Great day in Annamoe Fishery

Great day in Annamoe Fishery yesterday with 16 Anglers fishing our annual Christmas competition.
A big thank you to Brian who had the tea and coffee ready on our arrival, Cathal Mc Donnell took 1st place 2nd Gerry Heaslip and 3rd Dermot Flynn, a very enjoyable day had by all , thank you all for coming along and making it a great day hope to see everyone soon

We had two winners of the longest fish of the day Tom Smith and Justin Clarke both had fish of 55cm and they received a voucher each donated by Brian from the Fishery

Kind Regards Gerry

McCarron Cup 2022 results

Full report to follow

The 2022 McCarron cup returned to Lough Owel after a 2 year hiatus due to the global pandemic which now seems, thankfully and hopefully, like a distant memory. This is the final of 6 DTAA competitions in the angling calendar and is much anticipated by all who take part. We had 24 anglers out on Saturday 24th September and one juvenile, JP.

Conditions were excellent. A light breeze which stiffened up later in the afternoon made casting a little easier for those of us who were stripping wets all day. Light ripples in the sheltered areas around the neck and Brabazon’s gave way to bigger waves as you moved out into the open lake and even white tops later in the afternoon down past Dolan’s and into Srudarra.

16 of the 24 competitors weighed in 23 fish that measured with more returned to the lake.

This years winner was Fran Nugent who was heard saying as he pulled up his boat before the weigh in that 2 fish for four and a half pound or five would do it! Fran’s two fish weighed 5.11 lbs and that was more than enough to win the day safely ahead of Irish International Eoin Dunne who weighed in his two fish for 4.72 lbs. Third place went to DTAA competition secretary Tom Hipwell who has done well enough over the season to be crowned DTAA Angler of the Year 2022, congrats Tom, well deserved.

Full results are in the table below.

Thanks to Tom and the team for organising this season’s competitions and for all those anglers who took part. Ireland Cap and DTAA member Paul ‘Diller’ Delaney was unable to join us for the McCarron because he had already left for Wales to represent Ireland later this week. We all wish Paul and Ireland the best of luck: Tight Lines Lads!

McCarron Cup 2022

As we head into the final competition of the DTAA calendar, it is clear that this event is much bigger than any single competition. It is all to play for among the top three: Competition secretary, angler extraordinaire and fly tying master Tom ‘Hipster’ Hipwell is in pole position on 39 points. Snapping at Hipwell’s heels we have Irish cap John ‘Top Rod’ O’Neill on 36 points. With just 3 points in it, John would need a 4 point edge on Hipwell at the McCarron Cup this Saturday to take the coveted DTAA Angler of the Year Trophy and the eternal respect of all members.

In 3rd place on the Leaderboard and just 3 points behind O’Neill we have DTAA President, also capped for Ireland, Gerry ‘Gentleman’ Heaslip. Gerry is known for coming back from a day’s fishing on Owel with 10 or more fish and he might need that form this weekend to beat both O’Neill and Hipwell into top spot. The route to victory is challenging but doable. If Heaslip can muster a 7 point edge on Hipwell then he takes the cup. This could happen in a number of ways. Heaslip could take top spot and Hipwell could blank or come 8th or worse on the day and with 24 anglers expected to field this Saturday this is a possibility. But Heaslip would also need O’Neill to place 5th or worse. The odds are against this and the bookies favourite for the McCarron and for DTAA Angler of the Year must be Tom.

Wishing all anglers a safe, productive and enjoyable day out this weekend. Tight lines all.

Elvery Cup 2022

Great day today for the Elvery Cup fished on Lough Lene by an eager 28 members. Super conditions but the fish were hard got even though there were plenty showing and brought up.

Gerry Heaslip took top spot with a fish of 3.2 lbs, 2nd – Tom Hipwell 3.13 lbs , 3rd John O’Neill 3.07 lbs. Jim Keeshin took the special weight prize 2.2 lbs.

It was very close in the end with the top 4 only separated by only 3 ounces! The scales never lie!

As always thanks to Tommy Fagan and Lough Lene Anglers for all their help in hosting and to the DTAA competition committee for a well run event.

Full results are here: and the Angler of the Year leaderboard is here