Lanesborough Angling Hub tell us that with a strict Covid 19 protocol now in place, they will have their very first week-long festival of fishing in Lanesborough – Ballyleague and surrounding areas with a staggering €20,000 in prize money.

The festival will be fished from Monday September 7- Sunday September 13th.

Week long events in September in 3 counties

A Shannonside angling group is about to stage one of the biggest weeks of fishing ever seen in this country since the relaxation of Covid 19 Guidelines – and provide a welcome boost to the economy of Roscommon, Longford and Leitrim.

The Lough Ree Angling hub, based in Ballyleague, Lanesborough recently unveiled details of not one but two angling competitions and a collective prize fund of €20,000 for the two events to take place week starting September 7th at six different venues around the Shannonside region.

Announcing news of the sponsorship of Bord na Mona towards a week long festival, The Chairmen of Roscommon and Longford County Council paid tribute to the Lough Ree Angling hub members who had waited patiently for the relaxation of Covid 19 rules and were rewarded with an outline of the very best and safe way to go ahead with this socially distant sport for seven days in September.

Cllr Laurence Fallon from Roscommon and Councillor Colm Murray from Longford were on hand recently under the bridge at Ballyleague-Lanesborough to launch the Masters Coarse Angling event with a prize fund of €10,000 and the Lough Ree Pike Classic with another prize fund of €10,000.

While entries to the pike event  are now closed, entries are still open for the Coarse fishing festival which has already attracted huge interest with €10,000 at stake and large cash prizes every day. To get an entry form please e mail: loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com

“We are really thrilled to be able to go ahead and stage these events in a socially distant format” said Philip Gordon of the Lough Ree Angling hub, We want to thank Roscommon county council, Longford County Council, Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland for their continued support”. Philip paid tribute to the Camlin and District Anglers for their professional assistance and guidance.

The festivals will be played under strict Covid 19 protocol with no mass gatherings – even for the draws at any stage.

James Rowan of Bord na Mona was on hand to support the festival and pledged support to the community.

To book a place please call 04333 21734 or e mail loughreeanglinghub@gmail.com

Masters Coarse Angling Festival

Date: Monday 7th September to Friday 11th September 2020

Venue: Lough Ree & Other , Ballyleague, Co Roscommon

Sections: Kilnacarrow, Town main navigation Channel, Lough Boderg, Cloonahee Lake & New River Section

Format: 5 day fishing festival, total weight, fishing 5 hrs each day

Prize fund: €10,000 , (100% pay-out) Based on entry of 50 Anglers

5 day point based festival. Best 4 weights to count unless tied after 4 days

Overall payout: 1st – €1150,  2nd – €750, 3rd – €600, 4th €400, 5th – €350, 6th– €300, 7th– €200,  8th– €150, 9th– €125, 10th-€100.

Daily overall payout: 1st €175,  2nd – €150,  3rd– €125, 4th-€100.

Entry fee: €150 (Deposit €75 before august 7th)

Fished to National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland Match Rules

This event will be organised by Lough Ree Angling Hub and is supported by Bord Na Mona, Waterways Ireland & Inland Fisheries Ireland

Daily BBQ for Competition Anglers after Event

Event Run in Accordance with HSE Covid Guidelines