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Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival 2017 Day Two Press Release

Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival 2017

Press Release

Wednesday 10  May

The sun shone brightly on Fermanagh today as the 240 anglers fishing the 42nd Anniversary Fermanagh Classic cast their lines into the sparkling waters of Lough Erne.  Fermanagh has been basking in the spring sunshine for over two weeks, warming the waters of Lough Erne and overall catches were quite respectable.  The top weights today came from all over the Erne, from Cleenish Bridge on the Upper Lake to Boa Island on the Lower Lake.

Today’s winner was Tony Green, one of many English anglers to have moved over permanently to Fermanagh. Tony’s catch of 27kgs 950gms from peg 4 at Cleenish Bridge earned him the top daily prize of £500.  This superb catch propelled him from 35th to overall first place on the leader board.  Another long standing Classic regular, David Robinson, known to all as ‘Oggy’, came in second with 19kgs 820gms, caught on peg 1 at Portora section.  Third place was taken by Phil Bardell from Milton Keynes with a catch of 18kgs 350gms from peg 1 at Broadmeadow and in fourth place was local angler Paul Eyres, who took 17kgs 750gms from peg 4 at Boa Island Upper.

Monday’s winner Craig Brown from Ross-on-Wye is in second place overall going into the final Classic day on Friday, with Adrian Higgenbottom from Carlow in Third place. Thursday will be the second and final day of the popular King of the Erne Competition, organised by the local Erne Anglers Angling Club.

All eyes will be on the draw box at the Lakeland Forum when the anglers line up for the final day of the 2017 Classic.  Lough Erne is a wild fishery and every angler knows that he has the chance of drawing a peg that could produce a net of bream that could win him the competition and the coveted Crystal Chalice, not forgetting the £5,000 prize money.

Full results are available on the Classic website at www.fermanaghclassicfishing.com

The Classic is sponsored by Waterways Ireland and is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).

For further information please contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland, on +353(0)719550560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 0300 3031777.

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