Eddie Long PRO of the Naas and District Anglers (NADA) reports on the first round of the NADA Weatherseal Winter League which took place last Sunday Nov 9th in Athy. Fishing was due to take place on the town match stretch but because of flooding and health and safety we decided it was best to move the match to the Marina and the Ardree stretch. Many thanks to the Athy Angling Club for allowing us to use the marina at such short notice!

The match draw took place in Conlon’s station and Gary Quayle was presented with his 3rd place trophy from the summer league, well done Gary!

Conditions were by no means great for fishing but the marina produced some good weights. Kevin Hodson and Trev Campbell tied first place with 20lbs 5oz. Second in section was Marcin Kantor with 12lbs 8 oz. Everyone on the marina had decent enough weights but it definitely wasn’t fishing its socks off perhaps due to some very large pike marauding around the marina.

The Ardree stretch was a totally different kettle of fish and on many pegs down there the kettle remained empty. The fishing was extremely tough in Ardree with many of the big guns firing blanks. Niall Smyth won the bottom section with 11lbs 4oz and Neil Keane got second in the section with 7lbs 12oz. Mariusz Matuiza came first on the middle section  with 2lb 15oz and Padraig O’Riordan got second in section with 1lb 7oz. Top section on Ardree was won by Peter Walsh with 3lb 3oz and second in section went to Paul McLoughlin with 8oz.

The fishing was by no means easy, some guys tried every trick in the book and still couldn’t buy a bite but it was great to be back on the Barrow in Athy for this heavily contested NADA winter league. The event is being sponsored by Naas company Weatherseal Spray Foam Insulation.

Lough Aisling is the venue for round 2 of the league.

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Winner of the NADA Summer League Gary Quayal Being Presented With His Trophy
Gary Quayle Being Presented With His Summer League 3rd Place Trophy
Trev Campbell Displays a Nice Bag
Trev Campbell Displays a Nice Bag of Roach
A Nice Net of Fish at the First Round of the NADA Winter League
A Nice Net of Fish at the First Round of the NADA Winter League
Peter Walsh Shows the Quality Fish Taken at the Weekend Event
Peter Walsh Shows the Quality Fish Taken at the Weekend Event
Eddie Long With His Catch
Eddie Long With His Catch
Marcin With Another Nice Net of Fish
Marcin Kantor With Another Nice Net of Fish
Declan Day at the Weekend Winter League Match
Declan Day at the Weekend Winter League Match
Andrius Simbilis With a Nice Perch at teh NADA Winter League
Andrius Simbilis With a Nice Perch at the NADA Winter League
Neil Keane
Another Net of Fish from the NADA Winter League Round 1
Niall Smyth With A Nice Net of Fish
Niall Smyth With A Nice Net of Fish