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#Angling - Wild brown trout in Connacht lakes face extinction due to unchecked numbers of pike, local anglers fear.

According to Galway Bay FM, the Connacht Angling Council says stocks in Lough Corrib and Lough Mask are among those under threat unless measures such as a closed season for angling and a pike cull are introduced.

Ahead of its ‘Pike are Predators – Save our Wild Brown Trout’ campaign launch this Wednesday 20 September from 8pm at the Boat Inn in Oughterard, the council has launched an online petition in the hopes of persuading Inland Fisheries Ireland to take action against the “predator” species.

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#LoughCorrib - The Irish Times reports that the man whose body was recovered from Lough Corrib at the weekend has been named as leading ear, nose and throat specialist Prof Aongus Curran (51).

The consultant and cancer surgeon is believed to have drowned after his boat got unto difficulties off Oughterard, Co Galway on Friday 12 August, as previously reported on Afloat.ie.

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#Missing - Galway Bay FM reports that a body was recovered from the water near Oughterard Pier in the search for a fisherman missing in Lough Corrib yesterday afternoon (Saturday 13 August).

As previously covered on Afloat.ie, the search began on Friday morning after a fishing boat belonging to a local man in his 50s was found unoccupied in the Co Galway lake.

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#Missing - The search resumed this morning for a fisherman missing in Lough Corrib near Oughterard in Co Galway.

As RTÉ News reports, emergency services were joined by local fisherman to begin the search after a fishing boat was found yesterday morning (Friday 12 August).

It's understood that the missing individual is a 50-year-old man from the locality, according to Independent.ie.

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#Rescue - The Connacht Tribune reports that 10 were rescued from a twin-mast sailing boat on Lough Corrib last night after the vessel hit rocks near the village of Cong in Co Mayo.

All 10 people on board, including four adults and six children, were brought to safety by the local Corrib/Mask rescue team, according to the Connacht Telegraph.

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#LoughCorrib - Experts surveying a site in Lough Corrib have found a wealth of ancient water craft and other artefacts, including a log boat dating back some 4,500 years.

As The Irish Times reports, Heritage Minister Jimmy Deenihan has described as "exceptional" the finds that include vessels from the Bronze and Iron Ages, as well as medieval craft and weapons of the style used by Viking settlers.

But the star of the show is surely the Annaghkeen log boat, a dugout canoe made from a single massive tree trunk that's almost identical to the similarly aged Lurgan log boat, which was found not far away in Co Galway over a century ago and now housed in the National Museum at Leinster House.

It's now being posited that both boats, as well as the Carrowneden boat found near Ballyhaunis in 1996, may be the work of the same builder.

The Irish Times has much more on the story HERE.

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#Angling - A recent collaboration between Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI), angling clubs and private individuals with close links to Lough Corrib is helping to improve matters for trout and salmon stocks in the catchment area.

Over recent years, State funding has been decreasing for habitat improvement and stream rehabilitation work on salmonid spawning and nursery streams. Local angling clubs and concerned individuals have recognised this, and stepped in to assist with funding to ensure this vital work on such a crucial natural resource continues.

A joint initiative between Cairde Loch Coiribe and the Clydagh Foundation has sponsored spawning and nursery rehabilitation projects on a number of Corrib streams.

Cairde Loch Coiribe raises funds from various angling clubs around the lake through the Corrib Federation, while the Clydagh Foundation invests in enhancement projects on the Corrib spawning streams. IFI staff, who have years of expertise in this area, design and supervise the projects.

This important work enhances habitat for spawning adult trout and salmon, and increases the nursery ground available for young fish to grow and mature.

Electro-fishing surveys carried out by IFI before and after similar works have shown that juvenile fish stocks can be increased significantly by such enhancement. It is hoped that these juvenile fish will eventually grow and augment the stocks of fish available for game angling.

Local clubs including Kilbeg, Ballindiff, Headford and Collinamuck have assisted in the most recent projects in their respective areas. Enhancement projects for 2013 have been identified and it is hoped to commence in the coming months.

These projects complement ongoing works by the OPW’s Drainage Division, under its Environmental River Enhancement Programme. This programme is carried out through liaison with IFI to improve fish habitat on previously drained channels.

Tourism angling is a major part of the local economy around Lough Corrib, and it is expected that this work will have tangible economic benefits.

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#MCIB - The Marine Casualty Investigation Board (MCIB) has again advised recreational boat users to prioritise safety while on the water following the death of an angler on Lough Corrib earlier this year.

Clarifying the story previously reported on Afloat.ie, Michael Ruane died by drowning after he and angling partner Donal Coyle were knocked overboard from their small craft when it heeled over on a large wave off Annaghdown on 19 March 2012.

Coyle was treated for hypothermia after an unsuccessful attempt to search for his colleague, whose body was recovered by the Irish Coast Guard more than two hours after he entered the water.

The MCIB report into the incident found that the revolving seat used by one of the two men on board meant that "both his height above the gunwale and his position right forward may have had an influence on the handling and stability of the boat", which was not compliant with the EU Recreational Craft Directive.

It also found that while both were wearing personal flotation devices (PFDs), they were only loosely fitting - explaining why Ruane became separated from his lifejacket shortly after going overboard.

Moreover, the kill cord on the boat's engine was not used by either man, which caused them to be separated from their vessel. "The consequence of this," the report said, "was a long period of immersion in cold water which led to the death of one of the men and hypothermia of the other".

There was also a delay of more than an hour in raising the alarm as the men in the water had no means to indicate their distress. Coyle had a mobile phone but it was rendered useless by immersion.

The MCIB has recommended that owners and operators of recreational craft should be aware and follow the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport’s (DTTAS) Code of Practice for the Safe Operation of Recreational Craft. The complete report is available to download below.

Meanwhile, problems with the auto-pilot system were judged to be the trigger of events that caused the scuttling of fishing vessel Jeannete Roberta in Glandore Harbour last December.

The prawn boat was returning to port on 11 December 2011 when the skipper had difficulty switching the helm from auto-pilot to manual due to a known issue with "sticky solenoids".

While the skipper addressed that issue, the boat suddenly altered course without warning - another issue known to occur randomly - and was holed on rocks on the southern side of Adam's Island before eventually sinking.

While castigating the owner/skipper for continuing to sail the vessel with persistent navigation issues, the MCIB also noted that all six crew survived the incident uninjured, finding that all stayed calm and organised as they abandoned ship, and that all safety and communications equipment functioned as required.

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#ANGLING - A big month for angling in Ireland continues in Galway, as the biggest ever fish caught on the Western lakes now has a permanent home in Clonbur.

As previously reported on Afloat.ie, Welsh fly fisherman Ceri Jones hooked the 24lb monster trout from Lough Corrib at the end of May.

After authentication by the Irish Specimen Trout Committee, the goliath fish has been declared the biggest catch on record in all of Ireland since 1894, when William Mears landed a 26lb brown trout at Lough Ennell.

Fly Fishing Cork reports that the fish now has pride of place above the bar at Tigh Bhurca in Clonbur, joining a 19lb giant that Jones himself caught a few years ago.

“There was never a question of the fish going anywhere else," he says of the new home for his record-breaking catch. "I got an opening offer of $5,000 from an American who collects such catches but I’d never even consider selling it.

"Clonbur is where the fish should stay and we’ve completed that part of the jigsaw by handing it over here tonight. I got local taxidermist John Thomas from Headford to stuff it and now it’s where I always want it to be.”

Fly Fishing Cork has more on the story HERE.

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#ANGLING - Days after the tragic death of an angler on Lough Corrib, as previously reported on Afloat.ie, the Collinamuck Angling Club will donate €5 from every entry in the upcoming open wet fly competition on 22 April to the Corrib Mask rescue boat.

"The important work that is carried out by the volunteers of the Corrib Mask rescue boat is sometimes forgotted by us anglers," the club's Lionel Flanagan told the Galway Advertiser at the launch of this year's contest.

"We hope this small token will help the Corrib Mask rescue boat continue to provide this vital resource to Connacht anglers and visitors alike.”

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