Lurgan triumph at Ballybay event

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Twenty nine teams, totalling 116 match anglers from all over Ireland, have taken part in the Ballybay Angling Association Teams of Four event fished on the Black and Yellow Islands, White Island and Concra Wood sections of Lough Muckno.

A minutes silence was held as a mark of respect for the tragic accident that happened to the anglers from Portadown Pikers on Lough Ree.

All keep nets, landing nets and other gear were dipped at the station provided at the Old Coach Inn to prevent contamination before the all in signal.

It was a five hour match fished from 11am until 4pm and there was a sharp wind with the day changing from bright sunny crisp conditions to overcast with icy rain showers and hailstones. Some anglers were quick off the mark with the majority opting for feeder tactics and catches were mainly of roach with occasional hybrids. The fishing was tough and challenging but everyone caught fish.

Winners of the event were the Lurgan Concra Team which was made up of Cathal Hughes, Philip Jackson, Jim McAlastair and Johnny Keith, with Lurgan White finishing tenth; Lurgan Yellow twelfth and Lurgan Black twenty second.

The full results were as follows: (1) Lurgan Concra, (2) Kingfisher, (3) Daingean, (4) The 3D’s & 1B, (5) BSI, (6) The Master Baiters, (7) Belfast Blue, (8) Daiwa Fishing Tackle & Bait (9) Ballybay 1, (10) Lurgan White, (11) The Young Ones, (12) Lurgan Yellow (13) Ballybay 3, (14) Naas A, (15) Carrickmacross B, (16) Fishmaniak, (17) Belfast Red, (18) Drogheda 1, (19) Ballybay 2, (20) Carrickmacross A (21) Naas B, (22) Lurgan Black, (23) Nass D, (24) Naas C, (25) Carrickmacross C, (26) Drogheda 2, (27) Shark Slayer, (28) Thundering Sticks, (29) Bream Team.

An individual pool was also run with Paul Leese top weighting with 9.330Kgs; 2nd Ron Jordan 8.150Kgs; 3rd Julian Kendrick 7.390Kgs; 4th Dominic Wilson 6.670Kgs; 5th Johnny McKinley of Lurgan CAC with 6.430Kgs.