Arriving in Killarney, I was amazed at the long queue that tourists formed in the city center waiting to experience the wonderful vistas of the area on horse-drawn jogging cars with their wagons. After all, it was the middle of October.
Probably the most popular flight is Ross Castle on the shores of Love Lane (Line). It was there I was headed to the annual charity fly fishing competition at the end of the season. The morning was cold and cold, yet Ross’ parking lot was full of coach cars, trainers, and hunters.
The fishing team dominated as three separate events were scheduled for the day: Mallow for Fishermen, Macrome Fishermen and the Michael Hegarty Charity Contest, which combined totaled over 100 competitors.
This year the nominated charity was the Irish Pilgrimage Trust (Kerry Chapter) which serves children and young people with additional needs. Committee member Catherine Foley was on hand to receive a check for €515. “We are raising money for our course in Lourdes next year, and that money will go into the seven-day trip,” she said.
Most of the boats headed to the east side of the lake and enjoyed some great fishing. I was paired with Frances Kelly of Ko Cork and together we caught no fewer than 10 small trout, each averaging about 0.5 lbs.
The 4,700-acre lake contains a large number of islands, large and small, some of which are suggested, dating back to the Bronze Age with limestone outcrops. Focus our focus near the “chicken and chicken” bump!
Have a great meal and present the prizes at the Dromhall Hotel on Muckoss Road to end a great day.
Results: 1, P. Hoare (Blarney), 5 fish; 2, T McLoughlin (Claire), 4f; 3, T Ormond (Meath), 3f; 4, Tom Sweeney (Cork), 4f.
The Co Wicklow Winter Fly Fishing League’s Annamoe Trout Fishery got off to a strong start last weekend with 135 trout caught by 20 fishermen. The conditions on that day were good, which undoubtedly contributed to the great hunt, all of which were released.
The competition, now in its 16th year, continues to attract a whole host of competitors, and fishery owner Brian Nally said there were only a few spaces left from the three remaining rounds.
To ensure the survival of fish, especially large rainbows, it is planned to introduce a ban on the use of “boobies”. However, points, films, and pointers are allowed.
Results (Heat 1): 1, In Madden, 14 fish, 556 cm; 2, H Smith, 14f, 536 cm; 3, T-Ven, 12 V, 510 cm; 4, B. McDonnell, 10 F, 451 cm; 5, B McDonnell Jr., 10 F, 407 cm.
Awards sponsored by Southside Angling were presented to the top five winners who also advance to the final on December 17. The remaining qualifying rounds are November 5 and 19 and December 3. If you would like to participate, contact Brian at 086259 8563.
International crowd for Feederfest
A continental field of fishermen from Holland, Sweden and England recently arrived in Ireland to compete against top Irish fishermen at the Feederfest Ireland Festival at Lake Inniscarra in Coachford, Co Cork.
It was a tough competition that resulted in a triple victory for Dutchman Willem V de Helm ahead of his teammates in second and third places.
The event was split into five sections of Coachford Greenway and caught by 74 anglers in turns, who enjoyed mixed bags of bream, skimmers, hybrids and crickets on most of the wedges, with one species dominating the other wedges.
Organized by Inniscarra Lake Tourism Ltd, the event was sponsored by Heineken, O’Riordan’s Bar, Coachford and O’Callaghan’s Bar & Guest House, and complemented by an earthy taste of Sensas Ireland.
Results: 1, W vd Helm (Netherlands), 59.230 kg; 2, H Roskam (Netherlands), 52.500 kg; 3, A Multem (Netherlands), 52.450 kg; 4, R Scott (England), 51,500 kg; 5, W Multem (Netherlands), 47,300 kg.
The World Junior Championships will be held next August in Portugal. This pontoon fishing championship is the pinnacle of freshwater fishing, and the National Cowfishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI) is keen to field teams in three age groups to give young anglers the opportunity to advance to the upper echelons.
Teams of five anglers including a reserve consist of under-15s, under-20s and under-25s.
NCFFI invites young fishermen interested in hunting the international team to contact https://www.ncffi.ie/team-ireland-youth/ by the 10th of November. After that, several open days will be announced in the places most convenient for the location of the applicants.
The Federation has invested in junior sport fishing since 2012 and this year saw 17-year-old Charlie Richards win world champion in Slovenia.
Temptation pairs tournaments
The All-Ireland Lure Pairs Championship was held this past weekend at Lough Ree. Fishing by boat with artificial lures, anglers search for perch and pike, accumulating points based on the length of the fish while fishing, taking pictures, and releasing. The fishermen were also asked to submit videos of fish returning safely to the water.
The winning duo of Tomasz Kurman and Jacek Gorny with 275,455 points over the two days took home a Humminbird Helix 9 MSI and €600. They also won a pair of Dragon Fishing Equipment reels for the largest fish at 106cm in height.
Galway anglers Lukasz Znamiec and Krzysztof Michonski finished second with 155,840 points and earned a Minn Kota Enduramax Electric Motor 55, €450.
Marcin Kantor and Grzegorz Malaszuk received 200 euros from the Barracuda Tackle for the largest perch, an incredible 37 cm.
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