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Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival 2017 Final Day Press Release

Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival 2017 Final Day Press Release

42nd Classic Fishing Festival Final Day

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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