Due to the
fine dry weather water levels on the River Moy fell steadily in the
middle and upper reaches over the course of the week. Consistent angling
was reported from the Ballina Salmon Anglers’ & Mount Falcon waters.
However, water levels on the tidal beats of the Moy Fishery remained
very high and as a consequence angling was still slow on the Ridge Pool
and Cathedral Beat.
Terry McDermott, Northern Ireland, had a grilse on the Ridge Pool, while
John Harmon, Louth, landed one on spinner on the Cathedral Beat. The
Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water once again was the most productive stretch
of the river and the catch included some fresh fish with sea lice. Mount
Falcon also had a very good week with lady angler, Maeve Davidson, Northern
Ireland, catching 3 salmon (2 released) on spinner. Ben Price was also
successful on Mt. Falcon. The UK angler landed 8 salmon for the week.
On the Coolcronan Fishery, Sean Harrison, Northern Ireland, banked a
6 lbs. grilse on spinner while Dan O’Riordan, Dublin, had a grilse
on Gannon’s also on spinner. Up river, on the East Mayo Anglers’
water, Roy Wilson and John Little, both Northern Ireland, had two salmon
each on fly, while Fergal Smith, Dublin, caught a fine 11 pounder on
Fishery accounted for a total of 11 salmon (2 released) for the week.
Roy and Sue Howell, UK, caught one fish each on fly, while Ciaran Sudway
from Longford landed his first ever fly caught salmon.
River continued to fish well for the week with 10 salmon reported caught
from the Bangor Angling Club stretch. All the fish were over 5 lbs.
Amongst the successful anglers was Diarmaid Maguire who caught and released
two fish averaging 6 lbs. The heaviest fish for the week was caught
by Castlebar angler, Michael Cunningham in Maggie’s Pool and weighed
in at 13.5 lbs.
12 September the now annual “Cross Border Cup” was fished on Loughs
Bilberry & Lannagh. The local team competed with a team from Larne
& District Game Angling Association. Honours this year went to Bilberry
& Lannagh Angling Club by 2oz with both teams having 5 fish each.
The “Kennedy Cup” was also fished on Loughs Bilberry & Lannagh
during the week. First prize went to Peter Gray with 2 fish for 2.5
lbs. Runner up was Keith Hopkins with 2 trout at 2.2 lbs. and Alan Browne
came in third.
fished Ballin Lough for the week and some fine rainbow trout were caught.
The best fish of the week was landed by David Eddis and weighed in at
5 lbs. Most successful flies included Minkie and buzzer patterns. Angling
on Ballin Lough will continue until 30 October following which it will
close for the winter months.