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2007 Ends on a High Note for the Dublin Angling Initiative!

The last fishing trip of 2007 for the Dublin Angling Initiative took place on Breakey Lake in county Cavan on the 5th December. Conditions could only be described as very difficult with freezing cold wind and heavy rain sweeping across the shores of Breakey. However, the Jay Project from Jobstown were not put off by the weather and fished like true pros all day.

Des Chew, James Kavanagh age 15, Joe Bryne age 16 and Glen Paul aged 16.

The first fish of the day came to Richie Burton, a fine 7lb pike which was caught on a sardine. Then we had a well earned cup of tea and sausages cooked under the shelter of our brollies. It wasn't long before Joe Bryne's bite alarm sounded a screaming run! We all ran to Joe's rod to watch him strike into his running fish which was followed by a great battle. He played the fish like a true master allowing the fish to run when she needed to and never taking the bend of this rod. Ronan McCormack from the Eastern Regional Fisheries Board was on hand to net the fish, a 16lb beauty in immaculate condition. The fish had taken another sardine.

Joe Bryne aged 16 with a fine 16lb Pike

The fish was unhooked and weighed quickly before we watched her swim back to the cold water she had come from.

Although no further fish were caught on the day everyone really enjoyed the experience of seeing this large fish being caught and released. In fact Joe has beaten the Dublin angling Initiative pike record by 8 oz, well done Joe.

It was really a great end to a great years fishing for the Dublin Angling Initiative groups.

Back row from left to right – Ronan McCormack (from Eastern Regional Fisheries Board), Lee Salinger, Chris McGregor (Dublin Angling Initiative Tutor). Front row –from left to right – James Kavanagh, Ger Kildea (Community Garda from Tallaght), Glen Paul, Richie Burton and Joe Bryne.

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