Fishing Report – September 2018

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BAC Colin Crothers the Adult Angler of The Year 2018

Although the Corbet holds a good stock of fish the Club made another significant stocking in early September to endeavour to inject some more action into the fishing. On Friday 7 September Maurice Lemmon had a great morning’s boat fishing. He drifted and took six nice fish to the boat. He also hooked and lost at least another six fish. On Saturday 8 September the Club’s adult competition anglers fished for the Shooter Cup whilst the juvenile competition anglers fished in the inaugural competition for the Joe Curran Cup. Noel Burns took the honours in the Shooter Cup competition with a great bag of fish weighing 4lbs 3ozs. Keith Gibson took 2nd place with a good brace of fish of 3lbs 14ozs and Roger McClements was 3rd with a weight of 3lbs 9ozs. In the juvenile competition Imogen Johnston took the honours and won the Joe Curran Cup with a fantastic brace of fish weighing 4lbs 5ozs. The anglers reported that the fish were up in the water. On Saturday 8 September Darrell McKinley took a few hours boat fishing and he had nineteen fish by pulling dabblers just under the surface. Adrian McAnarney was also out for a few hours and he had five fish to the boat. On Sunday 9 September Sam Watt took a few hours boat fishing and he had six fish on his own ‘snail’ pattern. He also missed a number of other fish which took the fly and spat it before Sam had a chance to strike. With the fishing picking up again almost all the boats were out on Thursday 13 September. Maurice Lemmon had another great morning’s fishing with five fish to the boat. Stephen Rea and Robert Weir took seventeen fish to the boat by fishing dries on the drift. On Friday 14 September all the boats were out on the water again. The NICS anglers held their annual outing on the Corbet and all the anglers reported great sport. The top boat was Philip Spence, Bangor and his partner Colin Wright with over thirty fish to the boat. They took a lot of fish during the morning session on dry daddies. The fish went off the dries in the afternoon and they then started catching fish by pulling wets. On Sunday 16 September Brendan McGrath was out for an afternoon’s boat fishing and he had eleven fish to the boat on a selection of hoppers. Adrian McAnarney had a fantastic boat session. He fished dabblers on an intermediate line and he had twenty two fish to the boat. His catch included four of the small Browns which he confirmed were all in great condition. The Browns are an added attraction to anglers and hopefully they will provide some great sport over the coming seasons. Wilson Clinghan was out fishing dries from the shore up to dusk and he had seven nice fish to the net. On Monday 17 September Darrell McKinley and Damian Murtagh had a morning’s boat session and they had seven fish to the boat. They took fish on dry daddies and also by stripping dabblers. On Wednesday 19 September Storm Ali passed over the Corbet but Darrell and Andy had the boats and buildings well secured and there was no damage. On Thursday 20 September the weather was greatly improved and the Corbet was between a corduroy ripple and a flat calm. William Cochrane and Stephen Henry were out for their weekly boat session and they had some great sport on dries. They had three fish each to the boat. Stephen took his fish on a selection of his home tied daddies which added to his enjoyment and satisfaction. Stephen Rea also took a few hours boat fishing and he had twelve fish to the boat by fishing dries on the drift. On Saturday 22 September Aidan Lavery and Eddie Harris from Lisburn had a great morning’s fishing at Corbet with twelve nice fish to the boat. The Club’s adult competition anglers competed for the Gowdy Cup on the River Bann. Although there is only a few competitions left in 2018 there was a good turn out of anglers. In previous years the Adult Angler of the Year competition has went right down to the wire and many anglers were still optimistic that with a late run that they could nip in and win this years title. However it was not to be. Colin Crothers won the Gowdy Cup with a nice wild Brown Trout of just over 1lb. Geoff Hylands was 2nd and Sam Grant just pipped Martin Dynes for 3rd. This result means that Colin cannot be caught and with a few competitions still to go he is the 2018 Adult Angler of the Year. Colin, who was just pipped for the Angler of the Year title in 2017, has fully deserved his success this year. He has been the top angler throughout the 2018 season. Congratulations Colin. On Sunday 23 September Darrell McKinley took a few hours boat fishing on the Corbet. He used a midge tip line and he had nine fish to the boat. He took most of the fish on a bibio. John Kincaid took a boat out up to dusk and he had three nice fish. On Monday 24 September Lance McCarthy and Matt Shields enjoyed a morning’s boat fishing with five nice fish. On Wednesday 27 September Davy McCandless enjoyed some great sport taking ten fish on the fly whilst fishing from the ramps in the top bay. On Friday 28 September, after a very cold night, there was an early morning mist over the Lough and some ice in the boats. When the mist cleared and the ice melted Lisburn anglers Eddie Harris and Aidan Lavery enjoyed a fantastic morning’s boat fishing. They took eighteen fish to the boat fishing a floating line and pulling wets across the surface. Their top flies were a fairy brown bumble, a bibio and a black octopus. Davy McCandless also had some great sport fishing from the ramps in the top bay. He had seven fish on the fly. Aidan Lavery and Eddie Harris returned to the Corbet on Saturday 29 September and they had another great session with eight fish to the boat using similar tactics and flies to the previous day. John Kincaid and his son, who normally fish in the evening, also enjoyed a good morning’s boat fishing with six fish to the boat.