Moyola anglers enjoy events

AFTER all the heavy rain some days prior, the water was running high when members of Moyola Angling Club took part in their annual Jack Lennox Cup competition. This once again, suited the worm anglers. There were 22 senior and 3 juniors out,which was very good for an evening event.

Taking first place, and recording his third win in succession, was Barry Diamond who was bait fishing.Second place went to one of the clubs new lady anglers, namely Ruth Arrell, also on bait, while third spot went to Adrain McKay, using fly.

The sum of £447 was realised when Moyola and Mid Ulster Angling Clubs held their annual charity Charis competition at Lough Fea. Winners of the various categories were; J & B O’Kane Decorators Cup for the heaviest fish - Tommy McGrath; SHJ Joinery Cup ,best bank angler – Denis Ferguson; Sperrin View Cottages Cup ,best boat angler – for second year in succession, Brian Bigmore;Tobermore Concrete Cup, best overall bag of fish – George Sloan.

A big thank you to the ladies of Charis for providing refreshments after a hard days fishing. Also, to Valerie Beattie for organising the posters and donating some of the prizes .Gratitute to Robert Paul for all of his help while other prizes were kindly donated by - Denis Ferguson, George Gourley,Stanley Aspinall, Robert Paul, Seamus Donnelly, and Charis. Finally, thanks expressed to DCAL for the brown trout which were very much appreciated bb members of both angling clubs. A few members of the Moyola Angling Club committee had a meeting recently with John Kane,the new fishery officer with DCAL.They met at Curran and pointed out the problems they were having with bank erosion also sand and silt in the riverbed.He was then taken up to the project which was started last year on the Glengomna River.John seemed very interested helping to get the work started on creating nursery pools , groins and add gravel to help fish spawn on this lovely tributary of fthe Moyola River.Curran is a major problem which will take a lot of money to fix and is long term to secure funding.The new fishery officer would not promise anything, but said he would help in any way he possibly can.

Next competition on the Moyola River will be for the TSB Challenge Cup on Monday July 16. All those taking part, should meet in Castledawson for a 7pm start. And, members should note, that the clubs annual charity competition has been brought forward from Saturday, August 11-25.