Day 1 results – 40th Anniversary Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival

Published: 12th May 2015

The 40th Anniversary Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival got off to a sometimes wet and windy start on Monday 11 May on the shores of Lough Erne in the Fermanagh Lakelands. The 233 hardy anglers dealt with four seasons in one day but the fish were generally co-operative and all of the sections, from Boa Island on the Lower Lough to Corradillar on the Upper Lough, produced good results.

The top four weights today were all caught by Classic regulars. Phil Bardell from Milton Keynes earned the top daily prize of £500 for his 16kgs 110gms from peg 6 at Corradillar. Second with 15kgs 150gms was Tony Green from Enniskillen, caught from peg 15 at Ely Lodge. In third place was Rudiger Hansen from Germany, who landed 14kgs 900gms from peg 1 at Portora. Completing the top four was Phil McCaffrey from Lisbellaw with 12kgs 950gms from peg 5 on Inish Fovar. Just missing out on a daily prize was another Classic regular, Fergal Smith from Balliniagh, who landed 12kgs 800gms from peg 6 also on Inish Fovar.

Outside of the top five, few local anglers have made it into the higher placings. Seasoned Classic regular, Victor Refausse from Omagh, is currently in twentieth place and Darren Cloran from Kesh in twenty fourth.

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 organisers are confident that the improving weather conditions will lead to increased catches as the week progresses. 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, DAIWA fishing tackle vouchers, or some of the many other cash prizes and trophies on offer.

The Classic is sponsored for the thirteenth year by Waterways Ireland, with additional sponsorship from DAIWA 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 Norma Herron, Waterways Ireland, on 028 6632 3004 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, on 028 6632 3110.

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