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Fergal Ernes All-Ireland success in thrilling fashion

By Vic Thomas

Published 01/08/2015

Catch of the day: Fergal Smith (left) and Mary Tigwell receive their NCFFI All-Ireland Championship trophies at Killeshandra, Co Cavan
Catch of the day: Fergal Smith (left) and Mary Tigwell receive their NCFFI All-Ireland Championship trophies at Killeshandra, Co Cavan

Fergal Smith of Erne Anglers has won the NCFFI All-Ireland Championship in dramatic style at Killeshandra, Co Cavan, getting the better of 114 other anglers.

Fergal landed a superb 11Kgs, just 200gms ahead of runner-up Cathal Hughes of Lurgan CAC in what was a hard-fought contest.

Brian Nesbitt, Lee Symonds, Baz Smith and Piotr Horbinski rounded off the top six.

Meanwhile Mary Tigwell, from Lakelands Angling Ballinamore, retained her All-Ireland ladies title with a total weight of 6.300Kgs.

Runner-up was Emma McMahon, 3.820Kgs; third, Sheila Bromley, 1.100Kgs; fourth, Kath Huthwaite, 700gms; and fifth, Roisin Finchett 560gms.

Water of the Week

Game anglers at Carnroe on the Lower Bann have been catching good bags on a daily basis for over two weeks now and even though a fair quantity of salmon are running through the beats, there are more coming in to take their place.

The summer salmon have arrived to mix with the grilse and these are good lumps of fish, real good big sea liced fish.

Upriver, the Movanagher and Portna Beats are also getting their fair share of fish with Movanagher in particular doing well and over 2000 fish have passed through the counter at Portna to date.

Willie Darragh bagged a brace on the Risk Beat on prawn.

Adrian McIlmoyle landed a 5lb grilse on prawn, Tom Heasley grassed the heaviest fish of the day at 8lbs on fly and two others on prawn from the Slope while Bertie Hanna landed four to 5lbs on fly and prawn.

Ian Ramsey tempted three to 7lbs on fly and prawn and Harry Given grassed one at 5lbs from the Slope on prawn.

John Gillan landed a couple of good nine pounders. Eddie Fry managed a brace to 6lbs, Willie Darragh had nice grilse on the fly and Robert Benson had a 6lb fish from the Slope.

Michael Maxwell and David Stamford landed three fish with the former getting a brace to 10lbs on the fly while the latter landed a seven pounder also on the fly.

Dessie Mills had a total of four fish to 7lbs on fly and prawn.

Richard Lusty had one of those magical days, taking six fish to 6lbs on fly and prawn, while Paul Wilson bagged a brace to 7lbs on fly.

William Holmes banked five to 8lbs on fly and Geoff Wilson, fishing the prawn, landed three to 6lbs.

Club of the Week

Lurgan Coarse Angling Club — in conjunction with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon District Council — are providing free coaching sessions for local juniors aged over 10 years at the fabulous Craigavon Lakes facility.

The afternoon sessions will run for three hours daily from Monday, August 3 to Friday, August 7 (1.30pm to 4.30pm).

The juniors will be supervised by certified coaches on the bank. Safety equipment and all fishing tackle will be provided. The sessions are for all abilities, but especially for those who have never fished.

For further information contact Lurgan Coarse Anglers via their Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the Irish Angling Development Alliance’s Irish Open Junior Championships will take place next Saturday on Lough Muckno.

For further information telephone 087 2405317.

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