competition.