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Monday 8 MAY 2017

Day one Results Monday 8 May 2017

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FERMANAGH CLASSIC FISHING FESTIVAL 2017

Monday saw the commencement of the 2017 Classic Fishing Festival in County Fermanagh, the forty second year of Ireland’s premier coarse fishing competition.  Two Hundred and forty anglers lined the sun-drenched banks of the Erne, each one hoping to net the week’s winning haul of fish that would land them the top prize of £5,000 and a crystal chalice, or some of the many other cash prizes on offer during the competition.

Following day one of the competition, one angler has laid down the gauntlet to his fellow competitors, with a very impressive first day catch of 32 kg 590 gms. Fishing on the fancied Portora section, Ross-on-Wye angler Craig Brown netted £500 and a healthy lead for his efforts. In second place after day one is Stuart Northop from St Neots with  24 kg  360 gms, caught at the Inishmore Viaduct Section.

With the Broadmeadow and Killyhevlin sections fishing well, they have also produced the third and fourth spots on the results table. Another English visitor, Mathew Wise lies in third with 23 kg 780 gms from peg 1 at the Broadmeadow and Irish angler Dara Finnegan is fourth with 22 kg 070 gms from peg 4 at Killyhevlin. Top local angler is Keith Murphy from Tempo in 17 place, with a first day catch of 14 kg 540 gm from the Portora section.

The weather conditions leading up the festival and the low level of Lough Erne were ideal for sunbathing rather than fishing, but the organisers are very pleased with the first day’s catches. Expectations will be high for day two of the competition, when anglers gather for the draw at the Lakeland forum in Enniskillen on Wednesday morning.

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 information contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland on +353(0)71 95 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 3031777.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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41st Classic Fishing Festival

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Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival Day Three Results

Final Cumulative Results

Catch Analysis 2016

Friday 13th May 2016

The 2016 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival reached a thrilling finale today on the sun-soaked shores of Lough Erne. Young Lisnaskea angler Jordan Hall’s great catch of 28kg 180gms on Boa Island catapulted him into top place on the leaderboard, with a total over the three days of 59kg 400gms. Jordan, competing in his first ever Waterways Ireland Classic, netted the winner’s cheque of £5,000 and the coveted crystal chalice.

In second place overall was Cork angler Mike Stone, whose total catch of 40kgs 800gms earned him £2,000 and the runner’s up crystal trophy. Third was Newtownabbey angler William Donaldson with a total of 38kg 620gms, which landed him £1,500 and a crystal sports trophy. Fourth overall was 2001 Classic winner William Wheeler from Lisnaskea, whose 34kg 470gms was enough to secure him £1,000 and a Belleek trophy. Two classic regulars filled out the top six, Nigel Franks from Wiltshire with 32kgs 150gms and German angler Thorsten Beil, who won the Classic in 2010, with 30kg 180gms.

The winners of the hotly contested team event, the Waterways Ireland Masters, were ‘Wiltshire’s Worst’, with ‘Nathan’s B Team’ second and ‘Browning Team Germany’ in third place.

The Classic is sponsored for the fourteenth year by Waterways Ireland and is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

For further information please contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland, on 00353 71 96 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 028 6632 3110.

Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival Day Two Results 2016

Wednesday 11 May 2016

The 2016 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival continued today on the shores of Lough Erne, with some new names coming on to the leader-board. The top three weights came from the Portora section, so all the anglers know that the fish have arrived around the island town of Enniskillen.

Today’s top weight of 29 kgs 800gms was caught by Newtownabbey angler William Donaldson at peg 4 on Portora, which earned him the top daily prize of £500. Second was Jordan Hall from Lisnaskea with 24kg 640 gms, caught from peg 3 at the Portora section. In third spot was Banbury angler Daniel Varney, who landed 19kgs 680gms from the same Portora section, with Classic regular Steve Priestly from Manchester in fourth with 17kgs 880gms on the Boa Island section.

The action continues on Thursday with the second and final day of the King of the Erne competition and the final Classic fishing day is on Wednesday. Today’s winner William Donaldson will be carrying a 7kg 400gm advantage over his nearest rival, Jordan Hall, but many of the anglers in the top ten will be hoping that they can draw a ‘flier’ on Friday that will net them the top prize of £5,000 and the Crystal Chalice.

The Classic is sponsored for the fourteenth year by Waterways Ireland and is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

For further information please contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland, on 00353 71 96 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 028 6632 3110.

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41st Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival

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Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival Day One Results

Monday 9 May

The 2016 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival got off to a scorching start on Monday on the shores of Lough Erne in the Fermanagh Lakelands, with the sun shining brightly on over 200 anglers occupying fishing sections from Crom on the upper lough to Boa Island on the lower lough.

Today’s top weight of 22 kgs 50 gms was caught on the Cleenish Island section by St Neots angler Lee Kerry, which earned him the top daily prize of £500. Second was another Classic regular, Kevin Rowles from Devizes with 19 kg 100 gms, caught from peg 5 at the Portora section. In third spot was Tony Green from Enniskillen, who landed 18kgs 490gms from peg 3 at Killadeas, closely followed by Sheffield angler Mark Williams, who netted 18kgs 80gms on the Cleenish Island section.

The action continues on Tuesday with the first day of the King of the Erne competition and the next Classic fishing day is on Wednesday. The weather is predicted to heat up as the week progresses, adding to the unpredictability of the event. All of the anglers will line up again on Wednesday morning, hoping to reel in the top prize of £5,000 and the Crystal Chalice, or some of the many other cash prizes and trophies on offer.

The Classic is sponsored for the fourteenth year by Waterways Ireland and is organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

For further information please contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland, on 00353 71 96 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 028 6632 3110.