Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim boasts the magnificent Lake Garadice on it's doorstep where angler have the luxury of being able to park right behind their peg and fish. The festival borne from the anglers competing in the World Pairs Angling Championship which highlighted the good fishing in the area was sponsored by €500. This coarse angling match only in it's second year was fished entirely on Garadice Lake for ease of all entrants. A five day match with four rotating sections on both Haughton's and Church Shore concluded with an open draw on the final day ensuring the end result was less easy to predict. The upper pegs at Haughton's Shore and D section at Church produced the top weights of 26lb and 33lbs yet the catches were fairly consistent all round. The wet and windy conditions experienced all week made it difficult for the anglers who were mostly fishing the feeder with the pole only coming into play when the wind was low. Nets were full of Hybrids, with a few quality Roach coming in on the pole and several anglers netting Bream.
The festival was won by Roscommon angler Dara Finnegan, Ballyhaunis AC with 101lbs 07 oz. In second place with 98lbs 2oz was Peter Jones, Cork fishing the match for the second year followed in third by Enniskillen angler Gary Drew with 91lbs 8oz. Brian Bohan, Mohill gained a very respectable 4th place with 90lbs 15oz followed by Sam Merry, Leicester, UK who was very happy with his fifth position and 86lbs 3oz.
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