Midland Angling and Shooting by Mick Flanagan September 2020
Once again our sporting events have been curtailed for another few weeks as Covid-19 restrictions of only 15 people gathering at an event has seen competitions and events cancelled. We did have a short window some weeks back when gatherings were limited to 200 and Lough Owel Anglers fished two fly angling competitions. The Mullingar Equestrian center also had a small gathering for a show jumping event.
GAULMOYLESTOWN LADS: I have always said there is only one F in fish, and the Flanagan Clan are nuts on fishing. Last weekend my nephew Cathal and his neighbour Shane O’Hara had a few hours on Derravaragh pike fishing. The lads really enjoyed their few hours and had a few nice pike on the day. It has been a strange summer and soon they will be back at school. Even so, they are planning a few weekend angling trips for September and October.
OWEL DAN MULLALLY TROPHY: It was great to be back on the competition scene and Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association hosted their first competition of the season on Wednesday August 12th. This evening competition was fished from 7pm-11pm and I had a bit of luck on the night. I teamed up with well-known angler and shooter Tony English and we had a great evening. Tony had two nice trout early in the evening and later that night I came into one of my Owel ‘hot spots’ and nailed a few super fish. The winning fish sucked down a dry Murrough and weighed an impressive 1.865kg. Paul O’Toole was 2nd with another fine fish of 1.295kg and Ollie Maheady was 3rd with 1.095kg.
OWEL PATTI DOOLING SHIELD: Last Sunday Lough Owel Trout Preservation Association anglers were back in action as we fished the popular Patti Doolin Shield. It was a tough day and the Owel trout certainly kept their social distance. Still, some nice trout were presented at the weigh-in at Tullaghan and fair play to L.O.T.P.A officers for keeping all the Covid-19 restrictions in place. Stan and Chris McKeon along with competition officers Ross McKeon and Ollie Maheady sailed a tight ship, as they say, on the day. Top rod last Sunday was Stuart McGrane with 1.110kg and 2nd was seasoned angler Davy Bligh who in his younger days fished for Ireland on the International scene. John Tyrrell, fishing with John Dooner, finished 3rd and how Tyrrell put up with Dooner for 6-8 hours in a boat I don’t know.
JUMPING FOR JOY: Mullingar Equestrian Center was the venue for a recent horse jumping event and I dropped out to get a few photographs. It was a beautiful day and even though it was a small gathering it was an enjoyable event. Unfortunately, gatherings are now restricted to 15 people and it may be some time before more events take place. In October there are Horse & Pony Performance sales and Mayo/Roscommon Breeder Group Selected Foal sales. You will just have to check on these dates in the coming weeks. For more information see www.mullingarequestrain.com
SEPTEMBER 1ST: Hopefully by the time Countryside Alliance members read this months angling and shooting update I will have shot a few mallard. Many of our lakes are hot spots for Fowlers and some nice morning and evening flights will produce a few testing shots. I have kept my eye in during August and in stormy weather I have got some nice pigeon shooting on standing crops.
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