Late-season frost wreaked a bit of havoc at some recent coarse angling matches last weekend. Up on the Newry Canal, the VDP Baggers SAC found that three nights of hard frost at the end of last week had forced fish out of the stretch on the Omeath Road and at the Coalyard. Anglers fishing these areas had a very tough time of it, slogging it out all day for weights of just 500g. Luckily the Basin fished much better, and the lucky anglers who were pegged there caught anything between 100 and 220 fish on whips making it a very busy day for them. Local angler Caolan King was the top whip on the day with just under 11kg and the top 4 were as follows:

1 Caolan King
2 Edgaras Griskaitis
3 Stephen Wright
4 Artur Bojczewski

One of the lucky anglers that pegged well on the Newry Canal



The Edenderry Coarse Anglers also found that overnight frost impacted their fishing, as a stretch that normally fishes very well at this time of year had anglers struggling for fish. Dara Finnegan came out on top of that one with a catch of 4lb 12oz with the top four places as follows:

1. Dara Finnegan 4lb 12oz
2. Joe McEvoy 3lb 8oz
3. Johnny Connell 2lb
4. Alan Bell 1lb 8oz

Fish were harder to come by in Edenderry


Leinster Coarse Anglers fared a bit better as they fished the Town Stretch at Daingean. The canal was in good shape, and there were plenty of tench around, but fish seemed to be concentrated in certain pegs meaning some anglers struggled to catch well. Top three were as follows:


1 Pat Bartley……9lb -15oz
2 Bob Hulme…..7lb -02oz
3 Jimmy Kelly….6lb – 12oz


Pat Bartley with his winning bag including some welcome tench


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