Angling Notes: Win for Roache and Warren in Partry Angling Club pairs competition
Ireland’s gold medalist youth fly angling team at Lough Lein, Killarney.
John Warren, second left, and Peter Roche, right, winning duo of Partry competition with Vincent Horan, club chairman and Rosaleen Ward of Lough Inn.
BSI Sensas AC, winners of NCFFI coarse championship on Grand Canal, Co Offaly.
“We fished the Gortmore shore area, never moving more than 200 metres, in and out all day. When we realised with the telephone fly that yellow was the colour fish were on, we added a Raymond and went on to catch our quota of four trout each,” Roache said.
Anglers had the option of fly fishing or dapping on either Carra or Mask. However, following the excellent returns from Mask of late, most decided on the daphnia feeders in the bigger lake.
Now in its 26th year, the Partry competition is a wonderful occasion, well supported and enjoyed by all competitors. All funds raised go towards fisheries development work on Mask and Carra and, in that regard, proceeds to date exceed €60,000.
Consultation over MemorandumUlsterAngling Federation
The federation wrote to the Minister, Michelle McIlveen, expressing concern that members wish to be included in any discussions regarding the memorandum’s content. To date, discussions have taken place with the Ulster Farmers’ Union, but no decisions have been taken.
Robbie Marshall, UAF development officer, said: “Any memorandum would have to be approved by Europe before the Northern Ireland Environment Agency and the Ulster Farmers’ Union agree to sign-off. This memorandum covers only low severity incidents which do not involve a fish kill.”
Pollution from farms remains a major killer of fish, and anglers have called for a tougher regime to prevent run-off into waterways.
Last week the Loughs Agency issued the following guidance to farmers: “The moisture content of the current grass crop is very high and without suitable weather conditions to allow wilting when cut, will give rise to a higher than usual flow of effluent when ensiled. The Agency would ask the farming community to take this into consideration when harvesting and ensure they have adequate storage for the increased flow of effluent.”
Sensas crowned championsDaingean
The Sensas AC teams, named Green and Black, entered the challenge against Kingfisher AC, Tubertini Match Club and Fermoy AC. However, at close of play the Green team members, Damien Maddock, Pat Bartley, Conor Browne, Fint Browne and Matt Kemmy emerged victorious.
The teams plan consisted of feeding one ball of ground bait with a pinch of pinkies and caster with chopped red worm fed on two lines. Hemp was fed at 13m looking for the better quality fish.
This worked on Saturday with a wind blowing up the canal but not in flat calm conditions of Sunday. Local knowledge prevailed as the water appeared coloured when, in fact, this was the boggy canal bottom. The winning team fished three foot of line between pole and float to prevent spooking the fish.
Victory for young Irish anglersNations YouthKillarneyCiaran FlahertyJack Egan