Around 200 top predator anglers from across Ireland and further afield converged on Lough Ree last week for the annual Lough Ree International Pike Festival. The festival is a three-day event, with teams of two anglers recording their longest pike on each day of the festival, to give a total combined score for the competition. All pike were measured in the boat and returned to the water without delay. Anglers used a range of different methods and fished from boats and engines of all shapes and sizes. It was great to see such an armada of boats heading out from Coosan each morning and the coverage the event got from RTE Radio.

On the troll

There were plenty of big pike caught, with the top four teams averaging 100cm+ fish every day of the competition.  When the final results were tallied, Krzysztof Sibiga & Marcin Gregorczyk came out on top with an impressive combined length of 314.5cm.

World Cup (Longest Pike from each day)
107.00cm + 102.00cm + 105.50cm = 314.50cm
1st 314.50cm – Krzysztof Sibiga & Marcin Gregorczyk – €1200
2nd 304.50cm – Brian Connaughton & Paul Martin – €800
3rd 303.00cm – Lukasz Znamiec & Krzystof Michonski – €500
4th 302.50cm – Tomasz Kurman & Jacek Gorny – €300
5th 298.50cm – Chris Barry & Damien Culliney – €200
But this year’s competition also saw the festival record broken with a fantastic pike boated by Danny Colleran which measured in at 119.75cm and won his team a respectable €1000
Danny Colleran with his new competition record pike of 119.75cm