Congratulations to the juniors from Lurgan Coarse Angling Club who win the first ever Junior All Ireland Angling Club Championshiops fished on the O’Rourkes bank of the Newry Canal. The venue has recently been enhanced to provide secure and accessible angling perfect for our juniors by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Just behind Lurgan’s 9 points came Erne Anglers A Team with 10 and in third place Oakland’s club team with 14 points. A superb performance by Thomas Quinlan, of the New Ross Angling club at Oaklands Lake, co. Wexford made him top individual with 5.340kgs. Thomas caught 10 skimmer bream and other bits on the pole at 11.5m. Runner up was James O’Doherty, Erne Anglers AC for 50 fish on the pole including 6 small bream for 4.940kgs. In third place was Ciaran Haughian, Lurgan AC with 4.040kgs of mainly small fish and a couple of good hybrids on the pole.
The canal fished well with fish for everyone from the off and good catches all along the canal producing an average weight of 2kg for the juniors.
President of the NCFFI, Oliver McGauley presented a range of fantastic tackle prizes, trophies and medals to the winning teams & individuals sponsored by Tubertinit UK Ltd and fishery managers, the Loughs Agency.
The highly successful event was attended by six club teams from all across Ireland was fished in excellent weather conditions and concluded with a BBQ on the bank thanks to provisions donated by O’Doherty’s Fine Meats of Enniskillen.
A great day’s event for the Newry canal and an enjoyable day for the Junior club teams. We are already looking forward to next years championships where we can expect an increased number of club teams in attendance!
The Newry Coarse Fish Angling Club has resurrected itself after a 30 year absence and hopes to make best use of this superb facility in the future. Their aim is to promote coarse angling in the Newry area and get the canal back on the map for coarse and match angling and in conjunction with the NCFFI will be hosting the Home Internationals on the venue this October. They are currently open to new members encouraging people of all ages and ability into angling. If you would like to know more or you run a local community club who would like to get involved you can mail them at email@example.com or contact via their Facebook page here.