The Mancunian alternated between a five metre whip and long pole short line at eight metres feeding a ball of ground-bait laced with casters every cast.
Meanwhile, Aire Roubos became the Celtic Challenge Shield winner on his first visit to the lake. The Dutch angler captured the largest three day festival weight of 69.95 kgs.
Elsewhere, six salmon were landed on the River Lee, mostly peel averaging 6lbs, by local anglers using shrimp, mostly below the Weirs in Cork.
On the River Ilen, two fish landed for the week, best 8lbs. on worms by a local angler. On the Coomhola River, one 8lb. salmon landed for the week by a local angler on a Flying C.
On the Laune, despite the extremely low water a few salmon are being caught each day.
Bernard Lyot had a 6lb. fish. Patrick Richard had a good run of luck with fish of 6 lbs., and 8½ lbs. on two days last week at Johnstons and the Rock Pool. Peter Muller had a 4 lb. grilse at Johnstons. Heidi Weickum, one of their visiting German members, got a pull from a fish spinning and later she lost a fish at Gorry on the fly.
There was a great improvement in fortunes on the River Moy as prolonged rains and frequent rises in water levels freshened the system. Just over 400 salmon were reported, with all fisheries enjoying good sport.
Former Scotland rugby international and British & Irish Lion, Rob Wainwright fished the Moy Fishery during the CROSS Rugby Legends Malin to Mizen Head Charity Cycle, when it passed through Ballina. Wind badly affected conditions on Lough Conn, but many hardy anglers found shelter spots and continued to fish. Others enjoyed good success early last week, with the Octopus and Green Peter, proving to be highly successful flies.
Fishing out of Pontoon, Derek Murphy, Dublin and Celia McBride from Kildare boated four trout to 1½lbs on wet flies. John Cagney, New York, had good sport fishing dry Wulffs, with three trout, best 2¼ lbs. — all released. James and son Shaun Sheridan, New Jersey, enjoyed good sport over three days when they had 11 trout, best 2 lbs., all on Octopus and Daddies, four perch and a 6 lb. pike.