My friend Nigel and I have been fishing in Ireland for over 25 years. Seven years ago we had our first experience of fishing Lough Derg on the northern shores at Portumna. Since then we have tried many different areas until 2 years ago we stayed at Tim Tully’s cottages at Whitegate. Never again would we fish anywhere else.
The three cottages are on the shore line of Lough Derg with the boats moored at the bottom of the garden. On our arrival we unpacked our clothes had a cuppa and set off on one of the boats with the fish finder. We could not believe our eyes there was thousands of fish showing. After a few hours scouting about we set the markers just off a small island in 14ft of water and a clear bottom. We pre-baited the swim with corn, wheat and mixed pellets. Job done.
We then set off back to the cottage rang Tim told him where we was going to fish. Tim and his son arrived with one of the purpose built platforms which he positioned in the water where we planned to fish. The following day we woke 4am next, loaded the tackle on the boat and set off ten minutes to swim. We set up the gear which once set up can be left in position, filled the swim feeder, corn and maggot hook bait, cast out to the markers the tip went round straight away.
Over the next 5 days we averaged over 400 pounds of fish a session. This is a virgin area with more swims to be developed. The platforms designed by Tim are fantastic and are put in place prior to your fishing the swims. They can also be pre-baited before you arrive. This area is a must if you want the best fishing on Lough Derg.
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