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Golfer O'Meara masters Moy to land seven salmon

By Vic Thomas

Published 25/07/2015

Pair of aces: Mark O'Meara and Sean McManmon with four of their seven fly-caught Ridge Pool salmon
Pair of aces: Mark O'Meara and Sean McManmon with four of their seven fly-caught Ridge Pool salmon

Top golfer Mark O'Meara - Masters and Open champion in 1998 - also has the magic touch when it comes to fishing.

O'Meara, fishing on the Moy system's Ridge Pool with Sean McManmon, enjoyed a great day's fly fishing landing seven salmon.

The Moy system saw its best week of the season so far with over 650 salmon reported.

The best of the fishing was again in the tidal section of the river and around and above Foxford town.

However, the fisheries along the middle section also reported a slight increase in catch numbers.

John Ryan from Tipperary won the Ballina Salmon Festival Heritage Day Prize for heaviest fish (national angler), while Scottish angler James Campbell scooped the trophy for heaviest fish caught by a visiting angler. Both trophies were sponsored by Mayo Shore Angling Club.

At the Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, strong winds, heavy rain, sunshine, and cold evenings greeted anglers but the sport was still mighty.

Top rod was James Harper with 30 trout including a rainbow of 10lb, a brace at over 6lbs and three at 5lb plus.

Ciaran Cassidy tempted 18 to over 6lb on dries; William Johnson bagged 20 to 7lb on lures; Steven Slone caught 18 to over 6lb and Ciaran McLaverty landed 19 with one at 7lb.

Andy Maquire bagged 30 during a couple of visits including a great fish of 9lb and a brace of eight pounders; Uel Stewart banked 18 to over 6ls on lures and Jimmy Irvine tempted 11 to 6lb plus on a Bloodworm pattern. Pat Rooney lured 11 including three at over 6lb and John Dixon landed five crackers including a magnificent rainbow of 12lb 3oz, one at 6lb, a brace at 5lb and one at 3lb plus all on Buzzers.

Irish take second place in Five Nations Fly Fishing competition

Ireland have finished as runners up in the Five Nations International Fly Fishing Championships.

The event took place on the Upper Blackwater catchment in the Cork and Kerry area.

Team Scotland held off a gallant Irish team in the fourth and final session to claim the title.

But a huge effort by the Irish team pushed them right down to the wire while Belgium held off reigning champions England to land the bronze medal.

The individual gold went to England’s Ben Bangham with Ireland’s John Buckley banking silver and Scotland’s Derick Logan taking bronze.

The Longest Fish award was shared by three Irish anglers; Mark Clelland, Harvey Hutchinson and Michael Twohig.

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