Belfast Telegraph

Laurence, Fechin reel in success

By Vic Thomas

Garrison and Lough Melvin Anglers Association held their 36th Lough Melvin Open Trout Championships over four days with 290 rods competing.

Melvin fished well and produced decent catches each day.

Congratulations go to Laurence Gibb and Fechin McMorrow Jr, the 2015 winners after reeling in eight trout. Second went to Greg White and Matt Higgins, also with eight trout, and third were Dominic Kerrigan and Geoffrey Hylands with seven trout.

There is good sea trout action to be had on Glencar Lake. Ricky Fabozzi, Jim Henry and George Lindsay all enjoyed great sport with fish up to 1lb 8oz taken on a Green Peter and a Teal and Yellow.

Other successful anglers included Dominic and Eoghin Concannon from Derry, who banked three lovely sea trout to 2lb 8oz, and John Davis from Grange, Co Sligo, who caught a nice 8lb salmon on a black and silver Toby.

Fishing on Glencar Lake is managed by Sligo Anglers Association, for details contact

Cold north winds persisted at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, but despite the conditions there were good hatches of black and olive flies.

James Harper enjoyed good sport, banking 24 trout in excess of 5lb on mixed dries. Aaron McGaw took 19 on black ants, Leslie Beggs tempted 10 to 4lb plus and Jonny McNeill bagged 39 on several visits, including three great rainbows at over 7lb each.

Thomas Taylor landed over 6lb on Shipmans and Daddy's and Ruth Arrell also bagged 11 including one at over 7lb on the Weed, while Sandy Doreen grassed 17 to almost 6lb on the same pattern.

Davy Couples Sr landed 9 to 6lb plus on dries, Michael Wakeland banked 18 to over 8lb on dries and buzzers, Simon Kinnley had 10 including another beauty at 8lb plus while Steven Turner and Billy Magill both grassed 10 with the latter landing the best trout at over 10lb.

Once again, a lot of cracking individual fish were caught with Tommy Wharry tempting one at 4lb 8oz, Jeff Davidson one at 6lb plus and David McGarry and Nigel Evans both landing one at over 5lb, as did John Hughes and Jim Magill.

Bob Duffin took one at over 6lb while Thomas Hilliland bagged a brace at over 7lb each and Gareth McCaffery had one at 5lb 8oz.

At the Cashel Fishery, Dungiven, Londonderry's Brian and Ciaran Kelly bagged a good brace for 8lb 5oz while Limavady's Ken Foster released eight and lost five more on a Hedgehog pattern.

Eddie Manthorpe of Coleraine and Portstewart's Peter Clarke released six between them on gold head Pheasant Tails and buzzers. Donegal's Shaun O'Doherty caught and released two and Maghera's Declan Bradley and Eunan McAleese bagged three each for home weighing a total of 9lb 9os on sedges and nymphs, while Jim Russell and Danny Walker, of Newtownabbey and Monkstown respectively, banked 11 trout averaging 2lb 8oz.

Newcomer Davy Smyth of Desertmartin and Jonathan Selfridge of Maghera landed two beauties at 4lb each.

Teams from Leinster, Connacht and Ulster represented their provinces at the NCFFI Inter-Provincial Junior Team Championships yesterday.

Twenty young anglers in teams of five battled, with the Ulster team of Harry Whitehead, Haydn Kellegher, Stefan Patterson, Aaron Galbraith and Jamie Edwards retaining the title with eight points.

Anglers urged to contribute to consulation on Loughs

The Department of Culture Arts and Leisure has released policy proposals for consultations on a fishery management plan for Lough Erne and Lough Neagh.

These proposals are of major importance and it is vital that anglers make a positive contribution to the consultation process.

The documents are available for viewing at

The Ulster Angling Federation will be drawing up anglers' comments on each plan and welcome comments from member clubs to ensure they achieve a collated and full comment in response.

Their submission document will be circulated to interested clubs.

In addition it is of the utmost importance that individual clubs and anglers make their view known directly to DCAL.

The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday, December 4.

Please ensure that your voice is heard as these proposals will set the policy and decision making framework for these Loughs for the foreseeable future, and have a major effect on the health of the fisheries.

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