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Salmon Fishery Report 2008. 

First Fish Caught 2nd May
Total Fish Caught 401
Number of Fish Returned 146
Largest Fish 14.01 ounce
Best Month (Total Fish) September -  151 – Salmon Caught

Upper Beat Total 248 Salmon                                   Lower Beat Total             153 Salmon
Wall Pool                   68 Salmon                                   Cunninghams                 77Salmon
High Bank                  44 Salmon                                   Dugout                          32 Salmon
Sandy Bank               44 Salmon                                   Boat Hole                       23 Salmon
Connors Gap              41 Salmon                                   Stumps                          11 Salmon
Ditches                      20 Salmonm                                Ledges                            10 Salmon
Wall Pool Straight       18 Salmon
Apple Garden             13 Salmon.

The 2008 season will be remembered for the unprecedented high summer water levels and the numbers of days angling lost during August & September because of it. While this can be looked upon as a positive in terms of fish being able to access and run the river to the lake and spawning grounds, it did considerably reduce our numbers of fish caught compared to the 2007 season ( 980 salmon).
Despite the unfavourable water conditions there were a lot of positives for the season, including the quality of the fish in June, the catching of  25 ‘first’ fish, the capture of the largest salmon in the last 5 years, and not least the release of more than  a 36% of the fish caught. For each of these fish we will be donating €5 to the North Atlantic Salmon Conservation Organisation.

May Highlights                      Free Fishing for hotel residents. 
First fish of the season taken on May 2nd Mr Tom Foy (N. Ireland) captures a fine  grilse and spring salmon from the Wall Pool on 26th May

June Highlights 
Rain arrived during the last week of the month & with it came sea-liced springers!   29 salmon caught in the last 8 days. On a single day fish weighing 13.5lb,12lb and 10.75lb caught.  Andrea Ebonne (Italy) caught his first salmon (4.5lb) and returned his second fish (10lb)
 Steve Hollingsworth caught his first ever salmon weighing 4.5lb and 8.5 lb. James Ghilchrist (on the 1st day of his honeymoon)  caught 2 salmon.
 With only one hour to spare Mr Patrick Hughes a wedding guest, goes to The Wall Pool and comes back with a fine 9.5lb fish . (Pictured above)
 On the final day of the month a fresh run fish weighing 9.5lb was caught by Fr. Denis Kelly (Wexford, pictured on the cover). Ben Price, son of Stuart the Fishery Manager also took a 9.5lb salmon, his first on the fly.

July Highlights 
The Wiltshire party enjoyed some good fishing.Vince Taylor starts his salmon career with a 12.5 lb fish. Joe Hugell (UK) landed her first salmon, weighing 8.5 lb (followed by a 6lb fish which she released). After several unsuccessful visits to Scotland, 5 year old Oliver Leonard catches his 1st
fish (9.5lb) at Mount Falcon

August Highlights 
Tom Sleator (Donegal pictured left caught his first salmon)Hussongs (Father & son from Switzerland) both caught their first salmon.   Mark Nulty (Ireland) – 1st fish   14 salmon for regulars Martin and Maeve Davison and party.  However the month belonged to the ladies. 
With the following all catching their first salmon.  Mrs Andrea  Moore. Mrs Maureen Justice (9lb Cunninghams),Mandy Williams (9.5lb Cunninghams)                                        

September Highlights 
151 salmon caught  Best fish 14.1oz. Hooked in Connor’sGap landed (and release) in the Wall Pool. Maver Party 23 salmon Henry Catchpole (London) 1st fish  Fish hooked on fly on the Sandy Bank & Dugout.  
Martin and Maeve Davison take 6 salmon for their September visit.  Helen & Cormac Dunlevy (Dublin) catch 4 salmon for their visit.   Peter Wilkinson & Alan Hodkinson (U.K.) both catch salmon at their first attempt.                                                             

Looking Forward 
We look forward to 2009 season with anticipation, the first fish spawned after the drift net ban should be returning (in numbers we hope).
Hopefully water conditions will be more favourable to the angler than they were in 2008. Thanks to all our guests, and in particular, all our regulars who return year after year. We look forward to seeing you again 2009.If you have yet to catch a salmon please give us a call, we can make dreams come true (weather gods permitting!)Don’t forget about our lake – the May Fly fishing was superb again this year.Our Clay pigeon shoot is  now up and running. Why not come and give it a try.Want to learn to fly cast (trout / salmon) ? We would be delighted to offer tuition prior to the 2009 season.
Want to learn how to tie flies? Contact us for details. 
Here’s to a great 2009 Season.


Stuart, Michael & Jim.

Mount Falcon , Foxford Road, Ballina , County Mayo
Tel: 00353 (0)96 74472   Fax: 00353 (0)96 74473   Email:
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