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Casting back 80 years for Positive Futures by John Dory
BANGOR Angling Club held a competition and fundraising event  to celebrate its 80th anniversary last month. Prizewinners received their awards from chairman Raymond Telford. First was James Venning, second Brian Stanfield and third Marshall Tweed.

A spokesman said,

“As a club we encourage more people from different backgrounds to fish more often and over the past years we have welcomed a group of young adults supported by charity Positive Futures. The work of Positive Futures was the focus of our fundraising efforts which raised £765.”

Bangor Angling Club jointly manages the upper and lower Ballysallagh reservoirs at Craigantlet in partnership with DAERA. The members would like to thank local and national angling suppliers, AM Angling, Tight Lines, The Village Tackle Shop, Frozen North Fly Fishing Company and Wychwood Game for their generous prize donations.

Competitiors at the Bangor Angling Club’s 80th anniversary competition raised money for the charity Positive Futures.
October 6, 2017 / by / in
Don’t miss the late gold rush by John Dory
SEPTEMBER brings the game angling season to a close, in most areas, and sea anglers begin to think about tying up their boats for winter but this month can often be the most productive time of the year for both branches of the sport.
 
Lough Neagh’s big dollaghan begin to run up the rivers as the leaves begin to fall and the Bann always gets a late run of salmon which make their way into the smaller rivers, if water conditions are good. Lough Erne’s smaller rivers also produce good sport in September as big spawning trout make their way from the lake to the header streams. Autumn also produces the best salmon fishing on the Erne and parts of the Foyle system, particularly the Owenkillew and the Derg rivers in Tyrone.
 
For those who prefer salt water the bass fishing comes into its own along the north coast and in Carlingford Lough while big shoals of pollock come inshore with almost every tide, well within reach of beachcaster and rock anglers. Shark and tuna fishing reach a season’s peak in the south and west. For the last few years bait fish such as mackerel have been shoaling in our seas until Christmas.
 
So don’t pack up the rods too early.
 
Meanwhile last week’s extraordinary rains left a trail of havoc, ruined homes and washed-out bridges in the north west visiting misery on many people. But angling clubs have also been counting the cost of the flash floods which saw a month’s rain fall in just a few hours. Banks, paths and styles have been washed away on many popular fisheries and spawning beds destroyed. At least one club is considering an early end to the season in an effort to fully assess the damage and preserve remaining salmon stocks.
 
Some of Ulster’s finest small salmon rivers were hit hard including the Faughan, Burndennet and Crana. In one case a fish was washed into the nets on a riverside football field.
 
And finally, young anglers caught and released over 25,000 wild coarse fish, weighing more than two tonnes, during the World Youth Angling Championships at Inniscarra Lake in County Cork earlier this month. France dominated the prizes winning the under 25, under 20, under 15 and individual events. Medals were also picked up by Germany, Belgium, Poland and England. Team Ireland finished 9th in the u25, 8th in the u20 and 7th in the u15. Ulster’s James O’Doherty, Ireland’s favourite for a medal, just missed a podium place. Ireland presented some of the youngest anglers on the bank many of whom were new to international angling.
 
A 9lb pollock, caught by Maurice Henderson in deep water off Larne, aboard Bangor’s BETSY 3 last weekend.
September 5, 2017 / by / in
Kevin’s in heaven on Spain’s Ebro by John Dory
PRESS photographer Kevin Cooper is man who moves fast and as an eye for the big picture. The keen angler caught this 170lb catfish on the river Ebro in Spain last week – just an hour after reaching the riverbank. It is a personal best for the angler and the largest from the fishery this year.
 
Kevin flew from Belfast and was met by fishing guide Oliver Bentley of River Ebro Catfish. After a quick change into fishing gear it was onto the riverbank and half an hour later the first catfish of 10lb was caught and returned. An hour later the rod tip bouncing and bells ringing meant a much bigger fish.
 
“I picked up the rod and struck, but apart there was no strong pull. The fish was obviously swimming towards me until it decided to take line and then there was nothing to stop it. Five times it took line before being brought under control,” he said.
The second day’s fishing produced 50lbs and 30lbs fish along with other fish around the 10 lbs mark.
 
Said Kevin,
“Oliver provided expert advice and assistance as well as being an excellent cook and personal driver. Over the four days 10 fish were lifted. All fishing licences, rods, tackle and fishing baits were provided. Fishing licences are essential as bailiffs checked the paperwork twice over the four days.”
Meanwhile the late Dick Warner’s final contribution to angling  started on TV this week. The Great Irish Fishing Odyssey is a 13-part series beginning on eirSport. The programme blends an innovative format with HD photography and unseen archive footage. The result is a television series that conveys an important aspect of Irish culture and heritage while also retaining broad audience appeal. The series is made by Midas Productions and supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland.
 
Dick’s last contribution to angling leaves no stone unturned in his odyssey to catch one of each of 13 freshwater species in all weathers, in every type of waterway, and it cements his legacy as one of Ireland’s all-time presenting greats.
 
Monday night’s programme started with the annual ritual of mayfly fishing for brown trout on Lough Corrib. International fisherwoman Betty Hayes joined him on the water.
 
 
Press photographer Kevin Cooper with his 170lb catfish.
August 27, 2017 / by / in
Ulster nets a World Cup by John Dory
ULSTER fared well in the final of the wild trout World Cup fly fishing competition on Lough Mask last week. The event attracted 474 anglers. Winner Geoffrey Hylands, from Banbridge, had four fish for 4.861lbs and Bangor’s Larry Gibb was winning boatman.

August 17, 2017 / by / in