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Angling in Co. Cavan & Prospect Bay Angling Holidays...
“When the lawyer is
swallowed up in business, and the statesman is preventing or
contriving plots, then we sit on cowslip-banks” Izaak
The Compleat Angler – 1653
As true today as it was in 1653, the gleeful joy of knowing others
toil while you fish…
County Cavan’s 365 lakes are renowned the world over for their
coarse and pike angling. Some also offer fighting brown trout, such
as Lough Sheelin, and a few miles up the road Fermanagh and Leitrim
share Lough Melvin with its unique Sonaghan and Gillaroo trout species,
and the cannibal Ferox. Leitrim’s lakes and the Erne system of
counties Cavan and Fermanagh are linked together in Ballyconnell by
the Woodford Canal. Together with the many fine game angling river stretches,
this area has enticed and delighted anglers of all nationalities for
many years, and since we are situated where the three counties meet,
Prospect Bay is ideally located for the lot!
On this site however we have concentrated on the pike and coarse fishing
at our own location - Brackley Lake - and the neighbouring waters within
the Bawnboy and Ballyconnell area, plus information on game
fishing in the immediate locality. Further down are links to the
fisheries boards, pike angling and Cavan Tourism sites for full information
on the entire region’s fisheries.
COARSE FISHING TOP
is one of the county’s nine major lakes, being 500 acres in size,
and is particularly scenic, with a backdrop of the Cuilcagh Mountains
at sun-down offering some chocolate box reflections for those who remember
to bring their camera!
More importantly, it offers some of the best bream fishing in the county,
and also offers good pike, roach, perch, and hybrids. Pike anglers particularly
will be pleased to know we offer free use of our boat during your stay
with us. Click here for more info on pike...
no man’s land without leave. Break no man’s hedge
to his loss.
Pray to God with your heart to bless your lawful exercise”
Note to The Secrets of Angling, 1620
OF PROSPECT BAY & BRACKLEY LAKE
There are 25 pegs along the west facing shore at Prospect Point, to
the left of a car park, which is one the favoured locations for the
prestigious King of Clubs competitions, while to the right is our own
gated parking area, jetty and private fishing stretch around Prospect
Bay and Scrabby*. Alternatively there is level access and parking on
the main road at the Amenity Beach. Both locations have a stony foreshore
and few reeds.
is known to be reliable even when fishing elsewhere is slow. Cavan-born
author Hugh Gough in his book Coarse Fishing in Ireland, describes Brackley
as a “highly rated” fishery, offering “superb fishing”.
As evidence of such claims we asked two of our English angling holiday
guests to describe their recent ten day stay with us. They wrote it
all down, plus emailed some great photos, for which we thank them sincerely
– and we’ve applied it to the map below.
and Simon’s Angling Holiday
Earl Turner and Simon Green
"We’ve been coming to Ireland on fishing holidays
for years, and there’s few places we haven’t tried.
Brackley Lake is a favourite – it’s got good bream,
good size pike, plenty of roach, perch and hybrids, and we’ve
always caught fish...
Click here to read full article...
3 miles west of Ballyconnell Town are four popular lakes, all offering
good bream, roach, perch, hybrids and pike. (Brackley Lake is close
to Bawnboy, but at Prospect Bay it has a Ballyconnell postal address,
so we listed it separately!)
Roadside car parking with access to a good bank, quality bream
L imited roadside parking with bank fishing, big bream, good pike, also
Parking near church. Fishing from stands, good pike
Limited roadside parking
Ballyconnell Town area
The town itself backs onto the Woodford Canal, part of the
Shannon-Erne Waterway and there are five lakes within a few minutes
drive of the town centre. All over bream, roach, perch and pike. (Brackley
Lake is closer to Bawnboy, but at Prospect Bay it has a Ballyconnell
postal address, so we listed it separately!)
· Shannon-Erne Waterway access points
at Skellan, where there are eight concrete stands for bream and roach,
Ballyheady bridge, Killarah, which has a 50 peg stretch, and Ballyconnell
has numerous access points behind Main St. and up to the weir.
· Killywilly Lake Roadside parking,
· Tomkin Road Lake same
· Cuillaghan Lake bit of a walk but
35 stands. Very good pike fishing
· Coologue Lake part of the SE Waterway,
with boat access
· Derrycassan Lake same
· Ballinamore/Newtowngore in County
Leitrim, and very close to us is
· Garadice Lake A big good water with
many stretches producing good bream catches, with roach, hybrids, perch,
pike, eels. Fishing at the chief stretches, where there is parking near
the water are at Church Shore, Haughton’s Shore and Connolly’s
PIKE (Esox Lucius) TOP
you may have seen already from the maps, this area of Cavan is in the
centre of the best coarse and pike fishing in Ireland. To our north,
a few minutes drive away Lower Lough Erne, and to our south, the lakes
Good local lakes for pike include Brackley, Cuillaghan,
Bunerky, Lakefield, Templeport and Bellaboy.
There are good holdings of fodder fish in these lakes for pike –
in addition to basic rations to maintain weight, a pike consumes an
extra 7kg in order to grow 1kg – so pike here are common over
20lb, and 30lb specimens are recorded annually. Irish pike also benefit
from a kind climate and warm water, and grow faster than in the rest
of Europe – a 20lb pike in Lake Windermere, England is 15 years
old at 20lb weight – an Irish pike of the same weight is a mere
baby of 6!
Whatever your preferred method – dead baiting, lure fishing or
fly – they all work here, though dead baiting has always been
the most preferred.
“take a coddling
hook, and take a roach or a fresh herring, and a wire with a
hole in the end, and put it in at the mouth, and out at the
tail, down by the ridge of the fresh herring; and then put the
hook in after, and draw the hook into the cheek of the fresh
herring; then put a plumb of lead upon your line a yard long
from your hook, and a float in midway between; and cast it in
a pit where the pike useth, and this is the best and most surest
craft of taking the pike”
A Treatyse of Fysshynge with an Angle
From the Book of St. Albans 1486
attributed to Juliana Berners, Abbess of Sopwell
know some do angle for Bream and Pike with artificial flies,
but I judge the labour lost, and the knowledge a needless curiosity;
those fish being taken much easier, especially the pike, by
Experience’d Angler, 2nd edition
Here on Brackley Lake we provide guests with free use of boat, outboard
and fish finder, and can provide bait and tackle, so even if you’ve
never tried before, why not have a go?
Its true about beginners luck.
Our son decided a good way to ‘be alone’ with his girlfriend
was to bring her out on the boat for pike, and since it was her first
experience of fishing, maybe he’d impress her with a specimen
catch (caveman syndrome).
He set up two rods and they began trolling, and within twenty minutes
she had two, double-figure catches. This was not part of his game plan
of course, and romance went overboard as he valiantly attempted to save
face. However it was not going to happen. She proceeded to take four
more over 10lb, while he only managed to lose two jack pike.
As usual, size always matters, but he has been consoled since by other
male anglers who reminded him about the powers of attraction attributed
to his girlfriend’s female pheromones; which, they assured him,
attracted these large, female pike to her hook, and no doubt also affected
his own ability to concentrate…
Whatever… they’re engaged now, and as Will Shakespeare once
said about the loss of a fish.
“Let us not burden our
with a heaviness that’s gone”
GAME FISHING TOP
is a plentiful choice of location for local trout fishing, from favourite
mountain streams to world famous loughs like Sheelin, or Melvin in nearby
Fermanagh, for Sonaghan, Gillaroo and Ferox, (but where different rules
apply for licences and permits.) The mighty Shannon springs from the
Cuilcagh Mountains beside us.
Lough Sheelin in the south of the County is world famous for its hard
fighting big wild Brown Trout. Lough Sheelin is a little more than 4
miles long and over one mile wide. It has an area of approximately 4000
acres ( 1800 Hectares) The Lough is situated in the North Midlands on
the borders of Cavan, Meath and Westmeath and is part of the River Inny
Open Season: March 1st - October 12th
Species: Large brown trout averaging 3llbs with fish
to 10llbs possible. Pike in season subject to regulations
Access: Good around the lake
Permit: An angling permit from the Shannon Regional
Fisheries Board is required.
Adult Annual €35 Pensioner Annual €18 Juvenile Annual €12
Day Permit €10 21 Day Permit €18 Juvenile 1 Day Permit €2
To purchase a permit, contact t:+353 (0)57 9121777 or purchase online
Other game angling lakes include;
Holy Lake, Belturbet
Stocked rainbow, lake managed by Belturbet Trout Anglers Club. Boat
fishing only. Trout to over 6lb recorded. Depending on season, dryfly,
wetfly and nymph patterns can all be successful.
Season: 1 March to 31st October
Methods: Fly only
Bag Limits: Three trout per half day with size limit
Permits: Gerry Walsh, Belturbet 049 9522359
Boats: Ian Elliott, Belturbet 049 9522865
Annagh Lake, Butlersbridge
Good lake managed by Butlersbridge Trout Angling Co-op. Stocked with
mainly rainbow, annually. Boat fishing only, can be hired locally. There
are good hatches of duckfly and sedges during the angling season, and
traditional patterns will suffice.
Season: 1 March to 30 September
Method: Fly only
Bag Limit: 4 trout size limit 12 inches
Permits and boats: Sean O’Hare, Butlersbridge
Two good rivers for trout are Annalee River, Butlersbridge
This long river rises in Lough Sillan at Shercock and is joined by the
Dromore River below Cootehill. The Cavan Anglers Club control this section
of river upstream from Ballyhaise to Ballynallon and a permit is required.
Good hatches of olives and sedges occur. There is some good fishing
at Deredis near Butlersbridge and upstream of Cootehill in the stretch
below Knappagh Bridge
Permits from Donohoe’s Bar, Ballyhaise 049 4338142
River Erne, Belturbet
Upstream of the bridge at Kilconny to the Railway viaduct is developed
for brown trout fishing by local Trout Angling Club. There are good
varieties of fly hatches and wet and dry patterns will produce some
Season: 1 March to 30 September
Methods: Fly only
Bag Limit: 3 trout size limit of 10inches
Permits from Tommy McMahon 049 9522400
Prospect Bay’s stocked lake
To further enhance the variety of fishing here at Prospect Bay, we are
currently developing a stocked trout fishery which will be open to day
visitors and guests – watch this space for updates!
Atlantic Sea Fishing...
If you fancy some sea fishing during your stay then you can charter
a 33ft boat from Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal (approx one hour’s
Contact: Molly Reynolds at Creevy, Ballyshannon on
www.cfb.ie - Central
fisheries board and link to local fishery board
- Irish pike fishing assoc.
- County tourist office/angling info downloads & video clips.
- N. Ireland fisheries.
- Fermanagh fisheries and rod licenses.
“Remember that the Wit
and Invention of Mankind were bestowed for
other Purposes than to deceive silly Fish; and that however delightful
Angling may be, it ceases to be innocent when used otherwise than
as a mere Recreation”
Richard Brookes - 1776
Rates for 2007 are as follows:
BAY ANGLING HOLIDAY PRICES 2007
(€ per person sharing)
& EVE MEAL
4 night mid wk
4 night w/end
If you are a party
of 8 or over, or are looking for a combination of above package
types, contact us for a quotation!