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Irish Angling Update

Written By: Myles Kelly
On Date: 16/4/2018

Spring sprung this week, with a lovely weekend of sunshine and light winds finally bringing an end to the long harsh winter. Since then, however, the wind has turned east again, and while temperatures are a lot milder than last month, there is still quite a nip in the air...Some of the highlights...
19 salmon from Moy in poor conditions
West cork mullet numbers building up
Big trout for pike angler on Lough Key Duckfly hatches in full swing on Corrib

Specimen spurdogs off Wicklow
Lovely conditions on Lower Bann, nets to 12kg
Great fishing on Carrowmore Union Hall anglers get their skates on Hectic sport on the Suck as jacks feed hard
Duckfly hatches have been in full swing on Corrib, with a hatch of anglers finally surfacing too after the winter! Some good catches have been reported here, while further south duckfly has provided good trout fishing on Currane as well.
A lough Namona trout
Carrowmore Lake is coming into form, with good numbers of spring salmon landed, while the Drowes is continuing to produce fish most days. Other fisheries are also starting to see fish in better numbers, with springers caught on Lough Gill, Lough Beltra, the Bandon, Delphi, the Feale and the Moy.

Allen Griffin Jr with his salmon
Coarse fishing is picking up, with more competitions getting going, and some good catches reported. The Erne Easter Festival provided good bags of roach and hybrids, while good conditions on the Lower Bann also gave up good catches on feeder tactics.

Good fishing at Portumna ahead of Curleys festival
Jack pike have been feeding hard on the Suck, providing Patrick Foran with hectic sport, but pike angling generally has been quiet this week, with few reports. Once again its a big trout caught and released by a pike angler that wins Catch of the Week. A trout of nearly 10lb was landed by Daire Coyle on Lough Key. The big brown took half a mackerel.
It was a perfect weekend to get out on the water and charter boat anglers made hay, with some fine skate reported from West Cork, and specimen spurdogs from Wicklow. Bass are starting to appear again, and Tomasz Eckert had a fine specimen fish of 71cm on a soft plastic lure. The longer daylight hours and warmer temperatures will soon see more species being caught, and shore anglers are landing thornback rays again in Donegal, while Richie Ryan is starting to see mullet reappearing in Cork.

Specimen sized bass for Tomasz
And now the weather..
The current easterly airflow should be all gone by the weekend, with the weather coming from the Atlantic by Saturday afternoon and becoming quite unsettled, with rain and strong winds at times for the early part of next week. Temperatures will be mild enough, however, with projections for a warm spell from midweek, but we will wait and see on that one! Either way, water temperatures will be increasing and fish will be starting to show more interest in fly, lure and bait.
Safe fishing to all and tight lines, especially here in Ireland.
Kevin Crowley
Catch, Photo, Release
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All the headlines...
Trout fishing reports
• Owel Stocking Competition results
• Ennell’s O’Mally Cup sees some lovely trout caught
• Fishing gods smile on Lene anglers in Chairmans Pairs comp
• Sheelin gets busy as season comes to a close
Coarse angling reports
• Roach Madness on the Inny
• Tevor Platt wins Fermoy Autumn Festival
• Anglers happy with coarse catches in Meelick, Birr areas
• Gardai host junior angling development event at Meadow Lodge
• Brenton Sweeney and Paul Leese win Irish Continental Pairs on Lough Sillan
Pike angling reports
• Baptism of pike for new boat in Longford
• The Jacks are Hungry at Kinale
• Red letter day for Boderg angler – 5 pike for over 100lbs!
• Boat House Cup fished on Derg
• Tullamore And District Angling Club pike competition schedule
Sea angling reports
• A tough day on the water after a tough month for kayak anglers
• Anglers report flounder and bass at Wicklow beach
Other news
• Specimen Fish 2017 – submit your claim form now
• Inland Fisheries Ireland confirms 65 farmed salmon have been caught in five rivers in counties Galway and Mayo; agency calls for compliance and enforcement
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