Secretaries Annual Report
The club lost a lifelong club member with the death of Tom Murray during the year. Tom served as a secretary and chairman with the club for a very long time. He was also very involved with the Boyne Council. Tom would have been very well known as the owner of the Flying Sportsman. The club would like to extend its sympathies to the Murray family.
The early spring fishing was good. However the evening fishing was not great. But as usual some good fish were caught. The best I know of is a 9lb 2 oz. caught by myself.
There was no salmon reported for the year.
A problem with an old tank at Whitegate has been resolved with the removal of the tank. The situation with the Waste Treatment plan in Virginia is much the same as it was last year. The club complained to the EPA about planning permission being granted to a Lidl in Virginia as it is illegal to grant planning, where the waste treatment plant is overloaded. They were less than useless. We intend to take them to task if they allow anymore connections to the treatment plant.
We had a work party during the year. Two pools that were unfishable due to overhanding trees were cut back. Some paths that were overgrown were trimmed.
The project that we voted for at last year’s AGM eventually got off the ground after a lot of time wasting with the parks department, only for the rain to start. The decision to push ahead with the project, proved to be the right one. As the OPW still have not even finished off a project they started in 2015, below Tallons.
Our young anglers won a list of honours last season. Brendan Heaney won the Sheelin Classic, a youth qualifier, vice-captain of the Iris team that won an international in Killarney and Lake inter pro.
Ger McLoughlin won the Leinster river and was second in the river inter pro. Both have qualified to fish on the Irish team fishing for the World championships in August. Ger also won the Pat McLoughlin cup. Two casting lessons were held at Maudlin last year, thanks to Keith McDonald. We intend to do the same again this year.