The arrival of the man from across the Irish sea is still uncertain. I see a woman called Teresa holding a baby. She insists he will not be at the sacred place of worship this spring, but his followers command his foresight and knowledge. Time will tell as to whether the prophecy is fulfilled.


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  Wednesday 25th March                         
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         The proverbial has hit the fan since the weekend, with 'er indoors stomping her feet and refusing to travel with me to Lanesborough. It now looks as though I will have to come on my own (fnar fnar) probably next Wednesday.
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    Luckily, Steve and Josh Blacklidge arrived from the U.K. today, and I'm hoping for regular reports from them. The conditions are spot on with water temperature and height as good as perfect for the last week of March.
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    Thursday 26th March                            
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     Not a lot of news I'm afraid. There are some Roach and Perch in the stretch, but none to get excited about. Yesterday, a small Pike of about 7lbs was landed, and today I've been informed another of similar size, caught by either Steve or Josh? Robert Cilindz had a 4lb Pike on a plug. 
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     It's not unusual for late March to be unpredictable, despite the water temperature being 7.3c out on the lake, it may take a week or so for the gusher to have an influence on the stretch. 
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     For those who like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like, - there is no more than three inches of water on the concrete under the bridge. Follow the height and temperature at, - www.waterlevel.ie/0000026088

    Friday 27th March                                     
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     Until I escape this prison, my reports are going to be a day late. Better late than not at all though? Steve and Josh Blacklidge, along with local man Robert Cilindz amassed a total of 8 Pikey's between them yesterday. Josh claiming the best at 12lbs. They also lost a number as well. I can only presume these are mainly smaller Jacks that have recently spawned with the bigger females, and are just hanging around enjoying the warmer water?
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     I hope some coarse anglers arrive over the weekend to see if any substantial silver fish are present. There must surely be a lot in the stretch otherwise those Pike would not be so prolific? So come on, what are we waiting for, - get ya tackle out this weekend!
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Josh with a 12 lb Pike caught on Thursday 26th March (it was cold)

    Saturday 28th March                             
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     Yesterday, was apparently a wee bit quiet with our only visitors to the village taking a trip to the Suck, where just one Pike was caught. Robert was out spinning on the stretch again, and this time had three to 9 lbs. He also caught eight from the public marina on the Roscommon bank. Despite the best barely going 4 lbs, it just goes to prove that we coarse danglers should, perhaps spend some time over there? Who know what may be caught?
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     In January 2014, Peter Wood and myself witnessed thousands, or perhaps millions of fry alongside the marina wall. I think that the Perch must be piling on the pounds gorging themselves on the year round food supply. It may be worth noting that several half decent Trout have been caught in the last two years using spinning tactics from this area.
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     I must remember to remind all anglers of the bio-security measures in place on BOTH sides of the river. All anglers are requested to dip their nets and footwear before leaving ( and preferably on arrival) at one of the four disinfectant stations. These are situated as follows.-
  • On the slope towards the hot water stretch as you pass Mr Ryan's drive.
  • At the top of the steps in the car park by the disabled swims.
  • In the harbour below the duckpond
  • On the Ballyleague bank near the toilets.
     The keep net ban is still in force and may be so until the work commences to 'manage' the Asian Clams. A few days ago, I tried unsuccessfully to gain some information as to when the machinery will start the job. The boats are on site, and waiting for the green light. I can only hope it's not in the next 6 weeks when Lanesborough is arguably at it's best? but that said, it would be good to see completion before the competition starts on May 30/31st when the use of keep nets will be lifted for the weekend.

    Sunday 29th March                                 
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     The weather Gods were not happy yesterday making conditions as difficult as possible for those brave enough to venture out. Josh opted for a morning in the comfort of a warm bed whilst his father Steve started at 11:00 and caught a low double of 10-11lbs before Josh appeared mid afternoon claiming an 8-9lbs Pike. Robert too had a piece of the action with an estimated 13lbs fish which will be easily identifiable in the future with that red spot.
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.          Robert Cilindz - 13lbs                                     Steve Blacklidge - 12lbs
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     I hope everyone remembered to put their clocks forward? At least we should see more anglers out in the evening during the coming week with dusk being that hour later. 
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