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The 2009 Season Report
 

Highlights
May 23:  Joint Best Day on One Beat - 6 fish caught.
June 13:  Fourth Second Best Fish of the Season.
                Connie Corcoran 14.6lb. Spinner on Upper Kilmurry.
                Another fish ~8lb. released on fly on Kents.
 July 31:  Four Fish & a Unique Experience!
                A first ever salmon for Tim James (UK) with a 4lb. grilse on spinner from Beat 6,
                followed by his second & third from Beat 4 - Kents ably guided by Glenda.
                He also caught a 2Żlb seatrout.
  Aug. 5:  Six Fish & another Unique Experience!
                2 First Ever salmon (grilse of 3 & 5lb) for Julian Dowding & his son Paul.
                Paul then caught his second (12.9lb.) & his third (12.1lb.) the same day.
                Two other fish also caught.  All fish taken on spinner.
  Aug. 9:  Third Best Day of the Season & yet another Unique Experience!
                17 fish to 11.9lb. caught. First 3 Ever Salmon for Caoimmghin Phelan in One Day.
Aug. 23:  Best Day of the Season. 25 fish to 12.2lb
Aug. 28:  Third Best Fish of the Season. 
                Taken on spinner by John Purslow (UK) - 16.3lb.
Sept.  2:  Joint Best Day on One Beat - 6 fish caught.
            
All six fish caught on Silver Bullet - best 14.7lb.
Sept.  4:  Second Best Day of the Season. 18 fish to 8lb. caught.
Sept. 15: Best Fish of the Season.  Taken on spinner by Tony Murtagh (UK) - ~25lb.
Sept. 15: Second Best Fish of the Season (heaviest weighed in). 
                Taken on shrimp by Paul Rosier (UK) - 19.1lb.

The Weather

As you can see from the graph above, the trend towards wetter summers & higher water levels has continued.
The 2009 level was not as high as 2008 fromfor July, August & September, but higher than 2007 for August & September.



Catches

2009 Salmon Catch by Lure

Method

Feb. Mar. April May June July Aug. Sept. Total
Fly   1 4   9 13 10  24 39  100
Spinner 1 2 7 39 29 60  131 92   361
Worm         5   11  14   6    36
Shrimp   2     9 6  28  71  116
Total 1 5 11 53 51 87 197 208  613
Released 0 3 8 19 18 42 65 109  264

More Bigger Fish

The results for 2009 show a large increase in the proportion of bigger fish caught in 2009.
The five previous years are actually all quite similar, so this is perhaps better illustrated by comparing the the percentage of fish caught
 in the various weight classes for 2009 against the average proportion for the previous 5 years, which can be summarised as:

% Fish Caught Weight Class of Fish Caught - lb.
by Weight Class 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Average 2004-8 10.4 4.9 5.7 3.4 3.8 2.3 2
2009 6.4 3.8 3.7 1.4 1.5 0.8 0.4
% Increase in 2009 64 29 55 140 150 189 410