Ahern takes Went trophy for best specimen fish

BOBBY Ahern, Kinsale, Co. Cork won the Dr. A.E.J. Went 2011 Engraved Plaque for his 1.93 kg. Gilthead Bream caught at Courtmacsherry, Co. Cork on 3rd September last.

Dr. Arthur Went, the noted fisheries biologist and one of the two founder members of the Irish Specimen Fish Committee (ISFC), nominated this award for the best specimen fish of the year (based on the highest percentage of the specimen weight) taken by an angler aged 13years or younger.

Bobby will be presented with his award by film maker and angler, Eamon de Buitlear at the ISFC awards being held at the Red Cow Morans Hotel, Dublin on 26th February.

Next March Dutch and Belgian anglers will be presented with their awards by Michael Hennessy, Inland Fisheries Ireland and Peter Dohmen, renowned angling Journalist, at VISMA, Rotterdam , in association with Tourism Ireland.

Elsewhere County Kerry clubs are continuing with their winter series of shore competitions despite the harsh conditions. Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club fished a shore angling competition at Fenit Pier.

The competitors fished on a showery windy day with a north — west wind. They fished a flood and ebb tide from 2 — 6 pm. The competitors shared a 116 fish catch. The breakdown of the catch was 13 flounders, 2 lesser-spotted dogfish, 5 coalfish, 16 whiting, 37 dabs, 1 bullhead, 35 five bearded rockling & 7 pouting.

Results: 1st David O’Sullivan, 15 — 303 points; 2nd Timmy Ward, 7-207 pts. 3rd Eugene Farrelly, 9-160; pts. 4th Chris O’Sullivan, 8 — 154 points; 5th Martin McGowan, 8-146 pts. 6th Connie O’Sullivan, 5-135 pts; 7th Phil Ord, 6 — 134 points; 8th Joe Boland, 4- 125 pts.

Waterville SAC fished their 2 Day shore angling festival. Day 1 was fished on a dry and cold day at Golf Course Beach. The anglers fished from 1 to 6 p.m. on a 3.5 meter tide and returned a catch of 141 fish. The anglers caught 97 flounders, 13 lesser spotted dogfish, 2 coalfish, 11 bass, 3 plaice & 15 undersized fish.

Results: 1st Chris Nelms, 10 fish 433 points; 2nd Chris O’Sullivan, 10 fish — 375 points. 3rd Tom McAdam, 9 fish — 365 points; 4th Martin McGowan, 9 fish — 365 points. 5th John Sheehan, 7 fish — 353 points. 6th John Osborne, 8 fish- 278 points. 7th Joe Murphy, 7 fish — 275 points. 8th Eugene Farrelly, 4 fish — 251 points.

On Day 2 the anglers fished on a windy dry day at Reenroe Beach. The anglers fished from 11am to 4 p.m. on a 3.5 meter tide and returned a catch of 122 fish. The anglers caught 91 flounders, 28 bass & 3 undersized fish.

Results: 1st John Osborne, 21 fish, 852 points; 2nd Tom McAdam, 12 fish — 145 points. 3rd Derek Kelly, 6 fish — 404 points; 4th Eugene Farrelly, 7 fish — 358 points. 5th Phil Ord, 5 fish — 290 points. 6th David O’Sullivan, 7 fish- 279 points. 7th Colm McDaid, 6 fish — 251 points. 8th John Sheehan, 6 fish — 244 points. Tom McAdam, Dublin was the overall winner.

Coarse anglers on the River Barrow were delighted with the quality of the fish and size of the bags caught recently.

Despite the cold weather and a rising river there were a number of catches in excess of 50 lbs. Roach/breams hybrid to 4lbs., perch to 2lbs. and dace to 2lbs. featured in one catch. The biggest bag was taken by Paul McLaughlin and weighed 69lbs.

The Cavan lakes are also fishing well for pike and both the angling duo from Top Tackle and Peadar O’Brien had good sport there recently. Lures accounted for all the pike landed and though nothing over 13 lbs. was caught the fishing proved very enjoyable.

Cod continue to feature in the catches of anglers on Cork Harbour and fish to over 10lbs. have been landed on soft plastics. Anglers fishing with Hamish Currie from Red Bay took a number of specimen spurdogs from a mark off Rathlin Island. Some good conger eels and bullhuss were also brought to the boat.

* See Digest for fixtures and results

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