Fishing Report – June 2020

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BAC – Derek Curran with a nice Rainbow caught at the Corbet Lough on 20 June 2020

The Corbet Lough has continued to fish exceptionally well throughout the recent spell of good weather. There have been some great rises to buzzers and sedges, particularly in the evenings. A number of anglers including Davy McCandless and Leonard Ervine have been regularly enjoying some great fly fishing. On Thursday 4 June Nigel Beckett was fishing along the front shore and he took over 20 fish on the fly. In the evening Imogen Johnston was fishing with her uncle Henry McKnight and she had a great session. She outfished Henry on this occasion with 8 great fish on a cormorant. She also lost a fantastic fish of about 5lbs at the net. Henry had to settle for just the 3 fish. Brendan Downey also enjoyed a great session with 10 fish up to about 3.5lbs on the fly. Joe Beck took a couple of beautiful fish on a hares ear pattern. Local angler Darryl Alexander has advised that he lost his priest at the Corbet Lough sometime during the past week. The priest has a lot of sentimental value to Darryl and he would be very grateful if anyone finds it and leaves it in the Boat Attendants Office for him. On Monday 8 June 2020 the boat angling reopened at the Corbet Lough. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic there is some new guidance to help protect the employees and the boat anglers. Boat anglers must adhere to the new guidance. Anglers wishing to arrange a boat angling session should contact the Boat Attendants Office (P: 028 4062 5039 or 075 9102 7557) prior to travelling to avoid disappointment. During the morning Davy McCandless and Nigel Beckett enjoyed some great fly fishing from the shore with Davy taking 10 fish up to about 5lbs. Aidan Lavery, Lisburn was also fly fishing from the shore and he had a great Rainbow of 4lbs 6ozs on a buzzer. Tom King and Gerard Lyness were amongst the first to enjoy the reopening of the boat angling at the Corbet. They had a great session with 28 fish to the boat. In the evening Geoff Hylands and Leonard Ervine had a great boat session fishing up to dusk and taking 27 fish on dries. Stevie Rea and Darrell McKinley also enjoyed a great evening’s boat fishing with about 50 fish. Seamus Doyle was spinning from the shore and he took a brace of nice Rainbows. On Thursday 11 June there was a strong north wind down the Lough but both boat anglers and shore anglers had some impressive catches with fish up to 5lbs being caught and even bigger fish being hooked and lost. Geoff Hylands and Leonard Ervine had 15 fish to the boat. Darryl Alexander and his boat partner Dessie Graham also enjoyed some good sport catching some beautiful big Rainbows. Sam Grant had some great sport with 10 fish to the boat. The conditions were ideal for the spinner and Seamus Doyle and his granddaughter caught some nice fish on the spinner. Indeed the reports are that there have been some great catches on the spinner since the Lough reopened. On Friday 12 June the conditions remained blustery. Tom Cherry and his boat partner had a good session with Tom taking 12 fish to the boat. Joe Curran and Sam Watt also enjoyed some great sport with Joe catching a cracking Rainbow of 6lbs. On Saturday 13 June The Silver Butchers held a boat fishing outing on the Corbet. They enjoyed some great boat fishing with everyone catching. In the evening both the shore anglers and the boat anglers enjoyed some great fishing. Nigel Beckett was fly fishing from the shore and he had 7 fish. Davy McCandless was fly fishing from the front shore and he had 5 fish. The top flies during the past week have been daddies, cormorants and shipmans buzzers. On Thursday 18 June the boats were busy throughout most of the day with anglers reporting some great catches. Maurice Lemon had 4 good fish to the boat. Brendan McGrath had a good session with 8 fish to the boat. Steven Henry and David McCreedy enjoyed good sport with 9 fish to the boat. Darrell McKinley was fishing nymphs and he also had a great session with 14 fish to the boat. Stevie Rea and Mark Douglas were the top boat on the day with 20 fish. On Friday 19 June the boats were busy again. Lance McCarthy and Matt Shields, regular boat anglers, had 6 nice fish in the morning. Stevie Ferris and Tom Travers from Lisburn also had a good morning’s fishing with 6 fish to the boat. Les Patton had 8 nice fish to the boat. In the evening Geoff Hylands and Leonard Ervine were fishing dries and enjoyed some great fishing with 21 fish to the boat. On Saturday 20 June there was a blustery east / south east wind across the Corbet. Geoff Twinning was out for a morning’s boat fishing and he had 5 good fish. Matt Shields and Eamon Rogers were also boat fishing during the morning and they had 7 fish. Gary Chivers and Wes Beattie were out until the early afternoon and thay also had 7 fish to the boat. Derek Curran and his son Sam were also boat fishing until the early afternoon and they had some great sport with 11 fish up to about 3lbs. Sam was catching on a black pennell fly. On Sunday 21 June all the boats were out in the evening. When the conditions settled there was a very good rise. Joe and Patrick Curran took 12 fish to the boat. Patrick had a couple of a great fish which were easily better than 3lbs and Joe hooked and lost a real cracker of a fish. Geoff Hylands and Leonard Ervine were also out in a boat and they had another great session taking fish in the wave and also later in the calmer conditions. On Saturday 27 June the conditions at the Corbet Lough were very blustery and this seemed to deter many anglers. However Sam Grant ventured out in the afternoon and it paid dividends. During the late afternoon he was fishing the fly from the shore under the shelter of the dam wall and in under an hour he took 4 nice fish.