The many loughs of Leitrim close to Ballinamore have led the town to previously host the Dutch King of Clubs in recent years. This time the five days angling was based on Haughton’s and Church Shores of Lake Garadice. An immense natural water covering 389 hectares surrounded by great scenery providing easy access for anglers who can park at their swims.
Some famous faces appeared, former World Champions and expert match anglers such as Dickie Carr over from the UK along with Bob Nudd MBE, Kevin Ashurst , Bas Smith, Cathal Hughes and Tony Kersley all drawing the same section. Other participants included anglers from Cavan, Monaghan, Galway and Fermanagh as well as 4 visiting anglers from England. Steve Abraham had a clear lead the first two days but then it became a very close match and the open draw on the final day kept everyone in suspense right to the end, with Cathal Hughes’ best festival weight of 10.240kg coming on the last day.
Haughton’s Shore and D Section at Church (higher peg numbers) producing the higher yields.
The prize fund of €2950 was shared amongst the anglers with payouts by section each day, the best daily catch and the top 5 festival winners.
€250 sponsorship was provided by local businesses and €500 worth of great tackle sponsored by Inland
Fisheries. Inland Fisheries also provided superb support with the weigh-in of the anglers daily and in accordance
with the IFI focus on the spread of invasive species the ‘no dip no draw’ policy was engaged.
John Potters won the weight only festival 2.5kg ahead with 32.790kg and took away fabulous prize money along with a Preston Dutch Master River rod. Other superb tackle prizes accompanied €payouts for 2nd place Cathal Hughes, Galway 30.180kg, third place Francis McGoldrick, Cavan 29.780kg, fourth place Steve Abraham, Fermanagh 28.050kg and in fifth Dickie Carr, England with 27.820kg.
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