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Ulster anglers get chance to hook All-Ireland glory

By Vic Thomas

Ulster anglers will get the chance to land major honours when Tramore/Waterford SAC host the All-Ireland Club Championships on Woodstown Beach on Friday, December 30 (3pm to 7pm).

Each club can enter as many four-angler teams as they like (€80 per team) but only one member of the IFSA International Shore Panel may fish per team.

The closing date for entries is December 20. Contact Daniel Reynolds 086 3540336; John O Brien 087 2235270; Joe McEvoy 086 2106467 or Nicky McEvoy 086 3731704.

The Check In will be held at Waterford Angling and Outdoor Centre, Unit 3b Westgate Retail Park, Tramore Road, Waterford from 9.30am.

Entry is now open for this year's Boxing Day Competition at Islandderry Fishery, Lough Road, Dromore.

The entry fee is £25 per angler and the top prize will be for the heaviest bag of two trout. Boats can be booked in advance by contracting the Fishery on 07859074424 or via their Facebook page.

The third leg of the Carty's Land and Sea Sports Shore League took place on Rossnowlagh Beach, Donegal.

Gerry McBrearty was the overall winner with 238pts and also beached the longest flatfish, a fine flounder of 42cms.

The final two legs in this league are on December 11 at Fintra Beach, and December 27 on Rossnowlagh Beach.

Ice had to be broken before anyone could cast a line at the Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin.

Nevertheless, there was a good turn out of anglers who managed to land 550 trout.

Among the top rods were, Peter McCrea with 26; Timmy Dalton, 25 and Sean Wallace, 23.

O'Casey's Pike Anglers held the penultimate heat of their league on a lake in Co Monaghan, where Eddie McGuirk landed the honours, catching nine pike for 31lb 8ozs, including the heaviest fish of the day at 7lb 13ozs.

The fourth round of Erne Anglers Winter League took place in cold conditions with the matchmen battling for a place in the final.

Top angler on the day was David Herron, who netted a fine catch from Derrycharra, taken on the pole and consisting of mainly roach. Going into Match Five, it could not be tighter at the top of the league with Paul Eyers, Tony Kersley and John Potters all tied on twenty one points.

I have had reports from several Put and Take Trout Fisheries about marked fish, so now is a good time to remind anglers how best to handle these fish.

Unhook the fish in the water without touching it. If using barbless hooks or your barbs are squeezed this is easy - just hold the shank of your hook and let the fish wriggle free.

If you have to use a net, unhook the fish with pointed nose pliers or long forceps without touching it. Do not then lift the fish out of the net with your hands and place it back in the water, use the net to put the fish back. If you do have to touch the fish - say for a photograph - always wet your hands first.

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