Thirty seven anglers checked in on Monday for day one of the Ballinamore Angling Festival. The match is fishing this week on five venues by rotation – just a selection from a number of good fishing location on the Shannon-Erne Waterway.

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

The start was preceded by the third edition of the Ivan Price Cup – an open competition attended by 67 anglers which is held in honour of Ivan’s contribution to angling tourism.

Congratulations to David Stewart who is this years winner with 13.650kg at Lough Scur. Dave was presented with the crystal trophy by Ivan’s wife Dorothy. Joint second went to local anglers Gary Rogers and Julian Kendrick with 11.700kg. 4th Pat Tigwell with 10.350kg and 5th Richard Pratt 8,300kg.

Back to the main event and Kevin Dyer took the lead on the first day with 11.200kg from the pumphouse section at Lough Scur. In second position was Julian Kendrick with 10.650kg at Kiltybardan.

On day two, the Pumphouse section of Lough Scur produced the top weights for Tony Hopkins 15.200kg and Tony Green 12.400kg placing them 1st and 2nd. All skimmers and hybrids on both the pole and tip. Elsewhere Seamie Winters had a good 12.200kg catch on the Rocks and Mick Smith 11.550kg at Kiltybardan.

We’ll keep an eye on things as the week progresses.