Alice Murtagh reports that the 31st Cootehill Angling Festival was held from the 23rd. to 30th. September and from a field of eighty nine anglers Dutchman Leo Koot emerged as the winner by 2 kg from Kevin Ashurst.  Five venues were fished in rotation over five days and waters fished included Annaghmakerrig, Bairds Shore,  L. Sillan Upper and Lower and Mullanarry.   Favourable conditions led to some good angling and Leo posted a five day total of 54.450kg.   Best individual catches were by Andy Pollard with 18.580kg.,  Leo Koot with 18.500 kg. and Baz Smith with 16.250kg.

Total catch for the week was 2,467 kg.  The winning team included Bob Nudd, Kevin Ashurst and Baz Smith.  The top six winners are as follows:-

L Koot
K Ashurst
P Leese
D Huhges
A Pollard
S Sadler