Dan O’Donovan sent on a report from the Cong Anglers recent Mayfly Competition.
The following week the club held their Juvenile Fun Fishing Day: What a great day out we had – mighty weather, good food, and great excitement amongst the 24 Juveniles who came fishing. We had 15 boats out and while it wasn’t fishing weather, it was good fun, and everybody enjoyed the fry-up on Inchagoill. Not a lot of fish were caught, but Kyle Naughton, boated by Mark Gibbons, hit the jackpot soon after starting in the morning when he hooked and landed a great trout of 8lbs 8ozs. In 2nd place was Oscar Gibbons with a lovely trout of 1lb 13ozs, boated by his dad Richard.
Today was a first ever day fishing for lots of boys and girls, and I know from chatting with some of them they loved it. And you wouldn’t have heard so many ‘hard luck’ and ‘nearly’ stories at the World Cup itself. Despite all the fun at the fry-up, the best compliment I heard was when a couple of young lads said to me they wanted to get back in the boats and out on the water fishing again!
On behalf of all the young anglers who fished today, I must say a big thank you to Stephen Lydon, Mark Gibbons, and Philip Comber for ensuring everyone was well fed and watered. A special thank you to Thomas Ryan for the food he sponsored and prepared….and to all our other sponsors …and I must apologise in advance as I’m bound to leave someone out: Philip Comber, Stephen Lydon, Richard Gibbons, Paul Dignam, Declan Gibbons, Philip Monaghan, Billy Burke of Outdoor Pursuits, Anne Kyne. Through your generosity every angler received a prize.
A point hit me forcibly today in chatting with people…..some kids are very keen to go fishing but do not have a fishing parent to take them. We can and must do more for them.
– Dan O’Donovan
Elsewhere, fishing guide Tomi Kurman has been back chasing ferox, with some success too! Guests Alia and Cole made it all the way from Colorado to see famous Irish Ferox
– you know you are doing something right if Lough Corrib and Ferox fishing is the last stop of their European Trip, after visiting London, Edinburgh and Dublin. This 73.5cm perfectly conditioned fish showed up just after two of it’s buddies decided not to pose to the camera…..
Quite a few guests have had their first ferox lately – check out the selection of photos below!
Cong and District Anglers Association is an angling club with excellent facilities for boat mooring on Lough Corrib. They hold regular competitions and outings, and offer excellent value membership and boat mooring for the season. Contact a committee member above for information, or check out their Facebook page here