College graduate catches first salmon of 2014
Fish weighing 3.6kg caught on River Drowes by Ballyshannon angler
Eoin McManus with the first salmon caught in 2014, weighing 3.6kg.
The first salmon of 2014 was caught today at 2.30pm on the River Drowes by Ballyshannon angler Eoin McManus while fishing the pool below Lennox Bridge on the Leitrim side of the river.
The fish weighed 3.6kg (8lb) and fell to a size-7 brown Rapala lure.
“To be honest I never expected a fish to be caught on opening day last Wednesday because of exceptionally high water levels, and I’m still surprised we managed one today” said fisheries owner, Shane Gallagher.
As a regular angler to the Drowes, Mr McManus recently finished college and found time to “have a go”, even in the poor conditions. “This is my first time to catch the first fish. I’m absolutely delighted,” he said.
The salmon will be served up to guests in the Fox’s Lair Restaurant in Bundoran by owner and chef Brendan Faulkner and all proceeds will go to charity.
The Drowes is just four miles long with almost 70 named pools, and flows from Lough Melvin in Co Leitrim to the sea at Bundoran in Co Donegal. The season for salmon and trout runs from January 1st to September 30th.