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Edenderry anglers come out tops in Shannon Harbour Classic

Joe McEvoy from Edenderry Coarse Angling Club reports on the recent Classic in Shannon Harbour:
Shannon Harbour Classic
August bank holidays usually mean the arrival of boats and barges and the traditional high-nelly bike race for Shannon Harbour residents but with the current restrictions in place this wonderful heritage village was eerily quiet as the thirty anglers fishing the annual classic made their way along the bank.
They came from all over, seasoned Canal Anglers, ex-internationals, locals and Match-men to win the coveted prize of Classic champion. Waterways Ireland had the banks in wonderful condition, MADCAPS and St Rynaghs anglers had the swims prepped and ready and earlier test fishing had given all the signs of a good balanced match.
Incessant rain did little to deter the optimism but within the first hour, it was clear this would be a tough one with the higher pegs in particular not performing.
Tommy Burke on peg one was catching consistently and it continued throughout the match to give him the overall prize ahead of Ron Durkin in second and joint thirds-Alin Apahidean and Joe Nolan.
1. Tommy Burke 8lb 8oz
2. Ron Durkin 7lb 4oz
3. Joe Nolan 7lb
The top there were all from Edenderry Anglers
Patrick Kenny of Shannon Harbour community development as main sponsors presented the prizes to the winners and section winners.
MADCAPS Chairman John Keogh thanked Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries Ireland, the local community and the cleaning crews and Anglers for their help and support.