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Newry’s Quinn comes third in Ulster Open

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

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NEWRY angler Geoff Quinn and his fishing partner Matthew Crowl finished third in the Ulster Open Pairs Course Fishing Championship, organised by Newry Coarse Fishing Club.

The event took place at Newry Canal where 26 anglers from all over Ireland fished on a newly developed competition stretch at the Middlebank, near O'Rourke's, across from The Quays shopping centre.

Quinn was the highest local finisher although Newry men Eric Johnston and Jim Reilly competed too but finished outside the podium.

The winners were father and son duo Gary and Ollie Doyle from Carlow with a catch of 5kilo 900grams, while Dublin pair Alan Athadan and Gavin Walsh finished runners up with 5kilo 620g

Quinn and Crowl had a catch of 4kilo 500g to finish third, while the total catch of the day weighed in at 46kilo.

Oliver MacCauley is Chairman of Newry Coarse Fishing Club and he was happy that the Open Championship took place in an area which incorporates the new green-way along the canal.

It was a great event and the weather was fine but the fishing wasn't great although we can put that down to the weather and the time of year as the fish haven't really scattered just yet," said MacCauley.

"The people that were pegged closer to the Basin seemed to fish best."

The fish caught were small and MacCauley who has been fishing in Newry Canal for over 50 years says the stock in the water has changed beyond recognition.

"About 30 years ago there was particularly two types of fish prevalent in Newry, which were breen and rudd," said McCauley.

"In the meantime roach fish were introduced and they have out-fed and outbred the rest of the fish, and we are now left with very few breen and there is no rudd."

The Newry Coarse Fishing chairman is glad to see anglers catered for along the Canal but he feels that changes made to enhance the area or ideas he has to encourage more anglers to the canal have fallen on deaf ears

"I had been working with Newry and Mourne Council for 50 years and it is only until recently that things are a little more difficult, whether it is due to the formation of Newry and Mourne District Council or not, I am not sure." said McCauley.

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