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Angling: Trio bank trout dozen

By Vic Thomas

Published 24/10/2007

Three of Cashel's anglers banked a dozen trout each casting white Fritz flies and Black and Peacock Spiders, depending on weather conditions at the time.

Ciaran Mellon from Swatragh, Aidy Askin from Londonderry and John Hasson from Dungiven were the successful anglers.

Pearse Mc Gill from Lavey was only one trout behind with 11 to the bank using Zonkers.

Meanwhile, Paul Rathfield from Limavady and Ryan O'Kane from Dungiven both bagged four trout each on Buzzers and Shaun Duggan from Gulladuff banked five, taking home a brace for 4lb 10ozs.

Limavady's Brian McKay and Dungiven's Martin O'Neill had a couple of trout each while Conal Anderson, also from Dungiven, banked a single fish.


Returns at Danescast Fishery Jerrettspass over the past two weeks have increased with a combination of the water temperatures cooling down and the recent plant removal creating almost perfect conditions for the fish and for super fishing.

Peter Hynes from Lurgan banked four and released seven; Ken Coleman from Dundalk released 12 and youngster Renee McCabe, also from Dundalk, tempted six on dry flies.

Meanwhile, Paul Travers and John Foster from Newcastle enjoyed amazing sport grassing 28 fish between them over several visits. Gary McAteer from Warrenpoint released eight; Gabriel McAvoy released five and Tom Williamson and Lee Mathers had 12 between them.


Thirty anglers including four juniors contested the opening match of the Erne Anglers Winter League fished on the River Erne around Enniskillen.

The fishing was even throughout the match length with the top four anglers coming from different sections. Top rod was T. Keary with 6.620Kgms from Peg C27; second, S. Abraham with 4.760Kgms from Peg R5; third, T. Kersley 4.570Kgms from Peg RO3; fourth, S. Huthwaite 4.250Kgms from Peg D18; fifth, J. Balcombe 3.710Kgms from Peg R4 and sixth, R. Henry with 3.700Kgms from Peg R8.


Thirty two rods fished for the week on Donegal's Eany Fishery with the majority of these fishing on Tuesday. Surprisingly, there was only three visiting rods fishing for the last day of the season on Saturday.

There were a number of salmon caught on the Tuesday with Kevin McCrossan recording a 4lb grilse from the Eanybeg and losing a couple more.

There was nothing caught after Tuesday with the river dropping to low levels until the last day when Gary McHugh caught and released a 5lb grilse on spinner; Fred Henry accounted for a 7lb fish which was released and Lindsey Clarke caught and released a 3lb grilse on fly from the Eanybeg and lost two more.

The annual 'closing of the fishery' ceremony was held at around 7pm at Ballymacahill Bridge with food and drink aplenty and the usual fireworks as dark descended.


The last day of the season on Lough Currane produced a cracker with the fish of the day going to Robert Burgess who caught a 16lb Salmon on the troll with help from his Gillie Terence Wharton. Robert also caught eight Salmon on the Butler Pool of which six were sportingly returned alive.

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