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Baz Smith wins the River Erne 100
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The Erne system consists of a huge amount of water with both still waters and flowing waters. In winter and spring the flowing waters are where the large roach and bream shoals are and during periods of mild weather, fishing at distance can produce good sport. In spring early summer vast shoals migrate the system and once located big bags are possible. During periods of clear water (zebra mussels have an effect here) you have to fish at range, but if it's overcast and there's some natural colour you can catch much closer. The lower lough on the Erne System has some quality bream, roach and pike.Hire a boat and you have hundreds of exclusive fishing locations. Good year round fishing for coarse fish.
Lower Bann has good access and great fishing. Roach, hybrids and bream are the mainstay here, they do move up and down the system and can be caught right through the seasons. Spring and autumn are best for roach and hybrids, but some huge weights of big bream (8 to 10 pounders) are caught in the warm summer months.
Baz Smith is recognised as one of the best UK anglers residing in County Fermanagh. He fishes competitions all over Ireland and when he is not match fishing he is practising by pleasure fishing! One of many important tips is to use dark groundbait on clear Irish waters. Boland Groundbaits is relatively new and for texture, flavour and colour it really is tops and amazing value too. For pre-baiting, do the mix at your digs with hot water for a really stiff mix that allows you to cram in plenty of particle.
BAZ SMITH WINS THE RIVER ERNE 100.. September 2020. Fermanagh Council sponsored event organised by local angler Jack Tisdall produced a lot of fish and angling expert/advisor to Anglers World Holidays Baz Smith won this welcome event. Good catches of mostly skimmers of 1 to 3 pounds and hybrids to 3 pounds made up Baz’s win mostly on the feeder.
Carl C and his 3 friends from Nottingham changed their annual fishing trip from the ROI to Co Fermanagh in Northern Ireland due to SARS2 Coronavirus restrictions.
They enjoyed amazing fishing during their 10 day stay at Little Crom Cottages in late August of 2020 catching bags of quality hybrids to 3 pounds plus, roach around the pound mark and lots of skimmer bream of 1 to 2 pounds. Targeting bream in deeper water swims they had fish to 8 pounds plus on some days plus a few tench. Weather was warm and changeable and the fishing consistently excellent in pre baited swims. The bank fishing outside the cottages produced lots of hybrids, roach and skimmers in 10 to 18 feet of depth on the feeder. Using a boat to access virgin island swims close by the group located quality bream feeder fishing into depths of 25 feet.
As Carl says “This is our best fishing result in the 30 years we have been fishing on the island of Ireland”.
Northern Ireland Rod Licences
From April 2016, anglers will no longer get a paper rod licence or permit. Instead, they will get an electronic record (e-record) with a unique reference number. The new system will work out what type of licence or permit is needed.
See the following link to buy your licence on-line:
Buy Rod Licences Permits & River Bush DayTickets
Further information can be found at:
List of authorised distributors where licences can be bought can be found at
Tackle shop in Enniskillen:
Fishing Tackle and Bait LTD,
Old Scotch Stores, 1 Sligo Road, Enniskillen, BT74 7JY
Telephone: 028 6632 2008
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