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Young fishermen learn the ropes in Lough Muckno

An open house designed to share fishing tactics and techniques on the global stage saw 10 young anglers gather at Lough Muckno in Castleblayney, Co Monaghan, last weekend. The group included newcomers and former team members representing clubs from across the country. International fisherman James O’Doherty also came to share his experience of fishing on the world stage.

The day started with international style fishing rig demonstrations and ended with an informal competition in which the young fishermen displayed an impressive array of talents and skills. Lots of fish were caught in the Concra Wood section of the lake, which made it easy for participants to access.

With the uncertainty surrounding travel to the World Youth Championships this year, Youth Team Director Gavin Walsh and Assistant Under-20 Director Nick Richards are using the time to encourage the interest of junior anglers instead. with a view to presenting teams of 20 and under 25 in 2022.

Madcaps on the Shannon

Arthur Judge, winner of the Madcaps game on the Shannon River

The Madcaps club were delighted to see famous bream Shannon make an appearance in their second club game this year. The mighty river produced beautiful fish at every stake, with master fisherman Arthur Judge bagging 10 specimens for over 80 pounds to win the game.

Club member Joe McEvoy said everyone was happy to be back on the bank, enjoying the social interaction again, and the bream was the icing on the cake.

The club is based in Athlone. They fish all year round at a selection of sites in the region. “If he swims, we catch him and release him” is the club motto, and new members who fish regularly and responsibly are always welcome. Madcaps also has 10 accredited coaches to work with beginners and improvements.

The club is affiliated with the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland. Members work with local community groups and Inland Fisheries Ireland to keep fishing accessible to all.

The final game was sponsored by local company Complete Solutions Financial Services.

Fly fishing course

Jason O’Riordan and Ken Whelan will hold a full day saltwater fly fishing course for beginners and advanced at the Copper Coast in Dungarvan, Co Waterford on Saturday July 24th. The price is 80 € and places are limited.

The course will explain and demonstrate the biology of fish; selection of hardware and configuration; techniques required for bass, mullet and sea trout, and fish locations. The day will end with a “practice what you learn” session.

To book, contact [email protected], 086-7835900 or [email protected], 087-2965712.

Good business alert

A 12-rod team from the United States recently retired from a trip to the Nordura River and Lodge in Iceland, July 24-27. These rods typically sell for around £ 4,900 (€ 5,700) per person and include full bed and board, transfers from Reykjavik, and one guide per pair of rods.

Due to the nature of the last minute cancellation, the rod holder will accept £ 3,750 (€ 4,400) or the nearest offer. If you are interested, please contact [email protected]

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