The Ballisodare fishery opened to anglers on April 1st, hosting an angling competition sponsored by Douglas Jewellers, Carlow. Excellent sport was had by those attending, with a total of 14 salmon caught throughout the day, a remarkable opening day for any fishery! Winning first prize with the heaviest fish of the day was Sean Gallagher, Sligo who landed a salmon of 8.5lbs. Second place went to John Connolly, Sligo and third was Thomas O'Donovan, Sligo. All prize monies received by the winners were generously donated to the Children's Hospital in Dublin.
Two salmon were caught on the second day of angling at Ballisodare, including a 10lbs salmon for Michael McSweeney, Co. Galway. Sunday also saw great catches at the fishery, with 7 salmon caught, including a fine fish of 12.5lbs for Dennis Barrett, N.Ireland, and an 8.5lbs salmon for Joe Power, Co. Louth. Further details on angling at the Ballisodare Fishery are available from Dermot Glennon, Ballisodare Fishing Club on 00353 (0)71 9130513 or 00353 (0)86 2515064.
Rising water levels have hampered angling efforts on the Moy in recent days. However, the East Mayo Anglers Association water produced two salmon for the week. The first spring fish of the season retained on the Association's water was caught by Mark Kirwan, Co. Kildare, and weighed 8lbs. Swinford anger Gerry Hegarty took the second of the week on the Association's waters, a fine fish of 12.5lbs. Water levels on the lower Moy are high at present and are expected to rise further in coming days.
The first salmon of the season was caught on the Newport River recently. The 8lbs fish was caught by Mr. B. Birch, Scotland, a first time visitor to Newport House Hotel. For further details on angling on the Newport River, contact Newport House Hotel on 00353 (0) 98 41222 or see www.newporthouse.ie.
Owenmore River and Carrowmore Lake
Recent weather conditions have seriously hampered angling on Carrowmore, with blustery gales putting anglers off venturing onto the lake. However, J. Cosgrove, Bangor, did have success on the lake on Wednesday; catching a fish of 8lbs. Due to conditions on the lake it was not fishable for the latter part of the week. The first salmon of the season has been reported on the Owenmore River, where Mervin Corway, Bangor Erris was the lucky angler. The 9.5lbs salmon was caught using a Willie Gunn tube fly.
Ballin Lough opened on April 1st, and those who fished the opening days, enjoyed great success with six rods accounting for 61 rainbow trout. The average size of rainbow trout caught on Ballin Lough last week was 1.5lbs. Mattie Foley, Roscommon and boat partner boated 26 rainbows for their session with various Muddlers, the Peter Ross and Bibio proving the most successful flies. Ivan Pollard and boat partner also enjoyed great fishing with 20 trout. Their best flies were the Cat's Whisker and Black Montana. Finally, Patrick Mangan and boat partner, fishing the Black Pennell and Muddlers, also had good sport with 15 rainbows for their session on the lough. For permits and boat hire on Ballin Lough contact 00353 (0) 98 26128.
The Callow lakes, Foxford, County Mayo recently proved to be a productive venue for Michael and Des Doyle. Fishing on both the upper and lower lakes, they caught a 6 trout during a five hour session. The Sooty Olive and Fiery Brown proved to be the most effective flies. For boat hire on the Callow Lakes, contact Tom Deasy on 00353 (0)94 9256266.
An Gearoidin, a 40ft Sea Angling Boat, operated by the Broadhaven Bay Hotel, Belmullet, Co. Mayo was put back on the water last week. On its first day out excellent catches of ling, pollack, coalfish, pouting, ballan wrasse and cockoo wrasse, with the occasional cod and mackerel were reported and all during the two and a half hour session! Skipper Gerry Reilly is optimistic about this year and plans to concentrate on Blue Shark and Tope in both Broadhaven Bay and Blacksod Bay areas this year.The Broadhaven Bay Hotel have special rates for Sea angling, for details visit www.broadhavenbay.com or call 097 20600.