It’s all over now on the brown trout scene as our lakes and rivers closed on Sunday October 12th. It was busy on the competition scene with Owel running their Stocking fundraising competition; Ennell had a sweep Stake competition on the last day. Derravaragh Anglers were also in action and had competition on Saturday 11th October, and Sunday 12th. Trout pleasure anglers were also in the thick of the action and we have a few lovely pics of Owel Trout. Speaking of trout well done to Ciaran Newman on picking up top prize on Sheelin recently in the L.S.T.P.A. River Rehabitation competition. On the pike scene its really looking good for the winter months, and Pierre Henneron from France is back in Westmeath and getting some fine double figure pike.

LAST DAY COMPETITION ON ENNELL & OWEL.On Sunday October 12th Lough Ennell Anglers hosted their Sweep Stake competition and Owel Anglers ran their end of season Stocking Fundraising competition. The two events were fished from 11am that Morning and all fish were presented for weigh-in that evening in Caffreys Lounge at 8pm.Garda Niall Kenny of Rochfortbridge who is based in Clondalkin was Top Rod from Ennell and had a cracking fish of 2.512lbs.Mark Kenny finished 2nd with 1.424lbs, and 3rd was Paul Owens of Dublin with 1.032lbs.John Tyrrell Competition Captain of L.E.T.P.A. presented the prizes. On Owel it was Mullingar Angler Barry Lenehan who swept the boards with a lovely end of season trout weighing 2.232lbs.Ken McCarty of Dublin was 2nd with 2.114, 3rd Danny Cole of Mullingar and 4th was Gerry Cleary another well-known Mullingar angler. Brendan Murray of L.O.T.P.A. presented the Owel winners with their prizes. Brendan also thanked all who supported the last day competitions, and Dinny Caffrey for the use of his premises for the weigh-in and presentation.


OWEL PLEASURE ANGLERS. Quite a few anglers ventured out on Owel for the last few days of the season, and some cracking fish were caught. Angling pals Terry McGeehan and Ger Furlong had a few great days on Owel, and hooked up with plenty of hard fight Owel trout. I was also in the thick of the action on Owel last week along with my Uncle Pat Keenaghan and we had plenty of fish.


SHEELIN TROUT. Well done to local angler Ciaran Newman on winning Top Rod in the recent L.S.T.P.A. River Rehabilitation competition fished on Saturday October 4th. Ciaran produced a super Sheelin fish of 4lbs 15oz and won a new 19ft Boat and Trailer.Ciaran is a seasoned angler and came up through the ranks having represented his Country at International level. Not only that himself and his dad Bernie of Lynn Cross are responsible for keeping my fish mobile going so well. Great win Ciaran and lets hope you repeat your success in 2015.


PIERRE BACK AT THE PIKE. Pierre Henneron is back in Westmeath with his good lady and some friends. We featured Pierre last year in Angling Focus and the group is staying once again at Killinure Chalets on the shores of Lough Ree near Glasson. Pierre loves his pike fishing and had some fantastic sport in recent days catching some cracking pike well into the double figures. The pike were fighting fit, and I got some super shots of pike tail walking and pitching 3-4ft out of the water as they hit our lures.


WINTER PIKING. As mentioned above our lakes and rivers are closed for brown trout fishing, but the likes of Owel, Ennell, Lene, Derravaragh, Glore just to name a few are open all year for pike and perch fishing. Plus you have the River Inny on your doorstep, and it holds some super pike. We will be Out & About all over the winter months after pike and perch, plus checking out a few rainbow trout fisheries, which are open during the winter months. Watch Angling Focus for contact details and net bursting reports in the coming weeks.


LOUGH ENNELL PIKE COMPETITION. This coming Sunday Lough Ennell Anglers will host the Con Hope Perpetual Cup for pike. This competition will be fished from 11am-5pm.Starting from Whitebridge Bay.


THAT’S IT. I hope to have some news from the Derravaragh Trout competitions fished on Saturday 11th and 12th of October. Also news from the Lough Bane Social night and draw. This was held on Saturday night October 11th in Teddy’s Pub of Moylagh.News also in from Waterways Ireland and in cooperation with Inland Fishery Ireland they have put together protocols for implementing biosecurity measures for angling events and anglers in general to prevent the spread of invasive species. It’s a four-page letter we got, and I will try and get a PDF copy and publish on my Angling site. More on this next week.


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