Thursday 23 November 2017

Reeling them in Angler nets first salmon of the year, again

Grainne Cunningham and Anita Guidera

CONTRARY to the old saying, it is not always the early fisherman who catches the salmon.

Brian McEvoy strolled down to the River Drowes, Co Leitrim, at the leisurely hour of 11am yesterday and bagged himself the first salmon of the year less than three hours later.

Not only did he snag the fish under the envious glare of many who had braved the morning frost hours earlier, but it was the Enniskillen man's second time to catch the first salmon of the year.

Last night, Brian (40) tucked into a meal of grilled salmon with his wife Tracy and their three children, Oliver (6), Laura (5) and Amy (3) at home.

Brian, who has been fishing all his life, achieved every angler's dream first in 1999 when he landed the first salmon of the year.

Yesterday, on the first day of the season, he waited just two-and-a-half hours before repeating his feat, with another 10lb fish.

And now he hopes that one day he will match the record of local man John Fahy, who has been the first to catch the elusive fish of knowledge on three separate occasions.

The event got under way at 8.30am yesterday. Some anglers travelled from Germany and France to be there.

But Brian said he just walked along the bank in the sunshine, covering as much water as possible before he got lucky. "I was over the moon, I was shaken," he said.

Brian, a lecturer at Fermanagh Skills Centre, landed the salmon ahead of 60 rivals with a flying C bait in an area of the river near Kinlough known as the Two Islands pool.

Irish Independent

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