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Gary and Keith follow the rainbow to success

Rod and Line

By Vic Thomas

A fantastic week at Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, produced an amazing total of 623 trout despite some inclement weather.

Gary Maguire and Keith Kilburn were the joint top rods with 34 fish each. Gary had a nice rainbow of 9lbs while Keith had one at 8lb 3ozs.

Alban Norrby landed 33 fish to 9lbs; Eamon McGee bagged 28 to 11lb 8ozs; Pat McDevitt banked 27 to 8lbs; and Jason McClean tempted 25 to 9lbs.

Sean Wallace grassed 23; Paddy Donnelly caught 22 including a super rainbow of 14lbs; and Marty Farren landed a new personal best catch of 20 fish including a tagged trout worth £25.

Colin McNiffe netted 20; Matt McClean took 16 to 9lbs; and Jimmy Kelly landed 15 including two brutes at 14lbs and 9lbs.

Jimmy O'Connor banked 15 to 9lbs; Sean McGuinness caught a dozen to 12lbs; Eamon Boyle banked nine to 8lb 8ozs; and Tisse Thisara Siriwardena had one at 8lbs.

Meanwhile, at the Glenkeen Fishery, Aughnacloy, Stuart Blair lost count at over 30 fish; David Allison banked 25 on the fly; and Julius Zaluba and friend caught and released 30 fishing pop up baits.

Glenkeen is holding a competition on Saturday, March 25 on the newly restocked and weeded Spinning Lake with a guaranteed top prize of £100. Fishing is from 10am until 2.30pm and there will also be spot prizes and prizes for second and third.

Single barbless hooks, forceps and landing nets are compulsory. Each angler will change peg every half hour and the entry fee is £20.

  • Eleven salmon have been landed during the past fortnight from the River Drowes and anglers have reported a number of fresh fish running the river.

Among the successful anglers was Joe Broderick who banked the best fish at 10lb 8ozs on a black Flying 'C' lure from the Stoppage.

Paul McDonagher recorded a 6lb salmon caught and released on fly from the Eel Weir; Patrick O'Malley reported a fish of 8lb 8ozs taken on prawn from the Mill Pool; Marty King accounted for a 9lb salmon caught on prawn from the Blackwater; and Martin McCarron grassed a 10 pounder on a Rapala lure. Marty O'Hara bagged a 10 pounder and another fish at 9lbs on a Yellow Belly Devon Minnow.

  • It was back to the unpredictable mixed bag of weather at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, but there were a lot of trout moving on the surface.

Martin Allen did well during an afternoon session, landing 43 trout to over 6lbs on very small buzzers and very large lures.

Peter Alexander also enjoyed good sport bagging 35 fish to 6lbs on lures; Tommy McGrath tempted 11 to 5lbs plus on lures; Jason Black grassed 17 to 7lbs on small buzzers; and Clark Jones banked 16 on nymphs and buzzers.

Davy Cupples caught eight to over 6lbs on a black and yellow buzzer; David Moore took a bakers dozen to 6lbs plus on black lures; and Stephen Best tempted seven to 4lbs plus, surface fishing a size 18 Griffiths Gnat.

The Cathedral City Pike Club are holding a charity competition - in aid of the fight against Prostate Cancer - on Loughgall Country Park Lake on Sunday, April 9.

The entry fee is £15. This is a pay on the day event but this may change dependent on numbers.

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