THE great reports from both rivers continue, helped of course by the continuing spells of heavy rain over the last fortnight. 2017 continues to be one of the most successful years in living memory.
I always hear stories of the good old days, however having spoken to a number of the senior members of our angling community, never can they remember such a good start to the year and as successful a spring as we have just experienced on the River Mourne, long may this continue.
There have been so many reports of fish throughout the system that I’m not going to try and mention them all. Hundreds of fish have been landed over the last fortnight so I’m only going to mention a few people that have had an exceptional few day’s fishing.
David Gallagher managed five in one morning from Sion Mills on the River Mourne. Brendan Garland had at least eight fish from the Finn in one session. Jarlath reported 40 fish caught on Monday of this week from the Finn.
The grilse have started to arrive and we are still seeing good quality Spring fish being landed. The calibre of fish being caught has been fantastic, with a lot of fish of between twelve and fourteen pounds being landed. There was another exceptional fish landed by Darren King at the Blackstone, weighing in at just over twenty pounds. Congratulations Darren on a fish of a lifetime.
The Dale Alexander Trophy was awarded on Saturday evening at Summer Jam. Frank Barron from Derry was the successful angler landing an exceptional fish of seventeen pound one ounce from Houstons on Strabane Lifford Anglers Associations Water, the biggest Spring fish recorded between April and the end of May.
The Dale Alexander Trophy and his prize of a switch rod and reel from River Mourne Guns and Tackle for catching the biggest Spring fish was presented to Frank by the twin sons of the late Dale Alexander, Dale and Jarlath and Dale’s parents Mal and Donna. Congratulations Frank, the biggest fish to date to have won the trophy.
Finally it was great to see the arrival of the Sea Trout this week. The Sea Trout is still the preferred quarry for a number of local anglers.
A couple of fish around the two to three pound mark were recorded this week, with one of our most senior members Jackey Begley landing the biggest so far.
Remember the Shane Arbuckle Cup will be up for grabs for the best Sea Trout landed on the Strabane Lifford Anglers Association water.
Let’s hope this success continues throughout 2017.