Ireland 18.05.11

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Great Weekend’s Fishing. The First Grilse is Caught !
Best Day of the Season Friday & beaten again Monday.

With the upper river already coming into fine fishable order late last week and the lower river
in fly order by Saturday, we had some excellent fishing in the last few days,
catching more fish for the weekend than we had had caught for the whole season to date.
Twenty-two fish were caught from Friday to Monday.
Twice over the weekend we recorded the Best Day of the Season so far.
Firstly on Friday when five were caught & then again on Monday when seven were caught.
Grilse are running with a few caught & a lot more of these soft-mouthed fish lost,
and large sea-liced May fish being caught through even to the upper river.


This is the river levels currently. Now fined off to a beautiful height.

Things already started to happen last Thursday (12th.), when a fine 10.3 pounder
was caught on the upper river on our beat at Killavullen by Conor Arnold.


He fished the same beat the next day (Friday) and caught this sea-liced 6 pounder
and released another very fresh 10 pounder.


Taken on Friday on spinner at Ballyhooly (photo courtesy Paul Whelan).
Due to the conditions downriver, Paul Whelan from Fortwilliam downriver brought a party
to fish on our upper river beats on Friday the 13th., and it was a gamble that worked.
They only got to the river at 12.30 and within an hour Kevin Collins
had caught a beautiful sea-liced fish of 8lb. on fly at Ballyhooly.
A little later Michael Conway had this very fresh 10 pounder on spinner.


We hosted a group from Bandon A.C. on Saturday 14th.,
and Anthony Buckley had this fine 8 pounder on fly on Lower Kilmurry. 

The First Grilse!

Rob Smith from the same group then had the honour of catching (& releasing)
the first grilse of the 2011 seas – on fly at the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry.


This fine 9 pounder was also caught on Saturday by Mike Sheridan
from our very top beat just below Mallow.


On Sunday (15th.), Billy Jewitt released this fine 11 pounder caught on fly at Castletownroche.
Stephen Casey from Kerry had a 10½ pounder on Rapala from Kents (lower river)
and Terry O’Keeffe had the best fish of the day with a 12½ pounder from Ballincurrig (upper river) – also on spinner.


On Monday, Garry O’Shea from Dungarvan caught this fine brace of 9 pounders also from Ballincurrig,
and released a 5lb grilse.  All taken on spinner.  He’s the first angler to catch 3 in one day this year.


This sea-liced 4lb. grilse was caught by Philippe Bargwil from Britanny yesterday. It was his first day ever salmon fishing.
It was taken on spinner at the Hut Pool on Upper Kilmurry, and on the BBQ within 10 mins!

 

Best Day of the Season – Tuesday, May 17 !
Friday’s record fell again yesterday. Seven fish were caught – 3 sea-liced grilse of 4, 4 & 6lb.
for 2 rods just in the afternoon on Woodstream, 3 of 6, & 10lb. from Bridgetown, & this
fine 12.5lb fish (below) for Michael Enright (Abbeyfeale) from Ballinaroone on spinner.

Prospects
Looking SUPERB for the coming days & indeed for the rest of the month.