The top weight of the day, 28kg 330gms from Peg 14 at Lough Acrussel, earned previous Classic winner John Potters from Lisbellaw the daily overall top prize of £500. Second with 23kg 880gm was Classic regular Dickie Carr from Cheshunt, netting him £350 for his day’s fishing on the improving Rossahilly section. In third place was another Classic regular Matthew Hall from Nottingham who landed 20kg 320gm, also from the Lough Acrussel section. Completing the top four was Jimmy Messer from Durham with 18kg 920gm from Peg 15 on the Cornagrade section.
As is often the case with the Classic, the top thirty on the leader board contains anglers from Ireland, England and Germany. This year the Waterways Ireland Classic has an entry of 234 anglers in total, a very encouraging increase in numbers. The long established fishing festival has again attracted a group of dedicated anglers from Germany with one of their number, Heinz Keil achieving 15th place overall today.
Once again the waterways Ireland Classic is wide open going into the second day of the competition on Wednesday. The expected higher temperatures could have an interesting effect as the week progresses and the draw on Wednesday morning will be eagerly anticipated by all the anglers competing in Ireland’s biggest angling festival.
The Classic is sponsored for the twelfth year by Waterways Ireland, with additional sponsorship from DAIWA and is organised by Fermanagh District Council in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.