[ August 2011 ]
In the first week of August 6 Salmon were landed, which was very good considering that there was little or no wind. Inagh Gillie, Ronan Creane (Galway) caught and released the best fish of the week. The fish weighed 9lbs and took a Daddy. Willie Kelly had 2 grilse from Inagh on a Bibio, weighing 3.5lbs and 5lbs. Paul Mason(Galway) fished Inagh for the first time and was rewarded with a 4.5lbs grilse. Kevin Kelly(Galway) landed a 7lbs fish on a cascade on Lough Inagh. Finally Andy Walsh(Galway) once again had a grilse of 6lbs on a Green Peter on Lough Inagh, that is Andy's sixth this year on the lake!
The sea trout have been slow this week, although yesterday Andy Walsh had 3 good fish of 2-3lbs on a Bibio and Green Peter on Lough Inagh.
In the second week of August ten salmon were landed for the week. Mark Serby(UK) landed his first ever salmon, Mark caught a 5.75lbs fish on a Cascade while fishing The Derryclare Butts. Kevin Kirwan (USA) also landed his first Irish Salmon. Kevin caught a silver grilse of 5lbs on a Van-Beck from The Derryclare Butts. Norman Kyle (UK) landed his first Irish Salmon after 10 years of visiting Ireland. The fish weighed 6lbs and was caught on The Trout Pool on an Orange bodied Stoat, tied by Norman. Inagh Ghille John O Malley caught and released a Grilse of 4lbs on Inagh on a Claret Dabbler. Thomas O Brien(Galway) landed a 5lbs fish on a Blue Delphi on Inagh. Inagh Ghillee Ronan Creane had a 6lbs fish from Pine Island on a Sunray(See pic). Cian Hanley(Galway) landed 2 fish weighing 4.5lbs and 6lbs from Inagh on a Red Daddy. Peter Walsh(Galway) caught a 5lbs fish on a Daddy on Inagh and Patsy Griffin released a 3lbs fish, caught on a Green Peter on Inagh.
Twenty Sea Trout were recorded this week. 7 Anglers from Cornomona fished Inagh and recorded 10 Sea trout and a few decent Brown Trout. John Casey(Galway) fished The Glendallogh Butts and had 3 sea trout to 2.5lbs. Richard Maguire(Dublin) had a beautiful sea trout from The Trout Pool estimated at 3lbs on a Silver Stoat(See Pic) Karl Empey(USA) fished Inagh for a day and had a 1.5lbs sea trout and a char of 11 inches.
In the 3rd week of August 11 Salmon were landed. Tom O Brien and Andy Walsh(Galway), fished 2 days on Lough Inagh and landed 5 grilse ranging from 4.5lbs to 5.5lbs. Top fly was a Green Peter. Ian Garratt(UK) had the best fish of the week weighing 6.5lbs and was caught on Lough Inagh on a Daddy. There were also first ever salmon for hotel guests Randy Smith(USA) - 3lbs, Kevin Lorenz(USA) - 5lbs and Silvio Morano(Italy) - 5lbs.
At the end of the month, the water had fallen to a medium level, but there were still some fresh fish entering. Angling effort was minimal as the thundery weather was keeping the fish down. September is usually the top month for the lake and the prospects look good. We are having our best season in living memory for Salmon with 81 fish being landed so far. Our best catch was 85 in 2008, the year the drift nets ceased and if you do the maths, this years grilse are the offspring of that 2008 catch.
5 Salmon were landed for the week. Kevin Cronin(Dublin) caught and released the best fish, it weighed 6lbs and took a Green Peter on Lough Inagh. 12 year old Frank Baring(UK), fished Lough Inagh for the first time with his Father Hugo, and Grandpa Roderick and young Frank caught 2 grilse of 3.5 and 4 lbs on a Green Peter.
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