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Barry on cloud nine after superb Ulster title triumph

By Vic Thomas

Published 21/11/2015

Net gain: Johnny McKinley after winning the Lurgan Coarse Angling Club match on Enagh Lough
Net gain: Johnny McKinley after winning the Lurgan Coarse Angling Club match on Enagh Lough

Barry Quinn emerged as top rod in the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland's Ulster Stillwater Bank Championships at Woodford Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus.

Quinn had a good bag of nine trout, while runner-up Brian Kerr had seven fish.

Third was Mark Carisle, six fish; fourth, Campbell Baird, six fish; fifth, Harry McAteer, five fish; and sixth, Harry J McAteer four fish.

These six plus reserve Des McCullough, who had four fish, now go through to form the Ulster team for the Inter-provincial Championships.

The November qualifying competition of the 2015/16 National Pike Championships has been held on a lake near Mohill, County Leitrim.

Thirty seven pikers landed a total of 60 pike, with the heaviest tipping the scales at 9lb 7ozs.

Graham Reilly finished as top rod with seven pike for 30lb 6ozs; second, Tucker McCabe, seven for 21lb 3ozs; third, Shane Fisher, five for 20lbs; fourth, Jerome Fisher, four for 19lb 13ozs; fifth, Paddy Dimbylow, four for 17lb 4ozs; and sixth, Ibar Condron, three for 12lb 12ozs. These six go through to the Grand Final in April.

The winner will become the 2016 National Pike Champion and captain the top 10 anglers in an International Team Challenge against Great Britain.

Water of week

Surprisingly, despite storms and cold temperatures, the majority of fish caught at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown this week were taken on dry flies.

Jonny McNeill was the top rod, bagging a terrific catch of 36 trout to over 5lbs on the Weed fly.

Jim Magill also enjoyed great sport landing 25 fish to 7lbs plus on Spiders; Tim Dogherty caught a bakers dozen to almost 6lbs on Griffith Gnats and F flies; Jimmy Irvine tempted 19 to 7lbs on Damsels; and Gunther Schiefter grassed 20 to 6lbs.

Jamie Craine banked 12 to over 6lbs; Davy Couples took 14, including a brace at 6lbs; and Alan Temple tempted 15 to 5lbs on mixed dries.

Billy Hazalett had 20 to over 6lbs; Jeff Davidson landed 14 to 5lb 8ozs on dries; Tommy Wharry netted 11 to over 5lbs on dries; Alan Wallace bagged 18 on lures; and John Hughes took 13, also on lures.

James Harper caught eight to 5lbs on dries; Andy Glen tempted nine on Black Pennells and Shuttlecocks; Tony Cooper grassed eight to over 5lbs on lures; Mark Goudy banked 11 including three at 6lbs plus and one at 7lbs; and Andrew Hadden landed a dozen to 5lb 8ozs on lures.

Match of week

Lots of small fish were landed on pole and whip tactics during the latest Lurgan Coarse Angling Club match held on Enagh Lough near Caledon.

Johnny McKinley won from Peg8 with a bag weighing in at5.520Kgs. Second was Jim McAllister, Peg6 4.050Kgs; third, Paul Heaney 3.720Kgs Peg9; fourth, John Walker 3.470Kgs Peg 3 and fifth was Stevie Wright with 3.040Kgs from Peg4.

The Irish Angling Development Association reports that Stage Three of Lough Muckno Matches and Festivals Winter League was fished on Concra Wood Upper.

Contrary to expectations and very high water levels, the venue fished very well and evenly in typical November weather of gusting winds and squalling rain.

Alan Larkin is now the man to catch, winning the day with 4.440Kgs of fish caught on the pole.

Mid field weights of over 3Kgs were netted in all sections.

Niall Mazureck was runner up with 3.440Kgs; third, Neil Holdsworth 3110Kgs.

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