Gord, one of the worlds leading pike anglers had steady sport in hot weather this week (June). High water temperatures slowed sport but he landed 14 pike to 12 pounds mostly on spinner baits. All pike were taken in fairly shallow water of 6 to 10 feet in depth.
Baz Smith had good sport fishing the feeder with a 5 foot leader, 3 red maggots in swims of 9 to 12 feet in depth, pre baited with particle (stewed wheat). Roach,
hybrids and bream.
Wild fish in wild unspoilt waters. Baz Smith is our angling ace now living in Ireland. He is a top match angler and develops our top venues. Swim preparation, regular and accurate feeding using plenty of particle are the key points.
7 nights at McGuires Cottages Drumshanbo in October cost around £146 pp each of 4. This is a dog friendly centre. Located close to town on Acres Lake. We have a wide range of properties close to excellent fishing.
Big stillwaters like Lough Derg can be daunting but with the right weather conditions and approach catches can be huge. I have had many 100 to 200 pound plus catches in May, June and September on waters like this. Yes you need stable weather, ideally with a slight breeze and not too bright. But even in conditions like these I have enjoyed some great fishing for quality hybrids, roach and some bream (bream are naturally low light feeders).
Getting plenty of particle into the swim is critical (wheat is my bulk feed) with some added maggots, casters and chopped worm. You have to feed accurately, my killing zone is invariably 40 metres out into around 10 feet of depth, feeding and catching in around 5 square metres.!!! Clipping up on the feeder is essential. Derg usually requires boat access to the more remote deeper water swims. I never use a keep net if i want to fish the same swim on consecutive days.I only use one for my last day for the camera.!!!
Gord Burton is one of the countries top lure anglers. He is currently exploring Upper Lough Derg for AWH from the Belle Isle Estate. Lure fishing and fishing dead baits Gord had 30 pike in 3 days fishing with many doubles, the best being a 21 pounder on one of his specially made jerk baits. Gord is targeting the deeper water areas and drop offs to great effect. We offer special packages to Belle Isle Estate including ferry and a rental boat with echo sounder included, year round sport.