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NW Angling News - 9 Aug 2009
By Markus Müller
13, Aug 2009 - 09:04

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River Moy 

Despite a fair show of grilse throughout the system catches were somewhat down this week. The fluctuating water levels and unsettled weather conditions again impacted on the fishing. However, the Moy system yielded a reported catch of 342 salmon for the week, bringing the yearly total, so far, to 5,024, which is on par with the 2008 season. 

The Moy Fishery accounted for 51 salmon, 33 of which were caught on the Ridge Pool. James Scotson, Monaghan, had 3 salmon on spinner, best at 6.99 lbs., Padge Reilly, Louth, also had 3 fish on spinner, while Bill Campbell, Scotland, took two grilse on worm, best at 5.53 lbs. Other successful anglers on the Ridge Pool included Monaghan anglers Gordon Sweetman and Peader Duffy, Paul Ainley, England and fly angler, Ivan McClathey, Northern Ireland. On the Cathedral Beat, Kevin Tonge, Dublin, had 2 salmon on spinner, best at 6 lbs., while Rory & Barney Lawn, both Northern Ireland, caught a grilse each. Phelim Donohoe, Cavan, was successful on the Spring Wells and Ash Tree beats where he caught 2 salmon on fly. Also on the Ash Tree Pool, Patsy Smith, Cavan, took a grilse fishing the fly. 

The Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water also enjoyed good fishing, with 52 salmon caught, 5 of which were released. Ballina Salmon Anglers hosted a juvenile competition during the week with 20 youngsters participating. The event was won by Reece Moore, with Shane Egan in 2nd place. On Mount Falcon, Roger Morris and friend had 10 salmon over 2 days, while the Simon Adams party of 3 anglers accounted for 15 fish over 3 days including a fine 10.8 lbs. salmon for Tim Richards. On Coolcronan, Paddy Lynch from Northern Ireland caught his first ever salmon and Mick Dennany, Longford, had two fish on spinner. The Foxford Fishery produced 2 grilse for Carlow angler, Jack McDonnell, while Chris Butler, Offaly, had a fine 11 lbs. salmon on worm on the Foxford Anglers’ Rinanney stretch. Upstream of Foxford, Patricia White, Dublin, caught her 2nd ever salmon on a spinner.  

Up river, Cloongee produced 3 salmon (best at 7 lbs.) for UK angler, Keith Purvis. On the East Mayo Association water, Alan Jones, Wales, had an 8 pounder on spinner while John Little, Northern Ireland, enjoyed good sport on the fly. John caught and released 3 grilse.


Easkey River 

The Easkey Fortland Fishery accounted for 14 salmon, 5 of which were released. Amongst the successful anglers was David Cahill who caught and released a 7 lbs. salmon.  

Owenmore River  

The Bangor Erris Angling Club stretch of the Owenmore River produced 10 salmon for the week. Peter Maguire, Dublin had 3 grilse, 2 of which were released, while John Ryan, Tipperary, landed two salmon weighing in at 5 lbs. & 8 lbs. Rory Murray and his son Michael, Dublin, also scored on the Bangor Club stretch - they caught two fish, best at 11 lbs. Other successful anglers included Cathal Gallagher, Central Fisheries Board, Toby Gibbons, Westport and Jack Smyth. With increasing numbers of salmon running the Owenmore system and suitable water levels prospects for the coming week are looking good. 

Newport River & Burrishoole Fishery  

Fishing on the Newport River was rather slow this week with only one salmon reported. Jas Laffin, England, was the lucky angler with a 5 pound grilse and a nice sea trout.  On the Burrishoole Fishery, Stephen Sweetman from the Isle of Man landed a 5 lbs. grilse, while the Devery party, UK, caught and released 4 sea trout averaging 1.5 lbs.  

Ballin Lough 

The lake fished well for the week and 21 rods caught a total of 29 rainbow trout (19 released) with some good fish up to 3.75 lbs. having been landed.  

Michael King and Dermot Adam had 7 rainbows up to 3.75 lbs, all of which were released. Willie Scully and Dave Jackson had a bag of 8 trout (4 released), best at 3.5 lbs. and UK angler, Brent Vinall caught 2 trout, heaviest at 2.75 lbs. Best flies for the week were Zulu, Mayfly-Muddler and Hare’s Ear. 

Loughs Bilberry & Lannagh 

A Charity Competition was held by Bilberry & Lannagh Angling Club, Islandeady on Loughs Bilberry & Lannagh on Sunday, 9 August. Results were as follows: 

1st: Ollie Dorrington with 2 fish at 2.66 lbs.

2nd: Mat Fahey with 2 fish at 2.64 lbs.

3rd: Peter Byrne with 2 fish at 2.40 lbs. 

Ballysadare River 

Water levels were up again and there are still a good number of grilse entering the system. The Ballysadare Fishery produced 59 salmon for the week, 38 of which were released Local novice angler, Joan Bowen Walsh had a 5 lbs. grilse on worm, while John Murray caught 2 grilse on fly, both of which he released.

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