Logo: Irish Angling Update, fishing reports ireland

Latest Reports

More angling Reports

In the press

Weekly update

Mostly jacks for Tullamore anglers in Hogan Cup

February 20th, 2018 | by

Pat Foran reports on the latest news from Tullamore and District Angling Club who held an open pike angling competition for the Hogan cup on Sunday 18th February…

Grand Canal

Grand Canal

This is the clubs biggest pike angling event of the year and is fished in memory of Jim Hogan, who was a well-known angler in the Tullamore club and although Jim is no longer with us, he still lives on in the memory of his friends and family today.

Conditions were lovely on the day as it was quite mild and overcast. Most of the 27 anglers who turned out to fish the event on the Grand Canal caught small pike on the day.

jack pike

It was a day for jacks

The winner was Francis Tyrrell. We were especially delighted for Francis as he is also one of the club’s oldest members and at the age of 80 years old, he has gathered up a lifetime of fishing experience and teaches us all something new every season. Francis was also one of Jim’s closest friends and up until his win of the Hogan Cup had been the only one of Jim’s close friends to not have won the cup in the past, so this win was especially deserved for Francis. Francis had 5 pike for 15lb.

Francis Tyrrell recieves the Hogan Club from Eugene Cahill

Francis Tyrrell recieves the Hogan Club from Eugene Cahill

In second place was Corey Gorman. Corey is a well-known angler who previously won our Mick Conlan Trophy at our Christmas competition. For the entire day, Corey tried desperately to catch a pike, but to no avail. But in the last 20 minutes of the event, Corey managed to catch a lovely pike of 5lb.  After casting back out into the same spot with only 10 minutes to spare he landed another pike of 5.8lb. Well done to Corey as he really surprised us all with that result.

Corey Gorman reiceves 2nd Place

Corey Gorman reiceves 2nd Place

In third place was John James Mulligan. John James is our youngest pike member and has only taken up the sport recently. He is always winning through good fishing on a weekly basis. John James Mulligan is a name to keep an eye on for the future. John James had 3 pike for 9lb.

John James Mulligan recieving 3rd Place

John James Mulligan recieving 3rd Place

The club returned to the Irish National Foresters hall in Tullamore for their prize giving ceremony. The anglers enjoyed hot food and refreshments. The club also awarded on the night the Gordon Bushell Memorial Shield for heaviest pike of 2017. This was won by Pat Foran with a marvellous pike weighing 26lb 14oz. Pat also won the Joe Lambe Memorial Shield for the best bag of the year which included 80lb of Pike. An understanding achievement.

Patrick Foran recieves his shields

Patrick Foran recieves his shields

The club would like to thank the Hogan family for sponsoring the event and supplying the prizes to be raffled off to ensure everybody left with something.

Paddy and Johnny Hogan travel from New York to fish the event, they brought 3 of their American friends over to fish.  It was great to have our overseas guests in Tullamore, and we wish them a pleasant and safe stay in Ireland.

The club would like to extend a huge special thanks to all the Hogan family and Foresters for making the event such a success.

Our Next Competition

Tullamore and District Angling Club will host the next pike competition on February 24th. New members are welcome. Meeting at 9 am at Kilbride Plaza, Tullamore. For more info contact Pat: 0863545579.


This post is in: Grand Canal, Midlands, Pike fishing reports