Angling News
Angling Report for Week ending 20 August 2006
By Markus Muller
Aug 21, 2006, 23:03

River Moy

The Moy system accounted for a total of 288 salmon for the week. With water levels remaining extremely low the bulk of the catch was reported from the tidal section.

On the Ridge Pool, Terry McDermott, Robert Logue and Ian Hastings, all from Northern Ireland, had 6 fish together, all of which were released. Austin Kenny from Dublin landed 2 fish and John Lyons from Galway also caught 2, with best at 5.2 lbs.

The Cathedral Beat continued to fish well and yielded 94 fish for the week. Rory and Bernard Lawn from Northern Ireland had 2 fish each.

On Polnamonagh, juvenile anglers Laurence and Daniel Doherty from Kildare had 1 salmon each.

The Ash Tree Beat produced 9 salmon including a nice 8 lbs fish caught by Paul Henry from Northern Ireland and a 6 lbs. salmon landed by Galway angler Declan Tuffy.

Dublin fly angler Ian Keating did well on the Spring Wells Beat where he caught 3 salmon, two of which he released. His best fish weighed 5.5 lbs.

Stewart McMaster from Northern Ireland, fishing the Point, had one salmon at 4.5 lbs. on worm.

The Ballina Salmon Anglers held a youth fishing competition (U 16) during the week. The winner of the Billy Egan Cup was Andrew Crane with David Kelly runner up, Aiden Doherty 3rd and Keiran Lally in 4th place.

Up river, William Duff and John Watson both from Northern Ireland had 5 salmon from the Scott-Knox-Gore Coolcronan stretch with best fish at 7 lbs.

Moy Estuary

Sea trout fishing in the Moy estuary picked up slightly during the week.

Thirty-five anglers took part in the Moy Estuary Boat Club Sea Trout competition with a total of 35 trout taken.

Results were as follows: 1st John Fitzpatrick, 2nd Liam Collins, 3rd Liam Hacket.

Juniors: 1st Trevor Moore, 2nd Ian Moore, 3rd Michael Cribben

Best Lady: Marian Fitzpatrick

Heaviest Bag: John Fitzpatrick

Burrishoole Fishery

Low water levels, bright sunshine and little or no wind for most of the week affected the fishing on Lough Furnace this week. Three salmon were caught in very poor angling conditions. Mike Sweeney from Loughrea had 1 salmon, at 4 lbs., Liam McHugh from Edenderry also landed one fish weighing 3.3 lbs. and local angler Tony Murtagh released one wild fish.

Owenmore River

Due to the extremely low water levels fishing activity was very slow on the Owenmore. Only three grilse were reported for the week on the Bangor Angling Club stretch; all fish were released.

Lough Conn

Again a quiet week on Lough Conn with very few anglers fishing the lake due to the dry weather conditions and low water levels. Most of the fishing was enjoyed along the east side of the lake with Cloghans fishing best.

Jack Gillespie from Armagh fishing together with local boatman Pauric Kelly had 5 trout with best fish at 2 lbs. Successful flies were Daddy Longlegs, Green Peter and Olive Bumble. Dermot Dunne and a friend from Co. Offaly landed 7 trout weighing between 0.75 lbs. and 1 lbs. Visiting Dutch anglers Benny Culeman and Henk v. Leeuwen from Sittard, fishing Black Pennell, Connemara Black and Dabbler patterns, had 4 trout for 6 lbs., with best at 1.75 lbs.


Very few anglers ventured out on Ballinlough during the week. Amongst the few who went out were Christopher Rogers and Francis Moore from Dublin who had 3 fish, best at 2 lbs. Christopher and Francis were fishing Montana Nymphs.

Lough Arrow

Fishing on Arrow was quite slow during the day and only few anglers sallied out for the week. However, Peter Dunne from Drumshanbo did it again and landed 6 nice trout between 2 and 4 lbs. Peter fished late in the evening and buzzer imitations worked best for him.

Lough Bo

The Riverstown Young Anglers held their 1st juvenile angling competition on Lough Bo on Saturday, 19 August. The event was well attended and the local youngsters enjoyed an exciting day’s fishing with a total catch of 11 trout.

The winner of the Joe McGann Memorial Cup was Brian Martin with a 2.2 lbs. rainbow trout. Rachel Higgins had the heaviest bag with a total weight of 4 lbs.

Results were as follows:


Ballisodare River

Ballisodare produced 66 salmon for the week. Fishing action was confined to the Butt where local angler Alfie Mahon landed three fish, with best at 4 lbs. Alfie caught all his fish on the worm.


Sea Angling

James Mangan, B Belmullet SAC reports:

Belmullet Sea Angling Club held its 35th two day international open boat competition on Saturday, 19 and Sunday, 20 August. Eighty anglers took part over the two days with a large contingent from Northern Ireland competing. Weather conditions on Saturday were rough, with conditions improving on Sunday. Mackerel was in good supply for bait on both days and 16 different species were landed including dab, turbot, plaice, haddock, cod, ling, whiting, red, tub & grey gurnard. Heaviest fish boated was a ling of 9.5 lbs. The overall winner with 16 different varieties was Michael Selfridge of East Belfast SAC, runner up was Sylvy Sweeney and best junior was Michael Taylor, both Belmullet SAC. Further results included best lady: Marie Carolan, Belmullet SAC, best boatman on Saturday: Paraic O’Donnell, best boatman on Sunday: John O’Boyle. There were also two specimen red gurnards landed of 2.25 lbs. each.

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