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
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.
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.
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.
River & Burrishoole Fishery
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.
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.
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
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:
Ollie Dorrington with 2 fish at 2.66 lbs.
Mat Fahey with 2 fish at 2.64 lbs.
Peter Byrne with 2 fish at 2.40 lbs.
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.