Excellent catches at Irish fishing festival

The second day of the 2008 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival was one of the best for many years, with excellent catches recorded on some of the better known coarse fishing sections on Lough Erne.

With weather conditions ranging from bright sunshine to heavy showers, and gusty winds on the more exposed stretches of shoreline, the 257 anglers experienced the ‘Fermanagh climate’ of four seasons in one day. 

The top weight today was a spectacular 51kgs 200gms landed on a windy Trory section by English visitor Lee Harries, who nets £500 for his efforts.

Second overall was possibly the world’s best known angler, Bob Nudd, who used his vast experience to extract 38kgs 640gms also from the Trory section.

Neil Mazurek from Cootehill finished third overall with 33kgs 900gms from the popular Ely Lodge section.

Wayne Truman from Nottingham completed the top four with 31kgs 260gms, also at Trory, a catch which elevated him to the overall lead in the competition.

Snapping at his heels however is Bob Nudd, a mere 20gms in arrears.

The race is, as is usual with the Classic, wide open going into the third and final day on Friday.

Tomorrow (Thursday) is the second day of the popular King of the Erne competition, which is run in conjunction with the Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival. 

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

For further information please contact Aoife Morrissy, Waterways Ireland on 00 353 71 965 0622 or Eddie McGovern, Fermanagh District Council on 028 6632 3110.