It's not often you see three members of one family competing on an international team but that's what will happen at this weekend's 33rd World Shore Angling Championships on the southeast coast of Ireland when Janet and Jim Snoddy and their daughter Lisa Gormley, from Glengormley, travel as members of the Irish Ladies team.
Janet and Lisa will be casting their lines against top shore anglers from around the world while Jim will bring his vast experience as team manager!
Today sees the opening ceremony take place in Wexford with the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers welcoming 250 competitors and 100 team officials from countries including Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Tunisia, Wales, Portugal and of course Ireland.
This is a historic event for Ireland Ladies, who will compete at the top level for the first time and the full team consists of Anne Whitty Captain, Bannow Bay SAC; Jane Cantwell, Wexford Garda SAC; Janet Snoddy, Glengormley and District SAC; Lisa Gormley, Glengormley and District SAC; Linda Manton, Lisdoonvarna/Fanore SAC; Pat Short, Bray Sea Anglers and manager Jim Snoddy, Glengormley and District SAC.
The Mens team is, Martin Howlin, Wexford SAC; Alan Mulcahy Rinnashark SAC; Harry McKee Jnr, East Antrim Surfcasters SAC; Joe Byrne, Kilmuckridge SAC; Paul Tyndall, Ballybrack SAC; Tim O'Sullivan, Galway Bay SAC and Manager John O'Brien, Tramore/Waterford SAC.
The Championships will operate on a Catch and Release basis, as competitors battle to catch a wide variety of fish including Whiting, Codling, Flounder, Turbot, Dogfish and other species.
The third round of the East Belfast CAC Winter League at Portglenone saw numbers boosted by several visiting anglers using the match as a practice for the popular Bann Bonanza.
Unfortunately the weather was very wintry after a month of mild autumnal conditions. Seasoned anglers will know that a cold north wind and low water conditions are probably the worst combinations for the Lower Bann.
Nevertheless, the anglers knuckled down with the usual variety of long pole, whip and feeder tactics in use.
Former Irish International, Niall McKittrick, showed his class from end peg 39, fishing a long pole at 12metres, to net an all roach catch of 7.640Kgs.
He was followed by venue regular John Taggart who used a feeder on peg 47 to land 67 roach for 6.900Kgs and Ian Courtney fished a whip on peg 84 for third place and 6.760Kgs..
John Taggart now leads the league on six points and 20.800Kgs from Paul Hutchman, 11 points and 20.350Kgs, Jeff Walker is third, 14 points 17.550Kgs, Robert Buick is fourth, 14 points 15.280Kgs and Aaron Hutchman with 25 points 12.820Kgs.fifth.
Meanwhile, at Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, John Brown landed a fantastic 42 trout in a single session. Marti Allen banked 32 and Stevie Rae 26 six while Andy McClelland grassed 33, including one at 5lbs plus and another at over 6lbs on lures and Damsels.
Jim Simpson caught 24 on Vivas and Nomads; James Harper landed 23 to 5lbs on lures; Dennis McIlroy tempted 27 on lures and John Hughes took a bakers dozen on Diawl Bachs and lures.
David Hayes banked 36 on a Weed fly; Edmund McAteer and Allen Temple both had 18; Bob Weir grassed 21 one to over 6lbs on a Weed fly and Jeff Davidson landed two dozen on mixed dries.
Billy Hazalett also had 24 four fish on Spiders and lures; Davy Cunningham took 18 to 6lbs on lures and Billy Magill banked 27 including good trout at 7lbs and 6lbs.
Culdaff Sea Angling Club's recent Open competition was won by John Shields with a great catch of 24 fish. Eugene Andrews was second with 22 and Mike Henry third with 13. Harry McKee Snr took the honours in Zone A and Neil Boon won Zone B.
Culdaff SAC fishes both boat and shore matches and they welcome new members both experienced and novice. Contact Marc at Marcoco@eircom.net for information on becoming a member.