Naas and District Anglers Winter League Round 3 took place on the Royal canal in Moyvalley Sunday last 10th January, Eddie Long reports…

The lads all met up in Mother Hubbards for breakfast and then the match draw was held at 9 am. We all set off for a stretch of the canal just down from Fury’s pub and began to set up for the match. Conditions were nice, there was a slight breeze, it was sunny but it was quite cold. I don’t think any of us were under any illusions that this match would be anything but tough. We weren’t wrong, the canal here is very shallow(2-4′) and water clarity is was quite clear. Also the previous night had been quite cold so we knew it was going to be difficult but we didn’t think it would be that difficult.

cold fishing
Eddie did well to catch 28oz for fist place

I used two rigs, a Drennan roach 4×12 fished shallow with a 22 hook and a 4×14 on the deck with 22 hook. I started to catch from the start and luckily for me one of my earlier fish was a decent roach of about 10oz, the rest were stickleback size roach but I was catching when most seemed to be struggling. The fish were just not on the feed at all. Anyway, in the last hour of the match it became very cold and I’m sure everyone was delighted when the all out was called at 3pm.
It was very tough fishing for everyone but as always we had a laugh and had the craic.


Section 1

1st Paul McLoughlin 8oz
2nd Rob Kavanagh 7oz

Section 2

1st Gravidas 19oz
2nd Padraig O Riordan 11oz

Section 3

1st Lukasz Cizla 1/2oz

Section 4

1st Eddie Long 28oz

I’d like to thank Brian O Donoghue of Royal Enfield CAC for helping us find a venue to fish and organising access to the stretch. Cheers Brian!

For some a single small fish was all the day gave them

It would have been nice if we’d had a few more fish for everyone but canal fishing during winter isn’t easy and if the fish ain’t playing ball there’s not much you can do. Anyway, it was good to get out on the bank with the lads, we still had fun but we really hope the weather and fishing will improve for round 4! REALLY HOPE!!!
Signing off

Eddie Long
Naas & District Anglers Club

Naas & District Anglers

The 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.