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Ireland's call for local anglers to battle England

By Vic Thomas

Published 27/08/2016

Nice catch: Brian McAvinny from Monaghan was a happy man after boating this superb Lough Sheelin beauty
Nice catch: Brian McAvinny from Monaghan was a happy man after boating this superb Lough Sheelin beauty

There is still a chance to fish for Ireland in October’s big showdown against England as the closing date for applications for the 2016 Home Internationals has been put back to September 8.

International team manager Vincent Walsh has extended the application time for those interested in fishing on the team of seven, consisting of a maximum of three internationals and including at least two anglers under 25 years of age.

England are the hosts with the match taking place on the River Severn on Shrewsbury Town Waters.

Practice days will be October 26 and 27 with the match days October 28 and 29.

If more than 30 applications are received the team manager will organise two qualifiers — no entry fee required — to look at all those anglers who apply.

Regulations also allow the inclusion of one foreign national on the international team and all other members must hold an Irish or UK/NI passport.

The application fee of €40 will contribute to team costs.

To book a place contact Vincent on 087 256 3669 or e-mail

Meanwhile Garmin, global leader in satellite navigation, has announced its support for this year’s Rosslare Small Boats Festival — one of the most prestigious small boat fishing festivals in Europe — which runs from September 10 to 17 across the south east coast of Ireland.

The festival started in 1985 with five boats. This year will see 45 boats and 138 anglers from all over the UK and Ireland.

Festival chair John Belger said: “Garmin products are very popular with small boat fishing enthusiasts so it is a real coup to have such a well-respected brand on board. We are also extremely proud of our association with DAIWA Sports, Sea Angler Magazine, Inland Fisheries Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Wexford Council and IPB Insurance.”

Fishing at Lough Sheelin

THE fishing on Lough Sheelin has been very good with the heaviest trout an impressive fish of over 8lbs caught by Navan angler Christopher Defillon using a sedge pattern.

The trout were continually on the move, rising and following flies.

The wind was a decisive factor as to how the feeding trout behaved.

Areas that fished best were the Long Rock, Lynch’s Pt, around Church Island, Chambers, Stony, Merry Pt and from Derrysheridan down into the Bog Bay.

The total number of trout recorded was 128.

Lough Sheelin Trout Protection Association will host their annual Stream Rehabilitation Competition starting at Kilnahard on Sunday, October 2 (11.00am to 6.00pm).

For details contact Eamonn Ross on 086 6619834/049 9526602 or Thomas Lynch on 087 9132033.


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