Lough Conn

Greenpeter

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Ards peninsula
Has anyone been out on Conn recently? Any reports? Also..there have been one or two references in reports to "Pratts Bay"..which bay is that?? Ive fished the upper part of the lough for 30 yrs and Ive only heard Pratts bay mentioned this past three years.
 

brackwansha

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Ireland
No trips on Conn this year yet unfortunately. Hope to get a trip out with then next 2 weeks. That's a new one to me as well and also Flannerys bay that is mentioned. Not on any maps of the lake I have.
An email to the fisheries office and Declan who puts up the report might have some information on that bay.
 

Greenpeter

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I know Flannerys well. That's the bay on the inside of Errew peninsula. It runs from Errew bay up to the islands and the other side of the islands is Neds bay
 

Ephemera

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N.Wales
The Errew shore itself is a lovely drift there are usually fish to be seen moving along here.
Good place for a brew stop too. Will be there in a couple of weeks, I hope the fishing has improved.
Jonesy
 

Ephemera

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N.Wales
If I'm not mistaken that refers to the upper part of Bog Bay, look at the western shore on the inside of Castle Island. Some good fishing all around, just find the fly.
Regards
Jonesy
 

Greenpeter

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Yes I had it confirmed that it was Bog bay....Funny how names can change like that.....Mind you I have felt like a prat many times in that bay lol having missed or lost quite a few fish there. Im heading down next weekend for the week so lets hope we get a bit of cloud......I seem to bring the good weather most years so lets hope this year is different
 

Ephemera

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N.Wales
Will be on there for the last three days of the same week. We can compare notes, I will be able to tell you exactly where the fish weren't.
Tight lines
Jonesy
 

johnW

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I am not aware of any engine size restriction on any Irish Lake. 15HP is certainly the most popular. My mate says the bigger the engine the quicker it takes you away from fish.
 

stylie

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Cork
Thank you guys, just checking.

Killarney has an engine restriction, nothing over 6hp unless you are a one of the tour guides.
 

brackwansha

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Ireland
Any reports from Conn or how it went last week fellas ? I'm sure the weather didn't help. I might get a trip out next week if there is a change to the conditions.
 

Ephemera

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N.Wales
Fished Wed,Thurs,Fri, all days very bright but had good sport particularly when we had a decent wave. Coming out of Gillaroo bay we fished around the Coleman shallows,Massbrook, Victoria, Chain Island and Errew. Plenty taken in the 3/4lb - 1lb mark with one 2lb and one 3.5lb fish being caught. Would have had a lot more but for the brightness causing the missed takes and short rises but thats fishing for you. We stayed out till 10pm on the Thurs with lots of fish moving to the spent in Victoria and had the same around 9pm where Massbrook shore enters the bay. Best flies for the trip being Yellow straggle dabbler, both yellow and green standard wet mayfly patterns.
The 3 day competition started Saturday, luckily for them It should fish better with the cloud that arrived.
Jonesy
 

brackwansha

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Ireland
Fished Wed,Thurs,Fri, all days very bright but had good sport particularly when we had a decent wave. Coming out of Gillaroo bay we fished around the Coleman shallows,Massbrook, Victoria, Chain Island and Errew. Plenty taken in the 3/4lb - 1lb mark with one 2lb and one 3.5lb fish being caught. Would have had a lot more but for the brightness causing the missed takes and short rises but thats fishing for you. We stayed out till 10pm on the Thurs with lots of fish moving to the spent in Victoria and had the same around 9pm where Massbrook shore enters the bay. Best flies for the trip being Yellow straggle dabbler, both yellow and green standard wet mayfly patterns.
The 3 day competition started Saturday, luckily for them It should fish better with the cloud that arrived.
Jonesy

Sounds like really decent fishing considering the conditions over the last few days. Unfortunately might not get away until next week at this stage when it might be on the slow down for a while.
 

Greenpeter

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Ards peninsula
I must say a big well done to Ephemera. I fished all last week out of Tolans bay. Fished all round the top part of the lake and day and night. Fishing was poor. Good hatches but the weather made life very difficult. 6 of us fished and we maybe had a total of 12 keepers up to 2lb for the week. We caught many small fish in the 8 to 11 inch range which is very worrying. This has been a feature of the past 5 years and we keep saying these fish will get bigger but they are not. I think the Board needs to look at this.

id love to know how the competition faired over the weekend and just how many smaller fish were put back. In the first two days six of us caught over 40 fish with only 2 over the 12 inches.
 

Ephemera

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Location
N.Wales
I must say a big well done to Ephemera.

Sorry, cant take all the credit, we were a party of ten and I was one of the "also rans" :doh: The missed takes and fish jumping clear over the fly indicates they struggle to see it properly. We would have trebled our tally were it otherwise. As far as a lack of big fish goes extending your session into the twilight hours without doubt increases your chances of connecting with those that come into shallower water as it gets darker. There are still plenty of big fish in there but getting them out requires some sacrifice.......in the pub for 9.........or 11, the choice is ours.
Tight lines
Jonesy

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Anyone heard how the Comp went?
 

Ephemera

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N.Wales
Typical, 6 days of sunbathing on Melvin and Conn and as you pack your bags the sky turns grey, It's not all about the catching though is it?
:nod:
 
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