Here are the results and a few photos of the NIFSA festival at the weekend. Any queries please contact us with PM and not on this post.
Thanks again to all that attended and all the members who worked tirelessly to make it run smoothly. Hope to see you all again next year. Tight lines.
Recorders Report This weekend saw our 4th "two day festival", and biggest turn out yet with lots of visiting anglers from England, Scotland and Ireland. There were some top anglers amongst the visiting contingent so competition was going to be tight.
Session 1 was split between longfields and the roe with the roe being the most productive of the venues. All fish caught were flounder bar a fine bass of 52cm caught by Alan Mulcahy.
Zone 1 Longfield 1st Alan Mucahy 8 fish 231 pts 2nd Neil Culter 7 fish 206 pts 3rd Lee Mullan 6 fish 192 pts Longest fish 52cm Bass Alan Mulcahy
Zone 2 River Roe 1st Kevin Lewis 18 fish 516 pts 2nd Philip Pape 14 fish 406 pts 3rd Colin Bell 10 fish 297 pts Longest fish 34cm flounder Kevin Lewis and Jimmy Connell tied.
Saturday evening saw us make our way to East Strand Portrush where both zones fitted. The promised plagues of dogs never materialised and the fishing was generally bad with quiet a few blanks. Species caught were flounder, dab, whiting and dogs.
Zone 1 1st Jordan Hunter 4 fish 220 pts 2nd Kenny McCoy 2 fish 110 pts 3rd Garry Gregg 3 fish 84 pts Longest fish 30cm flounder Andrew Ferguson
1st Harry McKee Jr 4 fish 220 pts 2nd Scott McCartney 3 fish 165 pts 3rd Thomas Tate 3 fish 135 pts Longest fish 21cn flounder Christopher Mccook
Sunday saw everyone trek round to Portsalon in Donegal (where it still amazes me how accommodating the locals are and have a genuine interest in what we are doing). This fished the best of the three sessions with thornback ray, dogs and flounder being the main quarry.
Zone 1 1st Alan Mulcahy 11 fish 653pts 2nd Neil Culter 10 fish 615pts 3rd Gavin Owen 11 fish 611pts Longest fish was a 69cm thornie tied between Brian Dickson and Joe Perry.
Zone 2 1st Davey Dobbie 12 fish 775 pts 2nd Kenny McCoy 12 fish 677 pts 3rd Gary Mccurry Gary10 fish 648 pts Longest fish was a 77 cm ray Davey Dobbie.
After three sessions the top rods were Alan Mulcahy 8 pts Davey Dobbie 14 pts Drew Ferguson 15 pts Neil Culter 15pts Scott McCartney 17 pts Joe Perry 17pts Gavin Owen 17pts Kenny McCoy 18 pts Gareth Gardner 23 pts Bob Gascoigne 23pts
The team results were as follows
1st England 279 pts 2rd Northern Ireland 573pts 3rd Scotland 574 pts 4th Ireland 754 pts.
I have included photos of all the score sheets for anyone to browse.
We paid £1000 to overall winner £140 for a zone win £120 2nd £100 3rd £80 4th £60 5th £70 longest fish in each zone Terminal tackle for 6th till 10th in each zone.
I'd like to thank everyone who attended and special thanks to Diarmaid Adams, Harry Jr, Garry Gregg and David Hilditch with peg draw, gathering money, pegging venues and compiling scores etc ( all the crap jobs). Biggest thanks is to Gareth Bell who sat till silly o'clock putting scores onto an organised spread sheet which helped speed up the whole process. Thanks also to Belfast Angling Centre for sponsoring the tackle prizes, the lads from Clashmore SAC for the monetary prize, Gary McCurry for best out of state bottle of Whiskey, the Montra club in Coleraine for use of their premises and the Lord Mayor of Coleraine for giving out prizes.