Lakelands Angling Ballinamore reports on the Ballinamore Angling Festival…

Ivan Price Cup

The IVAN PRICE CUP, a one day open sponsored by Abbey Lodge and Shortts Heritage Bar was set up in 2018 to honour the efforts of local man Ivan and his contribution to Angling tourism locally. This year sadly, we fished in his memory with a fantastic tournament out of 60 anglers and we were delighted to welcome his wife Dorothy and their immediate family to present to the winners.

prize giving
Robertas Zilaitis receives this prizes

Congratulations to Go & Catch Feeder Fishing Team member Robertas Zilaitis who is this years winner and who takes home the crystal trophy. Robertas won the match with a superb performance on the tip at Grassy Bank, Lough Garadice for 9.050kg. In second place was Mark Harris with 8.400kg at the Deeps and in Third position, Richard Pratt with 7.950kg at Pumphouse. Also on Lough Garadice at the Deeps was Andrew Lightbown whose 7.100kg weight made for fourth position.

Many thanks to Steve & Sonia of Abbey Lodge B&B, Fenagh and Terry Shortt and staff at Heritage Bar, Ballinamore.


39 anglers checked in for the 2019 Festival at the Ballinamore Tourist Office this morning. The competition features match fishing on 5 venues over 5 days by rotation.

Bob Nudd
Last year’s winner, Bob Nudd leads on Day 1

Wild wet weather swept across the County Leitrim countryside interspersed with hailstones and sunshine for day one. The top weight today comes from Bob Nudd, last years festival winner who also took the same position on the first day of the 2018 festival. Bob enjoyed fishing the 15m pole at Church Shore, ‘Deeps’, Lough Garadice for 97 roach and 12.500kg to win the match. In second position was Barry Chapman with 12.100kg on the tip at Connolly’s Shore.

The features match fishing venues are just a selection of a variety of venues on the Shannon-Erne Waterway;

B Church Shore ‘Deeps’ & Cully’s Shore
C Connolly’s Shore, Lough Garadice
E ‘Rocks’ Lough Scur
F ‘Pumphouse’ Lough Scur
G Kiltybardan

Report courtesy of National Coarse fishing Federation of Ireland and Lakelands Angling Ballinamore