Jim wins Angling Open

Jim McAllister. INLM1912-200con
Jim McAllister. INLM1912-200con

JIM McAllister has won the Lurgan Coarse Angling Club Open, fished at White Island, Lough Muckno.

All 18 anglers fished the feeder at 40 to 50 metres in strong blustery conditions with catches consisting mostly of roach, which were present in good numbers in contrast to their absence in recent weeks.

Jim finished as top rod on the day with a weight of 21lb 4ozs with Brian McShane weighing in 16lb 12ozs for second place and Stevie Wright third, with 14lb 4ozs.

The dates have been announced for the Inland Fisheries Ireland Junior National Pike Championships which will consist of a series of qualifying competitions and a final.

Each angler who catches a pike at a qualifier goes through to fish in the final. Entry into the Championships is free and there are two sections, Under 13 and Under 18, determined by an angler’s age on January 1, 2012.

Entrants, who will all receive a medal, do not have to be a member of an affiliated club and there will be trophies for the top three in each section at each qualifier.

Tackle prizes worth €1,000 and Cups will be up for grabs at the final, making it a super event for young pikers.

The nearest local qualifiers will take place on Saturday, May 12, at Ardee Pike Anglers, Dromore, at Ballybay Wetlands. To enter call Terry on 08779 62961. There will be another qualifier at Keady and District on Sunday, May 27,

To take part at Clea Lake, with a check in at 11am and fishing from 12noon to 4pm, phone Mickey on 07771 740 813.

If your club would like to host a qualifier or get involved contact IFPAC Youth Officer Brendan O`Reilly on 086 601 0272.

It was a much better week on the River Moy, with 25 salmon reported. The Foxford Fishery yielded one of 8lbs on prawn, caught by Dessie George.

Despite the unsettled conditions, Carrowmore Lake produced good sport with Declan Dooley taking a salmon of 8lbs, John McBride boating one of 9lbs and David Kidd and Steven McDonnell bagging one each at 6lbs and 8lbs.

Angling in the Pontoon and Glass Island area saw Pat Shiels and Joe Halloran, boat four trout, while Martin Smith, bagged a brace on a Green Peter and Pat Shivers and Pat McCoughlan, from Belfast, took two at 1lb 40zs on a Bibio.