Fishing Report – September 2019

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BAC Friendship Cup (2nd Leg) Corbet Lough 7 September 2019 Banbridge Angling Club v Armagh Angling Club

On Friday 6 September Corbet Lough regulars Eddie Harris and Aidan Lavery had a great morning’s fishing on the Corbet. They took 16 fish between them to the boat using a floating line and a team of traditional wets fished just under the surface. On Saturday 7 September the Corbet was very busy with boat anglers, competition anglers fishing in The Friendship Cup and pleasure anglers. Robert Weir and Gary McFadden had a great boat session in the morning. They drifted and fished daddies and caught 12 fish between them. In the 2nd leg of The Friendship Cup between Banbridge Angling Club and Armagh Angling Club the fish weren’t giving themselves up easy and unfortunately some anglers blanked. Banbridge angler Wilson Clinghan took the heaviest bag weighing 4.285lbs. Trevor Jones, Banbridge had the heaviest fish on the Banbridge team weighing 2.998lbs. For the Armagh team Tom Rushe had the best fish weighing 2.398lbs and Trevor Dixon caught the heaviest bag weighing 3.818lbs. The successful Banbridge Angling Club team, which won The Friendship Cup 2019, was Sam Grant (Captain), Leonard Ervine, Paul McKinstry, Patrick Curran, Wilson Clinghan, David McCandless, Trevor Jones, Dessie Graham, Malachy McAleenan and Jim Warren. On Friday 13 September the Osprey Angling Club held its annual outing at the Corbet Lough. Local angler David McCreedy used his local knowledge of the Lough to catch 7 nice fish to the boat and take the accolade of top rod on the day. During week commencing 16 September the weather turned very warm and the fishing became a bit more challenging. However if you fished at the right time of the day there was still a good chance of success. Leonard Ervine and Geoff Hylands enjoyed some great sport when the sun went down in the evening from both the shore and the boat using daddy patterns. On Wednesday 18 September they had 4 fish between them from the shore. On Thursday 19 September they had 5 fish between them to the boat and on Friday 20 September they had 7 fish between them to the boat. These fish were all cracking fish with big tails and would have been about 3lbs. On Saturday 21 September Sam Marks was out on the Corbet for a bit of daytime boat fishing. During the periods of cloud cover he caught 5 fish on daddies. Also on Saturday 21 September the Club’s adult competition anglers fished the River Bann for the Gowdy Cup. The fishing was challenging but many anglers still bagged up with a brace of keepers. At the weigh-in Wilson Clinghan took the Gowdy Cup with Dessie Graham in 2nd place and Geoff Hylands in 3rd. The next competition is back on the Corbet Lough on the 12 October. The adult anglers will be fishing for the Toasty Jardine Shield and the juvenile anglers will be fishing for the Graham Cup. As the competition programme enters the final stretch Wilson Clinghan and Geoff Hylands are neck in neck with Wilson just a point ahead. On Sunday 22 September Geoff Hylands and Leonard Ervine were out on the Corbet for another boat session and they had 12 fish between them. On Friday 27 September the Corbet was busy with both boat anglers and bait anglers fishing from the shore. Dessie Graham was out boat fishing in the morning and he caught 8 fish. Lance McCarthy and Matt Shields were also out in the morning and they had 7 fish between them to the boat. Tom Cherry and Philip Waterworth from Lisburn were out in the early afternoon and they had 6 fish between them to the boat. In the evening Keith Gibson had 4 fish to the boat. During the day most of the bait anglers also appeared to be catching fish. On Saturday 28 September Aidan Lavery and Eddie Harris from Lisburn were out on the Corbet during the morning and early afternoon. They had a fantastic boat session. Aidan caught 10 fish and Eddie caught 4 fish. William Cochrane and Stephen Henry also enjoyed a great morning’s boat fishing with William catching 7 good fish and Stephen catching 2 nice fish. On Sunday 29 September the ‘Sunday Morning Club’ from Lisburn had a great morning’s fishing at the Corbet Lough. Philip Rankin and Michael Mooney had 11 fish to the boat just pipping John Lewis and Michael McKeown who had 10 fish to the boat.