The Fermoy Festival kicked off on 15 May. We have reports here of the first 2 day’s fishing…

Day 1

dace catch

Fermoy Festival Week started yesterday with 40 staying in the area to enjoy match fishing on the River Blackwater.

The fishing was started off difficult in areas even though conditions were good, water levels up with a little bit of colour. Day One winner was Nigel Hirst from Leeds with 16lb 4oz, second was Connaught Ollie Doyle with 12lb 8 oz and 3 was Dave Miles of Leeds with 11lb 14oz.

Usually the anglers would head to Inniscarra for the intermittent days but this year they will remain on the River.

Day 2

Wayne shows off his catch

Lovely bright sunshine met the anglers in the River Blackwater for the second match day but of course it’s not the weather they wanted to see!

Nottingham’s Wayne Swinscoe won the day with 14lb 6oz, second was Nick Chaffer, Leeds with 10lb 6 and joint third was Trevor Platt, Cork and John Whitehouse, Darlington with 6lb 8oz. Nigel Hirst is still leading after two days with 21lb 14oz.

Report courtesy of NCFFI – – the National Governing Body for coarse and predator angling as recognised by Sport Ireland and Sport NI.