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Dave Brooks wins Portumna Angling Festival

September 27th, 2017 | by

The Portumna Coarse Angling competition came to a close on Saturday, writes Emma Stanley in our Birr office, and by all accounts everyone that took part had an enjoyable time despite the inclement weather that took place during some of the week.  It was by far the biggest festival that Portumna Coarse Angling has held to date and overall a successful one.

Dave Brooks from the UK, the overall winner of the Portumna Coarse Angling competition (Portumna Coarse Anglers, 2017)

Dave Brooks from the UK, the overall winner of the Portumna Coarse Angling competition (Portumna Coarse Anglers, 2017)

The Festival itself wasn’t won till the last day and there were a number of contenders to take first prize but eventually Dave Brooks, an Angler from the UK pipped the post by weight as he was currently standing on 5 points alongside Arūnas Mlečka who was also on 5 but a weighting of bags saw Dave coming out on top.

The top four overall in the competition were:  1st Dave Brooks, 2nd Arūnas Mlečka, 3rd Paul McCarthy and 4th, Dave Pilgrim.  Congratulations to all contenders.


Bio Security: As always, we would kindly ask all who use Irelands watercourses to please use appropriate biosecurity measures for themselves so to help prevent the spread of invasive species in and out of the water.

Water Safety: It has been noted by Birr staff that there are a number of Anglers fishing from boats and on banks / stands where there is deep water who are not using adequate flotation devises.  We would kindly like to remind all about the importance of Life Jackets as they really do save lives. Adequate Flotation devices should be worn at all times and it especially sets a template regards water safety where younger Anglers are present.  It’s fantastic to see the range of ages fishing on the rivers and lake of the Lower Shannon River Basin District at the moment and there’s a promising new generation of Anglers starting to emerge.  However, the importance of water safety is something everyone needs to be aware of.

 “Take only memories, leave only footprints”.  As always, The Birr staff would like to ask all who are using the water courses in the area to be mindful of littering and to please use bins provided or take home their rubbish.

This post is in: Co. Galway, Coarse angling reports, Portumna, River Shannon