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42nd Classic Fishing Festival

Press Release

Friday 12 May 2017

The 2017 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival reached a thrilling finale today on the shores of Lough Erne. Local Fermanagh angler Keith Murphy’s great catch of 36kg 400gms on Cleenish Bridge catapulted him into top place on the leaderboard, with a total over the three days of 53kg 890gms. Keith, who was persuaded to enter the Classic by his friend and fellow angler Phil McCaffrey, netted the winner’s cheque of £5,000 and the coveted crystal chalice.

In second place overall was Doncaster Angler Tom Pickering, a previous winner of the Classic, whose total catch of 41kgs 5400gms earned him £2,000 and the runner’s up crystal trophy. Third was another local Angler Tony Green with a total of 40kg 720gms, which landed him £1,500 and a crystal sports trophy.  Fourth overall was Craig Brown from Ross-on-Wye, whose 40kg 570gms was enough to secure him £1,000 and a Belleek trophy.  Filling out the top six were Richy Roberts from Llanidloes with 38kgs 800gms and another local angler Paul Eyres, with 38kg 510gms.

The winners of the hotly contested team event, the Waterways Ireland Masters, were ‘The Team With No Name’, with ‘Dads & Lads’ second and ‘Two Postman Pats and a Couple of Sprats’ in third place.

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 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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FERMANAGH CLASSIC FISHING FESTIVAL 2017

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.

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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Day one Results Monday 8 May 2017

Day one Heaviest Weights

PRESS RELEASE

Monday 8 MAY 2017

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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Final Cumulative Results

Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival Day Three Results

41st Classic Fishing Festival

Press Release

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.

 

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Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival Day Two Results

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41st Classic Fishing Festival

Press Release

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

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.