Graham booked in for a Guided day last Sunday with Sea Trout the chosen species.
The early morning start ensured fishing took place over the preferred tidal situation for a local estuary. Conditions for the previous week were very mixed which made it a little more difficult but we remained confident of catching a few fish.
Starting off using medium rated lure rods and metals retrieved fast It only took perhaps twenty minutes for Graham to land his first trout of the day, a small one but a welcome start.
During the day we covered a large volume of water to provide the best opportunity of catching fish. Graham a dedicated angler fished hard to land five fish for the day also dropping a few as often happens when sea trout fishing.
A very enjoyable day was had, thanks Graham.
A change of scenery this week saw myself packing the rods for a brief morning session on the famous River Slaney which rises in the Wicklow mountains flowing through Counties Carlow and Wexford before meeting open sea at Wexford Harbour.
Spinning equipment was employed consisting of a Grauvell lure rod rated to cast 15-50 grams teamed up with a 4000 sized Shimano reel. Single hooks must be used when fishing on the Slaney, as a result replacing trebble hooks on some Flying C lures with single hooks ensured any fish hooked would be released quickly and with minimal stress.
On arrival at the river at 5.20 am conditions looked great. Sure enough only three casts into the session a Salmon struck the 10 gram lure fighting hard for perhaps four or five minutes before being tailed in shallow water, some quick photos and the fish swam off back into the fast flowing depths. You might notice a mark in the fish which seemed to be from some time ago but now almost healed.
The fish was approximately eight pounds in weight. More fish were caught by other anglers later in the day in various locations and methods. It is fantastic to see the river producing good fishing as it is famous for.
To fish on the Slaney you must have a state licence, use single hooks and release any Salmon caught. Check local rules and restrictions also before fishing.
St Mullins is a popular location on the River Barrow which attracts tourists from near and far. The River Barrow is Ireland’s second longest river at 192 km flowing through six county’s where it meets the sea at Waterford Harbour. The Barrow one of the Three Sisters the others being the Rivers Nore and Suir.
The annual Twaite Shad run on the river is very valuable to the economy of nearby villages at a crucial time of year. If like me you have been travelling to St Mullins for many years you often find yourself meeting many of the same anglers each year and exchanging stories of many fishing experiences from the previous year on rivers, lakes and coastal locations nationwide.
Time spent on the River this week provided good sport catching using Tasmanian Devil lures and other small metals. Using a Garbolino Magister micro lure rod proved ideal for landing fish without stress but offering great sport. Early morning and late evening sessions provides the best catches. No specimens on this trip but having seen some photos there has been some very nice fish landed by other anglers!
Other fish such as flounder, dace, perch, pike, trout and the very occasional salmon are also caught from time to time when targeting Shad. The Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC) weight for a specimen Twaite Shad is currently 1.2 kg.
The Barrow really is worth a visit for the silence, fantastic scenery and of course the fishing is pretty good too with many species available to the angler despite a decline in previous years . See here for more information about the River Barrow. If you are going there to fish take care, respect the fish and tight lines.