When Martin Founds and Gord Burt came fishing at Belle Isle Estate…
We are delighted that both Martin and Gord found their trip thoroughly enjoyable!
Gord and Martin met 7 gentleman who were enjoying a weekends “social” pike fishing at Belle Isle. Very friendly and sociable, and who insisted they joined them for a beer. They recognised Gord as one of the country’s top professional Pike Anglers, and by pure chance, one was related to an ex pro Northern Irish boxer who Gord knows well, Fermanagh attracts them all!
“The fishing however was somewhat difficult solely due to the superb weather (us anglers are beginning to sound like farmers – never satisfied with the weather). We viewed “Trasna” sailing by on Upper Lough Erne in warm and glorious weather”. – Martin Founds.
Pike feed better in temperatures of 45f – 55f, the surface temperature started at 61f increasing to 64f – very warm. The coarse fishing also proved interesting, not a single fish in water 20ft plus in depth, but excellent fishing for roach, hybrids and bream in 9 – 15ft depths. Coarse fishing is therefore easier all year round, but attention must be paid to feeding depths depending on weather conditions. Pike are much more fickle, and the best sport will be September – May and again feeding depths will depend on water temperature. Martin kindly gifted Belle Isle with 2 new fish finders, so for all the fisherman joining us at Belle Isle soon, you can put these to good use.
“Belle Isle is a perfect location for exploring the pike fishing potential on the Upper Lough Erne System. My view is, it’s a Pike Heaven. A wide range of fish sizes from small jacks right through the weight system to who knows what. Without any doubt, there are 40 pounders to be caught and released. As a lifelong Pike expert I look upon the Lough Erne System as a great adventure, such a vast expanse of water perfectly suited to Pike, every day is an adventure, you never know what size of Pike you might hook next. I look forward with relish to my next trip to this scenic Pike fishing wonderland.” – Gord Burt, the Piking Pirate