Royal and Grand canals,Ireland

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Adam S

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Hello all

This post is as of 10th march 2002

canals fishing well for this time of year, results have improved in the last week or so after the strong winds winds,wintry showers and low tempertures at the very beginning of march/end of feb had somewhat killed sport.


pike fishing has been ok to good on both canals in latter half of jan and feb(after a poor dec/early jan),best fish i have heard of was a 23 pounder caught at mullingar, but there were also rumours of a 35lbs fish from shannon harbour on the grand.best baits have been roach and smelt,best lures (for me) have been roach patterns fished on a slow jerky retrieve,rubber trout and bulldawgs have also produced fish.





fishing for coarse fish has been quite slow so far,but there have been some good bags of roach and bream taken in some spots.fishing light with single maggot,or squatt has worked.In fact last week i saw
a nice bag of bream to 4lbs from the royal canal,which is a positive sign for this time of year. on the 2nd of march i also saw a tench from the royal canal,which is definitely a good sign for later in the year.

the grand canal has been producing some good bags of bream and hybids
,with sallins harbour producing good fishing at the end of feb.



If anyone would like more up to date info feel free to e-mail me.


pike20lbs.jpg


this pic is (if it works) of a 20lbs pike caught from the grand canal ,mullingar,in feb.

OK it worked so here are a couple more, they might whet the appetites of anyone coming over this year.

breamandtench.jpg

5lbs tench and 5lbs bream ,royal canal summer 2001.

pike17lbs.jpg

17 lbs pike, Royal canal autumn 2000.


good luck
adam

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Ziptrev

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Adam Mate!,
Sorry, but tje Pics dont work for me, so I guess they're on your hard disc.
I used to do that!
E-Mail 'em to Dave ( He'll love me LOL) and he'll provide you links so we can all see them.


Can't wait and you may solve my where to go June and Sept/Oct worries!

Royal and Grand and Mullingar hey?

Sounds Dublinish to me.

And the old Triangle
Went Jingle Jangle!
On the Banks of the Royal Canal.

Cead Mille Failte!


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Adam S

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Hello

yes they were just on my hard disk,clever me!!
Dave asked me to mail them to him so i will,cheers.

ziptrev

Mullingar is on the royal canal,its in county westmeath,but its
only about 50 mins drive from dublin.
its a good stretch of canal which fishes well most of the year.
it has a harbour which is usually a hotspot,and produces good
fishing all year. mullingar has some nice carp to about 16lbs,
they ocassionally come out to pole anglers in the summer.
i have only fished it about 6 or 7 times,but it has produced fish
every time except one(which was in december last year).

ill see if i can come up with any ideas for june and sept for you.

Adam
 

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Thanx Adam,
June is the difficult one to arrange a package deal!
Wife needs a break too, so 1st week I'm going to tour west with her.
Then I need a base 2nd week to fish and to let her have freedom to get into towns (doesn't drive)
Then my oldest lad (in the North) May!(dunno yrt!) be wanting to join me! for that 2nd week!
So as you can see geting a package at a decent price is tricky this year.
May try a Carrick Cruiser for week 2, but its high season and you dont get the ferry reduction!
Still , I'll think of something!
Where on the Shannon are you?
Lanesborough hot water section is one I gotta try sometime!

Cheers

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hi adam.s
good report but no mention of best guinness watering hole that is a must for trev he must have had a bad day as he hadnt asked yet


tight lines.
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Hello

guiness,never drink it myself so i cant advise on where to
get a good pint of it.i can tell you where to get a nice
pint of budweiser though.

zip,
im not on the shannon,im from kildare,just on the dublin border
.about 1.5 hours from the shannon in athlone.i havent fished
the shannon in a while(except for pike a couple ot times this winter),there are so many waters around here
that are rarely fished seriously that im still exploring. (well
that and im not really a bream fan either) but am hoping to do
a week somewhere on the shannon this year.

i have only fished lanesborough once,its a great stretch but it can get busy.i gotta run but ill get back to you about your summer trip
later.

good luck

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Thanks Adam,
Enjoyed a day at the National Stud in Kildare.
Where's the Carp from?
Only Place I found was Oaklands at New Ross, down Waterford area, but didnt fish it as we're spoiled for Carp waters and I love to get among the Silvers!

Catch you later.

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Adam S

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Hello

the carp is from the citadel pond,its only two miles from
`connell bridge ,which is the centre point of dublin city.
its a tiny little pond with some horribly difficult carp
to catch in it (only ever got two out of it),the one is my
profile is 16lbs but there is a lovely big scaled
mirror about 18lbs in there too,and about 16 other fish i reckon.

if you`re ever in dublin let me know and ill show you the pond.
 

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Hello all

Ziptrev,you mentioned your son coming down from the north
and that you touring the west so ill narrow this down to
the north western counties.

if any of them sound good let me know and ill send you
detailed info.

County Galway:
well you have the river shannon around portumna to start
if you catch it at the right time it can produce really
big bags of bream.

then theres the river suck at ballinasloe (a nice busy
market town),lots of rudd,roach,bream and some tench in the
summer.

the moycullen lakes,two lakes near lough corrib that produce
great fishing for roach and bream (and some big hybrids),but they
are not real close to a town (moycullen is only a small village)

galway is a nice county,and galway city has lots to do,(but can
be busy with tourists in the summer),great seafood.

County mayo

less touristy and more rugged than galway its dominated by game
fishing,and im struggling to find any coarse waters at all.

the only one i can find is lough conn,but its only productive for
pike and perch,so ill stop there (its a big tough lake to catch
from,and ive only fished it for trout)

County roscommon

lots of coarse fishing here,close to some towns like roosky,
strokestown and boyle

the river shannon dominates,ive fished it at strokestown and caught
mainly rudd to 2lbs,its a lovely stretch

there are also lots of small lakes that hold the usual suspects,bream,
roach,hybrids etc. such as lough gara and oakport lake.

county cavan
which you know already

county leitrim

lots of lakes that hold coarse fish (a bit like cavan,same kind of country)and also carrick on shannon which is quite a big town.
there is good fishing on the shannon here.

hope this gives you some ideas.
there is also a wealth of sea fishing on the west coast,great fun
fishing for wrasse on pike gear,do you do any sea fishing? there are also some good spots for spinning for bass,it might be worth a try
for an evening when you are touring during your first week.

good luck
adam
 

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Great Pics Adam!
Good ole Dave, you can rely on him!
Thanks for thec list, I'll let you know where we end up!
Just say a prayer for the weather!

Cheers


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