Heaviest Fish or Heaviest Bag?

Spring League

Heaviest Fish or Heaviest Bag?

In every club there is the same old argument between the “dead-baiters” and the “wobbler’s” about which is more important. Overall bag weight or single heaviest fish?

Traditionally all pike competitions, IFPAC Qualifiers and others, would be focused towards heaviest bag with the possible side pool for heaviest fish. We all regardless of our preference will happily concede that a heavy fish is definitely a target but would you prefer 40lbs of fish in 15-20fish or 40lb of fish in 3-4?

At Dublin Pike Anglers we try cater for every types of angler. In every competition we give equal prize and focus to heaviest fish and heaviest bag. We also in our main winter league have 3 positions for heaviest fish which guarantees prizes of equal value to the top 3 positions in the heaviest bag pool, we do however offer more prizes for the lesser heaviest bag positions. To compensate this we also run a Spring League with the sole focus of Heaviest fish over 2 legs. Since the introduction of this system we have seemed to have a happier bunch of lads on the bank. What are your thoughts? Would you or do you compete differently? Let us know in the comments below.

Our spring league is starting this Sunday 14th of May and there is still plenty of time to join the club to get in on the action!

First Competition Results of 2017

first competition

Successful Day For First Competition!

Today saw the first competition of the Dublin Pike Anglers 2017 season. With water levels fluctuating over the last two weeks it was decided to risk a favored river venue which normally produces the goods at this time of year.

Overall the day was a good as to be expected. The remnants of the floods were still in the fields, the rain was consistently spitting and the wind was blowing hard from the west. A few of the regular lads were M.I.A but a few welcome new faces bolstered the numbers to 14.

It was certainly a day for the wobbling angler as most of the “dead-baiters” had very few fish between them. In total we had 71 fish to the bank with the usual reports of multiple dropped fish.

The fish were not all too big, the largest of the day fell to angler Anthony McCreery with a 10lb 7oz fish caught on a wobbled smelt. There were numerous fish in the 5-6lb bracket and reports that the fish were hard fighting.

first competition

The top 3 positions at the end of the day were as follows:

1st Dave Murphy with 18 fish and a total bag weight of 48lb 8oz

2nd Joey Bonnie with 16 fish and a total bag weight of 40lb 10oz

3rd Anthony McCreery with 6 fish and a total bag weight of 24lb 11oz

It was a hardy day but all agreed the fishing was aptly good considering the condition of the river.

 

Our next competition is scheduled for the 16th of April, new members are still welcome as we have small number of places available. Get membership in early to save disappointment! New members fill in membership request form here. 

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League

Medal Presentation

At the AGM we took the opportunity to congratulate our Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League Winners and present them with their medals and trophies.

The lads that took the top spots were under constant pressure from the rest of the club but ultimately their hard work and persistence saw them take the top honors for our 2016 Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League.

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League Results:

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League

League Winner- Joey Bonnie; points 126pts with bag weight of 103lb 8oz

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League 2nd

2nd Position- Fintan Guihen; points 100pts with bag weight of 65lb 2oz

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League 3rd

3rd Position- Paddy Burke; points 89pts with bag weight of 44lb 5oz

Dublin Pike Anglers Winter League Heaviest Fish

Heaviest Fish Winner went to Stephen Farrelly with a 17lb10oz fish.

2nd Heaviest Fish went to Joey Bonnie with a 12lb13oz fish.

3rd Heaviest Fish went to Dave Murphy with a 11lb08oz fish.

Thank You!

A special thanks goes to the businesses that supported the prizes

Mick in Viking Tackle in Bray

Eddie in Mikes Bikes in Dun Laoghaire

Ste in Baumann’s of Stillorgan

 

IFPAC Qualifiers

IFPAC Pike Qualifiers

Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships

The 2016/17  National IFPAC Pike Championships Final is due to take place on the 22nd of April in Roscommon for those who qualified.

However, if like some of us who haven’t qualified, the 2017 dates have been announced. Please note that you must be a member of an affiliated club to fish the qualifiers. As Dublin pike anglers is an affiliated club once you are a member you a cleared to enter these competitions. For info on joining please see membership section of the website.

IFPAC Pike Championships Round 1

May 7 Go Hire 2017/18 National IFPAC Pike Championships. 1st Qualifier. Lake Venue, check in at Pikers Lodge Lough Gowna from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 2

June 11 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 2nd Qualifier. River Venue, check in at Round Tower, Clones from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 3

July 2 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships.3rd Qualifier, River Venue, check in at Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 4

Aug 13 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 4th Qualifier. Lake Venue, check in at the Breffni Arms in Arva from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 5

Sept 3 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 5th Qualifier. River Venue at Athlone, check in from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 6

Oct 1 Go Hire 2017/18 National  Pike Championships.6th Qualifier. River Venue, check in at Oasis Bar, Legan from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 7

Nov 5 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 7th Qualifier. Lake Venue, Check in at Ballinamore from 9-30 fishing 11-4

Round 8

Dec 3 Go Hire 2017/18 National Pike Championships. 8th Qualifier. River Venue, Check in at the Anglers Rest, Ballyconnell from 9-30 fishing 11-4

For further dates of interest like the Dublin Pike Anglers competition dates. see our calendar for more details.