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Local anglers have chance to answer Ireland's call

By Vic Thomas

Published 09/01/2016

Glenkeen Fishery's Laszlo Vajner presents Junior winner Niall Bogue with a new fly rod.
Glenkeen Fishery's Laszlo Vajner presents Junior winner Niall Bogue with a new fly rod.

Local anglers have netted the chance to fish for the Ireland team in an event in Serbia this summer.

The National Coarse Fishing Federation Feeder Team Manager Brenton Sweeney has invited feeder anglers who would like to represent Ireland in Serbia on June 18 and 19 to attend trials on Saturday, January 30.

The trial/assessment will take place at Annaherrin Lake, Shercock, Co Cavan, where anglers are asked to meet up at 9am for fishing from 10.30am until 3.30pm.

For further info tel 00353 (0) 87 251 0260 or e-mail

Meanwhile, the ninth independent qualifying competition of the 2015/16 National Pike Championships took place on a venue at Lough Egish with a turnout of 34 anglers.

Fishing was good with the competitors catching and releasing 103 pike to 13lb 10ozs.

The top six anglers who qualified to fish in the grand final were Ken Smyth with six pike for 40lb 8ozs; David Dennis, nine for 30lb 13ozs; Jim Slevin, seven for 28lb 1oz; Robbie McShane, five for 27lb 1oz; Ian McGruer, seven for 26lb 10ozs; and Marty Lawlor, six for 23lb 5ozs.

The top three in the pool for the best pike were Ken Smyth, 13lb 10ozs; Mark Horgan, 11lb 2ozs; and Henry McGauley, 10lb 2ozs.

The championships consist of 10 independent qualifying competitions, a stewards qualifier and the final.

The top six anglers from each of the 11 qualifiers will fish in the final.

The winner of the final will become the 2016 National Pike Champion and will captain the top 10 anglers in a two-day International Team Challenge against Great Britain.

This will be held in Ireland in October. The organisers, Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs, will cover the costs for all team members.

For further info tel 087 9886408.

Water of week

Niall Bogue was best junior angler at the fly lake competition at Glenkeen Trout Fishery, Aughnacloy.

Niall won a brand new fly rod sponsored by Laszlo Vajner from Glenkeen Fishery.

Sam Hill grassed the heaviest fish of the day at 8lb 11ozs, winning £100, while Ballymena’s Aidy Crowe also banked £100 for the most fish caught.

Despite the stormy weather dry flies are still tempting trout at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown.

Arden Pollock landed 13, Gary Stewart enjoyed great sport banking 18 and Adrian Crow grassed 14 including a brace at over 5lbs each.

Brian Busbie bagged 11 including three beauties at 7lb 8ozs, 6lb 8ozs and plus 5lbs on a Cats Whisker.

Young angler Tom Turner landed six trout in two hours on a green lure, including a brace of four pounders.

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