Phil beats the chill with massive 120 fish catch
Rod & Line
A morning temperature of -5 degrees centrigrade and freezing fog greeted the intrepid anglers fishing the latest heat of the popular East Belfast Coarse Angling Club Winter League on the Lower Bann at Portglenone.
The river was reasonably low but was carrying some flow and was clean which raised expectations, despite the weather. The Bann didn't disappoint and provided some very good fishing with an average of 6.975Kgs landed per angler.
The expected battle between the feeder and pole anglers saw a decisive victory for the pole anglers this week.
Irish International Phil Walton on peg 45 fished a long pole, short line match to land over 120 fish for 11.450Kgs, narrowly seeing off local expert Derek Buckley on peg 48, who weighed in 11.250Kgs. Ron Jordan whip fished his way to third place with 9.425Kgs from peg 49.
John Taggart has now opened a gap at the top of the league with 10 points from Jeff Walker on 25 and Robert Buick on 26.
√The first signs of ice this year have appeared on the lake at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, where not as many anglers as usual braved the minus temperatures.
However some of those that did still banked good numbers of trout with David Williamson grassing 29 on lures.
Martin Foster bagged 28 to over 4lbs on lures; Ronnie Williamson landed 25 on similar patterns and John Dickson caught 25 on Bibio's, including a super fish of over 8lbs! Jim Magill took 23 on spiders, Diawl Bachs and damsels; Alan Temple tempted 20 on lures, buzzers and dries; Rab McCurry had 18 to 6lbs on Bibio's and Josh Black bagged 15 including a brace of five pounders.
Billy Hazalett banked a dozen on spiders; Ivan Leecock landed 10 to almost 6lbs on a yellow Cats Whisker; Mike Nelson tempted 16 to 6lbs on bloodworm and lures and Davy Cunningham landed 13to 4lbs on black and green lures.
√Well done to Dominic Daly, the winner of the Glenkeen Trout Fishery, Aughnacloy, midweek competition. Dominic banked 19 fish and the heaviest fish prize fell to the rod of Steven Grew.
Outside of competition, Sean McCusker enjoyed his session, grassing 14 trout fishing from 12 noon until 5pm. He took his fish on Chartreuse Buzzers, Duck Fly and lures. Meanwhile, fishing buddies Paul McCabe and Mark McKeaveny enjoyed a friendly competition with Paul landing seven fish but as can be seen from this week's picture, Mark banked the biggest!