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Big-money fishing festival looks set to be absolute Classic

Over £20,000 in prize money is on offer at the Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival.

On top of that stunning sum, there will be also be section, daily and aggregate prizes up for grabs.

Registration is now open for the festival which takes place in Fermanagh from Monday, May 12 to Friday, May 16.

The 'Classic' is on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday with the 'King of the Erne' competition on Tuesday and Thursday.

To register, simply visit www.fermanagh.gov.uk/classicfishingfestival or telephone Andrea McCourt at Fermanagh District Council on 028 6632 5050.

Fishing started slowly in the final match of the Woodford Greys Winter League with just two fish landed in the first half hour.

However these were good rainbows of 43cms and 48cms falling to the rods of Mark Carlisle and John Kellegher.

League leaders Darren Haggan and Gareth Morris found fish on their second peg casting sinking lines and lures.

Brian Kerr grassed a great brace at 48cms and 50cms on small CDC Emergers.

After lunch, Darren made good use of a change in conditions and caught four fish on a Rio Midge Tip fly line and black Buzzers to complete his limit with all his fish over 40cms.

Irish ladies captain Julie Gerry took five fish including a fine brace at 49cms and 46cms, while Swatragh's Ciaran Mellon netted a nice 50cm trout on Buzzers to complete his bag.

Hubert Smith then bagged a great trio of trout at 50cms, 43cms and 42cms and Gareth Morris banked the brace he needed to complete his bag.

Last fish of the day went to Owen Murray, a nice rainbow of 46cms which took his dry fly as the final whistle blew.

Top spot on the day went to Ciaran Mellon with five fish for 223cms; second was Darren with five for 217cms; and third was Brian Kerr with five for 215cms.

Darren's runner-up spot was enough for him to lift the overall league title for the second time with a total of 23 fish and 984pts; second was Gareth Morris, 21 fish, 858pts; and third Brian Kerr, 18 fish, 779pts.

Darren received the Winter League Shield, a Greys XF2 Comp Special Fly Rod and Greys cap, while Gareth collected a Greys GR50 Fly Rod and cap and Brian a Greys GR30 Fly Rod and cap.

There were prizes for the top 13 competitors and a £50 Woodford tackle voucher for the longest fish, won by Linda Straghan, plus a Greys Platinum fly line or Airflo Sixth Sense fly line for every finishing competitor in what was an excellent event.

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