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44th Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival 2019

PRESS RELEASE

Friday 17 May

Friday was the final day of the 2019 Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival, organised and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, assisted by Inland Fisheries (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) and sponsored by Waterways Ireland.

After a week of sunshine, the clouds gathered and the two hundred and five anglers lining the banks of the Erne considered changing from tee-shirts to waterproofs. Young James O’Doherty from Enniskillen emerged victorious, his 13kg 200gms catch from the Boa Island section bringing his total for the week to an impressive 71kg.870gms, winning him the coveted crystal chalice and the top prize of £5,000. In second place overall, collecting £2,000 and a Belleek Pottery trophy, was Brian Nesbitt from East Sussex, with 43kg 860gms, followed in third place by another English angler, Ian Benton, with 36kg 710gms, who won £1,500 and a trophy for his week’s efforts. Fourth was Classic regular Pete Bagshaw with 36kg 050gms and fifth was Manchester angler Michael Smith, who has been travelling to Fermanagh with his father and two brothers since he was a junior angler. Rounding off the top six overall was another Classic regular, Paul Boothby from Penkridge in Staffordshire.

The Friday daily winner was Paul Clarke from Birkenshaw, whose 28kg 900gms from the anglers’ favourite section, Ely Lodge, netted him £500. In second place was Ray Thompson from Manchester, third was previous Classic winner Malcom Brown from Coventry and fourth was Mark Silman from Doncaster.

The Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival is sponsored for the 16th year by Waterways Ireland and is organised and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

For further information on the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival please contact  Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland on +353(0)71 95 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or text phone 028 8225 6216.

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44th Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival 2019

PRESS RELEASE

Wednesday 15 May

The sun shone on Lough Erne on Wednesday for the second day of the 2019 Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival, organised and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, assisted by Inland Fisheries (Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs) and sponsored by Waterways Ireland.

The top three weights today came from an old favourite stretch of Lough Erne, the Ely Lodge section. James O’Doherty from Enniskillen won the daily top prize of £500 with a very impressive haul of 39Kg 860Gms from Ely 18, Brian Nesbitt from East Sussex was second with 32 Kg 320 Gms from Ely 15 and another English Classic regular, Pete Bagshaw, was third overall with 31Kg 610Gms from peg 14 on Ely Lodge.

James O’Doherty’s winning catch today propelled him to the top of the leaderboard going into the final day of the Fermanagh Classic on Friday, with a lead of over 20 Kilos separating him from Brian Nesbitt in second place. In third overall is Pete Bagshaw, with Chris Simpson and first day winner Gary Whalley in fourth and fifth. The Classic is once again living up to its reputation for unpredictability, with good weights of fish coming from some unexpected sections, so all eyes will be on the draw box in the Lakeland Forum on Friday morning.

The Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival is sponsored for the 16th year by Waterways Ireland and is organised and funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs.

For further information on the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival please contact  Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland on +353(0)71 95 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777 or text phone 028 8225 6216.

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Heaviest Weights day 1

Sections day 1

Team Results day 1

44th Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival 2019

PRESS RELEASE

MONDAY 13th MAY

Monday saw the commencement of the 2019 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival in County Fermanagh.  Two Hundred and five 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 up for grabs during the competition.

Following day one of the competition, one angler has laid down the gauntlet to his fellow competitors with an impressive first day catch of 23kg 800gms. Fishing on the fancied Portora section, Wigan angler and Classic Regular Gary Whalley netted £500 and a slight lead over second placed David Revill, Nottingham, with 20kg 180gms, caught at the Ely Lodge Section.

With the Ely Lodge and Portora sections fishing well, they have also produced the third and fourth spots on the results table. Another English visitor, Paul Boothby lies in third with 20kg 040gms from peg 18 at Ely Lodge and Rory O’Neill from Newry is fourth with 19kg 230gms from peg 4 at Portora. Top local angler, young James O’Doherty currently sits in fifth, with a first day catch of 18kg 810gm from the Inishmore Viaduct section.

The bright and sunny weather over Lough Erne were not ideal for fishing, but the organisers are delighted 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 at 10am.

The Classic is sponsored for the sixteenth year 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.

For information contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland on +353(0)71 95 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh & Omagh District Council on 0300 303 1777.

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Day Three Results 2018

Outright Winners on Aggregate

Catch Analysis 2018

Team Results 2018

Final Cumulative Results 2018

43rd Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival

Press Release

Friday 18 May 2018

The 2018 Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival, sponsored by Waterways Ireland, reached a thrilling finale today on the sun-soaked shores of Lough Erne. It had been a very close contest, with just over a kilo separating the top two anglers going into the final day’s fishing. Tony Hopkins of Lough Gowna emerged victorious, his catch of 3 kg 420  gms on Cleenish Bridge being enough to get him into top place on the leaderboard, with a total over the three days of 36 kg 240 gms, netting him the winner’s cheque of £5,000 and the coveted crystal chalice.

In second place overall was Andrew Hampson of Chapel Allerton, whose total catch of 34 kgs 580 gms earned him £2,000 and the runner’s up crystal trophy. Third was Worcester angler Stuart Harford with a total of 27 kg 560 gms, which landed him £1,500 and a crystal sports trophy.  Fourth overall was Stefan Engert from Germany , whose 27 kg 540 gms was enough to secure him £1,000 and a Belleek trophy. Two times previous Classic winner John Potters was fifth with 26 kgs 930 gms and Nottingham angler Rob Parker came home in sixth, with 25 kg 540 gms.

The winners of the hotly contested team event, the Waterways Ireland Masters, were ‘Wakefield Trinity’, with ‘Dickie’s Arsenal’ second and ‘Family Affair’ in third place.

Today’s daily winner was Rob Parker from Nottingham, with German visitor Stefan Engert second, Craig Fletcher from Bath third and Cavan angler Peadar Harten in fourth.

The Classic is sponsored for the sixteenth year 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.

For further information please contact Katrina McGirr, Waterways Ireland, on 00353 71 96 50560 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 0300 303 1777.

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Day Two Results 2018

43rd Classic Fishing Festival

Press Release

Wednesday May 16 2018

The 2018 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 four weights all came from different sections, on different parts of the Erne system.

Today’s top weight of 23.440 kgs 440gms was caught by Derbyshire angler Chris Simpson from peg 1 on Broadmeadow, which earned him the top daily prize of £500.  Second was Cameron Hughes from Derby, with 16 kg 080 gms, caught from peg 14 at the Ely Lodge section. In third spot was previous Classic winner Malcom Brown from Coventry , who landed 19 kgs 680 gms from the Rossahilly section, with Classic regular Dara Finnegan in fourth with 13kgs 980gms, also on the Rossahilly 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 Friday.  Monday’s winner Andrew Hampson will be carrying just over one Kilo advantage over his nearest rival, Tony Jordan, 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 fifteenth 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 0300 303 1777.

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Day One Results 2018

43rd Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival

Press Release

Monday 14 May 2018

The 2018 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival got off to a steady start on Monday on the shores of Lough Erne in the Fermanagh Lakelands, with the sun shining brightly on the 240 anglers occupying fishing sections from Bellanaleck on the upper lough to Boa Island on the lower lough.

Today’s top weight of 32 kgs 530 gms was caught on the Cornagrade section by Andrew Hampson from Chapel Allerton, which earned him the top daily prize of £500.  Second was another Classic regular, Tony Hopkins from Gowna with 28 kg 120 gms, caught from peg 1 right in front of Enniskillen Castle at the Broadmeadow section. In third spot was Stuart Harford from Worcester, who landed 25kgs 750gms from peg 14 at Rossahilly, with double Classic winner John Potters from Lisbellaw in fourth place with 23kgs 850gms, also on the Rossahilly 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 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.

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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Monday 8 MAY 2017

Day one Results Monday 8 May 2017

Day one Heaviest Weights

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

Press Release

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

Press Release

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.