Fishing Report – October 2020

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BAC – The Silver Butchers tackle up for a days boat fishing at the Corbet Lough on 10 October 2020

We are now into the final month of the season and the colder weather and shorter days have seen some anglers leave the waters to start preparing for next season. Although the fishing is now challenging those anglers who are still putting in the fishing effort are finding that if you get the right conditions and the right tactics you can still catch a decent fish ot two. The recent spates down the River has seen some end of season salmon and decent wild brownies in the Club’s stretch of the River. Geoff Hylands and Leonard Ervine have been catching a few nice salmon up to about 7lbs on the fly. Wilson Clinghan has also been catching some of the River’s nice wild brownies on the fly. At the Corbet Lough the shore anglers have been getting better sport than the boat anglers during the past couple of weeks with some nice fish being caught close in to the shore. On Saturday 10 October the Silver Butchers held a boat fishing outing at the Corbet. They had a return of 14 fish to the boats with Corbet regular Aidan Lavery taking the accolade of the top rod with Tom King and Raymond Cherry in joint 2nd place. On the same day the Club’s competition anglers fished a shore competition at the Corbet Lough for the Hanlon Cup. A number of anglers took the bag limit and Geoff Hylands had a lovely Rainbow of about 3lbs but he couldn’t catch a second fish that would have undoubtably put him among the prizes. At the weigh-in Wilson Clinghan took the Hanlon Cup with a nice brace of fish weighing just over 4 and a half pounds. Roger McClements and Leonard Ervine were 2nd and 3rd respectively with good bags of fish over 4lbs. The Club’s next competition is back at the Corbet Lough on 24 October. The adult anglers will be fishing for the Hugh Savage Cup and the juveniles will be fishing for the Sportsman Cup. On 24 October there was a good turn out of competition anglers to fish for the Hugh Savage Cup at the Corbet Lough. Most of the anglers caught fish on the day. Trevor Jones had 4 fish prior to lunchtime but after that they seemed to go off. At the weigh-in Martin Dynes won the Hugh Savage Cup with a lovely brace of Rainbows weighing just over 5lbs. Roger McClements and Sam Grant were 2nd and 3rd respectively with nice bags of fish weighing around 4.5lbs. The next and final competition of the season is back at the Corbet Lough next Saturday 31 October. The adults will be fishing for the Dominic Downey Cup and the juveniles will be fishing for the Paddy Downey Cup. There will also be a junior (under 13yrs) competition at the Corbet Lough from 2pm – 5pm for the Bill Gault Glazing Cup. Although the competition programme has been shortened this season due the COVID-19 restrictions it has been really well organised by Damian Murtagh, Competition Secretary and it has been as enjoyable and competitive as ever. As we approach the final competition of the season there are still a number of adult anglers who can lift the title of Angler of the Year 2020. In light of this the final competition is sure to be well supported and be very interesting. Friday 30 October was a lovely autumn day at the Corbet. Henry McKnight was fly fishing from the shore and he had a beautiful fish of almost 3lbs. David McKeague was bait fishing and he had a couple of good fish. On Saturday 31 October, the final day of the season, the conditions had changed completely as Storm Aiden brought in very wet and windy weather. The Club’s adult competition anglers were fishing at the Corbet for the Dominic Downey Cup. Trevor Jones, Lurgan, who is a great competition angler, got his reward by winning the Cup with a lovely brace of Rainbows weighing just over 6lbs. Roger McClements was in 2nd place with another lovely bag of fish weighing just under 6lbs. Wilson Clinghan was 3rd with his bag of fish weighing over 4lbs. This result concludes the 2020 competitions and Roger McClements has taken the accolade of adult Angler of the Year 2020.