Rod and line: Lurgan founder members honoured by superb event
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Lurgan Coarse Angling Club has held an inaugural Memorial Cup match on Loughgall Park Lake in honour of three founder members who sadly passed away in as many years.
Gordon Clayton was a long-time committee member and past chairman, as well as a winner of many of the club's Summer and Midweek League trophies.
Willie Russell was at one time the World five-hour match record holder with a catch from the River Bann at Portadown and was a double Irish international in both coarse and game angling.
Brian McShane was a former Northern Ireland Boys and Junior Champion who also included the King of the Newry Canal title among his many honours.
Fishing on the day was hard after a heavy overnight frost and high water levels with feeders at about 40 to 50 metres the main tactic.
Single maggot or pinkies were the best hook bait with small roach the main catch.
First to have the honour of engraving his name on the Memorial Cup was Philip Jackson with a winning catch of 1.330Kgs.
Runner-up was Stevie Wright (Lurgan) with 900grams; third, John Walker, 850grams; fourth, Geoff Mckinley, 830grams; and fifth Paul Heaney, 820grams.
A great day was had in memory of the three lads who were my personal friends from way back when the Lurgan club was founded over 30 years ago.
Meanwhile, the annual Boxing Day Fly Fishing competition at Islandderry Fishery, Dromore offers excellent prizes for the heaviest bag of three trout.
Entry is £25, including boat hire (if available) and hot food. Boats can be booked in advance by phoning 07859074424.
Two of Ireland's most prominent and exciting coarse angling events, the Drumconrath and Farney Festivals, are to be reintroduced in 2016.
Drumconrath Festival will run from June 13 to 17 and the Farney Festival from June 20 to 24.