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Peter Gilbert wins toughest ever Fermoy Autumn Festival

October 9th, 2018 | by

Tommy Lawton of Fermoy AC reports on the hardest festival ever on the Blackwater. Still suffering from the drought the river was still two foot lower than summer levels and running gin clear. This left the fishing conditions very difficult for the 22 festival anglers. But the experience of the festival remains with anglers from the UK and Ireland joining for a social week around three days enjoying the traditional skills of river fishing.

winner

Joe Slattery and Tommy Lawton Fermoy CAA, Brian Enwright The Cross Bar, Peter Gilbert Swindon.

Congratulations to Peter Gilbert of Swindon who won the festival with 21lbs 10oz. Peter is 83 years young and its fantastic to see him win this event and hopefully we can all be doing the same as we get to this age! Well done Peter. In second place was Steve Skelton of Bristol with 17lb 3ozs and third place was shared with Tony Tibble of Reading and Ian Dawson from the Leeds area with 16lb 11ozs.

back; Ian Dawson, Tony Tibble, front; Brian Enwright, Peter Gilbert, Steve Skelton

Those who wanted to fished the intermittent days on Knocknanaig Reservoir in Fermoy. The lake also presented very low water levels and we were fishing for small roach. Match winner was Neil Richards, Swindon with 15lb 8oz and 2nd Tommy Lawton of Fermoy with 13lb 11oz.

Fermoy AC would like to congratulate the winners and all those who took part along with our sponsors and supporters; The Cross Bar, The Wagon, TJ Goodtymes, The Avondhu Bar, The Grand Hotel, the B&B’s, and land and fishery owners.

Visit http://bit.ly/FermoyFest19 for details of the 2019 festivals on the Blackwater.


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