This report courtesy of Newport SAC:

Newport SAC hosted their final competition of the season on Sunday, October 9th. This was a team of four event, where the total number of fish caught by each of the four team members were combined together to calculate the overall winning team. Only two fish separated the top two teams in the end in what was a very closely fought contest in difficult conditions.

Fortunately, the rain that had been forecast for the early part of the day didn’t materialise which allowed for a dry ‘check in’ on the quayside on Sunday morning. The frying pan was flat out and hot cups of tea were welcomed by the anglers as they descended on the quay in Newport for the early check in.

As the boats left the relatively calm conditions of the inner bay, further out to sea, the strong wind that had been forecast created a swell against the outgoing tide. This resulted in difficult conditions for both the skippers (holding anchor) and testing conditions for the anglers. After the turn of the tide, the weather eventually settled (as the day went on) and the catch varied on each of the boats.

Lines up was at the designated time of 4.30pm and all boats returned to Newport Quay where team members met to discuss their respective catches.

The prize presentation took place in the Grainne Uaille and all of the prizes were presented by Pat Moran Jnr (representing the sponsor J.Coffey construction).

The Winning Team was TEAM E (representing ‘The Village Inn’, Killala). The team members were Peter Coyne, Padraic Munnelly, Josie Barret & Anthony Masterson with a total of 56 fish & 310 points.

The Winning Team was TEAM E (representing ‘The Village Inn’, Killala). The team members were presented with their prizes by Pat Moran (representing the main sponsor JCoffey construction. From left Pat Moran (UK), Peter Coyne, Padraic Munnelly, Josie Barret. (Anthony Masterson was unavailable for this photo)

Runners up were TEAM A (representing ‘The Grainne Uaille’). The team members were David Moran, Declan Moran, Thomas Moran & Jim Pressley with a total of 57 fish & 300 points.

Image 6193: Runners up & winners of the local shield were TEAM A (representing ‘The Grainne Uaille’). The team members were David Moran, Declan Moran, Thomas Moran & Jim Pressley.

The 3rd placed Team were TEAM C (representing ‘Marys of Mulranny’) The team members were Mary Pavey, Josh Pavey, Margo Pavey and Siobhan Moran with a total of 46 fish & 255 points

Image 6189: The 3rd placed Team were TEAM C (representing ‘Marys of Mulranny’). From left Pat Moran (from J.Coffey construction) with team members Josh Pavey, Margo Pavey, Mary Pavey and Siobhan Moran.

The local shield was won by the Grainne Uaille TEAM A (and this ensures that next year’s presentation will once again take place in the Grainne Uaille).

The overall Individual Winner was Peter Coyne with a total of 35 fish and 175 points.

Peter Coyne (right) was the overall individual winner pictured here with Pat Moran (J.Coffey construction).

The largest Fish was caught by Padraic Munnelly (a Conger Eel measuring 34 inches).

Padriag Munnelly (right) receives his prize for the largest fish from Pat Moran (J.Coffey construction).

Skipper of the Day was Gerry who skippered the White Seahorse.

A special thanks from all at Newport SAC to J.Coffey (construction) who kindly sponsored this event and helped to make it happen. We would also like to thank Harry, Liz and all the staff in the Grainne Uaille for supplying finger food for all the competitors during the presentation. The club will hold an RNLI church gate collection in Newport, Mulranny, Tiernaur & Kilmeena on the 12th & 13th of November. Please support this worthy cause.

This wraps up our boat angling events for this season but please check our website for our Junior Shore Angling outings which we hope to run over the Winter. A huge thank you to all who took part, helped out, supported or sponsored us in any way throughout the year and we look forward to meeting everyone again in 2023.

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