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Kevin has a skate time on Bay

Rod and Line

By Vic Thomas

Anglers aboard Predator II, skippered by Hamish Currie out of Red Bay, Co Antrim, are enjoying great sport at present.

During three outings, 14 miles north of Red Bay, a total of 14 skate plus a super cod of 13lb 8ozs, a tope of 25lbs and a conger eel of 20lbs were the highlights of the numerous fish boated.

The largest of the skate tipped the scales at a magnificent 177lbs and was hooked in very deep water on a whole dogfish bait by Belfast angler Kevin Daley.

  • At the Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, Daniel Lynn landed seven trout to 5lb 8ozs on red and black lures.

John Arnell grassed seven to over 4lbs on a black grub pattern; McDowell banked nine to 5lbs plus nine on yellow lures and Gordon Wilson tempted six to almost 5lbs. Davy Cunningham caught one at 5lbs; Steven Hooper had one at over 4lbs; Michael Black took one at 6lbs plus on a yellow lure and Kenny Cowan landed a tagged fish netting himself £25!

  • The River Erne again proved a difficult venue for the sixth round of Erne Anglers Winter League. This was the first round of the year but again the river fished badly, somewhat similar to the last club match held on it over a month ago.

The only part of the river to throw up some fish was on the long jetty above Bellanaleck Marina where three of the top four weights of the day were taken. Irish Youth International James O'Doherty enjoyed a great day, catching a match winning 7.150Kgs and Paul Eyers on end peg one followed this up with another good catch of 4.700Kgs. Third was Seamus Smyth with 3.650Kgs and fourth was John Mcvey with 3.400Kgs.

Paul Eyers keeps his position at the top of the League on 32 points followed closely by Tony Kersley on 31 going into the next round which takes place tomorrow.

  • Another very chilly week has come to an end at the Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, where the changeable weather and temperatures ranging from plus 10 down to minus 4 turned the trout off the feed and made for hard fishing at times.

However, with a good turnout of anglers, a grand total of 501 trout were landed.

Derek Bacon was the top rod with 23 fish followed by Colin McNiffe with 21, Sean Wallace 17 and Paddy Donnelly, 16 including one at 8lb 7ozs. Maurice Brolly and Marty Farren both banked 15 fish with Maurice landing a beauty at 12lb 6ozs. Matt McClean took 14; Paul Forbes and Michael McWilliams 13 and Alban Norrby and Ronnie Williamson tempted 11 each.

  • Paddy Brunty won the latest round of the Islandderry Fishery Winter League with a three fish bag weighing 11lb 14ozs.

The overall League placings are now very tight with Paul Brown and Sean Gibson tied at the top on 23points with Paddy's win moving him up to third spot on 20 points; fourth is Bill Johnston on 19.

Cross Community Angling has announced that they have successfully received funding from Sport NI to the value of £3,733, enabling them to run their new Angling for All project.

The project will consist of five coached sessions, encompassing a mixture of practical fishing techniques and theory designed to equip the participants with the skills and knowledge to take part in angling as a life long sporting activity.

A Sport NI spokesperson said: "We are delighted to have funded this project. It is great to see that our investment is providing increased sporting opportunities."

The Loughs Agency is also currently offering training places to become a Level 1 Angling Coach. To be eligible you must be unemployed and not in education or training and reside in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. For info, phone Rosemary on 028 71 342100.

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