Day 2 of the Lakeland’s and Inland Waterways World Pairs Coarse Angling Championship 2012 saw the next rotation of 46 anglers visiting Lough Muckno in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan. Following the implementation of bio-security measures including the dipping of gear and footwear, the draw was held at the Old Coach House in Castleblayney. Anglers then headed off to set up and prepare for the start of the event at the Toome and Concra sections. The word was well out on the hot pegs from Day 1 and anglers again set up pole and feeder rigs.
A dry start looked like an improvement on yesterdays weather conditions but unfortunately as on many other occasions the weather conspired against the competitors. The very cold north westerly breeze whipped heavy downpours into the faces of many of the anglers and it felt quite wintery on occasions. These squally showers were followed on occasions by brilliant sunshine which was comfortably warm in sheltered areas but with Concra Wood and Toome shore both being open and exposed, the competitors did not benefit from these short lived sunny spells.
Fishing was tough but all competitors knuckled down and fished hard in difficult conditions. As the deteriorating weather with strong winds and squally showers left the pole unfishable, most anglers switched to feeder tactics, some with great effect. Some nice bags were returned at the end of the day and catches again consisted mainly of quality roach, with some skimmers, perch and occasional hybrids and bream. Both sections had good weights but Toome produced better weights than those returned on day 1. The best weights to come from Toome shore were 13.880kgs, 13.540kgs, 12.160kgs, 11.410kgs. Best weights from Concra Wood were 9.710kgs, 8.580kgs and 8.010kgs. With the weights being returned building slowly it is hoped that the sections will continue to improve as the week progresses and that the weather will also improve.
A lot of positive feedback was received from visiting anglers on the development works on the Concra Wood stretch and Lough Muckno generally. One well known UK angler commented that he was stunned with the beauty of the venue at Concra Wood and stated that there was “nowhere else in the world that he would rather be”. Another competitor stated that it was his first time on the Co Monaghan venue but it definitely would not be his last.