The four sections fished at Lower Derries, Killykeen match length and Glasshouse Lough provided equal amounts of fish with the prominent species being Hybrids, unlike the previous years catches dominated by Roach....
With less than 5kg between the first and sixth placed anglers it was a close match. Bas Smith showed consistency throughout the match finishing in the top three for three of the four days and eventually winning overall, now for the third time, with a total weight of 52.870kg. Closely followed in second place by Wayne Fuller who caught a massive 26kg of Tench at Lower Derries on the pole on day 3.
21 anglers travelled over from the UK to fish the match, staying in the local area to combine their angling holiday with the festival activities. With the visiting angler making up half of the total competitors the match organisers were able to avail of sponsorship from The Gathering bringing the total prize fund to €7,000.
Based on aggregate weight prizes were paid to the top 8 anglers;
Festival Winner: Bas Smith 52.870kg
2nd Place: Wayne Fuller 51.590kg
3rd Place: Tony Kersley 50.890kg
4th Place: Jon Potters 49.280kg
5th Place: Russ Dowding 48.970kg
6th Place: Rory O'Neil 47.670kg
7th Place: Brian Bohan 47.110kg
8th Place: Francis McGoldrick 45.140kg
This match takes place in conjunction with one of the largest festivals in the Lakelands region. The town of Belturbet is alive with activities for everyone, including the now famous street based fancy dress party and pig racing. There is live music every night from traditional to modern and the event closes with a fireworks finale. http://www.festivaloftheerne.com/
Why not combine the Belturbet match to be held 28th - 31st July in 2014 with the popular Clones Angling Festival in neighbouring County Monaghan taking place from 1st to 4th August 2014. Contact us for more details.