The 39th Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival, Ireland’s premier fishing festival, welcomes more than 240 anglers, including several previous World Champions, from Ireland, the United Kingdom, Germany and Austria every year.
This year the Festival prize fund is worth more than £20,000 with section, daily and aggregate prizes also on offer.
English angler and Classic regular, Pete Vasey, lifted the crystal trophy and the £5,000 winner’s cheque in 2013.
The ‘Waterways Ireland Classic Competition’ takes place on the Monday, Wednesdayand Friday with the ‘King of the Erne’ competition completing the Festival on Tuesdayand Thursday.
The 2014 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival is organised by Fermanagh District Council in association with the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure Inland Fisheries Group and sponsored by Waterways Ireland.
Helping to launch the 39th Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival, Chairman of Fermanagh District Council, Councillor Alex Baird, said:
“The Classic is one of our longest established events in County Fermanagh and we are delighted to welcome both new and returning anglers to the 2014 Festival.”
Sponsoring the Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival for a 12th year, Dawn Livingstone, Waterways Ireland Chief Executive, confirmed:
“The Classic has proven to be a major contributor to both the tourism economy around Lough Erne and the awareness of Fermanagh as an international standard wild fishing competition venue. Waterways Ireland is happy to support this event for the 12th year and to welcome more international anglers to Lough Erne to compete and enjoy the wonderful assets the area has to offer."