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Snoddys out to land South African double

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Vic Thomas

The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers has announced their Ladies team which will be travelling in six weeks time to compete in the World Championships in South Africa.

Ulster's Jim Snoddy will manage the team and he is joined by Janet Snoddy and Lisa Gormley also from the Province. The other team members are, Jane Cantwell, Linda Manton, Tracey Whelan, Nikki Foley and Assistant Manager Joe Byrne.

Both the Ladies and the Irish men teams will be hoping to once again do the double and retain the titles they won last year!

On Donegal's Owenea River, there were big floods every day except for last Saturday and Sunday which still gave small floods. The gauge average for the week was extremely high reading 0.35 metres!

The fishery was strangely quiet however with only10 visiting rods but there were a number of salmon reported, both fresh and coloured and towards the weekend a late run of sea trout appeared.

Davy Sullivan enjoyed a great week landing a 5lb grilse on spinner from Beat 8; a 6lb grilse caught and released on spinner from Beat 7 and an 8lb salmon grassed on spinner from Beat 8!

Belfast angler Alan Watson reported a 6lb grilse caught and released on fly from Beat 4 and then last Sunday Alan enjoyed terrific sport banking twelve sea trout to 1lb on fly from the bottom of Beat 9!

Lough Melvin remained fairly quiet with the wet and windy conditions that prevailed over the week and I have heard of no rods trying for salmon.

Last Sunday however brought a beautiful, sunny and still day which coincided with the Seamus O'Doherty Perpetual Cup Pairs Trout Competition. The flat calms at times made catching trout tough!

The competition was well attended, with 52 competitors and the winning duo was Gerry O'Brien and Seamus O'Dare. In second were Aidan Langan and Alan Nutton with Sean and Darren Maguire, third.

A total of 883 trout were landed at the Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, this past week with the best taking patterns including mixed dries, Griffith Gnats, Bloodworms, Blobs and the Yellow Dancer.

Jock Hepburn was the top rod with 56 trout, Marty Farren landed 40, Sean Wallace banked 33 and Ian Cootes bagged 76 over three sessions! Paddy Donnelly banked the best fish of the week at 9lb 8ozs, and Jimmy Kelly caught a tagged fish worth £25.

Well done to Noel Roberts at the McFadden Memorial Competition at Islandderry Fishery, Dromore, where he released over 20fish, keeping two for a winning weight of 11lb 4ozs. Second was Paul Brown with 8lb 9ozs and third was Caomhan Shanks with 8lb 4ozs which included a lovely fish of 5lb 4ozs.

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