Mayo - Sligo
Inland Fisheries Ireland - Ballina held their hugely popular Juvenile anglers day on the Moy Fishery's Cathedral beat on Thursday 14 July as part of Ballina Salmon Festival. This special event is one of many held throughout the country as part of IFI's policy to promote angling for young people.
The day was extremely well attended with 74 youngsters from 5 to 16 years of age fishing with great enthusiasm throughout the day. IFI staff provided life jackets, fishing tackle, coaching and advice for the aspiring anglers.
Fishing commenced at 8 am just as the tide began to recede from the salmon beat and it wasn't long before the day's first salmon was caught. The fish was landed by a young Austrian angler Mathias Stuppacher, and was his first ever salmon. A second salmon was caught less than an hour later by Nickolas Eracleous from Bray, Co. Wicklow.
For the remainder of the day a few flounder and a small sea trout and brown trout were the sum total of the catch. Prizes were presented to the successful anglers and the day finished up with goodie bags for all attendees.
Upstream, the Ballina Salmon Anglers' water produced good returns, as did Mount Falcon, the Knockmore and Attymass waters. Byrnes', Armstrong's and Gannon's fisheries also enjoyed a good week, with Andy Major among those to have success with a 7lbs fish from Gannon's to the worm.Elsewhere on the River Moy, the Moy Fishery enjoyed good angling for the week, with 33 salmon caught on the Ridge Pool. Walter Norton had two salmon on the fly, as did Martin Davison, N.I. Michael Mills, England, had one of 6.35lbs while Jim Cleland, N.Ireland, caught a fine fish of 10.58lbs. Nine salmon were caught on the Cathedral Beat, with Roland Capouillez, Belgium, enjoying great success on his first day angling on the Moy Fishery. Roland caught and released two grilse, with a further fish of 9lbs retained. The Spring Wells and The Point also produced a few salmon.
On Thursday last 14th July, the Ballisodare Angling Club held its annual juvenile angling event which attracted the largest gathering of under age anglers to date. This day which is kept free every year by the club has gone from strength to strength over the years and has become a very popular event for the young anglers in the greater Ballisodare area. This year over 90 anglers turned up over the 12 hours of angling and all were given assistance and coaching in the various angling methods of worm, shrimp and fly fishing by club members and IFI staff. These young people demonstrated their flair for fishing as over 50 salmon were landed during the day, an exceptional return for any fishery on a single day.
Ciara O'Neill, winner of the Best Lady Angler section with her fine catch weighing 7.06lbs
There were a multitude of cups to be won and at the presentation that evening 23 young anglers received their reward for their hard work earlier in the day. The winner of the heaviest fish was Joseph Davey with a fine 8.8lb salmon which was caught on the "Cascade" fly. Joseph was presented with the perpetual cup sponsored by Thomas Donovan of "Ballisodare Free Range Eggs". Shane Kelly grandson of retired Fishery Officer, Michael McSharry landed first place in the visiting anglers section while Ciara O' Neill who was fishing for the first time had a magnificent salmon weighing 7.06 lbs to win "Best Lady Angler". Paul Costello had a fine 7.17 lb fish on the fly to take the title of heaviest fish for a club angler while Ian Naughtain, Aaron Scanlon and Rebecca Stokes also collected prizes on the day. Daniel Meehan had the distinction of claiming first place in the "smallest fish" category and Annabel Moore received a special award for being the youngest angler on the day.The Foxford Fishery had a very successful week, with over 60 salmon reported. Markus Elsenberger and party from Germany enjoyed great sport at the Foxford Fishery, where they caught a total of 39 salmon over three days, while regular angler to the area Hans Ulrich Bender, Germany, caught and released two grilse to the fly.
Rinanney also had a very productive week, with over 50 salmon reported, including one fine fish of 14lbs, caught by Philippe Roux, France on the prawn. The Cloongee Fishery experienced one of its quietest weeks of late. However, Thiery Colum, France, caught and released three, with Rod Dembenski, England landing one of 6lbs. The East Mayo Anglers' water fished relatively well for the week, despite catches being down from previous weeks. Hans Ulrich Bender again had success on the fly with two grilse here, while Andre Babic, Germany, and Nicholas Garcias, France, also had one grilse each.
The Ballisodare Club and IFI would like to acknowledge the help from the numerous volunteers who came along on the day. With safety of paramount importance and with many children to watch the task of managing the event was made much easier by all who came to assist on the day. Their patience and good humour ensured that the day was a great success. The support of all who sponsored the event is gratefully acknowledged. It was a job well done and we look forward to July 14th 2012.
Burrishoole experienced good angling last week with a total of 8 salmon caught on the fishery, including three wild fish caught and released. Reports are that there was a good number of grilse showing in the lake. Martin McCoy, Co.Derry, was the most successful angler of the week, he had 3 salmon over three days, with his best fish 3.7lbs. Tim Aldiss, UK, Paul McGivern, Kieran Jordan, N.Ireland and David Nevin, Newport, all accounted for one fish each.14 sea trout were also caught and released.
The Newport River produced 5 salmon for the week, all on Sunday the 17th. David Nevin had a 9lb salmon while Martin Hughes had fish of 7lbs. Graeme Wright caught one of 6lbs, Eamon Kennedy enjoyed good sport with a 9.5 lbs salmon and 6 sea trout which were returned. Finally a Mr Baranowski caught a 7lbs salmon.
Due to strong winds angling conditions have not been great on Carrowmore Lake. Only 5 salmon were caught last week including one each for Noel Napier and Henry Jameson, Belfast, of 7lbs and 6lbs. Eamon Giblin, Co.Clare, also had one of 7lbs. Other anglers met some sea trout, including Vincent Roche, Ballina, who had 2 to the boat.
Loughs Conn and Cullin
Some anglers are continuing to enjoy success on the Loughs, with fish still coming to dry Mayfly and Spent patterns. Angling out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Glen Kelleher, Claremorris, had one trout trolling while Thilo Theisen, Germany had one to a may fly pattern. Angling on Lough Cullin Charles Corbett, Co. Wicklow, fishing with Hugh McMahon caught and released 10 trout for a day. Young anglers Cormac and Oisin McCormac had one trout each while trolling an Octopus. Also fishing on Lough Cullin, Patrick Timoney, Co. Dublin, had 3 trout with his best 1.5lbs.
Angling out of Gerry Murphy's, Massbrooke, Rory Murphy, Co. Laois had two trout on spent may flies, Mick Sweeney and Liam McHugh had 2 trout each to Claret Dabblers. Philip Gresham, Castlebar and boat partner Jane McGahon, Dundalk, had three to the boat on the Claret Dabbler and Olive Bumble. In the northern section of Conn, angling out of Gortnorabbey, Kay and John McBride, Dublin, had 10 trout to the boat, all to black flies. Fishing from Crossmolina Jeffery Brown had 3 trout, his best 1.5lbs.
From Enniscoe Fishery, Donal Hurley, Dublin, had one to a Royal Wulff while boat partner Adrian Gallagher also had one.
From Kelly's of Cloghans Bay, Lawson Clements, Co. Sligo, had 2, his best 2lbs, while Peter Roche, Cloghans had one on a dry Bumble. Patrick Kelly had 2 trout for 3lbs on a Claret and Mallard. Adrian Murphy had 2 for an evening while his son Brendan had one while trolling an Olive Bumble.
Some anglers enjoyed great fishing on Arrow of late, with some excellent trout caught. John Stone had 2 trout of 2lbs each while Francie White had a great catch of 6lbs 2oz. Thomas Walsh also had a fine fish of 5lbs, with all fish falling to the Green Peter.
The lake continued to fish reasonably well last week, with 9 rods for the week catching a total of 18 trout (11 of which were released). David Michaels and boat partner, USA, fishing on the 13th July caught 7 rainbow trout, their best 3lbs.
Ken Kelly and boat partner caught 7 trout, with 6 released with their best weighing 4lbs. James Joyce and Millie Stonebridge, Co. Derry, caught 9 trout and released all. Most successful flies of the week were Dabblers, Bibios, Black Pennel, dry Wulff and the Cruncher.
Sea Trout Moy Estuary
Reports indicate that catches of sea trout have been erratic on the Estuary of late, with changing weather conditions impacting on angling. Despite this Judd Ruane reports over 30 trout for the week, including 6 for the Grosskopf family, Austria, while Steven Shaw and Pat Greham, U.K., had 5 up to 2.5lbs.
Mayo - Galway
Water levels were ideal during the last week with one sluice gate open on the Weir. Anglers enjoyed good sport at times especially on the fly. Billy Campbell from Northern Ireland had two good grilse on fly for 4.44kg (10lbs). French angler Marc DeVletian had a good fish of 2.66kg (6lbs) and hooked two more during the outing! Long time visitors to the Galway Weir Charlie Stephens, Britain, and Manfred Wilke, Germany, recorded some nice grilse on shrimp during their stay.
Father and son Jack & Laurence Flood, England, had some nice grilse to shrimp and fly, with Jack recording a cracking fish of 7lbs on the fly from the high bank! Declan Tuffy, Athenry, had a fresh run 4.44kg (10lbs) fish on the fly over a number of hours fishing, and hooked and lost a few more. Paul Wymes, Dublin, had two grilse on fly averaging 2.22kg (5lbs) and John Anderson had 3 for 9.33kg (21lbs) for an evening. The tally for the week was 53 fish.
Grilse and summer salmon are continuing to run into the system, and if water levels remain constant during the coming week anglers should continue to enjoy good sport!
The fishery produced three fish on the 13th, Roger Kenny was first off the mark with a sea liced 3.4lbs fish from Finlough on an Ally Shrimp. Ollie Watkins had success at the Quarry Flats by landing a sea liced grilse of 4.2lbs on a Cascade Ally while John Faith also had a fish off Finlough of 4.4lbs on a Collie Dog.
The 14th produced two fish, one for Ted Maxted from the Kings Pool of 2lbs on a Collie Dog while Ollie Watkins struck again by landing a stale springer of 6lbs on an Annagram off Doolough. The 15th produced three fish, Andreas Beerlage had a sea liced fish off the Rock Pool of almost 3lbs on an Ally Shrimp while Ciaran Boland had a lovely sea liced 4.8lbs fish off the Turn Pool on an Itchin Shrimp. Finlough proved successful for John Faith once again, who landed a sea liced 3.7lbs fish on a Purple Shrimp.
Anglers continued to enjoy good sport throughout the weekend, with 6 salmon on the 16th and 7 on the 17th, although angling on the lakes was difficult due to strong north westerly winds.
Sean McCullough, Nenagh, managed to land two nice fish on Saturday, both sea liced. The first was off the Turn Pool on a Cascade weighed 6lbs and the second also on a Cascade from the Quarry Pool was 5lbs. Mick Kelly and Joe Hosey had one grilse each also off the Turn Pool on a Silver Stoat and a Cascade. Liam Dunne managed to land a sea liced 3.3lbs fish off Finlough on a Green Peter and Delphi's own Mick Wade also had one off Fin of 5.9lbs on a Delphi Collie.
Sunday started well for George and Helen Westropp who had one each off the Turn and the Whin. George's fish was just over 5lbs and Helen's was 3.6lbs. Both were sea liced and caught on a Cascade. Ken McMillan and Alan Boyd had one each off Fin Sunday morning weighing in at 6lbs and 4.9lbs, both on Shrimp flies. Helen Westropp managed her second of the day off Fin weighing in at 5.1lbs. Peter Bowles and Mike Shortt had one each from the Whin Pool and the Rock Pool respectively weighing in at 3lbs and 2.9lbs. They were both taken on Collie Dog's.
Fishery manager Jim Stafford reports from the River Erriff that water levels were very low from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July. The river was baked in bright sunshine and few anglers fished the river. However, despite the poor angling conditions Mrs. Eva Hompesch, Germany took a sea liced grilse in the Sea Pool on Beat 9 on the 11th. The weather patten totally changed on Saturday 16th with heavy rains and storm force winds. Water levels rose quickly and soon the river was in excellent condition.
Mr. Jean Boidron, France caught an 8Ib. fish on a Cascade in the Boat Pool on Beat 5. Mr. Gerard Gamier also from France caught 4, his best fish 8lbs caught on a Cascade in the Quarry Pool on Beat 2.
Mr. Ken McMillan & Mr. Andrew Boyd caught one in the Coronation Pool and the General's Rock on Beat 9. Mr David Williams, U.K. had 3 all from Beat 9 and Mr. Will Masterson also from the U.K., had 2 from Beat 6 his best 7.75lbs taken on a Cascade from the Colonel's Pool on Beat 6. The Bann Special was successful for Mr. Steve Smith, U.K., who caught a fish of 8.75Ibs in the Hawthorn Run on Beat 7. The following day Steve caught 4 fish in the Sea Pool on a Tosh tube fly.
Mr. Andrew Beattie a regular angling visitor from the U.K. had a personal best catching 6 fish in one day with all fish were taken Cascades.
Mr. G.Kerschbaumer, France had 2 fish on a Cascade and an Alley Shrimp. Mr. Jim Laffin, N. lreland had one on a Gold Cascade from Wanklyn's Dam.
In all 35 salmon (many of which were sportingly returned to the river) and some 32 sea trout were taken in the period. At the time of writing the report water conditions are excellent with the Aasleagh Guage reading 1.5metres. Both rods and accommodation are available during the coming week. Contact James Stafford, Aasleagh Lodge 09542252 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Low water conditions in the early part of the week deterred anglers, despite this the first catch of the week went to young Henry Strawson on the 12th, his first fish from Kylemore which weighed 5lbs. The Fishery was quiet for a few days mid week, however, angling did improve following the rain and on the 16th five salmon were caught. Geoffrey Fitzjohn enjoyed good sport with three for his day, all under 7lbs, while Richard Stevens and Ger Henehan had a grilse each. Fifteen sea trout were reported for the day also, all under 1lbs.
Angling effort was slight on Sunday, but three anglers accounted for three fish, two of 4lbs and a 10lb salmon for Geoffrey Fitzjohn, who lost a further two.