Three competitions were fished on the Lakes over the weekend, with Dabblers and Green Peters proving the most productive fly choice at present. Saturday the 4th saw the Annual Competition take place between Dublin Anglers and Lough Conn and Cullen Anglers. This was a catch and release competition, with fish over 11 inches being counted. In total 38 anglers fished, with 53 trout above the limit measured. In first place was Joe Quinn, Cloghans, who had seven trout in total. Second place went to Karl Murrin, Sligo, (also with seven trout) and in third was Joe Ferguson, Knockmore, with four trout.
Conn and Cullen Anglers also hosted the Annual Pratt Cup Competition on Sunday. The competition was fished by 42 anglers, who boated 27 trout over the 13 inch size limit. Once again Joe Quinn, Cloghans took top honors, with four trout totaling 2.49kg. Michael Rutledge, Lahardaun took second with three for 2.419kg and in third was Sean Goulding, Dublin, with three for 2.019kg.
Lough Cullen was the venue for the Annual Albert Berry Cup Competition which was hosted over the weekend. There was a 12 inch limit in this event, and the 46 anglers who participated presented 46 trout for the weigh in. In first place were Stan McArt and Jack Spratt, Coleraine, with six trout for 9.68lbs. Second place went to Gerry McCarthy and Paul McArdle, Castleblaney, with five trout for 6.2lbs and in third was Susan and Walter Byrne, Co. Offaly, with four trout for 5.25lbs.
Elsewhere on the lakes, anglers have been experiencing varied degrees of success, with duckfly and olives surfacing intermittently. Fishing out of Gerry Murphy’s, Massbrooke, Barry Grehan, Edenderry and Liam McHugh and Mick Sweeney, Loughrea, averaged four trout per angler per day while fishing over the weekend, these fish averaged 1.25lbs and were all released.
In the Cloghans area, Peter Roche had five trout, his best weighed 2lbs and were all taken on wet flies. Out of Pontoon Bridge Hotel, Nicholas O’Kelly, Dallas, U.S.A. reported one trout of 1.5lbs, taken on a Silver Dabbler. James Man, London, also had one of 1.5lbs taken on a Green Peter while Pierre Bernard, Switzerland and one of 1.25lbs. Finally, Dublin duo Robert Scott and Donal Hurley recorded six trout for 7lbs all taken on wets.