BAC Special Guest Sharon Murtagh, Sam Watt, Chair and Colin Crothers, Angler of the Year 2018

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 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. 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. 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 2019

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 will be published in February 2020. – Click Here to download

Angler of the Year 2018

After another great competition programme, which included over 20 individual competitions fished at Corbet Lough, the River Bann and Lough Lene, Colin Crothers took the prestigious accolade of Adult Angler of the Year 2018. Colin who finished 2nd last year by the narrowest of margins ensured that this would not happen this year as he won the title back in September 2018. This is the second occasion when Colin has won the Adult Angler of the Year title. His previous success was in 2011. Colin won competitions at Corbet and on the River Bann. He has been one of the Club’s most consistent competition anglers over the last decade. The above photograph shows Colin being presented with the Angler of the Year Shield by Special Guest Sharon Murtagh and Sam Watt, Chair at the Club’s Dinner Dance in the Anglers Rest on Friday 25 January 2019.

Imogen Johnston took the accolade of Juvenile Angler of the Year for 2018. Imogen, who won the Club’s inaugural Junior Angler of the Year title back in 2014 has created a lot of Club history this year. She is the first female angler to win the prestigious Juvenile Angler of the Year title and she is also the first angler to win both the Club’s Junior and Juvenile Angler of the Year titles. Imogen is from great angling stock being related to renowned anglers Henry McKnight, John Johnston and Malcolm Wing. You can see that they all have had a great influence upon Imogen. She is very comfortable and competent at all methods of fishing and simply considers the conditions and uses the best method to suit. Imogen is also a very competent fly tyer and regularly attends the Club’s fly tying class. This is another great achievement for Imogen.

Niall Tumelty won the title of Junior Angler of the Year 2018. Niall caught some great fish at the Corbet over the past couple of years. He was mentored by his grand uncle Frank Tumelty in the competitions. I have no doubt that Niall can win many more competitions at the Corbet over the coming years. This is a great achievement for Niall and we look forward to seeing him back at the Corbet in 2019.

Congratulations to Colin, Imogen and Niall on their fantastic achievement in 2018.

To view the full table of winners of the Angler of the Year award from 1975 to 2019. – Click Here