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McMorrow Jnr and Cox strike it rich with Lough Melvin triumph

Rod & Line

By Vic Thomas

Published 10/09/2016

Great catch: Finbar McNamee shows off his nice Glenkeen Fishery rainbow trout, one of his personal best haul of eight fish
Great catch: Finbar McNamee shows off his nice Glenkeen Fishery rainbow trout, one of his personal best haul of eight fish

The 37th Lough Melvin Open Trout Championships were an outstanding success with more than 300 competitors from across Ireland and the UK competing in the four-day team event.

Lough Melvin is unique in its variety of trout species, which include sonaghan, gillaroo, ferox and brown trout. However, the Championships focused solely on the sonaghan.

The dark-bodied, relatively small fish are to be found in the depths feeding on daphnia and emerging insects, and long drifts are needed.

The winning team of Fechin McMorrow Jnr and James Cox boated five trout during finals day. Cox caught four fish for 1.26kg, sufficient to win the Championship.

He said: “We made long drifts across Ross’ Point on the Rossinver side of Garrison Bay and I caught all my fish on a Gorgeous George and Legs 11.”

The lads each received a cheque for £2,250 (€2,668) and pieces of Galway Crystal.

The runners-up were Peter McKenna and Paul Rooney, while third place went to James Doherty and John Brennan. Dermot Brewster and Hugh McCloy Snr came home fourth and completing the top five were Martin Connor and Daniel Quinn.

The Melvin Anglers’ Association is encouraging youth to get involved. Recently, a fly-tying class conducted by committee members attracted 40 youngsters and a second session brought the group to Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, where they tested their newly-tied flies with favourable results.

It’s been a busy week for sea anglers with Donegal shores throwing up an array of colourful wrasse and 20 different species caught off the Mayo coast.  Among the fish caught were five species of ray, various flatfish including turbot and brill, and grey, red and tub gurnard to name but a few. 

The spate of rivers round Carnroe on the Lower Bann have been in flood but have run off quite quickly and did their job in running a few fish upstream.

Geoff Toplis grassed a fish of 4lb on prawn from The Risk Beat, while Jonathon Parke and Tom Heasley both had five pounders on fly and Bertie Hanna took another 5lb fish on fly at the Derry bank.

It was hard fishing the following day as the sun shone high in the sky, and it was very warm.

Paul Connor managed one of 5lb on the Derry bank on fly and Dominic McGee bagged a brace at 6lb and 8lb on prawn off The Risk Beat.

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