Mick Flanagan has all the news from Lough Owel…


Lough Owel Anglers were out in force last Sunday October 7th and some cracking trout were caught in blustery conditions. Top Rod was Dublin angler Martin McGorian with a super trout of 5lbs 4.8oz. 2nd place went to John Dooner of Mullingar, with another cracker of 3lbs 8.2oz, and 3rd twas Morris Gorman also of Mullingar.

Stan McKeon of Lough Owel Trout Preservation told us they were quite please with this years fundraising competition, and a total of 16 fish were recorded on the day. Presentation took place in Caffrey’s Lounge and Brendan Murray of L.O.T.P.A. presented prizes and thanked Dinny Caffrey for the use of their premises.

Also on the night the Lakeland Anglers prize was presented. This competition takes place during the May Fly season on Lough Conn, and the top Lakeland Angler prize is sponsored by the Caffrey Family.  Tosh Grimes of Ginnell Terrace won last years, and made it a double by winning also in 2018. Dinny Caffrey presented Tosh with his prize. All proceeds from the Fundraising competition goes towards keeping Owel stocked with quality Trout.


A lovely October Owel trout for Mick Bradley

On Thursday October 4th members of the Garda Fly angling club were in action on Owel. On the day the Annual DMA Championships took place in conjunction with the Garda Open B&M Cup. Mick Bradley won the open competition with 2 trout for 9lb 5.4oz; this included a beauty of 7lb 2oz. This Trout also won Mick the prize for heaviest Trout in Garda competitions for the 2018 season. Philip Kavanagh finished 2nd in the open with Aidan Kelly taking 3rd place.

In the DMA Coiste Rionne Competition which is confined to Dublin based Gardai, first was Philip Kavanagh with a total of 3 fish, the 3rd fish being released. Second was John Donoghue with one trout for 2lbs 9.2oz and third was Pat Sweeney with a fish of 2lbs 3 oz. The Patsy Doolin memorial shield presented to the best overall Garda angler for 2018 was presented to Damien Barron who had the most combined points over the year and won this award for the first time. Thirty anglers fished on the day and twenty-six trout were recorded.


This coming Saturday night Lough Bane Anglers hold their annual fundraising Social Night. It’s taking place in Teddy’s Night Club in Moylagh, and Legacy will be belting out the hits. If drifting across North Westmeath that night, drop in for a great nights entertainment, and you just might win a spot prize on the night.

Michael Flanagan
Midland Angling

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