2009 Open, Oaklands Lake, New Ross- 30 August 2009

Match report  This year's Portobello Open saw 30 anglers return to last year's venue and saw much better weights than 2008's event. Warm, humid and drizzly weather persisted for much of the day and while carp were busy cruising the lake, some pegs saw few if any bites while other pegs were alive with solid, fighting fish.

Again it was an end peg that made a difference, but this time it came from the opposite end of the lake. Darren Whelton bagged 35.680 of carp on shallow fished meat to win the Open and take home the €350 first prize winnings. Darren finished almost 10kg clear of Damian Maddock, with Danny Murphy taking third place. The two juniors put many of the field to shame by both breaking into double figures, Curtis Walsh beating Robert Smithers to take home the rod and reel that was on offer to the best junior. Both boys fished paste at about 6 metres.

Peg Member's Name Weight (kg) Prize
2 Curtis Walsh (junior) 17.810 Tackle
4 Robert Smithers (junior) 10.300 €20
7 Colm Palliser -  
10 Gary Crehan 4.260  
13 Colm O'Gaora 0.600  
14 Henry Norton 2.900  
15 Richie Keegan 8.880  
16 Ken Ince 20.510 (S) €100
18 Niall Purcell -  
22 Eoin Schweppe 5.570  
23 Duncan Collins 13.780  
25 Steve Howson 6.920  
26 Dave Hill 5.960  
27 David Breen -  
28 Brendan Collins -  
30 Andrew Benson -  
35 James Phelan 5.020  
37 John Thompson -  
38 Mark Davis 6.780  
39 Tommy Burke -  
41 Danny Murphy 25.440 (3) €100
45 Bert Hunter 9.360 (S) €100
46 James Foley 13.240  
49 Martin Sutterby -  
50 Damian Maddock 27.120 (2) €200
51 Bob Hulme 20.800 (S) €100
52 Kevin Hudson -  
53 Noel Cos -  
54 Alan Aphidean 13.600  
56 Mick Fagan 9.300  
58 Phil Fitzsimons 14.780  
60 Darren Whelton 35.680 (1) €350