Salmon and trout anglers are now praying for rain as the water levels in rivers and lakes in County Mayo drop even further and water temperatures continue to rise as the mercury hits 30c.
Bryan Ward reports
Many Rivers are virtually unfishable in these conditions, while lake anglers are having limited success in the very late evenings.
Only the river estuaries and the wide open sea are giving anglers any sport during the hottest weather in decades. Calm sea conditions make many shore and beach marks, and indeed boat trips very viable options during the warm spell.
The River Moy is at an extremely low level at present, and perhaps for the first time this season, the Moy Fishery has produced considerably more fish than the East Mayo Anglers’ waters which are in serious need of fresh water to liven things up.
Fresh fish continue to enter the river despite of the low water, although once they move up the system they appear unwilling to take.
The Moy Fishery recorded 43 salmon for the week, 25 of these from the Ridge Pool, a further 12 from the Cathedral Beat and two off the Weir Pool. On the Weir Pool, Brendan Garland, N.Ireland released two, while on the Ridge Pool Walter Norton, U.K. and Alan McClure, N.Ireland, had one each weighing 4lbs, with Michael Mills, U.K., also landing a grilse weighing 4lbs.
On the Cathedral Beat Michael Mills had a further two grilse on fly, with Eddie Good, N. Ireland, and Garrweth Byrne also landing two fish apiece. Both the
Ballina Salmon Anglers’ water and the Mount Falcon Fishery enjoyed a reasonable week, while Knockmore, Attymass, Coolcronan, Byrnes, Armstrong’s and Gannon’s reported low numbers for the time of year, as the hot weather is affecting even these lower fisheries.
The Foxford Fishery had a good week, with a group of German anglers among those to have success, the Fishery recording 29 salmon in total for the week. Rinanney also had a relatively productive week, with over 20 fish reported, including one for Thomas Murtagh, Germany, on the prawn.
Upstream of Rinanney, most fisheries reported a very poor week (considering the time of season), including Cloongee and the East Mayo Anglers Water. At East Mayo, Ron Rovhurst and Clive Richards (both U.K.) were among the very lucky few to score, both landing grilse taken on fly.
Sea Angling Killala Bay
The skipper of the Leah, Donal Kennedy reported that a party of anglers from Drogheda, Tuam, and England set out from Killala Harbor in near perfect
Conditions on Thursday 12th past. Expectations were high among the anglers as conditions would allow the group to explore further out in the bay in deeper waters.
They were not disappointed as drift after drift produced some fine ray of many different varieties; blonde, spotted, cuckoo and thornback. Seventeen in total were boated, with 14 of those safely returned to the water.
As the group moved further out the bay a drift produced good pollock up to 8lbs, with some 30 being caught with many returned. Pouting were also caught along with coalfish. Mackerel were also taken at a steady rate, with some fine sized fish landed.