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Dates unveiled for Winter League at Woodford Fishery in Carrickfergus

By Vic Thomas

The dates for this year's Winter League at Woodford Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus have just been announced. They are: October 23; November 27; December 11; January 29; February 26 and March 26th.

The league will be run on the same format as previous years with each angler's best five scores out of six matches counting towards his final points and each angler must fish at least four rounds.

There is a £20 registration fee with each round costing £25 inclusive of lunch. There are only 30 places available. See Woodford's Facebook page for details.

Also this week comes news of the annual competition at Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, on Sunday, October 23.

This is both a fly only and a bait fishing competition with angling from 9.30am until 3pm. The top prize for the heaviest fly caught trout is £80 plus the Birchwood Trophy, and on the bait lake, the top prize for the heaviest bag of five fish is £50 plus the Birchwood Trophy.

Entry fee for each competition is £20 with a £10 deposit needed to secure your place.

For all enquiries, contact the fishery on 07712395586/02882831526.

Meanwhile, at Birchwood this week, an incredible total of 646 trout were landed.

Top rod was Jay McCormick, with 35 trout with Michael McWilliams close behind with 33. Darren Convey bagged 30; Jimmy O'Connor caught 26; Brian Toye banked 22 and Benny McGoldrick grassed 20, while Joe McCrory, Jimmy Kelly and Aidan Loughrey all landed 16 fish.

The ninth FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Boat Angling with Lures takes place today and tomorrow on Lough Ree and the River Shannon with 17 nations on 34 boats competing.

Teams consisting of four anglers from each nation will fish in pairs for pike and perch using only artificial lures.

The Irish team includes Tomek Kurman and Jacek Gorney, who won the Bronze medal in Enniskillen in 2013. They are supported by local angling hub members Joe McDermott and Mick Dalton, who bring with them a wealth of local knowledge of Lough Ree to complement the team aiming for Gold. Former internationals Stephen and Andrew Powell from Portadown are the reserve pair providing support to the team throughout the event.

You can follow the team's progress at

On the Owenea Fishery, Co Donegal, the 12 days to the end of the season were very wet for the greater part and the river had some big floods.

Only 23 visiting rods were in attendance with just eight salmon recorded to date. Tommy Corr banked a 4lb grilse on spinner from Beat 9; Kevin O'Neill reported a 7lb salmon caught on fly from Beat 5 and Jim McLean accounted for a 2lb grilse caught and released on spinner from Beat 8. Neil Black caught and released a 6lb grilse on fly from Beat 5; Bill Murray logged two grilse weighing 6lbs and 2lbs on fly from Beat 5 with the smaller of these being released and on the final day of the Owenea season. Neil Black returned to catch and release a 5lb grilse on fly and his son Joe, caught a 4lb grilse.

Angling attendance was on the low side but there were 15 salmon recorded over the last days of the season on the River Drowes, Co Donegal. Among the most successful were Chris McDaid who caught three grilse and Sean Hogshaw with two grilse.

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