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Angling: Big Macks coming up a treat at Carlingford

By Vic Thomas

Large numbers of Mackerel are being caught throughout Carlingford Lough where hotspots include both shores at Greenore and Greencastle.

Large numbers of Mackerel are being caught throughout Carlingford Lough where hotspots include both shores at Greenore and Greencastle.

The shoals are being located throughout the rip tides at Greenore where local anglers using a variety of methods are taking plenty of fish.

The McManus brothers from Warrenpoint had 30 Mackerel on the fly as well as two nice Bass from Bellaghan point.

There are also plenty of Sea Trout to be seen but these are very shy at the moment with only seven fish caught by anglers this week, all within the 1lb to 1lb 8oz bracket.

Nearby, on the Newry Canal, the Ulster Open was a successfully run with over 80 anglers competing in Mediterranean weather.

Although the canal had been fishing well recently, the expected large shoals of roach didn't materialise on the day with most anglers struggling for bites in blistering sun. The winning weight of 3.300Kgms fell to the rod of Mark Vanderkamp and came from the lower part of the canal towards the lock gates.

Davy Hamilton of Lurgan Van Den Eynde finished runner-up with Raymond Brooks of East Belfast CAC in third.

Section winners were: A: 1st Steven Turnbull, Lurgan Van Den Eynde; 2nd Johnny Keith, Lurgan; 3rd Phillip Jackson, Lurgan. Section B: 1st John Barr (Junior) Fairline AC; Joint 2nd Michael Black and Alan Ball, both Lurgan. Section C: 1st Willie Wheeler, BSI; 2nd Keith Cole, Lurgan; 3rd Derek Buckley, BSI.

Daiwa Sports and Svendsen Sports supplied a superb array of quality tackle prizes while the slick organisation was down to the expertise of Oliver McGauley.

Back to Carlingford and the Lough will host a two day introduction to angling for juniors as part of National Fishing Week on the weekend of August 26-27.

Omagh will be the venue the previous weekend, August 19-20.

For info and registrations contact or phone 028 7134 2100 (from NI) or 048 7134 2100 (Republic).

lGRILSE and Sea Trout are being landed in abundance in the North West on the Faughan and Dennett.

John Devine took a 3lb Grilse from the tidal stretch of the Faughan; Paul Gallagher bagged three Grilse to 3lbs and one Sea Trout from Lynches Dam; Trevor Doherty, had a 5lb Grilse at Ardlough Road and one Sea Trout on Night Fly while Bob Doherty bagged a brace of Grilse also at Ardlough and two Trout from the tidal section.

Herbie Collins from Londonderry took two Grilse from Ardlough Road on worms and Niall McMenamin, aged 11, hooked and landed his first salmon. Niall grassed his 3lb Grilse on a spinner along the Ardlough Road.

On the Dennett, Ian Gamble caught and released six trout from the tidal stretch; Geoff Cruckshank from Newbuildings had one Sea Trout at 1lb 8ozs from Patterson's Dam and George Dunn from Donemana took four Sea Trout averaging 1lb 8ozs from Patterson's.

lAt the Cashel Fishery, Dungiven, double figure trout are being caught using assorted dries and nymphs. Young Enda Kealey banked a trout weighing almost 8lb but unfortunately lost four others, some of which where estimated to be double figure fish!

Local angler Eddie Kealey was very lucky, banking trout up to 10lb 6ozs while his brothers Leo and Johnny had a weird sort of day using lures. Johnny bagged two weighing 4lbs but Leo did not manage to bank any of his fish!

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