Another Season Slips By

09/10/2022

It’s hard to believe that another fishing season is over. In some ways it seems like only yesterday since the 1st of February and in other ways it seems like years ago. I know salmon fishing tends to be very weather dependent, but this is even more so in September. One can generally start to feel a little autumnal influence. This was the case temperature wise but not from the rainfall or storm perspective. Normally we get the tail end of the tropical cyclones in September, but these didn’t appear till the very end of the month, and these tend to stir the resident fish up quite a bit. The system and ground in general was extremely dry so any rain, we did get ran off very quickly. Total rainfall for the month was 178.5(7.02”). Water levels were low throughout; the only good flood coming on the 30th when the river hit 80. Fishing pressure was relatively light, so as a result of these factors salmon fishing was slow, with only 22 fish landed.

The first fish of the month was taken by Fred Brown, on the 4th from the Turn Pool on a Sunrae Shadow and weighing in at 3lbs8ozs. Fred was one of Lucy Mantle’s City Flickers party who are all in their 20’s and mad about fishing, which is indeed a rare thing nowadays. The next on the 15th was a first ever salmon for StJohn Barton. The fish weighed in at 9lbs1oz and was taken on a Red Frances in the Whin Pool. Fish were definitely more active on the 29th, possibly due to the impending storm and rain, as there were 4 landed. Harry Mleczko from the US managed to land his first ever salmon, a fish of 3lbs7ozs taken in the Deadman’s on a Collie Dog. Robbie Scott and Victoria and Andrew Lopes also had a fish each, from the Holly, Bridge and Turn, of approximately 3,3 and 6lbs taken on a Flamethrower, a Beatle and a Sunrae Shadow respectively. There was an open day on the 30th. In the morning, the river had risen to 80 and it was also very dirty as we hadn’t had as much rain in some time, and we also had a Westerly gale for good measure. There were 16 fish caught for the day, mostly in the afternoon, with father and son team of Mick and Shane Allen landing their first ever salmon. 22 for the month brought our total for the year to 283, which is down a bit on the last couple of years but it’s on a par if not better than most fisheries.

Sea trout fishing picked up in September, with some experienced anglers specifically targeting them and being rewarded with some good sport. There were 133 landed in total, the majority between .75lbs and 1.25lbs, all in good condition. There were also three of approximately 3lbs landed. It was great to see some old sea trout enthusiasts back, Arthur Greenwood, Brendan Keenan and John McManus, Tom and Shirley Morrison, George and Helen Westropp, Kevin and Phil Beirne and some of the Westport Trout anglers all had some excellent sport but Dorrie Gibbons and David Kidby stole the show when they landed 21 between them on the 24th. Total sea trout landed for the year was 303, which thankfully is well up on previous years. Finally thank you everyone for your custom, help and support throughout the year.

D.McEvoy