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Birchwood reigns with 700 fish in five days

Rod And Line

By Vic Thomas

At the Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, some showers and bright sunshine meant fishing was difficult at times, but an eventful five days still resulted in a fantastic 710 fish caught.

Keith Irwin was top rod with a bag of 30 trout and he was followed closely by Ricardas Trainauskas with 27 fish, including one at 8lbs.

Other good catches were landed by Mark McGoldrick with 23 fish; Benny McGoldrick, 21 fish and Raymond Black who bagged 16, including a beauty at 9lbs.

Mark Wilson and Ashley Wilkin both grassed 14 trout and Terry Morrison enjoyed a super session, banking a terrific fish which tipped the scales at 14lbs plus a tagged trout worth £25!

  • The Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs 2017 Open Pairs competition has been won by Sean Markey and Ronan Murray with a bag of 21 pike for a winning weight of 69lb 6ozs!

Twenty pairs took part in the competition on the River Suck where lots of jack pike were caught with the biggest being a fish of 8lbs landed by Dave Murphy. Jody Kiernan and John Sheenan were the runners up with 23 pike for 60lb 15ozs with Jody landing the individual biggest bag of 16 fish for 47lbs. Robbie McShane and Terry Kane banked 14 pike for 43lb 15ozs to take third place.

  • Coming up for pike anglers is an Open Competition on the River Finn, organised by Scotshouse Pike Anglers Club on Sunday, August 6.

Check-in is at the Round Tower Pub in Clones from 9.30am for fishing from 11am until 4.00pm. For further information and bookings, phone Diarmuid at 00 353 870633621.

  • Ulster's Stephen Coulter emerged as top rod in a tough day's fishing for 28 young anglers in the Trout Angling Federation of Ireland Youth Interprovincial Qualifier on Lough Owel.

Donegal's Owenea River has been very quiet as water levels have been poor. During the low water period only three salmon were registered. Tommy Corr recorded a 3lb grilse, caught and released from Beat 9 on a spinner and then next day reported a further grilse weighing 6lbs, also from Beat 9 on a spinner. Michael McCrory then accounted for the only other fish banked, a nice salmon of 8lb 8ozs which he tempted on fly from Beat 8.

Water levels have also been very low on the River Drowes but, with a good run of grilse in progress, an average of six fish a day have been grassed.

Columba Fitzpatrick bagged a brace of grilse weighing 2lb 8ozs and 3lbs on worm from the Upper Mill Pool; Brian Donovan reported a 5lb grilse caught on fly from Scott's Corner and Harry Lloyd logged a 3lb 8oz grilse caught on fly from the Sea Pools.

Robert Heron then registered a 3lb grilse caught on fly also from the Sea Pools and Jose Maguiera accounted for two grilse both weighing 3lbs caught on prawn and fly from the Black Hole.

Hopefully the recent heavy rain will equate to a much needed rise in water levels and improved fishing on the Drowes.

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