CONGRATULATIONS to Willis Angling, winners of the Cross Border Peace Cup, held at Beechhill Fishery Newtownards, last weekend.
The team from Finaghy in Belfast weighed-in with a total combined weight of 10.9kg, followed in second place by Fishmaniaks, a team of Polish anglers, with 6.690kg and south Dublin Killinarden Angling Initiative taking third place with 3.930kg. The nine competing teams of four were split between coarse and game fisheries with all catches eligible toward a winning bag.
A spokesman for the organisers, Northern Ireland Cross Community Angling, said,
“We would like to thank all those that took part and a special thanks is owed to the volunteers who made the event a success and in particular to the Sloan family who provided catering over the two-day event. We would also like to thank Ards and North Down Sports Forum as without its grant funding to help with the running of this event it surely wouldn’t have been to the high standard enjoyed by anglers who travelled from across Ireland.”
Prizes for this year’s event were supported by a range of local businesses including Village Tackle, Go Outdoors and Ivy Lodge. Ards and North Down councillor Katherine Ferguson presented the prizes.
Meanwhile thousands of farmed rainbow trout escaped into the Foyle system after the flooding two weeks ago and anglers have been encouraged to catch and kill as many as possible. The rainbow is not a native species and it is feared it will do damage to stocks of wild trout and salmon in the Mourne and the Derg and other rivers as the closed season and spawning time approaches. Day tickets are available from clubs and tackle shops throughout the north west.