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Haughton’s, Garadice Lake, County Leitrim

Probably the most consistent stretch on the whole of Garadice Lake, the main shoreline has about 40 permanent pegs that receive onshore west winds. There is a more instant flavour to sport and it is possible to enjoy catching a mixed net of bream, hybrids, skimmers and roach, whether you choose the pole or feeder. There is a good depth close in that allows for long sessions changing successfully between both styles. Big baits, such as worm and corn, are well worth trying once you have the small fish responding.

Species: Bream, skimmer bream, roach, hybrids, tench, pike and perch
Best baits: Worm, caster, red maggot and corn
Popular methods: Open ended feeder and any length of pole from 4m. Local tackle shop: Angler’s Rest, Main Street, Ballyconnell and
Irish Bait & Tackle, Ardlougher

Access: Good track along the bank with adequate parking close to most swims. Directions: From Ballinamore take the R199 for about six miles past the junction for Ballyconnell/Beltrubet. Cross the bridge and take the first right into Haughton’s Shore. Stay left of the marina and follow the track along the water’s edge.