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Angling: Peter beats the weather to prosper on River Erne


 Top catch: Peter Freeman with his River Erne pike

Top catch: Peter Freeman with his River Erne pike

Top catch: Peter Freeman with his River Erne pike

THE Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Association (ILFA) will hold their first trial of the year on Sunday, March 9 at the Straid Fishery, Ballynure, with fishing taking place from 11am until 6pm.

Straid Fishery is a 20 acre fly fishing only lake containing rainbow trout from two pounds to over 10 pounds, so the sport on the day should be excellent.

The ILFA will be holding three more trials during 2014 throughout Ireland and further information can be found at www.irishladiesflyfishing.com

The Ulster Provincial Council's 2014 Open Gold Medal Sore Championships will take place at Waterfoot Beach on Sunday March 2 with fishing from 3pm until 8pm.

The check in will be held in The Mariners from 1pm and the entry fees are £16/€20 for Seniors and £8/€10 for Juniors. A longest fish pool will be available split equally between roundfish and flatfish but, dogfish will not count in this pool.

All fish over 18cm will be counted towards each angler's final tally and completed entry forms with fees must be with provincial secretary Paul Divito or provincial recorder Eugene Andrews or Sam Stirling, before February 28.

William Stafford and friend Peter Freeman took advantage of a break in the stormy weather and headed off on an outing to the River Erne at Belturbet where they enjoyed good sport catching and releasing around 30 quality roach.

Switching to pike fishing, Peter tackled up with a mackerel dead bait and was soon into a beautifully marked fish which tipped the scales at 13lb.

Lough Melvin has opened for salmon fishing but yet again, the weather was the winner with just a few hardy souls venturing out on the lough.

On opening day, just two boats ventured out from the Rossinver Fishery with a few more boats fishing out of the Garrison Anglers jetty. Conditions were wintery but early in the day, the wind, which was blowing from a southerly direction, was not too bad for fishing.

However, around 2pm the wind shifted to the west and strengthened, bringing an end to the fishing and the boats returned to shore.

There were no salmon caught on the first day but Noel Johnston recorded a super ferox trout of 5lb 8oz which he released as the trout season on Melvin only opens today.

Next day however, conditions were much better and the first brace of Melvin salmon of the 2014 season were recorded.

Kevin Gilmurray reported an 8lb salmon caught while trolling along the Garrison Shore and John Flanagan accounted for a fine 9lb salmon while trolling around Flanagan's Bay.

Belfast Telegraph