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Tommy winds up with 26-trout haul at Craigmore Fishery

By Vic Thomas

It was very windy all weekend at the Craigmore Fishery, Randalstown, with some very heavy, persistent rain but the brown trout are still appearing, mostly going for traditional dry and wet patterns.

Tommy Spence bagged 26 trout including a brace of nine pounders on wets; Ruth Arrell banked 22, seven of which were brownies; Stephen Alison grassed over 20 fish to 6lbs on lures and David Moore also landed 20 to 6lbs. Sandy Dorien tempted 36 trout to 8lbs; Jason Black caught two dozen to 5lbs on lures and buzzers and Derek Vance grassed 20 fish including six brownies.

√AN excellent turn out of anglers for Banbridge Angling Club's Gowdy Cup competition on the River Bann experienced one of the most difficult competitions they have ever fished. The wild trout were definitely not playing ball and very few fish were returned for the weigh in.

Fish over the 10 inch limit were few and far between, and the honours were banked by Colin Crothers with a trout of just over half a pound!

Second and third places went respectively to Noel Burns and Keith Gibson, with fish in around a quarter of a pound weight.

√BACK on Corbet Lough, Liam Campbell won the Corbet Cup juveniles competition with with a rainbow trout of 2.2lbs. In the senior event for the Jordan Cup, Martin Dynes bagged a nice trout of 3.4lbs with Paddy Burns second with a trout of 3lbs and Dan Tumilty, third with a fish of 2.8lbs.

√Coming up at Woodford Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus, is their annual Macmillan Cancer Support Competition next Saturday, September 23, with fishing from 10am to 2pm.

This is a relaxed competition with the emphasis on raising funds for this worthy cause. A barbeque is included, weather permitting and sponsor forms are available from the Fishery.

Also coming up for pikers is the 2017 Erne Pike Classic with a massive prize fund of up to £11,500 (dependant on entry), with bank fishing Friday, October 13 followed by boat fishing on Saturday and Sunday, October 14-15.

Booking forms are available from Fishing Tackle and Bait, Sligo Road, Enniskillen or download at


The Loughs Agency has become aware that large numbers of rainbow trout have appeared in the rivers Faughan, Strule and Mourne.

These fish will compete with native trout and salmon for food and may prey on young salmon smolts as they make their way downstream to the ocean.

As a result of this, while the Agency generally encourages anglers to practice catch and release methods, in the case of these non native rainbows, they advise anglers to remove and kill all rainbow trout caught; note the time, date, place and numbers of rainbows captured; if possible, leave samples of these fish into the Loughs Agency headquarters, at Prehen or contact a Fishery Officer to transport these samples to Prehen for further evaluation and analysis.

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