Youths Fund Raising Competition fished Lough Owel Sunday 7th April 2013.

Congratulations go to renowned Galway angler Robert Reilly on winning a 19’ Sheelin boat in the Irish Trout Fly fishing Associations’s (ITFFA) youths fundraising competition, which was held at Lough Owel on 7th April 2013. Robert, who is from Loughrea, is no stranger to the fly angling scene having represented Ireland at international level on numerous occasions. Robert who also coached the 2012 Irish team that won gold at the international match on Lough Sheelin was partnered with his son Ciaran who will represent the Irish Youths Team in 2013.

With a boat for 1st Prize and a Climb8 wetsuit for the heaviest fish this competition was certain to be a success from the outset. Conditions were extremely tough with a bitter cold easterly wind; however despite the poor conditions eighty four anglers turned out to support this event. Lough Owel lived up to her reputation as a premier brown trout fishery with 104 fish being presented for weighing and scores more fish being returned to the water alive.

Lough Owel is an excellent brown trout venue and is well worth a visit. Anglers could try fishing a silver or claret dabbler in the shallow water and with the weather set to warm up over the coming week there should be little action to be had on duckfly patterns also.

Other Results were as follows:-

1st Robert Reilly 3.450 kg                              6th Dylan Ennis (Juvenile Angler) 2.565kg

2nd Gary Binley 3.110 kg                              7th Ciaran Reilly (Juvenile Angler) 2.545kg

3rd Gearoid Kirwin 2.870 kg                           8th Greg Long 2.51kg

4th Eddie Harte 2.780 kg                                9th Mel Campbell 2.485kg

5th Larry Gibb 2.740 kg                                  10th Peter Byrne 2.475 kg

Heaviest Fish 1.970kg Jackie Coyne

Secret Weight (1.346kg) Danny Cole

The ITFFA Youths Committee would like to extend their gratitude all who supported this event including Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the participants and those who sponsored prizes; all funds raised will be used to support juvenile anglers.

In the attached photograph boat winner Robert Reilly is pictured with his son Ciaran Reilly.

The ITFFA fish off was held on Owel on Saturday the 13th of April 2013.

The ITFFA fish off was held on Owel on Saturday the 13th of April.  The “Fish Off” was held at Lough Owel (Tullaghan Shore).   This purpose of this match is to select the 8 anglers who will retain their position on the Irish International Teams for 2014. This competition was fished on a “Catch & Release” basis and a minimum size limit of 32cm applied. Whilst fishing conditions were tough with a brisk south-easterly breeze, Lough Owel still provided some great action with anglers requiring at least four trout to secure position on the Irish Team for 2014. The following anglers will represent Ireland in the 2014 International Match’s.

1st Kenneth O’Keeffe 10 fish for 3040 points

2nd Andy Duncan 9 fish for 2970 points

3rd Robert Reilly 6 fish for 2460 points

4th Gerry Dixon 6 fish for 2370 points

5th Mick O’Farrell 7 fish for 2350 points

6th Seamus Kelly 5 fish for 2030 points

7th John Willis 4 fish for 1390 points

8th Peter Byrne 4 fish for 1300 points

The Ace cup fished Lough Owel Sunday 14th April 2013.

The Ace cup was fished on Owel on Sunday the 14th of April.  Conditions were very poor with high winds all day on the lake.  However 25 anglers took to the water and weight in 9 fish.  The winner was Tom Gorman ith a fish of .895kgs.  2nd home was Andy Boyle and 3rd was Christy Dunne.

On Derravaragh last Sunday the Abbotts and tight lines was called off due to the poor weather conditions.

Next Sunday the 21st of April we have the O’Malley cup on Owel, fish 11 to 6.