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12th - 22nd August
Weather has been mixed with heavy showers and sunny periods, light winds from the South and a noticable shortening of the days.
Brian Lincoln made his yearly pilgramage and forced me out of my lethargy. We had a couple of great evenings down at the Canal where we met up with Tony, over from the UK, on one of his regular fishing trips.
Brian and I had some really good sport on the Tench, Roach and Perch. Even Mr Scully came out for the trip and seemed to enjoy it despite falling in the Canal once or twice. We cleaned and raked out the spot and had good numbers of fish. I suggested using a float ledgering technique which had immediate results. Even the clouds were spectacular of an evening.
Tony spent 4 days fishing on the Canal and had a bag of over 60lb on day 1, we are awaiting some photographs and more detailed reports.
Down at Doonis we managed a rare Dragonfly, a Migrant Hawker (Aeshna mixta) which is an excellent find for the Midlands of Ireland, and is one of only 56 specimens seen in Ireland in the last 4 Years:
1st - 11th August
The weather has been getting generally better with the last few days being very hot.
The fishing is still slow with high water levels and a lack of anglers. Peter has remained active with his new venue and has been steadily catching bags of Roach, Hybrids and Skimmers, none over the 1lb mark but good sport all the same.
Jimmy celebrated his 60th Birthday with a homemade Apple Pie on the 5th, washed down with Brandy and Ginger Ale, there was even a full moon to finish the day off.
Down at Doonis the wildlife is at its very best with insects and reptiles and birds in plentiful supply, the large fly is a Tacina Grossa and is very unusual in Ireland, there are only two records at the biodiverity centre seen here
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