Horbinski does 2 in a row at Muckno
March 23rd, 2017 | by Myles Kelly
Paul McLoughlin reports on the St. Patricks Day Festival fished at Lough Muckno on Saturday and Sunday…
Horbinski holds off the determined Woods for a second successive Saint Patricks Festival win on lough Mukno
It was all to play for we said after day one and the leaders all fought hard on the final day in an effort to gain top spot. The grimly determined Piotr Horbinski did not just hold on, but rather extended his nice overnight lead of more than a Kg.
Going to Black Island Peter needed a good draw to ensure he stayed in contention and sure enough the Gods were with him again, with a brilliant 158 draw, causing him to leave The Old coach Inn with a broad grin on his face.
Piotr in all fairness had still to catch the fish and while he put together a nice catch of 135 fish for 7kgs, some 15 fish less than yesterday, he clearly had enough to extend his overnight lead by a further 2kgs.
Could the most improved venue angler John Woods hold onto 2nd spot from the mighty Philip Jackson was then the big question and the answer came quickly on the all out, when it was found that he had indeed an aggregate weight of 500 grms more than Jacko, who in turn held on safely to third spot.
Our Festivals group would gladly nominate John W, as the most improved, least grumpy, best mannered, least moaning and most popular winner on this Festival and this is our first and last ever nomination.
Overnight favourite Johnny Keith slipped somewhat at the drawbag but still he battled on for a gallant 4th spot, some very little distance behind these excellent top three, from a tough, dour peg 208 draw.
Top weight was that of Piotr Horbinski on a fine 14kgs or 32 lbs in old money, more than 2kgs ahead of John W and Jacko in 2nd and 3rd spots respectively, who each just came in fractionally under 11kgs, it must be said in somewhat testing conditions for all.
- 1st Piotr Horbinski €500.
- 2nd John Woods €320.
- 3rd Philp Jackson €210.
- 4th Johnny Keith €100.
Again we thank all of our anglers who continue to support our heavily sponsored Festivals and we urge our loyal supporters and competent anglers from at home and abroad to continue to do so, in order to ensure sponsorship continuity, into the future.
Thanks to Peter Nicholson for his attendance with the usual quality bait and of course Raymond Watters for his courtesy and personal attention, with after match food and refreshments.
Next up is our Easter 1 Festival of 3 days carrying a top prize of €1000 irrespective of entry followed by Easter 2 of 4 days carrying similarly a €1000 top prize, irrespective of entry numbers.
Do come along to our next meeting in Castlelbayney Gate HouseLodge at Hope Castle at 8pm on Tuesday 21st. Gretta Mc Carron invites all anglers and people generally interested in the preservation, development and the overall merit of the fantastic waterways in this region to attend this Waters and Communities meeting for an open discussion on all relevant matters. As one of the groups heavily involved with the promotion of the Angling Tourist product in the area and the one arguably most interested in its preservation and development, we will be enthusiastically in attendance and we strongly support this initiative.
8 pm Tuesday night at the gate house at Lough Muckno.
Report courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/Lough-Muckno-393107817429399/