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Clíodhna weighs in with her best ever catch to win junior award

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By Vic Thomas

Clíodhna McKenna completely blew her personal best record out of the water when she landed a beautiful 15lb 15oz pike during Keady and District Anglers junior section day out at Lough Muckno.

Baiting up with a joey (small) mackerel hard on the lough floor, Clíodhna was easily the winner on a day when the fishing was hard.

Club Secretary David McGuinness commented: "There was more eating done than fish getting caught but the craic was good."

Darren Maguire, a member of the Garrison Club, Co Fermanagh, has won the 84th Irish Trout Fly Fishing Association National Angling Championship at his first attempt.

The competition was fished from 10am until 6pm on Lough Owel, Mullingar, where there were moderate winds and light but incessant rain for the duration of the event. A total of 125 anglers and 63 boatmen took part with the lake fishing well for some but it was a struggle for most of the anglers.

Darren boated the top honours with a terrific bag of five trout for 6lb 11.8ozs.

Michael Callaghan won the Deacy Cup for the heaviest trout at 3lbs 2.4ozs and Orla Walsh won the McBride Cup as top lady angler with two trout for 3lb 12.4ozs.

  • Great numbers of fish and a lot of big trout were banked this week at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown.

Gary Rock had an exceptional session, grassing an amazing 62 fish to 7lbs, all on Shipman Buzzers; Davy Hayes bagged 27 to 7lbs on dries; Bob Weir landed 26 on dries and Sean Smith caught 23 during a two hour session casting Skinny Buzzers.

Tommy Wharry tempted 21 on orange bead Damsels and Shipmans; Jim Simpson took 16 on damsels and buzzers; Mike Nicholl banked 18 to 7lbs on buzzers and Derek Hamilton tempted fifteen on Blobs including, a brace of seven pounders!

David Lilley grassed fifteen on buzzers; Gordon Wilson banked nine on blobs including a great fish at 10lbs; Ricky Stewart landed 13 on buzzers and dries; Rab McCurrie took a dozen to 6lbs on dries and Stephen Best caught 26 to over 6lbs on damsels. Andy Maguire bagged 40 to 6lbs on dries, buzzers and spiders; Davy Cupples took 11 to 6lbs on small nymphs; Alan Strain grassed 21 to 5lbs plus on orange lures and Shipmans and Shane Douglas bagged the best trout of the week on a Shuttlecock. His big fish tipped the scales at a magnificent 12lbs!

  • We've all heard people say they'd love to try fishing, so if you really want to give it a go, get along to the free coarse fishing evening taster sessions for all ages at Dungannon Park Lake.

These will be held every Friday in July from 6.30pm until 8.30pm with each session lasting 25 minutes. All equipment will be supplied and under 10's must be accompanied by an adult. Book a slot through Parks Services on 028 87 728690 or email parks@midulstercouncil.org

With plenty of midges around at the Cashel Fishery, Dungiven, anglers were in their element with the trout feeding really close to the surface and dry fly patterns doing the business.

Londonderry's Jim Hasson cauht and released 20 trout on dries and nymphs; local men Martin Bradley and John Hasson caught and released three and eight respectively on Shuttlecock buzzers.

Derry's Ivor Smyth and grandson Lucas caught and released three trout and Andrew Logan, Dungiven, released four fish casting a small white lure.

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