Anglers bank on success after council breakthrough
Great news for anglers who regularly fish the Newry Canal. Newry & Mourne District Council have agreed to look at a proposal for further remedial works to enhance the bank space at the Albert Basin.
The move comes following a recent meeting between the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and senior council officials.
When completed there will be space for 50 pegs all in the council-owned O'Rourke's coal yard which is a secure site where anglers can park behind their peg.
Watch this space for further updates.
Weather conditions were great for the Culdaff SAC Open Shore competition with over 400 counting fish caught on the day by 38 anglers.
The Loughs Agency donated the prizes and McGuinness' Bar, Culdaff, supplied very welcome warming soup and sandwiches afterwards at the prize giving.
Top rod was Nicholas McNeill with 38 fish for 771 points.
The Zone A winner was Tommy Curran, 30 fish, 588 points; Zone B, Harry McKee, 23 fish, 474 points; and Zone C, William Weir, 15 fish for 313 points.
Kyle Ball was the junior winner with Matthew Williamson runner-up.
Janet Snoddy won the ladies competition with Lisa Gormley second while the longest flatfish was taken by Liam O'Connor and the longest round fish by Tommy Curran.
Waters of the week
There were some great catches at the Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, where Steven Allison enjoyed great sport, landing 30 trout to over 4lbs on lures.
Martin Allen banked 27 to 3lbs plus on Buzzers, nymphs and lures; Chris Martin bagged 24 on Zonkers, Montana's and lures; while Sandy Dornan also grassed 24 to over 5lbs on the Weed fly.
David Walker landed 22; Pawal Sincia caught 19 to 5lbs plus; Tommy McCrubb landed 18 to over 4lbs on the Weed; and Simon Holmes, also on the Weed, bagged 10.
Colin McQuigan took 15 on lures; Davy Couples had 14 on Yellow Dancers, Bloodworm and Cats Whiskers; Tommy McFadden landed 16 to over 6lbs on Damsels and lures; while Tommy Wharry caught 14 on black Nomads and black and green Buzzers.
John Hughes bagged a dozen on lures; Jason Parks landed 14 to 4lbs plus and a tagged fish worth £25; and Jim Simpson caught 10 on black Nomads and black and orange Buzzers.
Water levels have fallen by around 18 inches on Lough Ramor, Co Cavan.
Matches of the week
A great day was had by all who took part in the Omagh Angling Forum's charity competition at Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin where over 150 trout were caught.
Cahir McGovern banked the top catch with 19 fish and won £50 sponsored by Neechy Donnelly, a fishing seat sponsored by Bridge Guns and Tackle and a free day's fishing at Birchwood.
The runner-up with the heaviest trout of the day at 5lb 9ozs was Mark Tierney, while third was Gary Maguire with 16 trout.
O' Casey's Pike Angling Club held the penultimate heat of it's 2014 league in Co Monaghan.
Twenty seven pike were caught with Eddie McGuirk tempting 10 to his net for a winning weight of 26Ib 8ozs.
Eddie also landed the heaviest fish of the day at 6lb 7ozs, second was Mickey Doherty with four for 11lb 4ozs and third was David Devlin with a brace for 6Ib 10ozs.
David Dennis now leads the table going into the final heat with 16 points.