The annual Waterways Ireland Open at St. Mullins got off to a slow start but in the end produced some top weights of dace for the winning anglers as all enjoyed their river fishing on the tidal section of the River Barrow. Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club  reports…

St Mullins

Anglers arrived to fish this year’s Waterways Ireland Open at St. Mullins to find the river slightly coloured with a little extra water pushing through and the decision was taken by the hosting Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club members to fish the river rather than the alternate canal venue as the water level had dropped a lot over the last couple of days. The morning frost and mist cleared as anglers headed for their pegs with expectations high for good fishing.


The 11am all in saw a slow start to the fishing but the pegs at the upstream end started to produce a lot of dace and that was how it went until the falling tide slowed sport. Pegs towards the top of the stretch produced some outstanding dace nets with new Waterways Ireland Open Champion Gary Doyle bagging the most with a splendid 22lb 4oz net of chunky dace. Sensas sponsored Gary caught most of his 120 fish net on the whip with some on the float from his peg midway between the wires and the platforms. Defending champion Attila Paldeak fished similar methods a couple of pegs upstream but was a little short with his 19lb 8oz all dace net. Upstream end peg advantage produced another all dace net of 18lb 2oz, mostly on the float for third placed David Norbury. 

  • Gary Doyle [peg 10] 22lb 4oz
  • Attila Paldeak [peg 13] 19lb 8oz 
  • David Norbury [peg 16] 18lb 2oz
  • Adrian Browne [peg 14] 17lb 4oz
  • John Browne [peg 15] 9lb 0oz

We would like to thank all the anglers who traveled to fish the match and our event sponsors Waterways Ireland for their continued support.


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Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club

Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club’s home water is at Ballyshunnock Reservoir, Co. Waterford. The reservoir is managed as a mixed fishery by Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club. It is regularly stocked with brown and rainbow trout of 1lb plus as well as a healthy native population of browns. It also contains rudd, bream, tench and rudd/bream hybrids.  Permits are available from Centra in Kilmeaden, Waterford Angling and Outdoor Centre (John O’Brien), Waterford, Titelines in Cappoquin, The Tourist Offices in Dungarvan and Newtown Stores, Newtown. Membership of Waterford and District Coarse Angling Club also entitles to coarse fish the lake. Details available from 086 163 2462.

Waterford & District Coarse Angling Club are affiliated to the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and are members of the Angling Council the National Governing Body for coarse and predator angling as recognised by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.