Westport Anglers hosted a kids day out and competition on Moher Lough, near Westport, which is stocked with brown trout by Inland Fisheries Ireland.
The IFI were happy to make the lake and boats available to the club for the day.
The winner was Caoimhin Duffy and he got a cup and a fly rod.
The top 3 young anglers won a fly rod each, and hopefully they will progress to be competent flyfishers in the near future.
There were 18 stocked trout caught on the day, best fish was 0.789kg, and 15 small natural trout, and most importantly everyone had an enjoyable day!
Ronan Cusack reports that with only a few days remaining in the 2013 trout season on Lough Mask, the fishing has improved dramatically.
Christy Crotty and John Ronanem Waterford had a fantastic 2 days sport this weekend. The lads had in excess of 16 trout exceeding the 13” limit, and lost count of the number of undersize trout they returned. Their best trout was 1.75lbs and all were returned.
Local angler Kevin Egan fished on Saturday with Noel Fay from Kildare and they had 8 fish on wetfly along the shallows (best fish 2lbs, all returned).
Ballinrobe Anglers chairman Tommy Foley fished with Neil Foley from Cork on Saturday last and they had 7 fish between them for the day and again returned numerous undersize fish (best fish 1.75lbs, all returned).
Cian Murtagh and Joe McCarty from Kingscourt fished with Ronan Cusack on Friday last and they 16 fish over the size limit (best fish 1.5lbs, all returned).
On 3 occasions throughout the day Cian had two fish on at the one time, which he said is something he never
experienced before. Angling guide Denis O’Keeffe fished dries on Mask last Saturday with friends “Ted and Sue” and they had 6 fish over deep water (best fish 1.75lbs, all returned).
Lough Carra has also fished well this week, with some good bags reported. Cian Murtagh and Joe McCarty from Kingscourt had 3 nice fish on Thursday last, using a combination of wets and dapping (best fish 1.5lbs, all
Dr Martin O’Grady of Inland Fisheries Ireland fished Carra this week and enjoyed some excellent dry fly fishing. Martin used his own dry sedge patterns and had fish up to 3lbs every day. Gerry O’Brien, Ballinrobe also fished dries on Carra this week to great success.
Overall both lakes are in top form, so get out there and give it a lash before it’s all over.
Ronan also guides on Mask and can be contacted at 087 2869487 or by email at email@example.com
Pictured above: Some of the participants in the Westport Anglers Juvenile Day that was held on Moher Lough with pride of place going to the winner, Caoimhin Duffy, who won a silver cup and a new fly rod. Photo: Toby Gibbons