Belfast Telegraph

UAF backing for coaches is huge boost for angling

By Vic Thomas

The Ulster Angling Federation is funding a course for Angling Coaching Educators and are asking for volunteers from clubs across the province to apply.

The Federation are seeking applicants to apply for a Level 1 Coaching Course which they expect to run in October.

The course will run over four days on two weekends. Costs will be subsidised by the federation and application forms can be downloaded from the federation website and sent to the Ulster Angling Federation, PO Box 107, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim, BT38 0BW by August 24, or tel 93368952 or e-mail diannearchibald@yahoo.co.uk

Meanwhile, Portadown Pikers are holding a fundraising competition and family fun day at Loughgall Country Park on September 6.

Pegs can be drawn from 7am and the two-rod static event will be fished from 9am until 4pm.

The entry fee per peg for the 100-peg match is £20 and this includes entry into a raffle with super prizes.

Places are filling up rapidly so anyone interested should contact Loughview Angling Centre, Lurgan or Procast Angling, Armagh.

The Belturbet competition attracted 43 anglers to the bank, catching a fantastic total of 1,836Kgs of fish – the highest festival catch for many years!

Sections were on Lough Oughter, Killykeen, Glasshouse and Derreskit with almost €7000 paid out to the top eight winners.

Andrew Lightbown from Manchester was overall winner with 71.400Kgs. Lisbellaw angler John Potters finished second with 66.240Kgs.

Club call

Twenty four hours of torrential rain, low pressure and a massive inflow of fresh water caused the in-form Lough Muckno to falter somewhat for the Annual Irish Angling Development Alliance National Teams of Five event.

Short and long pole with fish caught high up in the water was expected to be the main line of attack but conditions changed and the lake levels rose by two feet overnight!

Midway through the event many anglers were seen to scramble to set up feeder rods to salvage precious points.

The match concluded in a continuous downpour with the Ballyhaunis 'A' Team of Lee Maitland, Jason Ward, Shane Dunne, Rory Dunne and Dara Finnegan banking the gold medals with 12 points.

Runners-up were Lough Muckno 'A' with 20 points; third, Ballybay 'A', 26; and fourth, Lurgan 'A', 28.

Water of the week

Turned out the forecast was right — plenty of rain fell, pushing water levels up in many rivers and the Agivey and Ballymoney Burn in full flow caused backwater at Carnroe on the Lower Bann, raising the water level well above 16ft on the gauge.

The flood gates at Portna had to be opened to allow the build-up to run off but, despite this, it was still a very good week’s fishing, with 23 salmon to 12lbs caught.

On a rising river, Tom Simpson took one at 7lbs on fly and Bertie Hanna banked two to 7lbs on fly.

Ian Ansley had one on the fly, weighing 5lbs. David Agnew braved the high water and was rewarded with a fish of 5lbs from the Derry bank on prawn.

Richard Lusty, fishing flies, grassed a good 7lbs fish; William Holmes landed one of similar weight, also on fly; and Ernest Nellis and Edmond Matter had three on their rod, with the latter banking the 12 pounder!

Tom Heasley landed one of 6lbs and hooked and lost two on fly; and Dessie McWhirter had two to 8lbs on prawn.

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