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Top sea anglers flock to Sligo for Master Angler event

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The Connacht branch of the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers hosted the annual Master Angler event over the weekend in Counties Sligo and Donegal, with the top match anglers from clubs all over Ireland competing for the coveted title of Master Angler. This is a marathon competition, with 3 sessions fished over 2 days at different venues. The organisers had to keep a close watch on the weather, as the arrival of ex-Hurricane Lorenzo threatened to derail plans, but thankfully all venues were fishable and produced fish.

 

A nice surf following Hurricane Lorenzo stirred things up
A nice surf following Hurricane Lorenzo stirred things up

 

Saturday morning saw anglers on Tullan Strand, Bundoran, where fishing was tough for most. The evening session was fished on Mullaghmore beach, with much of the session in darkness and plenty of fish showing up. On Sunday morning, the final venue was Streedagh beach, and again the fished were there in numbers, providing a fair test of angling skill and technique.

 

Brian Reidy with a nice double shot of 30cm flounder
Brian Reidy with a nice double shot of 30cm flounder

 

David Reilly with a rare Sligo bass
David Reilly with a rare Sligo bass

 

After the scores were counted up, the Men’s Master Angler for 2019 was announced as Des Farrelly, from Post Irish SAC.

 

Des Farrelly receives the MA trophy from Connaught Council IFSA Chair, Brian Reidy
Des Farrelly receives the MA trophy from Connaught Council IFSA Chair, Brian Reidy

 

Tracey Whelan from Tramore-Waterford was the winner of the Ladies Master Angler.

 

Ladies MA winner Tracey Whelan receiving her Plate
Ladies MA winner Tracey Whelan receiving her Plate

 

Mens and Ladies Master Anglers Des Farrelly and Tracey Whelan with the coveted trophies
Mens and Ladies Master Anglers Des Farrelly and Tracey Whelan with the coveted trophies

 

The top 5 places were as follows:

1st – Des Farrelly (Post Irish SAC)

2nd – Paul Whelan (South Shore SAC)

3rd – Chris O’Sullivan (North Kerry SAC)

4th – Aidan O’Halloran (Shannon Town SAC)

5th – John Cunningham (Galway Bay SAC).

 

In the ladies, the top 5 were:

1st – Tracey Whelan (Tramore-Waterford SAC)

2nd – Rosaleene Murphy (Tralee Bay SAC)

3rd – Linda Snoddy (Glengormley & District SAC)

4th – Linda Manton (Lisdoonvarna Fanore SAC)

5th – Lisa Gormley (Glengormley & District SAC)

 

Well done to all!

The event was considered a great success, especially given the conditions, and well done to all the organisers, anglers and stewards who made it such a success.

 

Stewards Owen Gilvarry and Mary Hyland
Stewards Owen Gilvarry and Mary Hyland

 

Pete Davis with a decent flounder
Pete Davis with a decent flounder

 

Tony Chambers enjoying the fine Autumn day
Tony Chambers enjoying the fine Autumn day

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