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Ireland ladies set to take Scotland by storm as Tony lifts Ulster Cup

By Vic Thomas

A strong Irish Ladies Fly Fishing Team has been selected to fish Carron Valley in Stirlingshire next month.

Jenny Casey, Susan Brown, Julie Gerry, Lisa O'Hagan, Orlaith O'Hagan, Ruth Arrell, Maddy Kelly, Jean Johnston, Julie McGeever, Liz Dermott, Pauline McClenaghan and Linda Straghan are in the line-up with Michelle Hay and Cheryl James as reserves.

Hubert Smith will be coach, Fred O'Hagan manager and Brian Kerr the team's flytyer.

The Irish Ladies next outing is on Sunday, May 1 on Lough Lene near Castlepollard.

Entry forms are available on their website.

Lough Sheelin fished well this week with some impressive trout landed.

The 70 anglers contesting the Ulster Fly Fishing competition faced bright harsh sunshine and a bitter cold north wind which sliced down the lake.

Despite these unfavourable conditions and with a limit of 35.5cms imposed, 24 trout were recorded with Tony Hogg boating the Ulster Cup.

Runner-up was Terry McGovern and third was Paul Lunney.

The top 18 in this competition qualify for the interprovincial on September 3 on Lough Melvin and the first 30 qualify for the 2017 National Championships.

Outside of the competition, Gary McKiernan of Lough Sheelin Guiding boated and released the fish of the week, a 63cm beauty, and 55 trout were recorded.

Gary Cruthers, Belfast, tempted one at 4lb 8ozs on a Claret Stimulator, while Pat Burns took one at 3lb 8ozs fishing on the lee side of Church Island using a Peter variant.

Lurgan search for 'Angler of the Year'

Lurgan Coarse Angling Club have started the search for their  ‘Angler of the Year’ with a match at Loughall Country Park.

 Twenty four anglers braved difficult conditions with a strong cold wind blowing all day and a frost the previous night.   Fishing was hard and most of the fish landed were caught on feeder tactics with the odd fish being caught on the pole and  the slider.

 Top angler on the day was Ewan Weed with 2.280Kgs with most of his fish being caught on the slider. Second was Stevie Wright (Portadown) 1.990Kgs; third, Phil Walton 1.470Kgs; fourth, Chris Simpson 1.450Kgs and fifth was John Walker 1.370Kgs.

Kevin Foley is new National Pike Champion

Kevin Foley is the new National Pike Champion after winning the final held on Lough Allen.

Kevin caught three pike for a total weight of 31lb 13ozs with his best fish tipping the scales at 22lb 3ozs.

Runner-up was David Murphy with four for 31lb 9ozs, best fish 21lb 7ozs and third was Albert McNamara with three for 29lb 6ozs including the best pike of the day at 24lbs.

Tucker McCabe was fourth, seven for 25lb 12oz, best fish 11lb 2ozs; fifth was John Woods, one for 20lb 15ozs; sixth, Fergal Bell, two for 19lb 15ozs, best fish 14lb 8ozs; seventh, Ian Church, five for 17lb 2ozs; eighth, Derek Mohan, four for 15lb 13ozs; ninth, Frank Leonard, seven for 15lbs and 10th was Paul Martin with six pike for 14lb 13ozs.

These 10 will now form the Irish team and the first reserve is Eugene McCabe.

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, All Ireland Canal Championships will take place on the Royal Canal at Enfield, Co Kildare, on April 30th and May 1st.

 All anglers are welcome to take part in this event, the longest running series of national championships which attracts anglers from across Ireland and the UK.

 Run in association with Royal Enfield CAC, there is an entry fee of 45Euros, with a full payout on the day and a winners trophy up for grabs. The draw for pegs will be held at Mother Hubbard’s, Moyvalley, at 9am on the Saturday and fishing is from 11am until 4.30pm and then from 11am until 4pm on the Sunday.

 All anglers are asked to book in advance at…/ncffi-all-ireland-canal-championship/

 Under 18’s may compete for the Senior Cup provided they can fish unattended. The Junior All Ireland Canal Championships will take place on May 21st on the Grand Canal at Daingean.

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