Banbridge Angling Club’s new Competition Secretary Damian Murtagh and his Assistants Martin Dynes and Wilson Clinghan continue to run a very sociable and vibrant Competition Programme each season for adult and juvenile Club members. The emphasis is very much on sportsmanship with a little competitive spice thrown in for good measure. The competitions are primarily held on Corbet Lough and the River Bann with one or two competitions held further afield perhaps on one of the western Loughs. If you are competitive go along and hone your skills against some of the Club’s top anglers. 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 2017
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 2017 Competition Programme will be published in February 2017. – Click Here to download
Angler of the Year 2016
After another very exciting and close competition programme Wilson ‘Skippy’ Clinghan has taken the prestigious accolade of Adult Angler of the Year 2016. Although Wilson was slow out of the blocks this season he fished very hard throughout the season and he never gave up. In the second half of the season he consistently picked up competition points and he eventually pipped Roger McClements by just a single point. Wilson has now won the Adult Angler of the Year title for a record sixth occasion during a period spanning 25 years. He previously won the title in 1990, 1994, 1998, 2009 and 2013. This record confirms Wilson’s status as one of the Club’s outstanding competition anglers. The above photograph shows Sam Vage, Joint President presenting Wilson with the Adult Angler of the Year shield at this year’s Dinner Dance and Adult Prize Distribution Evening in the Anglers Rest.
The Club’s Juvenile Angler of the Year 2016 is Daniel Moore. Daniel is an affable young boy who really enjoys fishing. He is a prodigy of Martin Dynes’ junior angling competition programme for young anglers under 13 years of age. He has benefited from Martin’s tuition and encouragement and winning this title is a great achievement for such a young angler. Daniel’s best fish in 2016 was a beautiful Rainbow Trout of 5lbs 8ozs which he caught at the Corbet Lough on 22 October 2016.
Adam Morrow has won the title of Junior Angler of the Year 2016. Adam is another prodigy of Martin Dynes’ junior angling competition programme. Adam is an enthusiastic young angler who caught a lot of fish at Corbet Lough in 2016 under the watchful eye and guidance of his proud father, Jonathan.
Congratulations to Wilson, Daniel and Adam on their fantastic achievement in 2016.
To view the full table of winners of the Angler of the Year award dating back to 1975. – Click Here