From Castlebar - County Mayo -
NW Angling News - 23 Aug 2009
By Markus Müller
27, Aug 2009 - 08:13
The Moy system
yielded 284 salmon for the week with the best of the fishing, again,
in the middle reaches of the Moy between Ballina & Foxford. The
unseasonal high rainfall yet again impacted on angling on the tidal
beats of the Moy Fishery and made fly fishing nearly impossible.
on the Moy Fishery was slow, a number of anglers enjoyed success including
James Doherty, Donegal, Conor O’Hara, Waterford, and local angler,
Simon McHale, as well as Peter Duffy, James Kirk & Jim McCooey,
all from Northern Ireland. Mount Falcon continued to fish well with
the Bill Whitewell party of four from the UK catching 19 salmon over
4 days. Also on Mt. Falcon, novice lady angler, Margret Pye, UK, caught
her first ever salmon! On the Coolcronan Fishery, Ollie Brown, UK and
Reg Tyrell, Dublin had a grilse each, while James Cornally, Offaly,
landed a 10 pounder on Gannon’s. Up river, on the Cloongee Fishery,
Brian Heraty and Liam Burke, Meath, had 2 fish each, best at 7.8 lbs.
Other successful anglers included Bill O’Regan (2 salmon), Michael
Conway (1 salmon) and Michael Rigney (1 salmon), all from Dublin. All
salmon were caught on worm. On the East Mayo Anglers’ water, Angus
O’Marchaigh had 3 salmon on spinner, two of which he released.
Fishery had its best week of the season, so far. Forty-three salmon
were reported, 12 of which were released. Most fish were taken on fly
and spinner. The Pritchard party of 4 anglers had a total of 24 salmon
and some fine sea trout, with Lee Pritchard catching the best fish of
the week, a fine 8.5 lbs. salmon.
excellent week for anglers on the Owenmore River! Very good numbers
of grilse were running the river and water levels were suitable all
week, although a little bit on the high side. On the Bangor Angling
club water, a total of 28 salmon were reported, 9 of which were released.
Brendan McGhee had a 10 pounder, while Dermot O’Hora, Roscommon caught
two fish including the heaviest fish of the week, a fine 13 lbs. salmon.
Mark Mason, Joe Hutton and local angler, Larry Mitchell all had bags
of 3 with most fish released. The recent rain kept water levels well
up and therefore prospects for the coming week are excellent.
River & Lough Beltra
There was little
angling activity on the Newport River during the week. However, Eamon
Kennedy, Newport and John Paul Hayes, caught and released a 10 lbs.
The sea trout
fishing picked up on Lough Beltra with good bags of sea trout reported.
On the Glenisland CoOp (Lough Beltra East) side of the lake, Jack Deffley
enjoyed good sport with a 4.5 lbs. grilse and 20 sea trout, all of which
were returned. Other successful anglers included Pat Burns with a 4
lbs. grilse, Seamus O’Neill with a 3 lbs. sea trout, Aiden Byrne (8
sea trout), Phil Byrne (4 sea trout) and Kevin Byrne (3 sea trout).
All sea trout were sportingly returned. On Lough Beltra West, David
Edis, UK, had 4 sea trout, best a cracking 4 pounder, on a Peter Ross.
Lough The Ballin
Lough Fishery accounted for a total of 23 rainbow trout for the week,
12 of which were released. Mr. Broughton, Ballinrobe, had the best bag
of the week with 10 trout (6 released), best at 5 lbs. Kevin Beattie
also did well with 7 fish (3 released), heaviest at 4 lbs., while Emmet
Stagg caught two rainbows averaging 2.5 lbs. Best flies included Prince
Nymph and Green Peter.
River & other Sligo/Leitrim Fisheries
the Ballysadare Fishery was slow despite suitable water levels for most
part of the week. In total 13 salmon were caught, 7 of which were released.
The best fish of the week, a 7 lbs. salmon, was caught and released
by local fly angler J. Trotter.
Lough Doon continued to be good, with Ray Measley, Northern Ireland,
catching 8 trout (4 released) averaging 1 lbs. Daddys and sedge patterns
water levels fishing on the Drumcliff River picked up during the week.
Amongst the successful anglers was John Loughney with an 8 lbs. salmon
caught in the Lurgan area.
22 August, & Sunday 23 August, Belmullet Sea Angling Club in conjunction
with Broadhaven Bay Hotel held a 2 day open boat competition as part
of the 38th Belmullet Sea Angling Festival.
from Ireland & the UK participated in the event. Conditions were
very poor on both days with very strong and gusty north westerly winds.
Despite the extremely difficult conditions a wide variety of different
species was caught including pollack, coalfish, dogfish, ballan wrasse,
cuckoo wrasse, red gurnard, grey gurnard, tub gurnard, whiting, dab,
flounder, ling, thornback ray, John dory and cod.
Greatest Variety over 2 days: Tony Lally, Belmullet SAC
Greatest Variety over 2 days: Peter Coyne, Belmullet SAC
Greatest Variety over 2 days: Arthur Thurratt, Belmullet SAC
over 2 days Out of State: Peter Ross, Carrickfergus SAC
Greatest Variety over 2 days Junior: Conol Gilmore, Donegal
Saturday: Kevin Walsh, Belmullet SAC
Sunday: Arthur Thurratt, Belmullet SAC
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