Thirty-six anglers from six schools from across Northern Ireland took part in last week’s Ulster Schools Coarse Angling Competition at Mid Ulster District Council’s Coarse Angling facility at Portglenone.
Dromore High School, Bangor Academy, Royal Belfast Institute, Coleraine Grammar, Breda Academy and Erne Integrated College took place in the competition which has been running for over 40 years and is organised by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation and sponsored by Waterways Ireland and Mid Ulster District Council.
Conditions on the day were excellent for fishing with mild, dry weather and the river was at its summer level.
Presentations where held at the Parochial Hall in Bellaghy. Deputy Chair of the Council, Councillor Sharon McAleer presented the winners with medals and trophies along with tackle prizes and vouchers to the value of £1,500, sponsored by Shakespeare.
Speaking at the presentation the Deputy Chair said, “The Ulster Schools Coarse Angling Competition is a fantastic event that gives school children the opportunity to explore and develop their interest and skills in fishing and allows them to put these to the test at a competitive yet friendly and encouraging event.
“I am delighted Mid Ulster District Council recognises the worth of the competition and works in partnership with the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation to help them deliver it every year.”