Michael Flanagan from Midlands Angling reports…
The 2019 season was a hectic year for Lough Lene Angling Association, and the competition and pleasure anglers were out in force on Lene.
Quite a few pike and trout competitions are held on Lene, and the highlight of the season is the Chairman’s Pairs Fly fishing competition at the end of September.
This year all proceeds from the competition went to cancer research, and Santa certainly came early for Irish Cancer Society as the event took in over 8,000 Euro, a huge amount of money to be raised by any angling association.
The Cheque presentation took place in Collinstown Village and Declan Leonard on behalf of the Irish cancer Society accepted the cheque from Lene Chairman Top Fagan, along with Lough Lene Treasure Andy Cosgrave, and Competition Captain Pat Browne.
In the coming season 2020 Lough Lene will feature on the International scene as, as it will host the youth International Fly Angling Championships where Ireland, England, Wales and Scotland will compete on Lene.
I will have to check the dates, but I think it’s a week before the Fleadh Cheoil, so it’s going to be a hectic few weeks in the greater Mullingar area and North Westmeath. Certainly a fantastic opportunity to promote the angling in Westmeath.
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