News and Events December 2013
In addition to the 13,500 salmon fry released into the upper catchment
a further 2,500 have now been fin clipped and successfully released
downstream of the hatchery today. We have another 5,000 well grown
parr, which will now be released in the New Year! We will be occupied until then
catching up salmon for next year's program! This means that Tom O'Shea,
on behalf of Waterville Fisheries Development Group has produced 21,000
fish from the hatchery this year, a massive increase from the same number
of broodstock salmon caught up last year! A total of 15 hen fish and 9 cock
fish, caught up on the Cummeragh River last December have produced this
amazing result.A marvellous effort! Thanks to Tom and all the volunteers
and especially to Frank, Jimmy, John and James on the RSS team.
This year's parr are graded .......
...and released back into the Cummeragh by Jimmy O'Sullivan!!
Committee Chairman Tadhg O'Sullivan and our Secretary Kevin O'Sullivan
attended the Galway Fly Fair encountered a good deal of interest in the
work we do here, in particular our Court Action for Judicial revue against the
Government's granting of a new licence to extend the Salmon Farm at Deenish
Island. A good number of donations were received for this expensive court
action and we would ask again here for all the financial help you can give to
the Fund. Please visit the Donation page on this site to make your contribution!
The Record fly caught seatrout caught on Lough Currane received the Trout and
Salmon Magazine 'Fish of the Month' award for Paul Lawton from Sharpes Tackle!
He receives a Sharpes Fly Rod of his choice!
The New Currane Record Sea Trout with its captor Paul Lawton!!!
"Based on previous length and weight information for specimen sea trout
from Lough Currane Willie Roche from Inland Fisheries Ireland estimated
that this enormous sea trout weighed 14.75 lbs or 6.69 kg. This
estimate was based on length and weight information from 57 sea trout
from the Lough Currane system over the past three years and was
provided by the Irish Specimen Fish Committee. In 2011 UK angler
Sean Smith had a specimen of 13.31 lbs (6.04 kg), a record sea trout
for the fishery, which was 83 cm in length. Lough Currane has been the
most consistent producer of large sea trout for many decades and the
record for the lake has been broken a couple of times in recent years."
Dr Willie Roche IFI
Liam Ellis releasing the fabulous fish whilst Paul Lawton looks on!
A beautiful Specimen!!
Well here we are in the last throes of the season!
September turned out to be an excellent month for sea trout fishing
on Lough Currane following on from two month's of indifferent sport
due to the high water temperatures throughout the system. At one
point in early August the water temperature on the lake reached
23 degrees! Any self respecting seatrout would have stayed in the
ocean when confronted by that!
The season finishes on the 12th of this month and we would remind
all anglers that fishing is now fly fishing only for seatrout, no
worming, spinning or trolling is allowed now anywhere in the system,
including the River Inny. The Cummeragh is closed to all fishing
abovethe Cahersavane bridge, to conserve spawning stocks and is
fly only down from there to the lake. Anglers are requested to release
all gravid fish.
Tom O'Shea reports that the young salmon are still doing well in
the hatchery tanks with approximatley 19,000 parr getting ready for
their big journey! A proportion of these will be fin clipped so that we
can continue to monitor the efficacy of the current stocking program.
Out back out late!!
A fine specimen cock sea trout!
And a successful release!
A newly published study commissioned by Inland Fisheries Ireland
shows that Angling is worth 0.75 billion to the Irish Economy and
supports 10,000 jobs in rural Ireland! See full report at
New research into the impact of fish farm sealice on migrating
salmon smolts shows that the Marine Institute's original findings
were very wide of the mark. The new Study highlights that there
is a 34% loss in wild salmon numbers from Sea Lice infestation
from Fish Farms! See www.fisheriesireland.ie for full report!
Now that the water temperature is finally dropping the sea trout
are again putting in an appearance! Some bigger seatrout have
been caught over the weekend along with a number of juniors.
Regular visitor Sean Smith caught and released four seatrout yesterday
with the largest at 51/2lbs, whilst out with ghillie Neil O'Shea.
Neil O'Shea releasing Sean Smith's 51/2lb sea trout