Monday 27th April
As we are now reaching the last week of February, and the Tench are on the move, don't be surprised if the reports get later. Sometimes it may be well after midnight. When I do go out for an evening session, I'll try to post the days news at 6pm (if there is some)
Did you notice I said February earlier? Well, it certainly feels like it. The water temperature has dropped from a healthy 14c to 11c in 48 hours and the cold week ahead suggests there is little chance of improvement. I may have to miss a few early morning tinca sessions.
There isn't anyone fishing at the moment, and if last weeks poll is anything to go by, seven readers of this page would rather fight for ISIS than come to Lanesborough, but more importantly, it would appear that the keep net issue is the major factor in keeping anglers away. I'll remind those who are not aware of the Asian Clams that have taken residence in the hot water. These little critters can multiply twice a year, and their offspring are microscopic and can easily attach themselves to nets, hence the bio-security measures in place. Imagine the media outrage if Lanesborough was cited as the reason for a spread to commercial fisheries in the U.K?
Like or lump it, the suspension is here to stay, and I fully support I.F.I. in their policy despite it's unpopularity. The ban will NOT be lifted for the forthcoming competition at Lanesborough. Amanda Mooney, has suggested that the local Angling Hub purchase 42 keep nets, solely for the use in the competition. As to whether this is a viable solution, who knows?
Lots of anglers are asking when the dredging will be done to "manage" the clams? I'm afraid I am unable to answer that question. I can however, speculate. The power station is due to go off line on May 28th (that's right, May 28th) and I would hope the work would start on the following Tuesday after the holiday weekend, but as I'm told the routine maintenance is only for ten days, it leaves a very small window of opportunity to rid the stretch of 26 million Asians. Will this be the final solution? Time will tell, and as the time is now 10:45, it's time to walk Ralf the dog.
20:45 and I'm back indoors, the wind was so cold, that I simply had to give up after 45 minutes. Apart from Chris who was plugging for Pike, I was probably the only angler all day. 2nd cast, a skimmer of 3oz and ten minutes later a minute Roach before a decision to relocate to the Roscommon bank. At least I was out of the wind here, but after 20 minutes without a bite, opted for an early night.
I think it's time to book a holiday. Mmm, Syria is very warm.....
Tuesday 28th April
I'd love to report of loads of anglers enjoying fantastic catches, but with weather more like winter than spring, it was no surprise to see the stretch deserted again this morning. Luckily, six anglers have arrived from Middlesborough and intend on staying for a few days on their rented cruiser.
For most of the afternoon, Lanesborough experienced showers. About 6:30 the rain became decidely heavier, so I had no intention of going out. At the moment, it's pimply sissing down and no sane angler should be out in this. At least we've seen the last of the sub-zero nights, or have we?
Wednesday 29th April
The group from Middlesbrough had reasonable success yesterday with Pike to 17lbs, Perch to 2lbs and several big Roach and Hybrids. They deserve medals for their perseverance in what were atrocious conditions (they are a hardy breed up north)
Today wasn't much better, I woke to bright sunshine, which eventually turned to hailstone showers and eventually rain. Needless to say, I haven't been out fishing as the south westerly winds are creating waves coming upstream, prohibiting any sensible stick float fishing. I'd like to say I intend on going out tonight, but it's still raining cats and dogs.
Peter Wood drew a blank on the navigation channel, with so many boats moored, it was difficult to find a suitable swim. Luckily for him, he had packed up just before the hailstones threatened to knock him out!
For the first time in what seems an eternity, the wind had either dropped or turned westerly and most of the stretch was easier to fish. I went out for 45 minutes and again felt too cold to have any enthusiasm. Two tiny Rudd attached themselves to my hook. I don't know why I bother. All in all, this must be the worst ever April since the last time I said this must be the worst ever April (was that last year?)
Thursday 30th April
Friday 1st May
Has anyone missed me? I had to go home, I didn't want to, but some problems won't go away without being dealt with personally. I feel like I've let so many people down. Birdie needs me in the shop, Ralf needs walking, but more importantly, Dana needs her Daddy and I'm missing her and Mummy. I'm so sorry that I've not been able to keep this page up to date, but hope to get back to normal as soon as possible.
I'm afraid I have no news to report and with the promise of a torrential flood, possibly of Biblical proportions tonight and tomorrow, I fear there won't be too many fishing over this normally busy holiday weekend. For those who don't mind the weather, the full moon, low pressure and conditions are ideal to get most species feeding. I only wish I could be there.
Some good news though, Tomorrow at 6pm on Sky channel 191, you can see an interview with my alter-ego, "Lord Lanesborough" fishing on the Shannon and talking to Bridie in her tickle shop. If you read this too late, or are unable to watch for any reason, go to www.irishtv.ie and look for the latest Longford County Matters when it becomes available to watch. Then you can make your own minds up as to why the men in white coats want me back home?
And finally (for today at least) I have a major announcement to make very soon regarding the future of Lanesborough and some people won't like what they hear. Keep coming back to see what I have to say.
Saturday 2nd May
Sunday 3rd May
No more news I'm afraid, well did you expect any? There is every probability that the levels may rise considerably after this weekends deluge. I've read that the lilies and reeds which makes the stretch so attractive, are to be removed this week in preparation for the 2 day match which is still 4 weeks away. The machines are in place to test the viability of excavating the stretch and dare I mention the recent spawning and fry in the water? - Absolute madness!
I, like most anglers would fully support the area being 'managed' with swims having vegetation either side as this helps the fish to hide away, but to completely remove everything is ridiculous at this time of year. Unfortunately, the most problematic weed will grow back within days anyway.
The feature on Lanesborough, the Shannon and Bridie's tickle shop, is now available to watch at, - www.irishtv.ie/longford-matters-42/ I'd recommend watching the whole program, but for those of you who only want to see the most relevant bits, fast forward to about 11:45 minutes into the show.
I'm still expecting to make a very important announcement in the early part of next week and respectfully ask for patience, even though I've received several phone calls as to what I'm announcing. I'm just finalising the details to get a few facts right and hope to shed some light on the subject very soon.
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