Tom Commons tells me some of my comments from yesterday
evening could be libellous. Well today is worse!!! (I have a good solicitor)
I hardly slept last night with the news that a search party
had been sent out to find the elusive Eamon Conroy. Sniffer dogs were
dispatched and he was eventually found this morning at Doon Shore. I welcomed
him back. The silence has been broken.
I am greeted by Gary Beirne who informs me that he lost a
fishing rod yesterday. I find this impossible to comprehend that a grown man in
a small boat can manage to achieve such a feat. The mind boggles!!!!
Seamie Carr informs me that he feels he can find the winner
today. From a man who could not find a fish in a tank, to claim he can find it in
the lake is an outrageous boast. Seamie takes my banter with good spirit, puts
sun cream on his beautifully shaped bonce, and heads off, late as usual, onto
We had a number of late comers this morning, but this did
not include Jordan Maye, who was early, as I think he is still suffering from
the telling-off he got last year for his mid-afternoon arrival.
Homemade Brown bread was the order of the day from the
Kitchen. Many thanks to Beth Egan for her hard work on this. It is much
appreciated by all.
The day ambles along, as I attempt to pull together the
statistics for this year, compared to previous years. Numbers are up. Total
fish weighed are up. Weather is up. So everyone is a winner. Except for Liam
Conroy, who yet again, catches as much as me. I think it may be time to quit,
Much of the talk at The Doon Shore this morning is on the
mighty Rossies victory over Cork in The Under 21 semi-final last night. The
fact that I didn’t even know they were playing is shameful on my part. Me
thinks it could be time for the bandwagon.
Anyway, I digress. Back to the fishing (well sort of).
Fishing is slow this morning (Is it ever any other speed?) but I am kept going
by the DJ’s music. With the exception of Thin Lizzy and AC/DC, I am alien to
this racket that is being produced. Am I really past it at 43 and become a
grumpy old man ? (copyright John Keenahan). (Just had to get you in there
Mid afternoon, there was rumours spread by Jordan Maye of a
25lb Pike landed at Doon Shore. Expectations were high until it was revealed
the Pike was nearer 5lb in weight. A slap is due for that one, Jordan.
Not long afterwards, my heart sank as it was revealed that
an actual 20lb 2oz Pike was landed. It wasn’t that I wished the angler any ill
will but I was sick of trying to clean that bloody board with Whiteboard
Marker. Non-permanent marker my arse!! And a top for the next year. Don’t use
Huggies baby wipes, they are crap. I was told that everything from Petrol,
Diesel, Jif, Cillet Bang, Butter, Sugar, Alcohol (that was a non-runner) would
wipe it off. I didn’t see anyone else trying to clean the bloody thing.
Anyway, my luck was in as the man who caught the fish was
actually the man who was in First Place already, so all I had to do was change
the weight. Happy Days!!!
I would like to personally thank Monica, Aoife, Mary, Ann
and the girls and especially George for entertaining my daughter, Amber, whilst
I tried to look busy.
The evening came to a close, and I had had my fill of bad
By the way, there were actually winners and they went as
In Second Place is Adam Hayden with a fish weighing in at
1lb 2oz.- In Joint First Place are Jake Sharkey and Ciaran Fallon
both with fish weighing in at 6lb 4oz.-
In First Place with a piece of Crystal sponsored by Moonstone
Jewellers and a cheque for €150, with a fish weighing 14lb 12oz, number 262, Sandra
€200 to the largest fish caught over the weekend, not in
the Main Prizes is with a fish weighing 15lb 13oz, weighed at Doon Shore on Sunday
is number 256, Kelly Leonard.
MAIN PRIZES In Third Place with a cheque for €750, with a fish
weighing 17lb 4oz weighed at Doon Shore on Saturday is number 202, Padraig
In Second place with a cheque for €1,500 is, with a fish
weighing 18lb 4oz weighed at Black Island is Number 244 Cathal Beirne.
And in first place with a cheque for €2,500 and The
Moonstone Jewellers Perpetual Trophy and The Winners Jacket is, with a fish
weighing 20lb 2oz weighed at Doon Shore on Saturday is number 118, Paddy
O’Neill. He also caught a fish weighing in @ 19lb even.
This is my ninth year in a row doing the Stats for the
Club and I am personally always grateful to them for the warm welcome they always
I’ll be back next year, as I’m sure everyone else will,
with the exception of Peter “Scouse B*****d” Noone who chickened out this year,
because he had relations over. Lame Excuse Peter. Lame.
My parting shot, as usual is for Stewart Connolly. It’s
never going to happen mate. Never.
Hope everyone had a good weekend and in the immortal
words of Hill Street Blues “Let’s be careful out there”.…... \m/
What a beautiful day. Compared to last year’s Arctic
conditions. Today was a day from God. The hopeful and the hopeless (aka Stewart
Connolly, Liam Conroy and John Ferris) assembled at Doon Shore this morning.
All bright eyed and full of aspirations of claiming the Top Prize. I always
admire the positive attitude of Fishermen and women.
Numbers were up on last year, probably due to the good
weather. Joe Tighe was decked out as if he were heading for some fashion
catwalk in Cannes whilst Derek Dooley was decked out like some North American
Within the first hour, 3 large fish were caught. Tension was
reaching fever pitch amongst the fishing fraternity. Around lunchtime, the
hopeless decided to cut their losses and get food from the wonderful
hardworking Ann and her side-kick, the surprisingly sober Jordan Maye.
After lunch they all trudged back out onto the lake looking
for that elusive catch that could make them €2,500 richer.
The good news this year is that the amount of fish caught
today was twice as high as the entire weekend last year. And there was plenty
of heavy fish caught, none though by our Mouthy Scouser, Liam Mitchell. Thanks
for the buns though, Liam.
This year, was poignant, in that it was the first year we
were without Doreen Caldbeck who sadly passed away recently. The food from the
Kitchen was given out and people were asked to make a donation to a local
Cancer Charity. A truly excellent idea.
After Day 1, Paddy O’Neill from Mullingar, leads the pack
with a fine fish of 19lbs. This can be beaten. So where there is life, there is
One thing that crossed my mind today, was that it was
unusually quiet at Doon Shore. It wasn’t until the afternoon that I clicked it.
Eamon Conroy wasn’t there. I think a search party is called for here.
Onto tomorrow, where Stewart Connolly’s inability to affect
The Leaderboard will continue……….