News and Events March 2014
A grand fish for Andrew Wishart on the fly fishing with
Dominic McGillicuddy over the weekend!
More springers caught on Currane over the weekend despite
difficult weather and a high lake. local Ghillies Bob Priestley
and Dominic McGillicuddy both found fish with their guests.
Dominic's guest caught his fish on the fly!
Neil O'Shea reports that he caught and returned a well
conditioned grilse kelt, which was fin clipped and from our
own hatchery stocking in 2011!! Another first!
The salmon catch is mounting now that the weather has
settled a little! Neil and Tom O'Shea had a lovely fresh fish of
over 14lbs within minutes of setting out!!
Local ghillie Dominic McGillicuddy fishing with regular guest
Tom Duggan also had a fish of about 7lbs on the troll.
The first salmon of the season caught on fly by Noel Clancy!!
Second salmon of the season caught on Currane !!
First Salmon of the season!!
Well known local Ghillie, Bob Priestley, Caught the first
salmon of the season this morning whilst trolling in the
vicinity of Morgan's Rock. It was a fresh sea liced fish of
Hatchery Event January 2014
WFDG has initiated a schools program with the Colaiste na Sceilge in
Caherciveen in 2014 to try to integrate our conservation work on the
fishery into the school's environmental curriculum for the younger
age groups. This program is intended to promote a better awaremess
in the pupils of their immediate local environment and to introduce
them to our unique fishery. We have so far given presentations at the
Colaiste to the Principal and teachers and two age groups of pupils.
We were able to organise a visit to our hatchery for a group of 17 1st
year pupils to assist us in the release of our remaining salmon parr!
Much to delight of the children TG4 attended to film the event and you
will see from the following photos that they were delighted to see our
youngsalmon swim off on their journey!
The hatchery process is explained to the pupils
The delight on the faces says it all!
TG4 recording the event!
Tadhg O'Sullivan speaks about our work to TG4
Bru O'Riordan tells it all in Irish!
Members attention is drawn to the new Fisheries
Bye-Laws for 2014,which are published on the IFI
These new Bye-Laws will affect angling on this fishery.
In addition to the catch limits for the fishery of one fish
per day (either a Salmon or a Sea Trout OVER 40cm)
with a total limit of three fish for the period 1st January
to 11th May 2014, three fish per day between 12th May
and 31st August and one fish per day during September
and subject to a total catch limit of ten fish for the season,
once that daily catch limit has been reached any further
angling shall be on a catch and release basis only, using a
SINGLE BARBLESS HOOK.
This Bye-Law will clearly affect the trolling on this fishery
as, once the daily catch limit has been taken it will no
longer be possible to continue fishing with multi - hooked
lures. Similarly fly fishermen will need to revert to a single
barbless fly once the catch limit is reached.
On the Cummeragh River, where worming is permitted,
once the daily catch limit is reached, further worming is
prohibited and anglers must revert to catch and release
angling with a single barbess hook.
There is also a catch limit of three sea trout of UNDER 40cm
per day throughout the season and again fishermen must
revert to catch and release angling with single barbless hooks.
Also note that ALL salmon caught, INCLUDING kelts and
baggots, must be recorded in the logbook.
A note to all previous members of the Waterville Fisheries
Development Group - now is the time to renew your
subscription for 2014! Tickets are again available on-line
so don't wait until you visit us, subscribe now!!
There were a good number of boats out over the first
weekend of the season but no fresh fish caught yet! They
have been sighted though! Ghillie Mike Dwyer saw a good
fresh fish jump off the north shore as he was trolling.
The water level is dropping at last and despite a sharp frost
overnight today is warm and bright.
2014 gets off to a good start on Lough Currane with fine
mild weather and little rain. Initial reports say that alot of
kelts are coming to the troll, but no sign yet of any fresh fish.
A boat heads out on opening day!
Back to a warm fire after a mornings trolling!
REPORT ON THE AGM
There was a good attendance at the Waterville Fisheries Development
Group AGM last evening. Our Secretary, Kevin O'Sullivan, gave a
presentation on the work carried out by the group during 2013.
Chairman Michael Roden gave an update on the Group's financial
affairs during 2013 and the current situation. He concluded by making
an appeal to all, to help with Membership Ticket sales in 2014 to
ensure the continued success of the WFDG.
We wish all our Members 'Tight Lines' in 2014!
SALMON PARR FROM THE HATCHERY RELEASED INTO THE CUMMERAGH
This last month has seen the catch up of brood stock for the hatchery ready
for stripping for next year's stock! On the 11th of December a small team of
us caught 14 hen fish and 7 cocks. There were, this year, a larger number of
MSW salmon caught up, including some fine hen fish in the teens of pounds!
These fine fish are producing large amounts of eggs for the hatchery as they
fall ripe. Tom O'Shea and his father Donal managed to strip two of these hen
fish on the 22nd December and they yielded 7,500 eggs! These are already in
the trays - a good start!
Tom O'Shea and Jimmy O'Sullivan releasing salmon parr into the Cummeragh
in early December 2013
The final batch of parr from last year's effort at the hatchery are to be
released in the next few days -they are in fine condition and of a good size so
they should fare well! This will mean a total of 21,500 fish have been released
from the hatchery in 2013 -13500 fry and 8,000 parr. 3,500 of the parr
have been fin clipped.
Brood Stock being caught up on the Cummeragh on the 11th December 2013
Tom stripping one of the big MSW cocks just before Christmas 2013
The fertilized eggs ready for the trays
The first batch of eggs for 2014 safely in the hatchery trays
As reported earlier this last season, 5 fin clipped grilse were caught by anglers,
4 of which were caught on Lough Currane and 1 on the River Inny. (this latter
grilse had clearly decided to have a look into the neighbouring river first!)
These were from our 2011 release and we are hoping that in 2014 we will see
the first MSW fin clipped salmon show up in catches! So please check each
salmon you catch and report any with their adipose fin missing to the Group!
There will be new arrangements for fishing on the Group's beats this coming
year, which will be published following the AGM -so watch this space!
There are mixed reports on the Seatrout spawning effor this year. November
produced no rain so some of the favoured small spawning streams were
reduced to a trickle putting back any spawning effort. The upper Cummeragh
did however see considerable sea trout spawning activity with many redds
noted, particularly above the 'joinings' A pair, with the hen of specimen size
were seen spawning in the Cummeragh outside the hatchery along with other
pairs in the near vicinity. Lets hope that the recent floods encouraged those
sea trout, normally spawning in the small streams, to make a last effort!
A seatrout digging a redd outside the hatchery
and the result!!
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