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.
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.
Coarse Day Social
After the AGM a few of the lads hit a popular canal stretch near Mullingar. The day proved very difficult for fishing. The canal seemed surprising very low, the sun was shining bright and the fish seemed scarce. With a few small bags of coarse fish caught it was new member Philip Kavanagh, a.k.a Lil Phil Phil, who stood out with a few pike. He had 5 in total and one stand out fish of 11lb 14oz, although she looked way bigger!
Other Pike reports
The pike definately seem to be coming out of spawn, as reported by club member Ste Farrelly. Ste was out with his friend Sean Gaskin at a favoured river venue. The day was very productive with 5 double figure fish and a few smaller jacks landed. Two stand out fish on the day were the 17lb 14oz for Sean and the 14lb 10oz fish for Ste, caught in succession (pictured below).
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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:
League Winner- Joey Bonnie; points 126pts with bag weight of 103lb 8oz
2nd Position- Fintan Guihen; points 100pts with bag weight of 65lb 2oz
3rd Position- Paddy Burke; points 89pts with bag weight of 44lb 5oz
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.
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