John Chambers of the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs reports on the latest Kingspan National Pike Championships qualifiers fished on Lough Egish…

We had to switch the June qualifying competition of the 2012/13 Kingspan National Pike Championships from a flooded River Suck to Lough Egish in County Monaghan. The switch was only made on Thursday so we were very concerned that many anglers would not get word of the change. We were very happy when 80 anglers turned up and entered.

Fishing was really good with many good pike caught in the first few minutes. Some anglers caught steadily throughout the accumulating really good bags. We no longer provide full details of results but word does get around reasonably quickly.

As usual we calculated results in John Murray`s Lakeview bar. Many thanks to John for providing huge quantities of great sandwiches, cocktail sausages and chips. He also kindly provided prizes for the raffle.
The top 5 anglers who qualified to fish in the Final were

  • 1st David Murphy
  • 2nd Tucker McCabe
  • 3rd Eugene McCabe
  • 4th Jerome Fisher
  • 5th Alan Heasley
Eugene McCabe with a 15-14
Eugene McCabe with a 15lb 14oz pike