Macroom TroutAnglers’ Alistair Earley was top rod in the Juvenile Lake Interprovincial trout fly angling competition fished at Lough Lein, Killarney.
The event was hosted by Mallow Trout Anglers with the co-operation of the all Munster trout fly clubs who fish the Co. Kerry lake and the Board of Works.
Seventeen boats took the young anglers to various parts of the lake for the fishing from 10am to 4.30pm where conditions were difficult with bright sunshine keeping the brown trout down in this catch and release fixture that had a 20 cm size limit.
Earley’s most successful flies were small thunder & lightning and alders. Early’s boatman was Maurice Willis, Mallow.
Munster won the team event with 45 fish, 26,540 cms.; 2nd Leinster with 26 fish, 16,422 cms.; 3rd Ulster with 17 fish, 9,920 cms.; 4th Connacht with 16 fish, 9,700 cms.;
Team members were Alistair Earley, Macroom Trout Anglers; Ian Howard, Finbarr Carroll, Niall McCarthy & James Barry, Mallow TA; C. Carroll, Killarney TA; Anthony O’Sullivan & Stephen Brown, Kanturk TA.
The combined results of the juvenile river & lake events will determine to selection of the Irish team in the TAFI sponsored European & World Championships being fished for the first time next year at venues north and south.
Lough Currane, Waterville, has fished well of late. On last Sunday, Heinz Stratmann, Germany, caught a fine grilse on the troll, with gillie, Frank Donnelly.
Also Lough Lein Anglers had their sea trout competition and E. McCarthy was the outright supreme fly angler.
Upstream at Lough Derriana, Eddie Blanche and Ivor, Co. Laois, caught 25 juniors with gillie Tom O’Shea.
On Saturday Christopher O’Sullivan, UK, caught a fine grilse on the fly, with gillie Tom O’Shea. John McCall, South Africa caught a 2lb. sea trout on the troll with gillie Neil O’Shea.
Lough Currane was the quiet after Thursday’s storm force winds but Derek Batchelor, UK, fishing with gillie Vincent Appleby caught one junior. The Waterville Fishery was virtually at a standstill because of the storm force SE wind blowing on Wednesday, even though a couple of boats did get out first thing that morning.
However, it wasn’t long before all boats headed for dry land.
One angler who did see some good action was Tom Duggan fishing with Dominic McGillicuddy who caught 8 sea trout ranging from juniors up to 4lbs.
Anglers couldn’t fish the Inny until that evening, because of a massive flood coming down the river.
Once the water levels dropped At Galway Weir anglers enjoyed some sport, with 10 fish recorded.
Tawnyard Lough produced 6 sea trout and over 200 brown trout to ¾ lbs. for Kevin Crowley and Chris Cully in two days fishing in far from ideal conditions.
Fish of the week goes to Tobias Stern, Austria, on his annual fishing trip to the Erriff, who landed a salmon of 17lbs. caught on an Ally’s Shrimp in the Falls Pool.
Total catch for the week was 12 salmon and 9 sea trout.
At Kylemore there were 7 fish reported for the week for 25 rod-days. The season total now stands at 108.
On Lough Corrib, Jimmy Nugent and friend fished for three days and landed 14 trout approx. 22lbs fishing wet fly and dapping.
Tomi Kurman from the Corrib Predator Team reports that an Irish “summer” at least has one benefit — excellent summer pike angling.
In July alone they caught over 30 pike exceeding 20lbs. and over the magic metre mark.
Spanish guest, Manuel Lopez had a spectacular three great days, landing four fish over 20lbs. in the space of a couple of hours, and losing one of similar size.
He also missed two just at the surface close to the boat.
In total they managed to catch five fish over 20lbs. with the best just over 25lbs, two high doubles and a good few smaller pike.
Most fish were caught in shallow water on jerkbaits and fly.
Manuel smashed his previous best the first day with a great pike of 113cm.
He remarked that Irish pike fight as hard as catfish — and he knows what he’s talking about as Spain is the home of big catfish!
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