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Murky canal makes for poor piking on a cold day in Offaly

November 28th, 2017 | by

Patrick Foran brings us the latest report of the Tullamore and District Angling Clubs most recent pike competition.

14 Anglers turned on the 26th November for the competition that was held on the Grand Canal. In all the fishing was extremely poor with only 8 pike being caught. The conditions remained cold over the day with an average temperature of 2c and showers of rain remained patchy.

Pat Foran with his 9lb 9oz Pike

Pat Foran with his 9lb 9oz Pike

The results were as follows:

  • 1st- Patrick Foran – 1 pike – 9lb 9oz
  • 2nd Diarmuid Grehan – 1 pike – 7lb 12oz
  • 3rd Charlie Lawlor – 1 Pike – 3lb 14oz
  • 4th John Cuttler – 2 Pike – 2lb 6oz

The Junior prize on the day went to John James Mullighan who had a 1lb Pike.

A Nice Perch which took a small dead bait on the Grand Canal.

A Nice Perch which took a small dead bait on the Grand Canal.

Most anglers choose to fish float fished dead baits. The canal was a murky colour and many anglers believed this had put the fish off feeding. One angler reports that around lunchtime he saw his float moving off slowly, he struck and when the fish appeared on the surface it turned out not to be a pike at all but a lovely perch of around a pound weight. It just goes to show that you never know what lurks beneath the canal’s murky water.

Next Competition:

The clubs next competition will be held on the 10th of December.

It will be the clubs Christmas competition, where anglers will compete for the Michael Conlon cup.

We will be meeting that morning at Kilbride plaza, Tullamore at 9 am.

For more information contact Pat- 0863545579




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