Fishing Report – June 2019

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BAC – A ‘studious’ Wilson ‘Skippy’ Clighan with a cracking Rainbow of 6lbs 10ozs taken on the fly at Corbet Lough on Saturday 15 June 2019. Wilson sportingly returned this great fish.

On Saturday 1 June the Club’s competition anglers headed west to the fantastic Lough Melvin for the latest outing in this season’s competition programme. The fishing conditions were great and all the anglers returned some very good bags of fish. At the weigh-in Wilson ‘Skippy’ Clinghan took 1st place and the Straghan Cup with a catch of 2lbs 13ozs. Ivan McVeigh was in 2nd place with a catch of 2lbs 8ozs and Geoff Hylands was 3rd with a catch of 2lbs 5ozs. The fishing on the Corbet on 1 June was also top class. The Corbet was busy with numerous boat and shore anglers. Aidan Lavery and Eddie Harris from Lisburn had a fantastic session with 31 fish to the boat. Roger McClements had 14 fish to the boat. Darrell McKinley also had a fantastic boat session with 25 fish. Patrick Curran and and his dad Joe had great sport with 26 fish to the boat. Darryl Alexander had 8 good fish to the boat. Jim Warren also had 8 good fish up to 3lbs to the boat. Day Ticket anglers Brendan O’Hare and Jeremy Rose from Newry had great sport with 4 fish up to 3lbs to the boat in a short 2 hour session. On Sunday 2 June the ‘Sunday Morning Club’ enjoyed some great sport at the Corbet. Philip Rankin and Michael Mooney had 9 good fish to the boat. John Lewis and Michael McKeown had 5 nice fish to the boat. On Thursday 6 June Darrell McKinley enjoyed some fantastic boat fishing. He had 11 good fish to the boat. On the same evening Frank Kearney and Gary Murphy also had a good evening’s boat fishing with 9 fish. On Friday 7 June Gary McCormack and Joe Gibson had some great sport in the afternoon. They had 7 nice fish to the boat. In the late afternoon and early evening Sam Watt had a great boat session. In a few hours he had over 30 fish up to 3lbs. The Club’s competition anglers also had an evening competition at the Corbet with the adults fishing for the Patsy McGivern Shield and the juveniles fishing for the Patsy McGivern Trophy. They weighed some great bags of fish. Juvenile angler Patrick Curran won the Patsy McGivern Trophy with a great fish weighing 2.707lbs. Malachy McAleenan won the Patsy McGivern Shield with a cracking brace of fish weighing 6.680lbs. Noel Burns was 2nd with another good brace of fishing weighing 5.829lbs and Milne Jones was in 3rd with his brace of fish weighing 5.621lbs. On Saturday 8 June regulars William Cochrane and Stephen Henry were out for their weekly boat session. In four hours they had 4 fish to the boat with Stephen catching an absolute cracking Rainbow weighing 7lbs 2ozs. This is the best recorded fish caught at the Corbet this season. In the afternoon Geoff Hylands had some good sport with 6 fish to the boat. On Sunday 9 June Philip Rankin and Michael Mooney caught 10 fish to the boat. On Sunday evening a lot of anglers were out fishing the Corbet’s evening rise. Geoff Hylands and Eugene Curran, Sam Grant and Wilson Clinghan, and Sam Watt and Andy Holden each had over 20 fish to their boats. Leonard Ervine had 8 fish to the boat. Matt Shields and Lance McCarthy were out for a morning boat session on Monday 10 June and they had 8 nice fish. Gary McFadden and Robert Weir were also out during the morning and they had 10 fish to the boat. On Thursday 13 June Tom King and Gerard Lyness had a great boat session with 19 fish. Stephen Rea was also out and he had a great session with 26 fish to the boat. On Friday 14 June Aidan Lavery and Eddie Harris were boat fishing during the morning and early afternoon. They had a fantastic session with 29 fish to the boat. Lance McCarthy and Matt Shields also had a good boat session during the morning with 8 fish. Brendan Downey was out in the afternoon and and he had a very enjoyable session with 7 nice fish up to 2lbs 8ozs to the boat. On Friday evening the Club’s adult competition anglers fished the River Bann for the beautiful Otterburn Brown Trout Trophy. Wilson Clinghan took the accolade and the Trophy with a great bag of fish weighing 1.484lbs. Keith Gibson and Colin Crothers were 2nd and 3rd with fine catches of 1.265lbs and 1.133lbs respectively. The next competition is a boat fly fishing competition at the Corbet Lough on 21st and 22nd June for the Boat Anglers Cup (Adults) and the Wardsworth Bethel Cup (Juveniles). Contact the Competition Secretary for details. On Saturday 15 June William Cochrane and Stephen Henry were out during the morning and they had 11 fish to the boat. William mentioned that the fish were going well on Cormorants. Wilson ‘Skippy’ Clinghan was fishing from the shore and in the early afternoon he had an absolutely cracking Rainbow of 6lbs 10ozs on the fly. Wilson sportingly returned this fine fish. This is the second very big fish taken at the Corbet this month.