Gone fishing! Limerick and District Anglers Association hopes to hook young people

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

A group of young club members receiving awards following the fishing competition

A group of young club members receiving awards following the fishing competition

THE Limerick and District Anglers Association went fishing for success on their second day out of the New Year with great results.

Some 15 senior anglers and nine junior anglers joined the fun at Castleconnell last weekend with fishing taking place over five hours between 10.30am and 3.30pm.

Using boats, the club bought those taking part to some spots which are not accessible by foot, braving the chill winds which emanated from the River Shannon.

Club chairman Mikey Kiely reported: “Pike seemed to be fairly plentiful even in the very cold northwesterly breeze. We were delightfully graced with the presence of our esteemed leader and club president Jaygo O’Donnell who drew first blood with a lovely jacker, as he proudly stated himself ‘you have to be years at it!’.

“Sitting on the wall in the World’s End, rod under his arm, he was chatting to some junior members, offering advice and tips and keeping an eye on proceedings in general while ensuring the younger members didn’t stray too close to the water it has to be said seeing that sight today is the essence of what we are about, a stalwart of this club showing younger ones a few hints, absolutely brilliant and it was a fabulous sight to see.”

In total 16 fish were caught with Peter Hannan catching the heaviest fish, followed by Thomas Hogan.

Meanwhile, the Limerick and District Anglers Association have set a schedule for future competition days, starting on Sunday, February 17 in Plassey, followed by a date on March 3 at the same venue. On March 24, they hit Lough Gur, and on April 7, they are back in Castleconnell, before rounding off the spring season at the Pumphouse.

New members are always welcome to the club.

For more information and to sign up, telephone Mikey Kiely at 087 6926510.