Coleraine Anglers’ Association held their April competition at Dunalis Reservoir last Thursday evening with a good turn out of members given the cold conditions.
The trout are very deep at present because of the recent cold spell and the best success was had by anglers fishing deep with various lures and nymphs fishing with a slow retrieve near the bottom. Most of the trout (Rainbow Trout which are measured and released unharmed) are in great condition especially the over wintered fish from last year and even though the water is very cold they can put up a fantastic battle on the fly rod.
Some anglers landed two at a time which can be common in the spring as Rainbows tend to shoal up.
The winners who received their prizes from David Harkness, club chairman, and Mark Henderson, club secretary, are as follows: Garry Stewart (overall winner 10 trout); Sammy Irwin (best trout); Harry Simpson (junior winner).
Hopefully in the next few weeks as the weather and water warms the buzzer fishing should be excellent with good rises in the evening.
The reservoir is watched closely by members and baliffs regarding poaching and any cases will be reported.