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Fish of a Lifetime

posted 29 Apr 2013, 09:50 by Mary Miller
Usually by now the fish are up searching for Olives and early May Fly hatching but due to really "off" weather conditions the lake is a few weeks behind and hardly any of these fellows have surfaced yet. We have seen the odd Olive hatching but no where near enough to gain the trout's interest - yet. However we have been having great hatches of the small buzzer and on the day's when anglers have gone out fish have been caught fishing buzzer patterns on size 10's and 12's. Most productive areas have been Burnthouse and fishing the bays and around the islands to Galcarrick, closer to home Rabbit, Kid and Goat islands. One of the best days saw 2 fish over 3lb and a beauty of over 6lb being caught and returned.
Now what about the fish of a lifetime? "The staff" of Lough Corrib Fly Fishing decided to venture out for an afternoon and headed up to Greenfields. There were a lot of buzzer hatching and the wind had dropped providing lovely ripple conditions to fish the buzzer nice and slow. Fish were rising so everything was set for success. After a couple of drifts Paul had a fish on a simply tied black buzzer of 3lb and not to be out done I had one soon after on a similar fly of 3 and a half ( who says size matters). Just before we were about to pack up I had a very, very, very, solid hook up with a very, very heavy fish. It felt the weight of a milk churn and I knew I had never hooked a fish of this size anywhere before. Several times it swam off taking me down to my backing and each time with heart beating faster and faster I managed to get it back to the boat. The film "Jaws" came to mind when the skipper said "we need a bigger boat" only In this case it was the net in question of suitable size. Eventually I got it to the surface, difficult when you've got your fingers crossed and landed the pike. OK so it wasn't a trophy brown trout that I guess we would all like to catch - at least one but it was a fish of a lifetime especially as it was over 20lb and caught and released on a size 10 buzzer on 8lb leader! Certainly a fish that I will remember.

Last weekend a charity match was held to raise funds for Galway Hospice fishing out from the Carrick shore. Even though there were no hatches of upwings a good amount of fish were caught with the most productive method pulling wets. The most productive boat had eight sizeable fish near Inchagoill and quite a few small fish caught and also returned. 

All we need now is for a little warmth to bring the fly on and then it will be all systems go, Paul has just come in from sorting the boats for tomorrow and said that he'd seen some Olives hatching so tight lines to all visitors to Lough Corrib.