No joy for hosts Ireland as Ukraine take World double
There was no luck for hosts Ireland at the ninth FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Boat Fishing with Lures on Lough Ree and the River Shannon, where they finished 10th out of the 17 competing nations.
A total of 42 boats took to the water from Ballyleague Marina in Co Roscommon to fish a designated area of Lough Ree and a 3km stretch of the River Shannon in search of predators.
Brilliant sunshine and warm weather met the teams from as far away as South Africa, and unusually flat, calm conditions made for hard fishing.
Pike and perch were caught using artificial baits and were measured and recorded by stewards before being returned to the water. The largest length of fish recorded was 102cm by Team Italy, who clinched the Biggest Fish trophy.
Team Romania stormed ahead on day one with 35 pike but day two wasn't as successful and they just missed the podium. However, the expertise of Team Ukraine on the international angling circuit was evident as they took top spot with Belarus boating silver and Lithuania winning the bronze.
Team Ireland had the fifth largest number of fish caught in the competition, landing 43, but this was only good enough for 10th place.
In the Pairs event, Ukraine scored again with Iurii Orlow and Konstantyn Shvabi taking gold. Silver went to Lithuanians Domas Kelpsas and Gediminas Svilpa with Hungary's Peter Bosansky and Viktor Gegeny taking the bronze.
Meanwhile, Brian Kelly, Ciaran Kelly, Eamon Kelly, Sean Kelly, Gavin Kelly and their uncle Kevin O'Donnell - all from Derry - enjoyed a great session, landing 19 trout averaging 3lb. Their fish fell to Hare's Ear, green Muddler and Elk Hair wets.
At the Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, the weather wasn't too bad but an easterly wind kept the fish down a bit.
However, Bob Weir landed 23 to over 5lb on the Weed fly and David Hayter banked 15 to 5lb on the same pattern, while Denis McIlroy tempted 14 on lures.
John McBride grassed 16 to 6lb-plus including a tagged trout worth £25 on bloodworm and nymphs, and Tom Hobson also landed 16 on lures. Tom Smyth grassed 10 to 6lb-plus on an orange lure, Davy McBurney bagged 11 to over 5lb on black lures and Billy Hazalett caught 10 on dries and two on lures.
The first match in the East Belfast Coarse Angling Club Winter League has taken place on the Lower Bann at Portglenone in glorious autumn weather. The river, however, was very low with little or no flow and the conditions tended to give the fish too much time to inspect the bait. As a result, bites were generally timid and anglers had to concentrate hard to see and hit their bites.
On peg 16, Paul Hutchman kicked off his campaign with a comfortable win. Fishing a 13-metre and using short line tactics, he weighed in 8.350kg of roach. He was followed by John Taggart on peg 15, who fished similar tactics for 7.250kg. The sequence was broken, however, on peg 46 by Jeff Walker, who caught his 6.750kg on the feeder for third place.
Meanwhile, despite a weekend of unsettled weather, anglers were out in force at the Cashel Fishery, Dungiven to catch large brilliant fighting trout.
Eddie Manthorpe and Peter Clark, from Portstewart and Coleraine respectively, released five fish while Londonderry's Aidy Askin caught and released half a dozen on nymphs. David Watson, Jason Seaman and Gordon Robinson from Derry enjoyed great sport, catching and releasing 19 trout between them casting Suspended Buzzers, the Weed fly and the Gnat.
Jim Russell and Danny Walker - from Newtownabbey and Monkstown respectively - grassed seven large fish, keeping four for 14lb for the pan, and Maghera's Daniel Reilly, accompanied by his father Tommy, banked six - but unfortunately hooked and lost a big one well into double figures.