Moy Estuary sea trout fishing is special within my family and last week my daughter Carol and her son Ben (daddy had to work) joined me for two hours on my first day out… they landed 7 sea trout in two hours. Four of those fish were fresh run bars of silver… nice start!
On Pegasus over the weekend Jimmy Kane and friends from Longford landed 14, Martin Griffin, Ballaghedereen and two friends had 7, Vasile Bargen and his party, Moldova, 12. Everybody happy!
Early season sea trout fishing can be patchy as we get our share of cold northerlies. However, the weekend held up and we were well rewarded with nice fish fresh on the tide.
Over the past week I have been watching Salmon smolts working their way down the estuary in preparation for their first migration to the sea. In a process called smoltification, they gradually get used to salty water in the estuary and develope scales which act like a suit of armour in the deep ocean. Isn’t nature a wonderful thing!
Yesterday, As I returned from my mooring in the club tender I spotted an Otter (at first I thought it was a young seal) gracefully diving in the channel. I have no doubt he was having a feed of smolts. There you are, nature at its best again! The Otter gets them on the way out and the seals are waiting for them in three or four years on their way back… it’s a hard life!
This week we have a full moon with spring tides and the weather has turned for the worst. Today I spent some time on the water with the lads who mark our ever changing channel in a cold northerly. Brrrr!! They do a great job!
Finally, after many years of meetings, broken promises and disappointments we are getting a 50 mtr floating jetting… thanks to a special manin our local authority, Eddie Munnelly. God Bless him!