Fishing Report – June 2018

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BAC Banbridge competition anglers at Lough Lene, Co Westmeath on 9 June 2018

The month of June started with a weather forecast for thunder and lightning and this deterred some anglers from venturing out in the boats. Although some areas got bad weather the Corbet was generally fine throughout the day. On 1 June there was a great turn out of the Club’s competition anglers to fish in the evening competition for the Patsy McGivern Shield (Adults) and the Patsy McGivern Trophy (Juveniles). Joe Curran won the Patsy McGivern Shield with a brace of great fish on a Shipmans Buzzer. The total weight of Joe’s fish was 6lbs 4ozs with his best fish 3lbs 7ozs. Davy McCandless was 2nd with a couple of fine Rainbows weighing 4lbs 6ozs and Sam Grant was 3rd with two nice Rainbows weighing 4lbs 2ozs. Imogen Johnston won the Patsy McGivern Trophy (Juveniles) with a nice fish of just over 2lbs. Derek and Sam Curran took an evening boat session and they had three fish to the boat. William Cochrane and David McCreedy also took a boat session and they had a brace of fish each to the boat. On Saturday 2 June Raymond Cherry and Aidan Lavery had a great boat session with over twenty fish to the boat. On Sunday 3 June Adrian McAnarney took an evening boat session and he had great sport with fifteen fish to the boat on a selection of cormorants. Adrian also hooked and lost a fine fish which he estimated at around 5lbs. On Monday 4 June Stephen Henry had a great morning boat session taking eight fish on a selection of his cormorant flies. There was a great hatch of damsels at the Corbet and Brendan Downey also enjoyed some good sport with five fish on damsel nymphs. Darrell McKinley was out up to dusk and he had over twenty fish to the boat on static buzzers. On Friday 8 June Roger Armstrong and his boat partner had great sport at Corbet with thirteen fish to the boat. On Saturday 9 June the Club’s competition anglers were on their travels for their inaugural visit to Lough Lene, Co Westmeath to fish for the Straghan Cup. The conditions were challenging as a bright sun and gin clear water is not conducive to good fly fishing. Although there was plenty of fish rising they were not easily fooled. At the weigh-in Joe Curran had a great Lene Brownie of 3lbs 5ozs which gave him the Straghan Cup. Wilson Clinghan was 2nd also with a Brownie of just over 1lb. To finish the day Sam Watt, Joe Curran and Geoff Hylands served up a great BBQ on the shore on Lene. Although the fishing was hard the anglers enjoyed the experience and perhaps Lene may become a regular competition venue in future years. The photograph shows the Club’s competition anglers at Lough Lene. Back to the Corbet and on Sunday 10 June Stephen Henry had a fantastic boat session with ten nice fish on the fly. In the evening Geoff Hylands took a couple of hours on the Corbet to rebuild his confidence after his Lough Lene trip. It certainly worked as Geoff had thirteen fish, including a brace weighing around 3lbs 8ozs, to the boat. On Monday 11 June Andrew and Stephen Rea took a ‘pleasure’ boat session on the Corbet. This was on the back of a fantastic week for the Reas during which Andrew qualified for the Irish Fly Fishing team on Lough Lein, Killarney and Stephen enjoyed great success fishing on the big English reservoirs. Andrew and Stephen had thirty Corbet trout to the boat on static buzzers. On Thursday 14 June Ivan McVeigh took a late evening boat session and he had ten fish to the boat on dries up to dusk. On Friday 15 June Brendan Downey had great sport with eleven fish to the boat on Shipmans Buzzers and F Flies. Lance McCarthy also had a very good session which included a couple of fish of about 4lbs to the boat. On Friday 15 June the Club’s adult competition anglers fished an evening competition on the River Bann for the Otterburn Brown Trout Trophy. Colin Cothers took the honours with Noel Burns 2nd and Joe Curran 3rd. On Monday 18 June Adrian McAnarney and Roger McClements took an evening’s boat fishing at the Corbet. They had some great sport with sixteen fish between them to the boat. On Friday 22 June 16 anglers competed for the Boat Anglers Cup at the Corbet Lough. The conditions were challenging but anglers still recorded some good catches. On this occasion Geoff Hylands took the Boat Anglers Cup with nine fish. Trevor Jones was 2nd with eight fish and Stephen Clarke was 3rd with six fish. On Thursday 28 June David McCreedy enjoyed a great evening’s boat fishing with seven fish to the boat. On Friday 29 June the Club’s adult competition anglers were back on the River Bann fishing for the Dessie Smyth Cup. The conditions were more suited to a bbq and a cool beer rather than stalking fish along the river. Colin Crothers took the honours and the Dessie Smyth Cup.