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Angling: Harkin in seventh heaven in Dungiven

By Vic Thomas

Despite this, though, Jordan Harkin from Foreglen hooked seven trout in total taking two home which weighed 5lb 10ozs in total.

His mate, Lawrence Newland also from Foreglen, bagged one for home at 3lb 10ozs.

Both anglers were using yellow Cat's Whiskers and Daddy Long Legs.

Aidy Askin from Londonderry and Martin Bradley from Dungiven tied both grassed five trout using Suspended Buzzers and assorted lure patterns.

Brothers, Eddie, Johnny and Leo Kealey from Dungiven and Limavady bagged six trout with an average weight of 3lbs.

Local man John Hasson released three trout in a couple of hours while John Mc Kenna from Maghera landed a nice brace of rainbows for 5lbs.

Declan McAteer from Claudy had a difficult day landing just one trout which took a red Suspended Buzzer.

Meanwhile, young game anglers from all over Ireland contested the inter-provincial Youth Fly Fishing Championships on Lough Rea where sadly, there was no joy for Ulster in the team event.

Leinster took the honours with four trout for a score of 2020pts followed by, Munster, 4 for 1500pts; Connaught, four for 1470pts and Ulster landing the wooden spoon with three fish for 1140pts.

However, there was better luck for Ulster in the individual competition with two anglers finishing in the top 10.

Top rod on the day was Connaught youngster Daniel Barrett with four fish for a score of 1470pts. In fact this was a tremendous performance by Daniel who boated all of his team's fish!

Runner-up was Conor Burns of Leinster with two for 1000pts; including the best trout of the day at 46cms and third was Conor McNamee of Ulster with two for 800pts.

Shane Callan and Jason Moore both of Leinster completed the top five with one fish each for scores of 540pts and 480pts respectively and in 10th position was Mark Gallagher of Ulster with one for 340pts.

Reports from the River Faughan are very promising with anglers landing fish from all sections of the river.

Gerry Campbell from Londonderry grassed one Salmon of 12lbs; Teddy Muldoon also from Londonderry also bagged a 12lb Salmon which he released alive and James Quinn banked a brace of Salmon at 11lbs and 10lbs on worm. Conditions are good at the moment and should provide good fishing over the next few days.

Recommended Salmon Fly (Curry's Red) Good Salmon catches are also reported from all sections of the River Roe.

Among the successful anglers were, Sam Montgomery from Coleraine with a brace at 5lb 7ozs and 6lbs and Clive Miller also from Coleraine with a 6lb Grilse.

Recommend Fly (Roe Purple).

The Mourne system is fishing well with Morris and David Armstrong from Plumbridge banking two salmon.

Raymond Scott from Newtownstewart also grassed a brace of Salmon as did Stephen Martin from Omagh.

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