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Craigmore comes in from cold with some cracking catches

By Vic Thomas

At Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, everyone was glad to see the end of freezing winter conditions, leading to some great catches and cracking fish.

Peter Alexander hit it right when he landed 23 to over 5lbs on mixed patterns; Davy Cupples and Patrick McEleney both caught 13 on yellow, black and green lures; Shane McEleney banked 15, including one at 5lbs plus and a brace of four pounders and Colin Beggs tempted a cracking fish of 7lb 8ozs on a white lure.

Michael Kirkson grassed 13 to over 6lbs on black lures; John Black took 11 to 4lbs on nymphs and lures; William Kinnard landed eight to 4lbs on Nomads; Jim Magill grassed seven on Damsels and Spiders; Michael Smyth took one at 6lbs on a black and green lure and Joe O'Neill really bagged up, landing 22 including the best trout of the week at 10lb 14ozs on a peach coloured Weed Fly.

Craigmore has now started Fly Tying evenings each Friday from 5.00pm. No professionals are in attendance, just beginners and accomplished anglers sharing tips and patterns. This is free to anyone fishing on a Friday or £5 for just the fly tying, but remember to bring your own vice and materials.

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A cold snap and some melt water had an effect on the sixth round of the East Belfast Coarse Angling Club Winter League at Portglenone.

Nevertheless conditions on the day were very good with just 0.3m of extra water in the river giving a nice flow and the average weight of 9Kgs per angler reflected this.

As with other recent matches, the feeder has taken a back seat with the pole anglers coming to the fore. Gary Cummings drew well on peg 87 and fished eight metre and six metre poles to hand with six and eight gram floats to land 130 roach for 12.640Kgs. Second was local expert Derek Buckley on peg 42 who also fished pole to hand for 12.500Kgs and third was Raymond Hamilton on peg 83, fishing eight metres to hand for 10.750Kgs.

Going into round seven, John Taggart leads the League with 22pts and a total weight of 49.590Kgs from Derek Buckley on 32pts and 48.570Kgs with Aaron Hutchman third on 37pts and 43.000Kgs; Robert Buick is fourth, 41pts and 41.430Kgs and completing the top five is Aaron Hutchman with 44pts and 43.305Kgs.

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The Ulster Angling Council has announced the Trout Angler Federation of Ireland Tafi Ulster competition dates for 2017.

The Senior River event will take place on the Quiggery River near Fintona, Co Tyrone on Sunday, April 30; Senior Lakes is on The Rosses, Co Donegal, on Saturday May 6; Senior Bank is at Woodford Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus on Sunday, October 15h; Junior River is on the Quiggery River on Sunday, April 16 and the Junior Bank competition is on Loughmacrory, Co Tyrone on Sunday, July 2.

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As Senior Float Team manager Vincent Walsh looks forward to his first full year in the role, he would like to hear from anglers who may be interested in joining one of the teams travelling to take part in competitions this year.

These include European Championships, in Italy on May 20-21; World Championships, in Belgium on September 9-10 and the Home Internationals, in Scotland, on an October date to be confirmed.

The teams are sponsored by Tubertini UK along with Van Den Eynde and Irish Bait and Tackle and competitors receive funding from the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland towards their travel expenses.

Vincent invites interested anglers to complete an application form found at www.ncffi.ie/international/senior-team-ireland by January 31 or to contact him on 00 353 87 256 3669; e-mail vwalsh@mjflood.ie.

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