Banbridge Angling Club’s Competition Secretary Martin Dynes and his Assistants Damian Murtagh 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 2017
After another very exciting and very close competition programme, which included over 20 individual competitions fished at Corbet Lough, the River Bann and Lough Melvin, Roger McClements has taken the prestigious accolade of Adult Angler of the Year 2017. Roger secured the title with a fantastic fish of 5lbs 3ozs which he caught on the fly at Corbet Lough on Sunday 29 October just three days before the end of the season. This fish put Roger into second place in the Heaviest Fish of the Year competition and the 2 points awarded was enough to give him the Angler of the Year 2017 title by just a single point. This is the second occasion when Roger has won the Adult Angler of the Year title. His previous success was in 2014. Roger has been one of the Club’s most consistent competition anglers in recent years. Following his last success in 2014 he was second in 2016 and now he has taken the title again. The above photograph shows Roger being presented with the Angler of the Year Shield by Sam Vage, Club President at the Club’s Dinner Dance in the Anglers Rest on Friday 26 January 2018.
Daniel Moore retained the title of Juvenile Angler of the Year for 2017. It is a fantastic achievement for Daniel, who only started fishing the Club’s competitions a few years ago, to win the prestigious Juvenile Angler of the Year for two consecutive years. Daniel is an affable young boy who really enjoys fishing. He is a prodigy of the junior angling competition programme for young anglers under 13 years of age. He has benefited from Martin Dynes’ tuition and encouragement over the last few years.
Daniel Dynes only started fishing the Club’s competitions this season and he has won the title of Junior Angler of the Year 2017. Daniel is a really keen young angler and he enjoyed the fishing and the craic at the Junior competitions this year. He is another prodigy of the junior angling competition programme. Martin Dynes was Daniel’s mentor in these competitions. This is a great achievement for Daniel and we look forward to seeing him back at the Corbet next year.
Congratulations to Roger, Daniel Moore and Daniel Dynes on their fantastic achievement in 2017.
To view the full table of winners of the Angler of the Year award dating back to 1975. – Click Here