Michael Flanagan reports from Lough Derravaragh

A few hardy anglers ventured out on Derravaragh recently and fished a pools competition. It was tough going and I only landed one pike for the day. My younger brother J.J. won with a pike 87cm in length.  Young Cathal Flanagan also had a few days on Derravaragh and boated a lovely pike on lure.

Barry’s 107cm pike

Barry Darby
Barry with his 107cm pike

We have another cracking photograph this week of Barry Darby of Mullingar and a 107cm pike caught on dead bait. Barry is regarded as one of Ireland top predator competition and pleasure anglers, and has rattled the net with huge pike, trout, and perch in recent years.

This 107cm pike was one of three pike boated last Sunday.


Barry is also a member of Midland Pike Anglers, and on Sunday Febuary 2nd his late dad’s Finian Memorial Competition will be fished. The venue is Lough Derravaragh and I will have full details in the coming weeks, in the mean time if you need information give Joe McDermott of Midland Pike Anglers a bell on 086-8623838.

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Derravaragh anglers will hold their A.G.M. early in the New Year and competition dates will be pencilled in for both pike and trout. membership is open, and if you contact me on details below I will forward club contact details.

Michael Flanagan
Midland Angling

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Midlands Angling  provide a top class Guiding service covering many of the top coarse and game waters across the Midlands. Visiting fly anglers have landed some fine trout while out with Midland Angling Guides, pike anglers also recorded some net bursting catches including many pike over 20lbs. Top waters include Lough Ree, Ennell, Owel, Lene, Mount Dalton, and Glore Lake just to mention a few.

Michael Flanagan
Midland Angling
Pike and Trout angling guide.

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