Saturday the 10th of May saw the winners of the Dublin Angling Initiative (DAI) and National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI) draw, which was held at February’s Angling Show in Swords, for a day’s coached coarse angling on one of Irelands top angling hot spots, Gaulmoylestown Lake, Mullingar.

Enjoying their day at Gaulmoylestown, Ruth Ava Hartigan Hogan with dad Jonathan from Thurles, Co Tipperary.

The lucky 10 junior winners and 3 of the senior winners, from all four provinces of Ireland arrived at the lake Saturday morning despite the prospect of very poor weather, luckily the weather held up for the most part with the odd shower failing to dampen the spirits.

The day started with an introduction to the lake, the tackle being used, the fish being caught and water-safety on the lake. Shortly after all anglers got started.

Aided by the NCFFI’s trained ACI/ Coaching Ireland angling coaches it wasn’t long before the Carp were being landed.

For many taking part it was their first experience of coarse angling and for others the first time to catch a carp.
It was clear to see early on by the smiles on the faces and the excitement on the bank that everyone, both young and old, were enjoying the day.

By the end of the session everyone assembled in the car park for refreshments and to tell the stories of the fish they caught and the monsters that got away.

The NCFFI would like to thank everyone who took part in a day that will be remembered and talked about for days, weeks and even years to come.

A special thank you to Niall Purcell, Chairman of Gaulmoylestown Lake Angling Club, for the use of the lake and supplying the all important bait.

We would also like to thank all our coaches, Ambrose Devlin, Pat Bartley, Fint Brennan and Eoin Schweppe.

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