Mark Carolan reports that on Sunday last the 28th of April the second leg of the “The Battle On The Boyne” spring/summer league of the Drogheda Coarse Anglers Club took place on “Schoolhouse Lough” in County Monaghan. In total seven anglers took to the banks of this wonderful little lake slightly down on the last match but still a good number. The all in was called by Shane O’Reilly at 11:00am and the all out was called at 3:00pm. Despite the cold North wind and rain beating against most of the anglers everyone managed to catch. The lake was up about a foot from normal summer levels but was still in very good condition and colour for fishing. The best and only method used was the feeder cast into four foot of water at anything from 25 to 35 turns of the reel. The fish seemed to move about a lot and to stay in touch with them it paid to alter the distance of the cast. With a three foot hook length and a size 16 hook fished with a combination of maggot and caster and a cloudy groundbait the fish were hooked and brought to the bank. Species taken included roach, skimmers and hybrids. The day saw Mark Heffernan take a second consecutive section win and a second consecutive best weight on the day of 6lb 3oz. Also in the money was Mark Carolan who also had a section win. Well done to all the members who fished, particularly Alan O’Conor and Rod Coan on their first ever match. The next match will be on Sunday the 12th of May at the Brothers Lake Carrickmacross. Will Mark Heffernan make it three in a row, will Paul Murray make a big come back and beat all with guns blazing, or is there a dark horse who will wipe the boards!!!

The Drogheda Coarse Angling Club will be running two introduction to coarse angling events during Fisheries Awareness Week and details of the first event which takes place on Saturday 11th May can be found below. The club continues to actively recruit new members so if you are interested in joining this progressive club why not drop Secretary Mark Carolan an email [email protected] or give him a call on 087 2801178

Two in a Row for Mark Heffernan on Shoolhouse Lough in Monaghan
Two in a Row for Mark Heffernan on Shoolhouse Lough in Monaghan
Shane O'Reilly Had Some Success at the Schoolhouse Lough in Monaghan
Shane O'Reilly Had Some Success at the Schoolhouse Lough in Monaghan on Sunday
Some Nice Fish Were Taken on Sunday
Alan O'Connor had Some Nice Fish on Sunday

Saturday 11th May 2013, “An Introduction to Coarse Angling”

Join with the Drogheda Coarse Angling Club to learn all about the sport of Coarse Angling at this “FREE” event. Members of the club will be demonstrating the “how to” of getting started in this great hobby and pastime. Club experts will inform you about tackle choice and how to pick the right gear, set up your tackle, tie knots and rigs, choose your swim (fishing spot) and set up. They will also describe the types of bait available, how to choose the right bait and how to prepare it. In addition, they will be describing water craft and how to read the water, the different types of coarse fish, how to spot fish, baiting up and describing the fundamentals in getting started including tips and tricks of the trade. This introduction will be followed by a practical demonstration on pole, whip, waggler and feeder fishing techniques, targeting coarse fish species such as roach, perch, skimmers, bream and hybrids. During this demonstration the Drogheda Coarse Angling team will be showing you how to recognise bites, how to strike and play the fish and finishing up with unhooking and handling techniques. The practical demonstration will be followed by a “have a go session” during which those attending the event will be able to try their luck against the wily fish of the Boyne Canal. The event takes place from 10am to 1pm on the Boyne Canal at Oldbridge. The club will also be recruiting new members on the day, so don’t miss out on this great opportunity to get involved in angling, a hobby for life. This “FREE” event is open to all and beginners, novices and improvers are all welcome to join in. Parking is available at a number of car parks on the Slane Road side of the Bridge. Please be careful when crossing the main Drogheda to Slane road and approaching the canal from across the bridge.

To take part in this event please contact: Mark Carolan at 087 2801178 or by email at [email protected] For further details and information on this and other Fisheries Awareness Week events please visit the Fisheries Awareness Week website at