Fishing Report – October 2018

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BAC Aidan Donnelly with a cracking Rainbow of 7lbs 8ozs taken on a bloodworm at Corbet Lough on 17 October 2018

October is showing all the signs of autumn with lower temperatures, the trees shedding their leaves and the countryside taking on its autumnal colours. The fish in the Corbet are also feeding hard in preparation for winter and as a consequence the anglers are still enjoying some great sport. Since the start of the month Davy McCandless has been enjoying great fishing. He is catching some nice fish from the fishing stands at the front of the Lough. I understand that the bloodworm is doing the business. David McKeague is also enjoying good fishing. He is also fishing from the fishing stands and he is taking some nice fish on the worm. On Thursday 4 October Stephen Rea and Darrell McKinley had a great days boat fishing. They fished a selction of dabblers and had over fifty fish to the boat. They had a number of double hook-ups. Indeed Stephen even had a full house of three fish, two Rainbows and a Brownie on a single cast which he successfully landed and returned. Stephen and Darrell, who sportingly returned all their fish, reckoned that the best fish would have been up to 4lbs. Dan Tumilty and Leonard Irvine also enjoyed a great session with fourteen fish to the boat. Henry McKnight and Malcolm Wing had a good boat session with eleven fish. William Cochrane and Stephen Henry had seven to the boat. On Friday 5 October Lance McCarthy and Matt Shields had five fish to the boat. On Saturday 6 October there were seven boats out on the Corbet during the morning and early afternoon. Dan Tumilty and Leonard Irvine enjoyed another great session with nine fish to the boat. Darryl Alexender had seven nice fish to the boat. Sammy McCue and Davy McCandless also had seven good fish to the boat. Henry McKnight and Imogen Johnston enjoyed some good fishing with four fish to the boat. Dessie Graham also had four fish to the boat. David McCreedy and Stephen Henry had three fish to the boat. On Thursday 11 October Darrell McKinley and Stephen Rea had another great boat session. They fished a cast of dabblers in the traditional Irish lough wet fishing style and picked up fish over the drop offs. At the end of the session they had twenty five fish to the boat. On Friday 12 October the Lough was quiet as Storm Callum hit the district. On Saturday 13 October the winds abated but it was still a very wet day. However there was a good turn out of competition anglers at the Corbet for the Toasty Jardine Shield for adults and the Graham Cup for juveniles. Imogen Johnston won the Graham Cup with a very good bag of fish weighing 4.060lbs. Imogen’s best fish was a great fish of 2.769lbs. In the adult competition for the Toasty Jardine Shield only 3 anglers weighed in the bag limit. Roger McClements won the Shield with a bag weight of 3.672lbs with Sam Grant in 2nd place and Keith Gibson in 3rd place. On Wednesday 17 October Aidan Donnelly, Portadown was out at the Corbet for a few hours fishing. He spoke to the Boat Attendant as he past the office who informed him that the Corbet was fishing well and that the fly anglers had been taking good fish on the bloodworm. After a few hours shore fishing Aidan returned with a cracking big Rainbow which had a tail like a shovel and hit the scales at 7lbs 8ozs. Sure enough Aidan took the fish on a bloodworm. This is the best recorded fish taken at the Corbet so far this season.