Eoin Brockert reports on the Lower Shannon Pike Angling Challenge which took place on the Sunday and Monday of the October Bank Holiday.  Limerick and District Anglers Association hosted the Lower Shannon Pike Angling Challenge.

The even at Montpellie/OBriensbridge/Ballyvollane on the River Shannon attracted both indigenous and overseas anglers with a total of 136 anglers competing over the two days for a substantial prize fund in excess of €2000. While weather conditions were dry and sunny an easterly breeze made pike fishing challenging with less than a dozen fish caught in the whole event.

Jeff Sheehan, winner on day one
Jeff Sheehan, winner on day one

Jeff Sheehan took top prize of €500 on Sunday with a pike of 10lb 6oz.There was just 7oz’s between second and third place. David Walsh and Declan Duggan took second and third prizes of €300 and €200 each with fish weighing 7lb 14 and 7lb 7oz respectively.

Noel Kelly, winner on day two
Noel Kelly, winner on day two

The Juvenile event was won by Lee Duggan with a fish of 5lb 0z. Monday started very slowly with only one fish caught before 1pm. Noel Kelly took the first prize of €500 with a fish of 10lb even. There was again just 7oz’s between second and third place. Noel Hayes and Tommy Coffey took second and third prize of €300 and €200 each with fish weighing 4lb 13 and 4lb 4oz respectively both of which were caught in the last hour of the competition.

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The main event sponsors were Waterways Ireland and Limerick City and County Council under the Community Tourism Initiative for the Diaspora 2016.Limerick and District Anglers Association would like to thank both for their support. This event helped showcase angling on the Lower Shannon in the Limerick region which has huge potential. The area has tended to be overlooked in recent years as a fishing destination due to lack of investment and promotion. With a recent survey showing angling to be worth .75 billion Euro to the Irish economy events like these are essential if the area is to attract anglers into the region.