GERMAN anglers Jens Koshnick and Thorsten Kusters have won the top prize at the World Pairs coarse fishing contest in the border lakelands of Fermanagh, Cavan and Leitrim with a total bag of 189.9kgs. Jens Koshnick also takes home the best individual prize for his total of 98.6kg. Philip Jackson and Nick Howell were the top finishers for Northern Ireland taking 6th place with a bag of 154kg. Around 130 anglers entered the five-day contest from Sep 5-9 for a share of the prize fund of £20,000.
The Junior All Ireland coarse fishing championships took place at Killykeen Forest in Cavan on August 27 and was followed by the Inter-Provincial team championships. The event provides the opportunity for young anglers from both sides of the border to come together and compete before progressing to senior level. A Novice category is included with coached assistance designed to introduce newcomers to competitive fishing. Top weight of the day went to Eoin Rogers of Carrickmacross AC with 3.8kg.
The Junior Inter-Provincial Championships fished the same venue. Three provinces fielded five teams of five, with Ulster winning the day and retaining the title. Team members Stephan Patterson, Jordan Hall, Harry Whitehead, Conor Gaughan and Aaron Galbraith won two sections and came second in three to achieve a fantastic score of eight points.
The 37th Lough Melvin Open Trout Championships on September 3 attracted more than 300 competitors from across Ireland and the UK seeking to outwit their rivals in this four-day team event of top-class angling. Winning duo of Fechin McMorrow jnr and James Cox, on their qualifying day, managed five fish (three and two). However, on finals day, it was Cox who triumphed with four fish for 1.260kg, sufficient to win the championships. For their efforts, the pair each received a cheque for £2,250 and pieces of Galway Crystal.
The Melvin Anglers’ Association is thriving in every sense of the word. Its relatively new clubhouse on the shores of the lough is a sight to behold and easily the finest in the country.
Encouraging youth into angling is high on its agenda. A fly-tying class conducted by committee members attracted 40 youngsters. And a second session brought the group to Birchwood Fishery, Drumquin, where they tested the newly tied flies with favourable results.