Water levels on the Moy have been fluctuating throughout the week, with the Cathedral Beat unfishable due to the high level. The Ridge Pool accounted for only three salmon, due to the high water and low angling effort, with Mervyn Painter, England, among the few anglers having success. At the Freshwater Beat, two were caught, by visiting English anglers Charles Fremantle and Michael Putman.
Water levels suited angling on the Ballina Salmon Anglers' water, where great numbers of salmon were reported, with the Mount Falcon Fishery also accounting for numerous catches. The Knockmore water also enjoyed a very successful week, as did Attymass and Coolcronan fisheries. At Coolcroonan, John Brookebank, U.K. caught one of 6lbs on the worm, while James Goose, U.K. had two grilse. Byrne's Fishery produced a few fish, while at Armstrong's, good catches were also reported. Gannon's and the Foxford Fishery also fished well for the week, as did Rinanney. The Foxford town fisheries continued to provide good sport for anglers, as did Cloongee.
The East Mayo Anglers' water enjoyed a successful week, with salmon falling to the spinner and fly. Günter Propanter, Austria, had success at East Mayo, landing a 10lbs salmon with a spinner and a second fish of 6lbs to the fly. Ian Guegan also enjoyed success catching a fine fish of 12.5lbs, while Patrick Cadiergues, France, caught a grilse on the fly. John Buckley, Athlone, had a nice fish of 10lbs to the spinner, with John Anderson, Galway, also catching one of 10lbs, with the fly.
Despite the unsettled weather, angling on Lough Conn has been relatively productive for the time of year, with numerous trout reported as well as salmon falling to the wet-fly. Angling in the Errew Abbey area, local anglers Ian Wyse and John Warren had four trout to dabblers for a days angling. Fishing out of Kelly's boat hire, Cloghans, a party of four Welsh anglers, led by Daniel Edwards and Richard Hall enjoyed great sport, averaging 6 trout per day over four days, with their best day accounting for 20 trout. Their best fish was 3.5lbs, with Green Peters accounting for most fish.
John Geary and Mrs. Ann Geary present the overall winner for the
best catch and best fish trophies to Nick Crispin, Kilkenny.
Ballina and Cloghans anglers held the first Lodge Pub angling competition on Saturday 25th, with 15 anglers participating. Winning first place and the Lodge Pub perpetual trophy was Joe Quinn, with Patrick Kelly, Cloghans, taking second.
Pontoon Bridge Hotel hosted their annual end of season fishing competition on Saturday 25th. The event was well attended, with 54 anglers participating and 27 boats out for the day. The catch and release competition saw a total of 30 trout recorded and two salmon, with numerous salmon hooked and lost. Nick Crispin, Co. Kilkenny, won first prize for the heaviest (longest) catch, with four trout and a grilse, totalling 167cm and also the largest fish competition with his grilse measuring 54cm. Dan Gormley, Monaghan, took second place with four trout measuring 106cm while Peter Byrne, Castlebar, came third with three trout for 97cm. The best visiting angler prize went to Julian Makin, who received the Derek Wills Cup, for catching three trout for 86cm. Ian Wyse, Castlehill, took the prize for best boatman, and was presented with the Bourke Cup.
John Geary and Mrs. Ann Geary present the overall winner for the best catch and best fish trophies to Nick Crispin, Kilkenny.
Lough Arrow fish preservation and district anglers association held their end of season angling competition on Sunday 26th. The competition was won by Stella McGriskin, Kiltyclogher, who received the Des McDonagh Memorial Cup for catching a fine trout of 2.94lbs. Twelve juvenile anglers also took part in the competition, which raised a total of €900 for the North West Hospice.
Ballisodare accounted for 13 salmon for the week, with nine different anglers having success. The heaviest fish of the week was caught by local angler Jimmy Cuffe, which was taken on a Willie Gunn.
The Owenmore fished well for the week, with fresh run salmon still being reported and many fish being released back into the system. Salmon were caught every day of the week, with the weekend fishing particularly well. Among those to have success were Owen Warner, Dublin who had two salmon, John Long, Bangor, had 4 salmon (returning 3), while Eric Sinclair, N.Ireland also caught a salmon.
Grilse continued to be caught on the Newport, with Castlebar angler, Rocky Moran accounting for one for the week. French visitor to Newport House, Mr. J.M. Jodelet had success catching and releasing a grilse while Dr. J. Hannagh, Castlebar also caught a salmon. Local man Eamon Kennedy landed a 6lbs salmon, which was safely released.
Sea trout provided good sport on Lough Beltra, where David Eddis and James O'Hora, boated and returned a total of 10 sea trout. Glenisland angler, Jackie Diffley also had success catching a grilse.