Graham Daly from Tuam with his monster catch.

Monster pike caught in Milltown

A RECORD pike for Cloondroon Lake, Milltown was caught on on Sunday April 21, when Milltown Angling Club held a junior pike fishing competition in Cloondrone.
Young anglers from Claremorris, Milltown, Ballindine, Dunmore, Tuam and Glenamaddy took part.
In view of recent tragedies associated with angling, before the competition started, well known angler Tommy Casserly gave a talk on water safety and the importance of wearing a life jacket while fishing.
A booklet on water safety was also given to each young angler taking part. The first hour of the competition saw two fish hooked and lost, but an hour later young angler Graham Daly from Tuam hooked, played and landed a huge pike weighing almost 22 lbs, a club record and the biggest pike ever recorded on Cloondrone Lake.
The club congratulated Graham on catching this monster pike and winning the junior competition. Second place went to Dylan Lowry with a pike weighing 10 lbs and third was Harvey O’Brien with two pike weighing 9lb 6oz.
In all seven pike were caught, weighed and released back into the lake to fight another day.
Milltown Angling Club would like to thank the senior anglers who gave up their spare time to supervise the junior competition, Margaret Nestor for the tea and sandwiches and Stephen Mongan for the trailer.
Congratulations to all the young anglers who took part in the competition, for the way they conducted themselves at the lake side and especially to Graham Daly for catching the fish of a lifetime. Competitions for both senior and junior will take place through out the year.
A demonstration day for any young anglers who wish to take up the sport will be announced in the near future.