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Young Irish anglers aim to make impact on big stage

By Vic Thomas

Published 14/11/2015

Great catch: The top three at the Cashel Trout Fishery Mickey V Perpetual Cup competition, runner-up John Hasson, winner Martin Bradley and third placed Tom Davies
Great catch: The top three at the Cashel Trout Fishery Mickey V Perpetual Cup competition, runner-up John Hasson, winner Martin Bradley and third placed Tom Davies

National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland International Youth Team Manager Jack Tisdall has announced the teams who will represent Ireland at the FIPS-ed World Youth Angling Championships in 2016.

The anglers who will head to Portugal to fish the River Sorraia at Coruche are as follows: Under-23s, Jamie Edwards, Carrickmacross AC; Kieran Kelly, Erne Anglers; Aaron Hutchman, East Belfast CAC; Rob Kavanagh, Daingean Match Anglers and Haydn Kellegher, Erne Anglers.

At Under-18 level the team is, James O'Doherty, Stefan Patterson, Harry Whitehead and Aaron Galbraith, all from Erne Anglers and Enda Monogue, New Ross AC.

The youths were selected from four qualifiers throughout the year on a variety of venues which included coaching by senior international team members. They were chosen according to their current angling ability, the results from the qualifiers and other national events and through the individual anglers' demonstration of their commitment to the sport. Tisdall said: "I am delighted to present our youth squad for 2016 which this year includes a number of new faces representing the high level of development of junior coarse anglers in Ireland."

The two teams who will travel together to Portugal in July will receive a subsidy of €3,500 (£2,466) towards travel costs from the NCFFI, tackle and equipment from team sponsors Tubertini UK LTD and groundbait from Van Den Eynde. Additional sponsors will be sought to try to keep costs to a minimum.

Water of week

The wind seemed to be coming from four different directions at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, which made fishing hard at times.

Gordon Wilson tempted 20 on dries; Sandy Doreen landed 15 on the Weed fly including a brace at 7lb 8ozs each and  Leslie Beggs bagged 25 on lures. Jonny McNeill grassed 20 to 5lbs on bloodworm and the Weed; David Walker took 10 to over 4lbs on buzzers; Ian McKay landed 17 to 6lbs plus on buzzers and dries and John Hughes had 10 to 4lb 8ozs on dries. Jason McKillop enjoyed a good session banking a dozen on damsels and Diawl Bachs including a brace at 4lbs, a nice brown trout and a tagged fish worth £25! Paul Jones bagged eleven to 5lbs on nymphs and bloodworm.

Match of week

For the first time since its inception in 2002, the Cashel Trout Fishery Mickey V Perpetual Cup has been won by a Dungiven angler.

Martin Bradley banked the annual trophy with the best trout of the day which tipped the scales at 3lb 13ozs. Runner -up was another Dungiven man, John Hasson with the heaviest bag of trout at 12lb 4ozs and third was Tom Davies from Magherafelt with 11lb 11ozs.

Dungiven’s Andrew Logan hooked and released eight fish. Londonderry’s Christy Lavery, Padraig Dalzell and Max Gormley cast an Ace of Spades and a green Sleech to bank six while Pearse Doherty and Pearse McGill from Lavey, caught and released nine and five respectively on the bloodworm, egg fly and buzzers.

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