Banbridge Angling Club’s Competition Secretary Damian Murtagh and his Assistants Wilson Clinghan and Roger McClements continue to run a very sociable and vibrant Competition Programme each season for adult, juvenile and junior Club members. The emphasis is very much on sportsmanship, fun and with a little competitive spice thrown in for good measure. The competitions are primarily held on Corbet Lough and the River Bann. However in June the anglers travel to fish the famous Lough Melvin and then in August they venture up into the scenic Mourne Mountains to fish Spelga Dam. If you are competitive go along and hone your angling skills against some of the Club’s top anglers. Indeed if you are interested in competition fishing these Club competitions could open the door for you competing in interprovincial and international competitions. If you are not competitive just go along for the sportsmanship and the craic. You will enjoy the angling and I have no doubt it will help to improve your angling skills and catch rate.
Dinner Dance and Adult Prize Distribution Night
The highlight in the Club’s social calendar is the annual Dinner Dance and Adult Prize Distribution Night which is held on the last Friday in January. This is a great evening with great food, fantastic entertainment and an opportunity to socialise with friends and our riparian owners. Even if you are not a competition angler I am sure that you would thoroughly enjoy the evening. Tickets for this Dinner Dance usually go on sale around Christmas time or early in the new year.
Juvenile Competitions 2020
There are two categories of Juvenile Competitions. These are (i) Juvenile, for all juveniles members; and (ii) Junior for juveniles aged under 13 years. The competitions for Juvenile members will continue to run in parallel with the adult competitions. The competitions for Junior members will be held on different days. These competitions will be shorter ‘child friendly’ competitions lasting 3 hours with an emphasis on fun and tuition. Juniors, aged under 13 years may also fish in the main Juvenile competitions.
The 2020 Competition Programme is available here. – Click Here to download
Angler of the Year 2019
After another great competition programme, which included over 20 individual competitions fished at the Corbet Lough, the River Bann, Lough Melvin and Spelga Dam, Geoff Hylands took the prestigious accolade of Adult Angler of the Year 2019. Although Geoff is a former winner of the World Cup on Lough Mask, this is the first occasion that he has won the Club’s prestigious title of Adult Angler of the Year. As Geoff said “this is the first year that I have been able to focus on the Club’s competitions’. He won competitions on both the River Bann and Corbet Lough. However it was Geoff’s consistency that saw him take the title as he was in the top three in most of the competitions. Geoff is currently one of Club’s best and most consistent competition anglers. The above photograph shows Geoff being presented with the Angler of the Year Shield by Special Guest Clare Flack at the Club’s Dinner Dance and Adult Prize Distribution in the Anglers Rest on Friday 31 January 2020.
Patrick Curran took the accolade of Juvenile Angler of the Year for 2019. Although Patrick has previously won numerous individual competitions and come close to being the Angler of the Year, this is also the first occasion that he has been the Angler of the Year. Patrick had a great season in 2019 catching some fantastic fish at the Corbet Lough. He also enjoyed another great first this season when he caught a beautiful Brown Trout on the mayfly at the magicial Lough Sheelin. Patrick is a fantastic young fly fisherman and he is now following in his father Joe’s footsteps. Joe was the Club’s first Juvenile Angler of the Year back in 1977 and he retained the title in 1978. Patrick has another season as a juvenile angler and I am sure he will endeavour to match Joe’s success as a juvenile angler. Patrick is also a very competent fly tyer and regularly attends the Club’s fly tying class.
Niall Tumelty has retained the title of Junior Angler of the Year 2019 for a second consecutive year. Although there was limited competition in this category this year Niall still had to participate and catch the fish. He was mentored by his gran uncle Frank Tumelty in these competitions. The Club hopes that Niall and many more young anglers will continue to fish in the coming season.
Congratulations to Geoff, Patrick and Niall on their fantastic achievement in 2019.
To view the full table of winners of the Angler of the Year award from 1975 to 2019. – Click Here