Kevin said:- It's a great honour to win the Mahon's Festival, originally created by Mal Scott and now run by his son Roddy. It has been a challenging week with the Erne the highest I have ever seen it at this time of year making the fishing tougher than normal. It was especially tough at the start of the week with the rain and a cold easterly wind but it got warmer and the fishing gradually improved. I was hoping for that good draw on the last day to stay in the top ten and I was lucky! But this is fishing in Fermanagh, it's all about a having a great weeks fishing in good company and enjoying the craic! So to next weeks Waterways Classic - it's going to be hard.
Day One - Cornagrade. A brilliant day's fishing and 6 roach for 2.950kg.
Day Two - Derrycharra. A nice day fishing the tip for 3 bream and some bits giving me second place on the day with 11.450kg.
Day Three - Ely Lodge. I drew peg 23 over the hill but with the best bit of kit I ever bought in Ireland, a 4 wheel barrow it was much easier. The fishing wasn't great at 1.250kg.
Day Four - Portora. Peg 17 for 7.770kg of roach fishing the pole at 13m.
Day Five - Airport. Peg 5 I could not have hoped for a better draw. I fished with red worm and maggot for 13 bream and bits for 32.440kg and the match!
Kevin Locke, England 55.790
Rudiger Hansen, Germany 45.950
Andy Leathers, England 44.780
Rod Scott, England 43.850
Andy Hampson, England 41.900
Gary Drew, Northern Ireland 38.160
Graham Ault, England 36.820
Paul Boothby, England 31.300
Kevin Rowles, England 29.730