Huge bags of roach from Irish river

62lb bag of redfins marks return of river previously wiped out by pollution

Huge bags of roach from Irish river

by Angling Times |

WHILE rivers in England and Wales are closed, anglers in Ireland have been enjoying phenomenal running-water sport, with some immense bags of pristine roach being caught from the famous Erne system.

Local expert Tony Kersley moved to the area 40 years ago, and over the last few weeks has enjoyed some sensational sport, topped by a 62lb bag of redfins from the Ballycassidy River.

The Ballycassidy stocks were wiped out by a pollution incident five years ago, but it’s now made a remarkable comeback, as Tony revealed.

“I’ve been going in my boat over the last five years to try to find the roach when they swim up the river to spawn,” he said.

“I’d often see them on the fish finder but struggle to catch. This year I got it sorted, catching 116 of them for 62lb. I simply fished 5m to hand with an elasticated whip. It’s lovely fishing!”

Tony Kersley with his 62lb bag of redfins from the Ballycassidy River
Tony Kersley with his 62lb bag of redfins from the Ballycassidy River
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