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Coffee perks up to lift Pike crown and earn role of Ireland skipper

Rod & Line

By Vic Thomas

Tommy Coffee is the new National Pike champion after winning the title with a great catch of 15 fish for 62lb 14oz, including a brace of good pike at 14lb 8oz and 10lb 6oz.

The 29th Championship Final was held on a 10-mile stretch of river in County Roscommon where the 55 qualifiers banked a grand total of 380 pike.

However, fishing was pretty patchy with some usual hotspots not producing much. That said, some anglers caught steadily throughout the day and the best pike at 15lb 9oz was landed by Frank Leonard.

Coffee will now captain the top 10 anglers who will form the Irish team to fish against Great Britain in England in a two-day match in October.

The other top-10 finishers were: Jody Kiernan, 27 pike for 54lb 14oz; Paul Reynolds, 21 pike for 50lb 3oz; Rodney Gaynor, 15 pike for 45lb 4oz; Willie Heasley, 12 pike for 44lb 12oz; Mark Kiernan, 18 pike for 44lb 3oz; Pat Gorman, 11 pike for 42lb 9oz; Tucker McCabe, 12 pike for 41lb 5oz; Sean Dimbylow, 14 pike for 37lb 1oz; and Ronan Murray, 10 pike 33lb for 2oz.

The reserve for the international match will be Fran Crosbie, nine pike for 31lb 10oz.

  • Large Danish Blue trout have been stocked at the Cashel Fishery, Dungiven, and anglers have been quite successful in catching these fierce fighters with small sized flies.

Local angler Martin Bradley, released five beauties which took small nymphs; Jim Hasson, Londonderry, released five rainbows on a Gold Head Damsel and Eamon, Ciaran and Brian Kelly from Derry bagged two fish each for home. Their trout averaged 3lbs each and fell to a small black gold head and orange and green Fritz. Sean Kearney, Glenullin, bagged three trout for 8lbs on a green Octopus; Dungiven’s Andrew Logan released ten trout over a couple of short days casting a Gold Head Hare’s Ear Nymph and Belfast anglers, Ivan Thompson, Jim Patterson, Willie Kirk, Robbie McFarland and Thomas McCutcheon grassed twelve Danish Blues and rainbows using small Ace of Spades, Olive Zonkers and white and pink lures.

It’s been another busy week at Duncrun Fishing Lakes, near Limavady, where despite the   weather, small dry, buzzer, damsel patterns and worms have all been tempting the trout.

Greg Nicholas was the top rod banking a fantastic eighty two fish to 5lbs during his session. David Robinson grassed fifty six; Stephen Smith bagged thirty eight and Greg Nicholas landed thirty seven including a tagged trout. Gordon Robinson tempted twenty one to 6lbs; Ken Foster grassed twenty seven and Trevor Norris banked twenty three including another tagged fish.

  • Well done to Cheryl James who banked first place in the Teggart Memorial Fly Fishing Comp at Islandderry Fishery, Dromore, which raised £400 for Cystic Fibrosis.

Cheryl took top spot with a three fish catch of 11lb 13ozs, Paul Brown was second and Sean Gibson third. Meanwhile first place in Bait Competition fell to the rod of Kevin Hall with David Teggart runner up.

The opening round of Lurgan Coarse Angling Club’s Angler of the Year competition took place on Yellow Island, Lough Muckno. With flat calm conditions and the temperature dropping to near freezing the night before, so fishing proved difficult.

Thankfully, in the end everyone had a few fish with some bonus hybrids and big perch showing along the stretch. Top weight on the day was landed by Phillip Jackson with 6.050Kgs all caught on the long pole from section 194-203. Johnny McKinley was second with 4.600Kgs and Johnny Keith won the other section 211-220 on the feeder with some massive perch adding to his haul.

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