Bell and Best make a big noise at Dungannon Park Lake
Dungannon Park Lake's annual Pairs Boat competition has been won by Robert Bell and George Best.
The duo banked the trophy for the first time with a winning six-fish bag which tipped the scales at 13lb 2oz.
Robert Allen won the Singles Bank competition with a three-fish bag of trout which weighed in at 6lb 4oz.
The second of the big Easter Festivals on Lough Muckno saw Steve Harwood and Rory O'Neill contest a nail-biting finish with just over one kilo separating them.
Having had an indifferent draw on peg 121 at White Island on the last day, Harwood knew O'Neill had drawn his favourite section at Black Island and would surely land 6kg-plus.
O'Neill tied with Seamus Winters for top weight of the day on 6.4kg while Harwood landed 6.325kg, 75g less. When added to previous weights, it was enough for Harwood to lift the title.
There was a €4,800 prize fund, which included all entries, all optional pools and sponsorship.
Overall top five, total weights and winnings: 1st Steve Harwood 26.1kg, €1,000 plus pools and sections; 2nd Rory O'Neill 24.7kg, €750 plus pools and sections; 3rd Mick Smith 20.77kg, €500 plus pools and sections; 4th Conor Browne 19.225kg, €350 plus pools and sections; 5th Derek Buckley 18.525kg, €150 plus pools and sections.
Despite a strong breeze, plenty of trout were still landed at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, where there was a good hatch of Hawthorn flies.
Thomas Taylor banked 46 trout on olive coloured CDCs and Shipman buzzers, Sandy Dorrian netted 41 on the Weed fly, Robin Hamill grassed 27 to almost 6lbs on lures and the Weed fly, Jim Magill tempted two dozen to 5lbs on dries and Andy Mcclelland caught 30 on a Bomber.
Pete McIlwaine landed 22 on CDCs, buzzers and dries while Davy Hayes took 27 on buzzers, Bob Weir grassed 26 on buzzers and the Weed fly and Colin Montgomery had 20 on buzzers.
Mervin Montgomery landed two dozen including three double hookups, David Moore bagged 32 including a nice brownie, Billy Todd caught 22 to 5lbs on Black Gnats and Spiders while Derek Vance netted 20 on buzzers and dries.
Jonathan Murray and Steven Coulter both banked 20 fish while Stephen Best had 39 over two visits casting buzzers and dries.
Denis McIlroy tempted 19 to 5lbs on Montanas and Uel Stewart grassed 16 on buzzers.
The warm weather ensured a great turnout of Banbridge Angling Club members on the water for The Jos Willis Cups, but unfortunately the fish didn’t follow suit.
The juveniles all fished hard and Sam Curran must have covered every blade of grass on the Newcastle side but eventually it paid off when he landed a rainbow of 1.8lb with just 20 minutes left, the only fish caught in the juvenile event.
The adults were much the same with fish being hard to catch.
However, Roger McClements banked the Cup with a nice rainbow of 3.2lb, Dan Tumilty was second with a fish of 2.9lb and third was David McCandless with a trout of 2.8lb.
Prior to these events, the Club’s juniors had fished for the Percy trophy. On the day, there was quite a cold blustery wind blowing but this did not put the youngsters off and most of them landed fish.
The winner was Joshua Quarley with 1.514kg, second was Adam Morrow with 1.466kg and third was Daniel Dynes with 1.232kg.
- Vic Thomas with your weekly look at who’s making a big splash in the angling world. Contact us with your news at firstname.lastname@example.org