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Robert Storey has tale to tell after stunning Classic success

Robert Storey emerged victorious in the first ever Upper Lough Erne Pike Classic, which was held over two days at Derryadd Boat Club near Lisnaskea.

The event was well supported, with 164 entries from 90 anglers from all over Ireland in 52 boats fishing for almost £6,000 in prize money.

The sponsors of this new event on the pike fishing calendar were Upper Lough Erne Region Tourism. They proved to be excellent hosts, working in partnership with the NCFFI, Fermanagh District Council and DCAL.

The venue also proved to be a huge success with plenty of pike being caught and the facilities at Derryadd Boat Club were excellent.

Robert, from Belfast, triumphed with a super pike of 16lb 12oz, which he tempted to his Savage Eel Lure on day one to bank the £1,500 top prize.

Runner-up, and lifting £1,000, was Barry Darby from Westmeath who was close behind with a fish 16lb 8oz on day two and third was Joe McDermott, from Longford,with another good pike of 16lb 4oz.

Joe picked up a cheque for £500. All in all, it was a very tight contest with the last fish in the top 15 weighing in at 10lb 14oz.

The sponsors were delighted with the turnout and are committed to running another event in 2015.

Well done to Wayne Fuller on winning the Erne Anglers Daiwa Easter Festival with a weight of 33.5kg over three days.

Wayne won the third day convincingly with a weight of 18.500kg from peg six on the Airport Section and added to his first two days' catch. This was enough to beat Francis McGoldrick into second place with an overall weight of 28.950kg.

Third was Tony Green with 22.630kg and fourth was David Slater with 22.250kg.

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