Raymond is Ireland’s best thanks to brilliant brace while Roland wears the European crown
Raymond Steward netted the Best Irish Angler title as Mayo Shore Angling Club — in conjunction with the Ballina Salmon Festival — put up two trophies at the Moy Fishery beats on Heritage Day.
Steward, a veteran with 25 years of fishing the Moy under his belt, bagged a brace of Ridge Pool salmon to land the Irish Angler crown while the Best European Angler trophy went to Belgian Roland Capoullez who had one salmon.
Outside of the competition, fresh water and an increase in angling effort saw the reported Moy catch rise to 793 salmon for the week.
Salmon were caught on all fisheries from Ballina to East Mayo.
On the Ridge Pool, out of a total of 63 salmon, Ulsterman Graham Hunter had a 7.5lb grilse on the fly while Capoullez turned out again to bank three grilse on fly, best 6lbs. He also had a 4lb grilse on the Cathedral beat.
All fisheries upstream of Ballina reported good returns with Ulsterman Steven Hoper taking three grilse on worm from the Coolcronan Fishey.
The anglers downstream and upstream of Foxford reported 215 salmon for the week.
On the Cloongee Fishery, Bill O’Regan, Dublin, grassed five grilse over two days and 17-year-old French angler Clement Lelimousin bagged five fish and his father Jerome landed a brace on spinners.
East Mayo anglers had another big week, reporting 139 salmon.
Among the successful anglers were Adoulf Reding, Switzerland, with a brace of 4lb grilse on worm, while Marco and Maurizio Engheben also landed two fish each on worm.
Sean Carty — of Cartys Land and Sea Sports, Bundoran — proved he not only sells quality tackle but that he certainly also knows how to use it after boating a fabulous brown trout while wet fly fishing on Lough Melvin.
The huge brownie was 32 inches long and estimated to be between 12 and 13lbs.
On the Lower Bann at Carnroe, a 24-hour flush of water from Toome took away a lot of fish upstream but fortunately because of the multitude of fish running this season the beats were replenished very quickly when the water dropped.
On one day, the Portna counter recorded well over 7,000 fish that had passed Carnroe.
With the Toome gates shut and water levels dropping nicely three fish were landed, Ian Ramsey catching two to 5lbs and Jim Bowman one, all on prawn.