Good turn out for Watterson Cup

THERE was another very good turn out when Moyola Anging Club held their annual Watterson Cup competition. On the night, 23 senior and 4 junior members took part while following yet more heavy rain, water conditions on the Moyola River once again proved to suit bait anglers.

In first place lure fishing was Philip Maguire, second was Wesley McClenaghan and in third spot Barry Diamond, both using bait.Best juniors were John McKay on the fly and Joseph Spiers, bait. The leader board now stands as; Barry Diamond,69pts; Philip Maguire, 61pts ;Tommy McGrath, 47pts; Patsy Harkin,44pts; Brian Bigmore, 32pts. Best juniors – Joseph Spiers,30pts;John McKay, 22pts;Andrew Booth, 18pts.

Anglers and locals alike should be aware of a new danger that has presented itself along the banks of the Moyola River. The Giant Hogweed / Japanese Knotweed was first spotted around Tobermore a few years ago and is now beginning to establish itself in other areas too. Hairs on the outside of the stem are poisonous while sap inside and on leaves can cause skin irritation.The sap reacts with skin and makes it sensitive to ultra violet light though no pain or irritation is felt at the time of the contact. Any subsequent exposure to sunlight, can cause the skin to burn or result in large watery blisters that do not become evident until 15 to 20 hours afterwards.Of course, by this time, the damage has been done.Contact with the eyes can lead to temporary or permanent blindness while children can be most at risk as the Giant Hogweed can be very attractive to them.Therefore, this is a very dangerous plant. Please do not try to remove any of these plants as they have to be treated in a proper manner.The Moyola club is at present looking into the best practice of removal methods of this invasive species.

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 25th, to Saturday August 11.

Meanwhile, another date to note is that of Saturday September 29 when the Moyola club will hold their annual open day at Tobermore Ponds.The pond will be open from 11am to 1pm with a one hour break when there will be a display by World Of Owls. This proved a fantastic and educational event when held previous.

A duck race will also be held before the lake opens again to give the remaining children a chance of landing their first trout.Cost per child is £2 and they may keep one fish each. Please feel free to bring along your own rod, but do not worry if you do not have one as the club will supply equipment along with worms. It is pointed out that sweetcorn and powerbait will not be allowed.

As in previous years, each child must be accompanied by an adult.The ponds are now closed to all club members until Monday October 1. And, an open competition will take place on Sunday September 30 when admission is £10. Legal methods include fly fishing,spinning and worms.The competition secretary will explain the rules beforehand, and his decision is final.