Well, since my last update we have landed three fish, but there have been plenty fish seen and lost. Added to this I can still see fish entering the system on a regular basis, but I can’t really blame the anglers as we had an experienced group for the week. It just appears that the fish were not in the mood to play!
Two of the fish last week were off Finlough. The first was taken by Florian Sweitzer at Weedy Point on a new fly tied by Florian himself called a Samurai tube. The fish weighed in at 7lbs4ozs and was fresh but without sea lice.
The second was also off Finlough taken by Ralph Dietrich in Sligo Bay on a Delphi Collie. The fish was 6lbs10ozs again fresh but without sea lice. It was slightly smaller than one of the previous fish taken by Ralph off Finlough. In 1993 Ralph had the biggest fish of the season when he landed a fine fish on the 2nd of April at Boat point on a Hairy Mary. The fish weighed in at 14lbs110zs.
Our third fish was taken yesterday by a regular Delphi visitor, Keith Pilkington. Keith had a lovely sea liced fish of approx. 8.5lbs from the Waterfall on a Collie Variant. Keith even had to net the fish himself as his long time fishing partner, Peter Morrison (of Morrison pool fame) became ill last week and couldn’t be with us this year. Needless to say Keith was smiling from ear to ear and it wasn’t long before he was on to his old mate to convey the good news and gloat of course!!
That brings our total for the year so far to 25 which is 10 more than this time last year. I would be hoping for a few more this week as water conditions are perfect and hopefully the wind will ease somewhat in the next few days. D.McEvoy