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Sunday, May 16, 2021



16/5/21 Straight to the apologies department because I failed to report yesterday that Currane Angler Mr. Roger Dickeli caught a fine 7 lbs. Salmon on the troll. Now to today’s manipulations, there were a few boats out and there was one Salmon caught in the 7 lbs class on the troll by an angler fishing on his own. Wind North Light and just for the record it made a nice drop of rain last night but nothing big.       

Saturday, May 15, 2021



15/5/21 The Currane Anglers were all quiet on all fronts this day after yesterday’s fine bit of action, just for the record their were 5 boats out today, so on that note we head for the archives, you may ask why? Well I have seen a lot of the past on Facebook on Lough Currane on how good it was in the last twenty years, personally I would rather be debating the present and the future, but today I will be a hypocrite and reminisce on Lough Currane and its fishery of the past and in my opinion it puts the last twenty years in its proper perspective, the year 1970, starting on January 17th to March 9th there were 45 salmon caught, the biggest was 18.5 lbs. plus Mike Moriarty RIP caught a 12 lbs. Salmon on Derriana  all caught in 52 days.    

Friday, May 14, 2021


14/5/21 The Lough Currane Wild Atlantic Salmon make it quite clear that they prefer the blues to the Brown tags, I’m sure the rest of the Currane Anglers agree and for good reason there were two Salmon caught on the troll today and first in my striking zone is renowned Northern Ireland and Currane Angler Mr. Andy Wishart, who caught a fine 9 lbs. Salmon on the troll, also in good form was local angler Tam, while trolling caught a fine 10 lbs. Salmon. Wind SSE fresh, bright in the morning come afternoon it clouded up followed by the rain.

                                                                                      Tam's Salmon                                                      

                                                                                 Vincent, Tam and very proud Daughter and Granddaughter 


Thursday, May 13, 2021



                      Wild Atlantic Way  

13/5/21 The Battle is really on and it’s great to see a good few boats  out, seven to be precise, with all their efforts just one Sea Trout caught. Wind NNW and variable and sunny all day.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021


             Eric Jouen  

12/5/21 The Battle of the real 2021 Salmon and Sea Trout Season got off to a cracking start today with a cracker of 10 lbs. Salmon caught on the troll by Local Gillie Mr. Eric Jouen and of so congratulations to Eric for converting to the blue tags in style as well as being a Brown Tag winner and converting his Brown tag into a Salmon. The rest of the Currane Anglers had the blues but no conversions. Wind SSW and Veered NW light to fresh with showers.


Now to the Comment department, Alan replies to last night’s notes, It’s all yours Alan.

Well very sad to read your blog last night Vincent, what is going on with IFI, why are they coming down on anglers so hard, we all know anglers are not the problem to the salmon and sea trout decline in Currane, fish farming has destroyed that wonderful fishery, drift netting at Dursley island, Ballinskelligs bay, dingle etc, IFI should concentrate on these illegal activities and leave anglers alone, and as far as fish farming what are salmon watch Ireland at, farms increasing in size and our wonderful sea trout almost wiped out, and no opposition to fish farming. Sad, Alan


Tuesday, May 11, 2021


 Hand Me Down Salmon

11/5/21 Just 3 boats out and all the headlines go to one angry angler and when I say angry that’s an understatement and that’s after catching the last spring hand me down Brown tag Salmon of 2021.  This is his say on the Lough Currane Brown Tag Season. 

Used my hand my down brown tag today,  Well today was the last day of the brown tags, and 14 tags fished Currane, 25 tags never wet a line, and  best of all some brown tag winners tried to hand down their tags with 3 and 4 days left and locals begging for tags all year, what an insult to the real fishermen on Currane , people in office really making decisions like this should be ashamed of themselves and should look at the bigger picture before introducing something as farcical as the brown tags on Currane , today I ask IfI where are the other 25 tags and why didn’t they make an effort to give tags to people that wanted to fish. And to the person who came up with brown tags idea, how or what do you think of yourself and your idea now, from a very very disappointed local angler.  

Wind WSW light and variable.

Monday, May 10, 2021



10/5/21 Just 3 boats out this day and nothing for their good efforts, on that note all I can say is one more day to go and one more day of sorrow and then it is the end of the Brown Tag Spring season and the 2021 Salmon and Sea Trout Season can get into full swing on the 12th Wind WNW then veered WSW fresh with reasonable cloud cover followed by the odd shower. Now we head for your point of view Department and Currane fly Angler Mr. Bill Bullock makes his point, It’s All yours Bill.

Yes Vincent, of course you can.  I do hope you're well.  If the fate of Lough Currane saddens me, I can only imagine how you and all the other ghillies around the lake must feel.  It's an absolute disgrace.  In my lifetime and indeed not that long ago, it was the finest seatrout fishery in the British Isles.  The dogs in the street know what the problem is, and the political prevarication is blindingly obvious.  It's farcical to have anglers putting fish back and running around with brown tags when the fish farms are murdering the trout in the manner that they have been proven to do since the late 1980's.  I hold John in high regard. He tells the truth.  If only the fishing recovered, we'd be back in Waterville tomorrow.  With very best wishes – Bill.

2006 was the first year I returned to Waterville after a long sabbatical. We were there at the end of May and caught some lovely trout with Frank Donnelly. Then the sun came out and spoiled it.  However, we were in no doubt about the quality of fish in the lake. On the day we arrived, we saw a 6lb+ trout in the Lobster and the gannets were working the estuary.  We were privileged to be in Waterville. It makes me sad to see today’s results. Brown tags and C&R will not solve the problem. Get rid of the fish farms, otherwise we will never see Currane restored to its former glory- Bill