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Reeling in the year – 2015 – some amazing catches !

December 22nd, 2015 | by

A quick look back at some of our ‘Catch of the week’ winners during 2015:

January…

January saw a smiling Paul Bourke get ‘Catch of the Week’ for his biggest pike of the season when out fishing with Pierre Montjarre.

Lough Derg fishing well – big pike on the feed including a monster of 1.16 metres.

Paul Bourke lifts a 116cm pike on Lough Derg

Paul Bourke lifts a 116cm pike on Lough Derg

February…

Coarse angler Fintan Brennan won on the river Barrow with the Daingean Match Anglers, he had with a personal best of  50lb 5 oz of dace.

A great day for Fintan Brennan as he takes top prize with the Daingean anglers

Fintan Brennan with his bag of silver

Fintan Brennan with his bag of silver

March…

The river Nire saw local angler Des O’Rourke land a 52cm+ trout on a jig head nymph while fishing with Andrew Ryan of Clonanav

Trout to 52 cm. which is our Catch of the Week on opening day for fly anglers on the Nire

Des O’Rourke had a 52cm fish on opening day

Des O’Rourke had a 52cm fish on opening day

April…

Who could forget the massive 39lb 12oz pike caught by Gerard Smyth of Border Fishing Guides .  After a great battle Ger eventually got her in the net.

Massive Monaghan pike reported to tip scales at 39lb 12oz

Gerard Smyth with 39lb 12 oz pike

Gerard Smyth with 39lb 12 oz pike

May…

The river Slaney hit the news in May when Waterford angler Brian Hennessey caught and released a cracking 24lb salmon.

Brian hits the 20’s on the Slaney and wins our Catch of the Week.

Brian Hennessey with 24lb Slaney salmon C & R

Brian Hennessey with 24lb Slaney salmon C & R

June…

June saw the first of the blue sharks.  Tom Collins, skipper of Loch an Iasc brought angler Evan McGovern out fishing and he landed a fine blue which measured in at 180 fork by 71 girth – just under specimen size.

First Blue Shark of 2015 caught on Loch an Iasc from Union Hall.

 

Evan McGovern caught the first blue shark of 2015

Evan McGovern caught the first blue shark of 2015

July…

It was double vision for Carrigaholt skipper Luke Aston when one of his anglers had 2 Six gill sharks of about 900lb each!

Angler catches two 900lb sixgill sharks off Clare coast

David Ball fishing on the Clare Dragoon latched onto this 900lb monster

David Ball fishing on the Clare Dragoon latched onto this 900lb monster

August…

Dirk Crauwell joined skipper Mark Gannon in Courtmacsherry where he landed a fine specimen skate with an approx weight of 164 lbs.  Dirk had some battle to draw this monster in.

A fine specimen skate who put up a great battle at Courtmacsherry

A specimen 164lb skate for Dirk Crauwell

A specimen 164lb skate for Dirk Crauwell

September…

Albacore tuna on fly off the Cork coast caught the attention.  Sidney Kennedy was aboard the Silver Dawn with Mike Dennehy.

Irish angler catches 2 tuna on fly off Cork coast

Sidney Kennedy got 2 albacore tuna on fly

Sidney Kennedy got 2 albacore tuna on fly

October…

Wexford guide Sid Jones of Fishing Ireland had some magic results and was very pleased to land a 78 x 40cm bass weighing 12.5lb

12.5lb beautiful bass for the Wexford guide Sid

Sid Jones's 12.5lb bar of silver

Sid Jones’s 12.5lb bar of silver

November…

Another heavy weight pike when Armagh Angler Stephen McGarvey was the envy of every pike anlger in the country in November when he landed a 32lb 2oz pike.

32lb 2oz Monster pike, well worth waiting for !

Stephen McGarvey with 32lb 2oz pike

Stephen McGarvey with 32lb 2oz pike

December…

December the month of Santa, smiles and enthuastic children goes to the Killinarden Angling Initiative in Tallaght who battled wet, freezing, wild and miserable weather to catch their fish in Athy.  We will see lots more from this progressive club !

Hardy crew from Killinarden catch the fish

Well done KAI...

Well done KAI…

 

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