John Chambers reports on the Final of the National Pike Championships which were recently held in Co. Clare from their website at

The Final of the 2014/15 National Pike Championships was held on a lake in Clare today. In all 55 anglers qualified to fish in the Final but 2 couldnt make it. The 53 anglers caught 105 pike to 22-02. Several nice doubles were caught.
The clear winner was David Murphy of the Newbridge & Dist Pike Anglers Club. He had 5 pike for an impressive 37 lb. 02 oz. which included a best pike of  22 lb. 02 oz. He was crowned National Pike Champion and will captain the 10 man Irish team in the Ireland Vs Great Britain International Challenge in October
1st Dave Murphy 5 pike 37-02
2nd Paul McCarthy 10 pike 27-08
3rd Mick O`Connor 5 pike 26-15
4th Paddy Dimbylow 5 pike 25-00
5th Graham Reilly 5 pike 24-13
6th Sean Markey 6 pike 19-15
7th Robbie McShane 3 pike 18-11
8th Kevin Foley 2 pike 17-07
9th Andrej Duran 8 pike 15-03
10th Alan Heasley 3 pike 13-03

Dave Murphy with the winning trophy along with the nine other winners.
Dave Murphy with the winning trophy along with the nine other winners.

Reserve in 11th place was Paul Comiskey 2 pike 12-15
We would like to thank Paddy and the staff of the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort for looking after us so well and laying on a really splendid 4 course presentation dinner.
We would also like to thank the Lough Graney Club for kindly laying on 3 boats and boatmen to assist in weighing