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Al Marsden had a good day on the rays with some nice specimens

16 July, 2021

With a lot of hot weather about some of our members have been out and about trying for a few different species. Al Marsden had a good day on the rays with some nice specimens. Jānis Liseckis was more than happy with his bass session. Lee Mullan had a nice smoothy from the North Coast. James Wade had a lovely sized rockling. Drew McMinn crunched out the mini's and Dan O'Neil had a lovely mullet on his last cast which put up a fantastic account of itself.

List of names that have been entered for the NIFSA 2 Day festival at the start of September

10 July, 2021

Hi All
Please find below the list of names that have been entered for the NIFSA 2 Day festival at the start of September. If your name is there and you don't think you are going, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE contact me so I can scrub you off and make that place available to somebody else. We need an exact number for our recorder to do his sums on the score cards and placings of anglers. If you do want to fish and your name is not on please message this page. Very limited spaces left.
Thanks
Rath Leslie
Barry Platt
Dairmaid Adams
David Garvan
Stephen Hodge
Allan Williams
Christopher McCook
Gareth Bell
Harry Mckee Snr
Harry Mckee Jnr
Paul Hill
Lee Mullan
Alan Martin
Gil Leighton
Jenny Casey
Pamela Stewart
Dean Azzabi
Micheal Gilmer
John Moag
Conor Gilmer
Jānis Liseckis
Baiba
Gary McCurry
Matty Grant
Paddy O'Boyle
Colin Reilly
David Hilditch
Drew Hendry
Ronnie Andrews
Adrian Nicholl
David Nesbitt
Matt Ormesher
Garry Gregg
Paul Beggs
Ali Wall
Shane Olden
Keith O'Brien
Jeffry Olden
Jason Power
David Olden
Kieran Ryan
Paul Ryan
Phil Pape
Lesley Maby
Brian S Dickson
Neil Wilkinson
Peter Wilkinson
Tim Sexton
Tyrone O'Brien
Kieron Baker
Jim Bryan
Alan Malcahy
Paul Coady
Scott Burns
Gareth Gardner E
Neil Cutler
Kenny McCoy
Thomas Tate
Bob Gascoigne
Steve Potts
Gavin Owen
Colin Bell
Joe Perry
Jordan Hunter
Welsh Team
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Jason Crowley
Liam Fraher
Drew Ferguson
Jo Molloy
Sean Ivory
Davy Dobbie
Kevin Lewis
Billy Buckley
Jimmy Connel
Scott McCartney
Issac Muir
Kevin Barber
Andrew Ferguson
Karl McCollough
Alistair Davidson
Jamie Horn
Darren James McHenry
Ali Wall
Ally Nicholl
William Pollock
Andrew Logan
Warren Brown
Drew Hendry
Graeme Ruddy

Great to see the younger rods in the Federation enjoying the sport

05 July, 2021

Great to see the younger rods in the Federation enjoying the sport. Young Dan O'Neill shows how it is done.
Some of our smaller catches over the past month. Locations: Waterfoot pier, Port Muck and Benone Beach. Plenty of small pollock taking lures and mackerel feathers. Three flat fish ( I think they are turbot but I’m unsure) caught on Benone beach using a two hook flapper. Catch and release for all.

Federation sortie on the North Coast

04 July, 2021

Federation sortie on the North Coast
Young Mike Henry went out on boat today with Paul Graham #ladykarencharters and a few of us.
His primary mission was to fill the freezer with mackerel but had a wee go at the tope and got this one first drop.
We had about 5 attempts at the baits and Andrew Ferguson lost a nice one at side of boat but Mike won the fiver pool money with his first ever tope 10 mins into the fishing.
Fish was quickly returned after unhooking.
Please forgive the lingoπŸ˜†

Fish of the month for June ** Sponsored by Rooney Fishing Supplies**

04 July, 2021

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Great to see a lot more activity and species coming in in everybody's reports and this month it goes to Paul Hill with this lovely cuckoo wrasse while he was participating in the wrasse hunt. 😁

Some nice fish and crustaceans being caught by federation members at the moment

04 July, 2021

Some nice fish and crustaceans being caught by federation members at the moment. Garry McCurry had a fine North Coast shore Tope of 21lb along with the start of the Garfish. Drew McMinn was catching away on the minis and pollack. Paddy O'boyle was building up his species list nicely and Dan O'Neill had a pier caught PB Plaice. Matt Ormesher was on the rays again with a mixture of other species including dragonets. And Jānis Liseckis had a mega battle with a lobster, Janis won in the end!!

Keep an eye above you, especially on piers etc.

02 July, 2021

Keep an eye above you, especially on piers etc.

Some nice fish starting to turn up for shore anglers from the federation

27 June, 2021

Some nice fish starting to turn up for shore anglers from the federation. Good to see it heating up though a bit on the late side.

Federation member Al Marsden writes a nice account of a session on board Portrush Skipper

22 June, 2021

Federation member Al Marsden writes a nice account of a session on board Portrush Skipper Paul Graham boat the Lady Karen.
Time for another fishing round up πŸ˜€
Mark BG took a run up the coast with me last wednesday for a 4 hour shore session to targets flatties. The fish were about in good numbers with flounder, dab and plaice coming in 2 and 3 at a time 😊
Nothing massive, but the rods were nodding away all afternoon until they gobbled up all of our ragworm. Great wee impromptue session 😁😁
Sunday saw myself, soupy Sean Skull Feeney and big tommy head out onboard the lady karen from portrush (skippered by Paul Graham ) for what turned out to be the best boat trip so far this year from the port.
Mackerel were still thin on the ground with only 1 getting caught the entire day but 1lb whiting were abundant. This ended up doing us a good turn as very quickly something kept stealing them off our hooks. So the light traces were put away and heavy rigs baited up with whiting fillets or whole whiting were sent back out to see what was about πŸ˜‰
I was first to hook up with a double shot of 7lb spurdog coming up and then the fun began in ernest with others hooking up πŸ˜€
Tommy got the biggest fish of the day measuring in at 117cm. It was a brute of a spur that was as thick as my thigh and he was pulling some faces trying to hold it for a photo πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚
After a few hours of frantic spur action we decided we'd had enough and set off to target some pollock and other species. I think we ended up with tub gurnard, scad, ballan wrasse, pollock and coalies.
All in all a great days fishing πŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŽπŸ˜ŠπŸ˜„

Below is the report on our Wrasse hunt with only a 1/3 of the competitors giving in results

21 June, 2021

Below is the report on our Wrasse hunt with only a 1/3 of the competitors giving in results. The Antrim coast has been decimated with uncontrolled Wrasse pots by commercial fishermen, to supply the farmed poison salmon that turn up in supermarkets and restaurants. We are fighting this at the moment with our fishery officer at meetings and in contact with officials in government.
Also in the gallery is a nice male cuckoo wrasse.
This weekend saw the ballan wrasse leg of the summer species league and while there was a better stamp of fish this year (with 6 over 40cm recorded), there still isn't the abundance of this species that there once was, particularly between Larne and Redbay.
We had 19 anglers manage to catch with top three as follows:
1st Paul Beggs 46cm
2nd Colin Reilly 43cm
3rd Diarmaid Adams 42cm
Next leg is Pollack in July.
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