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Ireland are out to net a stunning World success

By Vic Thomas

Published 20/02/2016

Perfect 10: Craigavon angler John Gallagher shows off his Drowes 10 pounder
Perfect 10: Craigavon angler John Gallagher shows off his Drowes 10 pounder

The National Coarse Fishing Federation have named the Garbolino Team Ireland Feeder Squad for the World Championships in Serbia in June.

Michael Buchwalder, Nigel Houldsworth, Cathal Hughes, Philip Jackson, Paul Leese and Francis McGoldrick have all earned a seat on the plane.

Team Manager Brenton Sweeney said: "There is just one change from last year which I hope will see us put in a strong performance.

"I am delighted to welcome Michael Buchwalder whose Irish parentage qualifies him and we welcome his decision to fish for Ireland.

"I'm also pleased that Richard Pratt, a member of the silver medal winning squad in 2014, will remain on the panel and support the team.

"In order to coach these anglers I have formed the panel which will support the squad at the championships, at home in practice and at other events, further developing their skills".

The support panel anglers are Dara Finnegan, Ballyhaunis AC; Shamie Winters, Ballybay AA; Steven Whyte, Carrickmacross AC; Graeme Gannon, Ballybay AA; Romantas Rinantas Kondrackas, Go and Catch Feeder Club; Johnny McKinley, Lurgan CAC; and Richard Pratt, Gowna AC.

The Northern Ireland Fly Fishing Association are staging a heat of the IB World Bank Masters next Saturday at Dungannon Park Lake.

This event is open to all anglers and not just NIFFA members. There is a £30 entry fee plus a fishery fee of £10.50 but each angler will receive a goody bag worth £50.

More details can be found on the NIFFA Facebook page.

Match of week

With the Lower Bann still closed, the latest round of the East Belfast CAC Winter League decamped to Enagh Lough, Caledon.

Most chose to fish the long pole short line method although a few feeders were set up as back-up.

From the first chuck it was apparent that there were fish to be caught but at the lower pegs there were lots of fish but these only averaged around 20gms, while on the higher numbered pegs there were fewer fish but they averaged around 35gms.

Derek Buckley found quantity and quality on peg 21 to land 133 roach for an excellent 5.190kgs to finish ahead of Raymond Hamilton who banked 60 fish but included in his catch several larger feeder caught roach for 3.350kgs.

Robert Buick landed 80 fish for 3.000kgs and third place.

The difference in fish quality was shown by fourth placed John Taggart who had 113 fish on peg nine but only managed to weigh in 2.850Kgs.

With just two matches to go, Derek holds a slender one point lead over Robert on 41 points with John third on 50 points.

Water of week

Robert Paul landed 18 trout to over 4lbs on yellow cats whiskers and black lures at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown.

Rab McCurry grassed 14 to 6lbs plus on lures while Andy McClelland banked 22 to over 4lbs during two sessions casting lures, bloodworm, buzzers and hares ear nymphs.

William Kinnard tempted 11 to over 5lbs; Brian Busby also caught 11, on wooly buggers; Colin Kenny bagged a bakers dozen on green bloodworms; and Jason Jones took 12 to almost 6lbs on bloodworms and nymphs.

Michael Wilson had 11 including a seven pounder on lures; Jack McMillan landed 13 to 6lbs on lures; John Dickson banked nine on lures; and David Cunningham took eight.

Tommy Wharry, Thomas Taylor and John Carson caught seven on damsels, bloodworm and cats whiskers.

Jonny McNeill and Andy McClelland both landed sets of doubles.

On the River Drowes, John Gallagher from Craigavon grassed a nice fresh run fish of 10lbs on a black and orange devon minnow from the Crooked Hole.

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