Jimmy's talent comes to the surface in Lisnaskea
Veteran match angler and former Irish International Jimmy Douglas of East Belfast Coarse Angling Club has won the seventh annual Lisnaskea Water Festival coarse fishing competition.
The two-day match took place on the newly developed venues at Gavin's and Nayre Lakes plus Inver and Killyfole Lakes.
The event was fished in excellent fishing conditions, with catches made up of mainly small roach, hybrids and rudd taken on short pole tactics. Thanks to sponsorship from Lisnaskea Festival and Fermanagh District Council, anglers were fishing for a total prize fund of £1,240.
Jimmy showed he had lost none of his match skills as he landed the top catch of 10.520Kgs on Day One from Gavin's peg 6. His catch of over 400 fish, consisted of mostly roach and rudd landed on a metre whip.
Runner-up was Ireland Float Team Manager, Mark Theedom of Erne Anglers AC, also with over 400 fish for 9.700Kgs from Gavin's Lake peg 2 and John Heys of Kingfisher AC was third with 7.260Kgs. Day One section winners were David Herron, Erne Anglers, who won Killyfole Lake with 3.650Kgs; Tony Kersley, Erne Anglers, who won at Lough Nayre with 6.340Kgs and Andy Jackson, Erne Anglers, who won the Inver section with 5.380Kgs.
Herron was the individual winner on Day Two with over 350 fish for 8.400Kgs on Gavin's peg 2. Runner-up was Irish junior international Jordan Hall, Erne Anglers, who won Inver Lake with 6.820Kgs and third was Ian Dalzell, East Belfast, with 6.600Kgs from Gavin's peg one.
Other section winners were Mark Theedom, 3.420Kgs on Killyfole and Andy Jackson, 5.180Kgs on Lough Nayre. The event for the first time also included a junior section, which was won by Irish junior international angler James O'Doherty, Erne Anglers, with a total of 5.970Kgs.
The overall results were very close with less than a kilo separating the top three. Douglas became the sixth angler to win the Albert Broomhead cup and the £200 first prize with a total of 13.890 kgs, runner-up was Hall 13.520Kgs and Theedom was third with 13.120Kgs.
Lurgan angler Johnny Keith won the South Armagh Angling League's Newry Canal Open.
Weights were not great with most of the quality roach still away spawning so the winning catches were made up mostly of hybrids and a few perch. A few small roach were taken and hopefully this means that the main shoals are on their way back and will be in a feeding mood in time for the next open match on Sunday July 6.
Runner-up was Phil Walton with Davy Hamilton third, Caolin King fourth and Alan Sharkey completed the top five.