Family Fun Day : Last Sunday saw the ancient shores of Lough Rinn come to life with the annual “Family fun Day” hosted by volunteers from the Rinn-Shannon & District Angling Club. This event which has been organized by the club since 2005, initially started as a day out for Chernobyl children who were visiting the locality. In 2005 the event attracted a crowd of approximately forty, this year, an estimated 800 people attended the free event.
The internationally renowned Garda Band entertained the large crowd, whilst the younger generation were kept busy with face painting, boat trips and donkey and cart rides with “Shergar” the donkey. Peter and Hugh Logan did an excellent job in cooking and dishing out the “Pig on a Spit” and Valerie Beck manned the barbeque and all the carnivores appreciated her burger cooking skills. The Club would like to give thanks to all those who attended and all the sponsors of the event, without whose generosity it would never take place. The Club would also like to thank everyone who made donations on the day and as a result, five hundred euro was collected for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. A very special thank you is reserved for Garda Mick Heffernan (Garda youth liaison officer, Ballyfermot) who so kindly arranged the attendance of the Garda Band. Finally not forgetting all the RSDAC volunteers and The Order of Malta who gave up their time to ensure the day went safely and smoothly. Club chairman Paul Beck told me that it was the most successful Family Fun Day since inception and that “It allows us as a club to give the local community a great day out for all the family to enjoy and also to show our appreciation for their continued support with helping the club to provide a top class game angling venue such as Lough Rowan for locals and visitors alike to enjoy”.
Lough Rowan Report: The past couple of weeks have seen a decline in day angling on the lake and most anglers are to be found on the lake from 8pm onwards. The “evening rise” is a sight to be seen. One moment the lake is flat calm with no sign of any feeding fish, the next the lake comes alive with the tell tale signs of splashy rises. I spent a whole day on the lake last week during which I saw very little movement of fish, which was a little disappointing.
But just as the sun set behind McGaherns hill, I was amazed at the amount of fish rising all round me. In the heel of the hunt I did not manage to land one but there are certainly plenty of fish in the lake! Tactics that seem to be paying rewards are the use of buzzers fished deep. Buzzer fishing is not to my taste but it is a very successful method and well worth trying.
On another note, a visiting angler asked me recently if the club had a policy on fish size as someone had told him that no fish over 3lb were to be killed. To clarify the confusion, the club has a bag limit of two fish per day with no size restrictions! However, most anglers practice “catch & release” but every member has the option to take two fish home if they so wish.
Until next time, tight lines and don’t forget the sunblock!