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By Vic Thomas

Published 29/08/2015

Trout of this world: Brian Joyce, from Derrypark Lodge, with a magnificent 15lb 8oz ferox trout caught on Lough Mask
Trout of this world: Brian Joyce, from Derrypark Lodge, with a magnificent 15lb 8oz ferox trout caught on Lough Mask

Bundoran Sea Angling Club are gearing up for next month's World Boat Sea Angling Championships which will be held in Donegal Bay with teams from all over the globe competing.

The annual Bundoran SAC open boat competition was good preparation for the big event with anglers travelling from England, Wales and every corner of Ireland.

Fishing was fantastic in Donegal Bay with many different species caught.

The winner was Liam O'Connor, closely followed by his brother Mark O'Connor, with local club angler Michael Patton third. Martin Kennedy, of Shamrock Tackle, was fourth and Corney Devlin fifth.

Liam enjoyed an exceptional day, also winning the longest fish prize and the prize for most species with 13 different fish.

The best lady angler was Yvonne Carrey.

Bundoran Sea Angling Club thanked all their sponsors, stressing that without their help there wouldn't be a club.

This year the club has worked extra hard to promote sea angling in the area and after much planning and preparing submissions, they have secured one of the biggest sea angling events on the planet for Bundoran and Donegal Bay.

The World Boat Sea Angling Championships - from Saturday, September 12 to Saturday, September 19 - will be something special.

WATER OF WEEK:  We are still suffering a mixture of shifting winds, heavy showers and sunshine which made fishing that little bit more difficult at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown.

Maurice Anderson however had an enjoyable session landing 11 trout to over 6lbs on dry flies!

Samuel Anderson grassed 15 to 5lbs plus on Nomads, James Harper caught 20 to over 7lbs during two visits, and Jonny McNeill banked 21 to 5lbs plus also during two sessions.

Jim Simpson, Billy Hazalett, Michael McWilliams and Robert Morrison all tempted a dozen trout, Jeff Davidson took 11 on Shuttlecocks and Alan Temple took 10 to over 5lbs.

John Hughes had 21 to over 8lbs on two visits casting tan Shuttlecocks, Edward Edens bagged 17 including a brace at over 6lbs each on the Weed, and Marti Allen bagged up landing 27 trout to over 5lbs.

Daniel Donnelly landed a bakers dozen to 5lbs plus on dries, while William Kinnard, Tommy Spence and Billy Todd all tempted 11 trout.

ACTION OF WEEK: Over 6,000 salmon have been caught so far this season on the world-famous River Moy, with 231 reported this week.

On Mount Falcon, brothers Nick and Pete Leeson each banked their first ever salmon, while Roger Stevens had one on bubble on fly at Coolcronan.

Jean Marie Blouet was successful at the Foxford Fishery where he caught a brace on spinner, while Klaus Krüger grassed three grilse with one released on Cloongee.

Max Milek enjoyed excellent fly fishing on East Mayo Anglers water with five fish, three released, averaging 5lbs. Also on East Mayo, Francesco Basinigazzi landed a five pounder on spinner.

On Melvin, the trout fishing remains good with most anglers targeting sonaghan and there were decent catches over the usual deep water drifts out from Bilberry, Farrell’s Bay, the School House.

There were nice water levels on the Drowes, with a number of salmon recorded.

Darryl Kennedy recorded an 8lb salmon caught on prawn from the Wash stones.

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