Limerick & District Anglers Association held our first Pike competition / started our new league today Sunday 13th of January at the Pumphouse in Annacotty.

Fishing was from 1030-1530

We had 23 senior anglers and 14 junior anglers

The club used our boats to bring anglers to a few spots that are inaccessible by foot.

After about an hour or so of quiet fishing with no sign of much happening a good pike was hooked below at the mouth of the mulcair. A bit of welcome excitement and as the fish burst the surface it was no jacker. After a few runs the net was ready for the big hen but she made a last dash for freedom and broke the anglers line. Absolute devastation as the fish was a good double.

Everyone settled down and got back to the fishing, again it was quiet until a burst of excitement on the far side. Reports were coming in of a lovely double and it was confirmed a beautiful river pike in superb condition was successfully landed, weighed and released with minimal handling and expertly unhooked and released. She tipped the scales bang on 20lb.

Apart from this beautiful fish, it remained quiet elsewhere and anglers tried hard in the wind and rainy conditions to find a pike. It continued like this for the remainder of the competition until the last cast of the day from the same angler that captured the 20lb River monster, he saw his floated dead bait come to life with his float dancing on the surface for a minute or so before it disappeared under the surface. Arms shaking with excitement he struck into another beautiful double figure fish this time tipping the scales at just over 10lb.

An excellent day for this great angler but disappointment for the rest as the pike won the day and fooled 21 Anglers reminding them how tough of an opponent the pike can be…….

Well done to Jack Pike for winning it today with 2 excellent fish and he’s 30lb up in the league already. We expect even with that head start he will find it tough to keep his lead up as the competition will be fierce.

Our next competitions / league will be held as follows:

January 27th Castleconnell

February 17th Pumphouse

March 03rd Plassey

March 24th Lough Gur

April 07th Castleconnell

April 21st Pumphouse

Competitions open to all but league strictly for club members