Water levels quickly dropped off again on the River Moy, with fish proving more difficult to tempt once again. Mid-August can be a quiet period on the river, with many anglers only choosing to fish following a rise in levels. Despite this however, those venturing out did enjoy some good sport, with the fly proving successful in the lower Ballina beats, and the fly, spinner, prawn, worm and bubble & fly all accounting for fish in the mid and upper fisheries. A total of 436 salmon were recorded in the Moy system for the week ending Sunday 11th.
At the Moy Fishery, 50 were caught for the week, with 25 of those caught on the Ridge Pool. Here, Terry Tobin had one of 6lbs on fly, with visiting angler Roland Capovillez, Belgium landing three on fly, releasing two of those. The Cathedral Beat produced 15 salmon, including another good fish for Terry Tobin of 10.5lbs, and two for Seamus McEleney.
Tom Puscher, Belgium, had a small grilse on fly at the Ash Tree Pool, with the Point, Black Banks and the Fresh Water beats also yielding catches. There are still some rods available on the Ridge Pool, Cathedral Beat and the lower Moy Fishery beats throughout August, those wishing to book rods should contact the Moy Fishery Office on +353 (0)96 21332 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ballina Salmon Anglers' water recorded 58 fish for the week, and at Mount Falcon 55 were caught, with 25 of those released. With a relatively low angling effort, the six mid-river fisheries recorded catches between nine and 26 salmon apiece, with their combined total exceeding 90 salmon. Twenty-five were caught at Foxford, where Brian Mc Dermot had six over two days on the bubble and fly, his best weighing 6lbs. Rinanney also fished well, with almost 50 recorded for the week, with reasonable catches also reported from around Foxford town. There were just 15 recorded at the Cloongee Fishery, with a further 55 caught at East Mayo (22 released), where anglers are finding the low water level challenging. Dermot Drain, N.Ireland, landed four on the fly, which also proved successful for Barry Moore, U.K. (4lbs), and Hans Ulrich Bender, Germany (4.5lbs).
Despite having a few quiet days towards the latter part of the week when effort was low at the fishery, anglers at Ballisodare still enjoyed good sport, with a total 86 salmon landed. Many of these were taken on the fly and safely released.
Monday got the week to a good start with 27 salmon caught, 16 of those released, with the majority taken on fly and prawn. Another good day on Tuesday when a further 20 were caught, ranging in size from 2lbs to 6lbs. Ten were caught the following day, with five falling to the worm, five to the fly.
Thursday was a very slow day with few anglers fishing, however, Michael Breslin landed a nice fish of 8lbs on fly. Again, few people fished on Friday, with only 5 fish recorded, mainly caught on worm. Ten were caught on Saturday, including some nice fish weighing 8lbs, 7lbs and 6lbs, mostly on worm and fly. Sunday was another quiet day with only four fish caught, two of which were released, with all being caught on the fly.
A quieter week on Furnace, with just eight salmon caught. Sean and Michael Smith, visiting from the U.K. both had a few fish, with Newport anglers Sean O'Malley and Toby Gibbons landing two and one respectively. Sea trout were also caught by the anglers, with the Octopus, Green Peter and Cascade variants proving successful.
Owenmore River and Carrowmore Lake
More rain is needed soon to entice fresh fish into the Owenmore, as it has returned to a very low level. However, sea trout angling is still proving productive for those fishing Carrowmore. With substantial rainfall predicted for the coming days, the river should come into good order in the dropping spate. For information of fishing Carrowmore or the Owenmore, please contact Seamus Henry on +353 (0)872460776 or visit www.bangorerrisangling.com
Skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy reported on Wednesday, 7th August 2013 a party of anglers from Castlebar set out from Killala Harbour. A heavy shower had just finished as they departed and the sun broke through, with calm seas for the rest of the day. Mackerel were in great supply, with the group soon boating a variety of gurnard, pouting and coalfish. The next drift produced some quality fish including cod, the best up to 5lbs as well as some fine Pollock, the heaviest up to 8lbs. The only problem the anglers experienced was trying to get down to the bottom through the huge shoals of mackerel. The ever present LSD was caught in numbers and returned alive.