Local anglers are banking on success at World level
The anglers who will represent Ireland at the 14th World Bank Fishing Championships on the River Poprad in Slovakia next month have been announced by the National Coarse Fishing Federation.
The team was chosen through a process of qualifiers on the River Cusher, Co Armagh, which replicated the conditions to be expected in Slovakia.
The International Lure Angling Bank Squad are captain Tomasz Kurman and Jacek Gorny, both Galway, Colin Rutherford, Lindsay McFadden, Andrew Powell and Steven Powell (delegate), all Armagh, plus David Dennis (reserve) from Louth.
International Predator team captain Kurman said: "I am pleased to say that after a tough qualification process on a flooded and very fast flowing River Cusher we were able to form a strong motivated team, eager to make their mark on the world stage against the best lure anglers in the world."
Meanwhile, 15 teams from all over Ireland will contest the Ulster Open Canal Pairs Championship on Sunday, April 24.
The big event, hosted by Newry Coarse Fish Angling Club on their local canal, will see the draw for pegs take place at 9am sharp with fishing from 11am until 4pm.
With the quantity of small fish in the Newry Canal at present, the action should be fast and furious and the sport mighty.
It should be a great day's fishing.
Water of Week
The Ignatius Burke Perpetual Cup two-day event on Lough Mask was attended by 104 anglers from across the country with a grand total of 364 trout weighed in.
Alan Hough, Loughrea, Galway, was the winner with four trout for 9.62lbs.
Second was Nigel Greene, Fermanagh, with six for 7.88lbs, and third was Ronan Gibbons, Westport, with six for 7.86lbs.
Alan also had the heaviest fish which weighed 1.69kgs, while Ann McWilliams from Kanturk won the best lady angler with six for 7.08lbs.
Outside of competition, John Joe O’Sullivan, Fermoy, reported five fish to 2lbs for his day; Kevin Egan and his brother Michael tempted six keepers to 1.75lbs on wets; and Ronan Cusack and son Conor caught and released five keepers to 2lbs on wet flies, two of which were on the one cast.
Eugene Fagan, Kildare, boated a great trout of 4lb 8ozs off the Rocky Shore, while father and son, Martin and David Connors, Armagh, caught six trout to 2lb 8ozs.
Match of Week
Alan Larkin pipped the long-time leader, Lurgan’s Johnny McKinley, on the final day of the Lough Muckno Winter League, winning a thriller by just half a point.
The other big mover on the final day was Piotr Horbinski who came from down the field to finish fourth just behind Brenton Sweeney, once again by just half a point.
The venue fished hard and fair all winter but is now awakening to great numbers of small fish on all sections, making it a match man’s dream.
The competitors were well up to the task and winning weights ranged from 4kgs to 6kgs in very stormy conditions.
Alan lifted the title with 11 points to Johnny’s 11.5 with Brenton third on 14, Piotr fourth with 14.5 and Neil Mazurek fifth on 15.
At Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, Jonny McNeill bagged 40 trout to 5lbs on bloodworm; Clifford Gay netted 24 to over 4lbs on dries; and Alan Strain tempted 17 to 6lbs plus on damsels.