In the fortnight since my last report water levels on the river have steadily dropped and catches have increased in improving conditions. The best fishing was during the 10th, 11th and 12th of March when 11 fish were reported over the 3 days. The weather has become increasingly mild and dry. Air temperatures have been up to 14 degrees Celsius and water temperatures have crept above 8 degrees for the first time this season. The gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge is now showing 0.55 metres. I have been informed by the OPW that the gauge at the bridge which had been scheduled for removal has had a temporary reprieve pending a review by the area engineer. Live data from the gauge can be accessed here http://waterlevel.ie/0000035029/
Sean Brophy with his 9lbs fish on worm from the Mill pool on Wednesday 16th.
Chris Mc Daid with ahis 8lbs fish from the Mill pool on Rapala on 12th March.
Gary Bennett with his 8lbs fish from the Money Hole on prawn on Saturday 12th March.
Nash Mc Daid with his 6lbs fish from the Grazings on Rapala on 12th March
Richard Agnew with his 8.5lbs fish from the Mill pool on Thursday 10th March.
Weather Forecast From Met Eireann
Dry and cold tonight in light northeast breezes. Generally cloudy and misty with fog in parts. Clear spells occurring in parts too though, leading to a slight to sharp frost. Lowest temperatures will range -1 to +4 degrees Celsius, values at their lowest across Munster.
Saturday will be another dry day with light northeast breezes. Rather dull to begin with mist, fog and any frost clearing. Becoming brighter in the afternoon, as cloud thins out and sunshine breaks through. Some areas remaining overcast though, namely ports the north and northwest. Highest temperatures 9 to 13 or 14 degrees, again a bit cooler on north and east facing coasts.
Saturday night will be dry with variable amounts of cloud but clear spells are likely in most areas. There will be little or no wind and it will be cold enough for slight to sharp ground frost to occur, together with patches of fog. Sunday will be another dry day countrywide with a mixture of cloud and sunny spells. Winds will remain light and temperatures will be near normal.
Dry and settled weather conditions will persist for Monday and Tuesday also. There will be variable cloud and light breezes on both days and temperatures will be close to normal; however, nights will always be colder, with local frost and some fog patches.
Dry and bright conditions will continue for much of Wednesday also but westerly breezes will develop as the day goes on and cloud will tend to increase. Rain arriving in the northwest of the country early on Wednesday night is likely to spread countrywide as the night goes on, accompanied by freshening, northwesterly winds. Rain will clear to sunshine and showers early on Thursday morning but fresh and gusty, northwesterly winds will persist throughout the day, making it feel cold.
Wind NE 07 Gust
Live readings from the gauge at the Four Masters’ Bridge can be viewed online here Water Level
Tides for March.
Brendan Lyons with his 6lbs fish on worm from Lennox’s.
In action on the Mill pool on March 16th.
Johnny O’ Neill with his 11.5lbs fish from the Island pool on spinner.
Mark Donaghy with his 6lbs fish on a posh tosh tube from the Blackwater on Tuesay 8th March .
Guntars Vaivads with his fish from Tinkers on Sunday 6th March.
Jack Brown with 9lbs his fish from Lennox’s on a Willie Gunn on 10th March.
Chris Shepherd with his 9.5lbs fish from the Grazings on purple Cascade on March 10th. .
John O’ Connor and John Stevens with their fish from the Old Sea pool and Island pool, respectively on fly on Friday 11th March.
Eoin Mc Manus with his 10lbs fish from the Grazings on Rapala and Brendan Bourke with his 8lbs fish from the Island pool on Fridy 11th March.
Fish from the Crooked Hole on fly on February 22nd.
John Steven’s fly.
Sunset at the Drowes estuary during the week.