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Local hero Paul is trout on his own with league title win at Islandderry

Rod and Line

By Vic Thomas

Dromore angler Paul Brown put his local knowledge to good use, to not only win the final match of the 2016/17 Winter League at Islandderry Fishery, but also bank the overall League title by a single point.

On the day, Paul landed a lovely 5lb trout in his winning bag weight of 12lb 6ozs ahead of Portadown's Noel Roberts who enjoyed great sport stripping black buzzers and returning 10 fish, three of which, he weighed in for 11lb 9ozs and second place.

Lurgan's Bill Johnston took third spot with three for 11lbs and Paddy Brunty, Belfast, was unlucky to finish fourth. Paddy had already weighed in his three fish for 10lb 2ozs before landing a lovely rainbow of almost 8lbs which unfortunately could not be counted in his bag weight.

In a very close finish, the overall results saw Paul net the title with 44pts, Paddy, second on 43pts and Sean Gibson, Belfast, third with 41pts.

The next competition at Islandderry will be the Teggart Memorial Competition in aid of Cystic Fibrosis on April 22. For more information or to book contact the Fishery on 07859074424.

  • At Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, higher water temperatures brought a great hatch of flies but anglers had to use size 18-22 hooks to match the hatch.

A grand total of 674 trout were landed with Matt McClean taking the top rod honours with 38 trout including a tagged trout worth £25.

Keith Kilburn caught thirty 33 fish including a great trout at 8lb 13ozs; Jason McClean grassed 25 and Andrew McLaughlin netted 20 while Alban Norrby, Derek Bacon and Pat McDevitt all banked 30 fish with Derek tempting another good rainbow at 8lb 1oz.

  • At the Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, the trout were rising everywhere and chasing each other in packs around the edge of the lake, you could have netted them at your feet.

Top rod was Sandy Doreen who banked 21 fish to 5lb 8ozs on the Weed fly; John Hughes and Kenny Cowan both landed a dozen and Maurice Anderson grassed 20 to almost 5lbs on buzzers.

Ricky Stewart tempted 14; Anton Watson caught 18 over two sessions; Mike Jackson bagged 14on Shuttlecocks and Griffith Gnats and Jason McKnight banked 18 including one at 7lbs and a brace at over 5lbs each on buzzers and dries.

Jason Bright, on his first ever visit to Craigmore banked nine trout including a beauty at almost 9lbs on a Weed Fly.

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