As most pike angling clubs avoid holding competitions during the warm summer months, they are generally primed and ready for action by the time the cooler September weather rolls in. So Newbridge & District PAC made up for their lack of action over the summer by holding back-to-back competitions last weekend.

Fishing a river venue, they fished from 9.30am to 5.00pm on Saturday, and were back on the bank at 6.00am on Sunday, fishing through to 3.00pm. Many of them bivvied up on the bank for the night and enjoyed the camaraderie of being back on the water again.

Unfortunately, the pike didn’t join in in the festivities, and they remained tricky to catch throughout the weekend. A total of 62 fish were caught and released over the weekend by 17 anglers, but there were no doubles to be seen. However, better days lie ahead, and we are sure it won’t be long before they start to encounter some better fish.

Full results as follows:

Day 1 winners 🏆
1st Ian Murphy 7lb hf, 12.0 bag
2nd Dave Murphy 4.7 hf, 39.14 bag
3rd Dan O’Reilly 5.13 hf, 23.09 bag
Raffle winners day 1
Alan McEvoy
Darren Dunne
Bernard Coleman
Day2 winner’s 🏆
1st Darren Dunne 9.12 hf
2nd Dave Murphy 9.4 hf, 30.04 bag
3rd Ciaran Sullivan 5.11 hf, 12.08 bag
Raffle winners day 2
Brendan Jervis
Alan McEvoy
Ian Murphy