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Anglers battle to be crowned world champion


SOUNDING THE HORN Pictured on Lough Mask was Minister of State for Regional Development, Michael Ring TD, launching the World Cup Trout Fly Anglong Championship. Also pictured are Committee members Billy Burke, Chairman and Ronan Cusack, Boat Manager. ?Pic: Michael McLaughlin

Anton McNulty

UP to 500 fishermen took to water on Lough Mask over the weekend as they bidded to land the prestigious catch of winning the 63rd World Cup Fly Fishing competition.
Minister for State for Regional Development, Michael Ring, TD, had the honour of launching the competition on Thursday with fishermen from all over Ireland and abroad coming to the shores of Lough Mask to take part in the 2016 series of the competition.
The World Cup Fly Fishing competition is held on Lough Mask every year and is one of the most prestigious competitions in the fishing calendar.
The competition began on Thursday with heats taking place every day until Sunday with the one quarter of the competitors from each heat advancing to Monday’s final. The results of the final was not expected until late on Monday afternoon and were not available at the time of going to print.
Last year’s winner was David Corcoran from Tuam and this year’s winner will take home the World Silver Cup along with a 19 foot angler fancy lake boat, a 15 horsepower Suzuki engine, a Sage fly rod and a winner’s watch.
The first World Cup Trout Fly Fishing Competition was organised by Castlebar and District Trout Angler’s Association, and took place during Easter 1953. The venue chosen was Cushlough Bay, Lough Mask close to Ballinrobe town, and has remained so to the present day.