Eddie Long reports on the first round of the NADA winter league…

The first outing for NADA’s winter league took place last Sunday 8th November in Graiguenamanagh. Conditions were absolutely atrocious! It was blowing a hooley and lashing with rain. I’m sure most folk wouldn’t have even dreamt of setting foot outside their doors but we fisherman are made of tougher stuff than your average Joe Soap. Either that or we’re just not right in the head.

NADA anglers are tougher than most. They don’t wear shoes bankside to avoid alarming fish.

Anyway, we all met up in the Graiguenamanagh boat club at 8am. Everyone was registered by Padraig O Riordan for the winter league and also pools on the day of a fiver a man. The draw took place at 9 am sharp as soon as it finished everyone headed off to their pegs to get set up for the 11am all in.

winter league
A good bag of fish

The guys fishing the boathouse side were definitely at a disadvantage as there is no cover from the elements whatsoever. I dont think anyone wanted to risk a pole breakage which was almost guaranteed on that side of the river so most chose to fish the whip and also the stick float. Conditions the other side were I’m sure slightly better because of the little bit of extra cover so the lads on that side were able to fish the pole.

Some good perch were landed

Fishing this match was extremely tough going, trying to keep our bait dry and tackle from blowing away in the wind was no mean feat and at one point the rain was at monsoon levels. Keep an eye on our Facebook page where I’ll post a video showing just how bad the rain was.



1st Trev Campbell 4.950kg
2nd Mark Maloney 2.900kg


1st Dan Campbell 5.650kg
2nd Eddie Long 1.600kg


1st Peter Walsh 5.800kg
2nd Chris Moore 4.050kg


1st Paul McLoughlin 12.650kg
2nd Kevin Hodson 5.500kg

I’d like to thank Mitch Tom and Martin from the Graiguenamanagh boat club for letting us use your facilities, you’re very kind. We’re all looking forward to coming back to fish again, hopefully the weather will be better next time.
Cheers Lads
Eddie Long.

Naas & District Anglers

The New Naas & District Anglers Club was set up on the 31 August 2012. Our Club is a Social club. The waters around Naas are Home to brown trout ,salmon,eels, pike, perch, bream, rudd, tench. Naas and District Anglers are dedicated towards getting kids involved in the sport of angling.
Club Members are responsible for restocking and ensuring that all angling byelaws are complied with.
Membership of the club is always open and we welcome new members with open arms.

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