Monday 30th March                                 

      Sadly, I'm still in Blighty and not sure as to when I may arrive. Thankfully, with two tourist anglers in Steve and Josh Blacklidge staying in the village, along with local man Robert Cilindz, I'm getting reliable information back, albeit a day late.
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     Yesterday saw another bitterly cold wind and despite valiant effort, only a couple of Jack Pike were caught. Steve had a lot of action with small Roach and Perch near the hot water outlet with one Perch looking to be around 12oz

     I'd be obliged if all anglers visiting the area without any of us knowing, they would please share any information gained on conditions and details with photo's if possible. It is for the benefit of everyone after all?

    A late bit of news, I've just learned that Larry Kelly fished until just after 11am yesterday morning before anyone else arrived. He caught 10 very small Pike from 2-6lbs and several Perch to 14oz with some bonus Rudd to 6-7oz on the quiver tip near the bush.
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     Two competitions for match anglers to consider on the week leading up to the late spring holiday weekend. The Lanesborough match is filling up quickly and further details can be found by clicking here
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     At 7pm this evening I learned that the allocated number of pegs for the Lanesborough match are now fully subscribed. Anyone who wishes to go on the reserve list should contact Phillip on 0877698468 in the event of those already booked in not paying their entry fee by the end of the week.
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    Tuesday 31st March                                

      A very quiet day on the stretch as far as angling is concerned as the extreme conditions put paid to any visitors. Wind and rain were on the menu with no alternatives, and our visiting tourists decided, quite rightly I think, to have a day off. Every cloud though, their ferry home has been cancelled due to the extreme winds so perhaps the extra twelve hours may see them get the Esox they came for?
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     OK, some good news and some not so good news, firstly I've finally raised enough cash to get to Lanesborough, although I had to mug an old lady of her credit card. Thankfully, the Police have just released me from custody and my sister says she will not be pressing charges. 
     The bad news, - I'm sailing from Liverpool tomorrow night at 9pm and the 9 hour journey may be considerably longer due to the adverse weather conditions. Does anyone know if home made Rubby Dubby is a good attractor for Esox Lucious?

     I'm waiting for todays news from Lanesborough and if I have an internet connection on the ship, I'll post a report as early as possible.
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    Wednesday 1st April                              

      This will be the last report before I arrive which means that as from tomorrow morning, all the news will be updated daily, sometimes twice a day if anything good happens. The usual time will be 10:00 and 22:00 (10pm) Of course, as the spring turns towards summer, I may get later, and sometimes so late that it becomes tomorrow. (ya know what I mean)
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     Yesterday was another horrendous one, much the same as Monday. I pity Steve and Josh Blacklidge who have endured a week of poor conditions, but today I can exclusively reveal an unbelievable capture by Steve on his final session on the hot stretch. He was only out for 4 hours leaving Josh to pack away the rest of their baggage. The Pike were feeding and in a little over 90 minutes caught 6 with the best going no more than 6lbs.
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    Things were just about to change, a massive swirl when bringing in a 3lb Jack on a plug suggested a very large Pike had tried to take one of it's offspring? Steve took the dead-bait rod baited with a whole herring and cast about 15 meters into the slack water just below the gusher. He wasn't prepared for the next 45 minutes of mayhem.
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     Despite having 30lb braid and a 2.75 test curve rod, it was obvious that a very large fish had picked up the bait. Luckily for Steve, his 42" specimen landing net was just big enough to get the fish into, but can you imagine his surprise to see an estimated 50-60lb Catfish. With the rain lashing down, and Josh being back at the accommodation with the camera, Steve had to rely on a very old mobile phone camera to take the photo on. This will uploaded as soon as they get home sometime today as the lead required to connect to a computer was back home in Chorely.

     This is surely one of the most significant captures in the modern era of coarse fishing in Ireland and may boost the number of tourist anglers who in recent years have chose to go to chase the cats of the Ebro in Spain. 

I nominate Steve for an award for the catch of a lifetime
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    Thursday 2nd April                                  

      Wow ! Can't believe how many visitors came to this page yesterday, was it the news of the giant Catfish? Hmm, well, I'm sure the average intelligence of the majority of readers here is far higher than one certain individual from Ballyfermot, who fell for my April fools joke. I won't reveal his identity as I know he will make a hefty donation to a charity of my choice before I name and shame him.
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     I've finally made it to Lanesborough despite the ferry running 3 hours late at 10:40 this morning. A lovely crossing on P&O from Liverpool, with 2 meals on board for €114. The traffic in Dublin was a nightmare, but considering I got all the way from Tunbridge Wells on well under a tank of diesel, made me fairly happy without taking my usual dose of anti-depressants.
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     On arrival, it was easy to notice how the recent heavy rainfall has seen the level rise to cover most of the lower concrete. The bush area being the only dry bit. No one fishing, not surprising in the rain, but things will change.
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     For the benefit of anyone travelling to Lanesborough who, like me take every pound as a prisoner, I found the cheapest place for diesel was "Daybreak' filling station in Ballyleague at €1.25.9 (I think that's about £.96) So my advice is come to Lanesborough, fill ya tank, fill ya net* and fill ya boots 
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     I'm too tired and wet to go out tonight, Ralf has been walked and I'm gonna get some action tomorrow!
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* please note,- keep nets are currently suspended, always read the small print
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    Friday 3rd April                                          

      Yours truly did not rise from his bed at 6.30, the zzz's filled the room oblivious to the world until well after 8am. The first good news of the day came mid morning when Joe Cribbin received a phone call from John Devaney, a local IFI officer, confirming the use of keep nets is now permitted. However, it is imperative that the disinfectant station be used after (and preferably before) each session.
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     There were not too many visitors today. A group of three arrived from Dublin about 10.30 but by 4pm had still to hook a Pike on float fished sardines. Robert Cilindz and Leszek Paluch both caught Pike whilst spinning.
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Leszek Paluch with an estimated 8lb Pike caught below the disabled swims.
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     There really are so many Jacks this year. I predicted two years ago that I believed the excessive weed in the spring and summer aided the Roach fry survival. It is probable that all species that year had a successful spawning and with the number of 2-6oz Roach in the stretch, this may confirm my theory?
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     My evening session was not as eventful as hoped, although it was very easy to catch sub 1oz Rudd and Roach. I think the gusher area must be packed with this size of fish, but getting through them and getting anything more substantial proved impossible. I had 25 and could have doubled that figure had I not had a fruitless 45 minutes fishing the bush without a solitary bite.
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    Saturday 4th April                                    

If you see the Easter Bunny,
With his nose very runny,
Don't think it's funny,
'cos it'snot!
That little ditty was especially dedicated to those who like ditty's dedicated especially to them !
(are you reading this HK?)

     This morning saw two well known anglers who may previously have chosen not to fish the hot stretch if yesterdays decision to allow the use of keep nets had not been announced. Tubertini Team Ireland international Jason Ward (on the left) and Browning sponsored Leigh Maitland are seen here dipping their nets in the facility provided by Inland Fisheries Ireland. These bio-security measures have been introduced in an attempt to halt the spread of the Asian Clam which has taken residence in the hot stretch. Keep nets are particularly vulnerable to picking up the microscopic younger clams, and without dipping in the Vikron solution, these little buggers can survive a very long time out of water. It is quite conceivable to think that the clam could spread all over Ireland and the U.K. if the request to disinfect your nets and footwear rules are not adhered to.
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    Sadly, on the angling front, they didn't catch as well as they may have liked, with fish of the 1-2oz stamp being the norm. The sun was shining from 1pm onwards, and with the impending warmer weather about to arrive over the rest of the holiday weekend, I've no doubt the fishing will improve shortly.
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     A bit of a disappointing day all round, the temperature may have risen to the mid teens by late afternoon, but the fishing was well below par. As far as I know, there were no Pike caught caught from the immediate area and my attempt to catch was a poor one. I didn't get a bite in the swim above the bridge where I was wadding in 8" of water. Below the bridge I went one better with a 3oz Roach. There are no signs of any surface activity which is a good indicator of how tomorrows fishing may be. Upwards and onwards, I'll blow the whistle tomorrow!
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    Sunday 5th April                                       

      This has always been a special date for me, but on this occasion, I chose not to fish. I'm just not hungry enough as yet. Some extra small Pike were recorded by Bobby Cording whilst his son Robbie saw very little success on the feeder, although on the float, he did get a 5oz Roach but was pestered by lots of sub 1oz Rudd and Roach.
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     The water temperature out on the lake was 8.9c and with the high pressure on offer for the next week, there is little doubt that it's all about to kick off. I hope I'm right this time, as once I predicted that man will one day land on the moon.
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     No evening session for me tonight as it is the Roscommon county Fla (smelt as I hear it, not in Gaelic) So I'm off to Elphin. Any catches this evening will be on tomorrows report.


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