Portumna Coarse Angling Club reports on their Boathouse Pub Fishing Festival fished over 5 days…

A week ago 34 optimistic and excited anglers descended on Portumna for the April festival. The River Shannon had been in flood for the whole of winter and was high and pulling hard. How it would fish was open to debate and both the fishing and weather God’s. Thankfully the weather held and the sun shone on us!

For the most part the river has fished well, a little peggy but the sections got better as the week progressed. The competition was a tight affair with little separating the frame, with most placings in the frame settled on weight.

Overall winner was Steve Williamson on 6pts, who also put the best daily weight of the week on the scales with 30lb 7oz. A great performance on a tricky river and bunking with ever young Rich Pulford.

The fun and mathematics then followed with 5 anglers on 7pts !!! Weight decided the placings with little separating many.

Limerick angler Paul McCaul claimed 2nd spot with the best total 5 day weight, after his dropper, of 84lb 9oz. Putting double figures on the scales every day. Impressive consistent angling.

3rd place going to the ever consistent Shannon regular Rich Pulford, fresh from his River Don Northern Championship win. Brilliant performance Rich.

Portumna Festival Results
Portumna Festival Results

Congratulations to all the framers and every placing, natural fishing at its brutal and fantastic best. Some River the Shannon.

Massive thanks to the organisers, admin and the sponsors who kindly donated to the festival. Also sending our love and strength to Mary Lynch a friend and supporter of the festival for many years Get well soon Mary.

A special mention to Adrian and all the staff at The Boathouse in Portumna, our new home, for their support and hospitality and keeping everyone well oiled with the Guinness. Last but not least Captain Mike Murray for our boat trips. What a great way to see the river.

See you all next year, for more angling memories and new friends Ronnie G

Thanks to our sponsors for the festival

  • Boathouse Bar
  • Finns Daybreak
  • Tachmor B&B
  • Oaklodge B&B
  • Kerraun Hill B&B
  • Ferry Inn
  • Guinness
  • Heineken

Big thanks to Patrick O’Neil for doing the results.

Go fishing…

For information about the Portumna Festival and other matches in the area check in with the club on their Facebook page.

Portumna Coarse Angling Club
 Bruce Pennell
Email: [email protected]
Website: Portumna Coarse Angling Facebook

Portumna Coarse Angling Club are affiliated to the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and are members of the Angling Council the National Governing Body for coarse and predator angling as recognised by Sport Ireland and Sport NI. www.ncffi.ie

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