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There were good numbers of big pike caught from Lough Ree during the festival - Mark Hughes with was day two winner with a superb 109cm pike There were good numbers of big pike caught from Lough Ree during the festival - Mark Hughes with was day two winner with a superb 109cm pike

Report and results from what turned out to be a cracking pike festival on Ireland’s Lough Ree - Who won pike angling's World Cup?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


It was a damp start to the fourth Lough Ree International Pike Angling Festival at Athlone but there were plenty of fireworks across the three day boat angling tournament.


There were 165 anglers on a total of 83 boats dashing about the fish-filled waters and  during the course of the event and they caught 18 pike measuring between 100cm and a staggering 113.5cm specimen - that weighed an estimated 28lb.


All boats launched from Coosan Point but angling on the first of the three days was restricted to the inner lakes due to high winds but Maurice McCaffery (Sligo) led the assault with a winning 107cm pike. 

Festival boats preparing for launching at Coosan Point, Lough Ree.


Michael Fitzsimons of Failte Ireland (L) presents Joe McEntegart (centre) and his boat mate Brian Connell (R) with the Pike Fishing World Cup. Conditions got better for the second day and most crews set sail for the open water of Lough Ree. Sport picked up well and the overall size of fish improved, as shown by Sligo’s Mark Hughes (Sligo) winner of 109cm, which earned him the €1000 top daily prize plus €150 for a 96cm pike that was 10th on the day.


The final day of the competition was the ‘pike bonanza’ and a string of specimen pike were netted, topped by a superb 113.3cm fish caught by local expert Dermot Sammon who trousered €3000 for the biggest fish of the festival.


Altogether €20,000 was paid out in prizes.

 

Rory Quigley (L) and Dermot Sammon (centre) won €3000 for the biggest pike of the week at 113.5cm - a record for the festival’s four years.Overall Festival Winner
     
113.5cm - Dermot Sammon (€3000) Westmeath


Pike Angling World Cup 2013

104.5cm + 97cm + 102.5cm = Joe McEntaggert & Brian Connell (€1000) Westmeath


Day One Winners

107cm  Maurice McCaffery, Sligo
106     Joerns Heidtke, Germany
104.5  Joe McEntegart, Longford
103     Liam Grimes, Clare                                  
96       Tony McGuire, Armagh
91       Mark Hughes, Sligo
90       Malvydas Stoskus, Lithuania
89       Jim Flynn, Liverpool
87       John Fitzmaurice, Kerry
87       Ken Whelan, Galway

 

Day Two Winners

109cm  Mark Hughes, Sligo  
105      Gabriel Wykes, Westmeath
102      Barry Darby, Mullingar
101      Jim Flynn, Liverpool
100.5   Martin Cusworth, Yorkshire
97.5     Igor Klosowski, Poland
97        Finan Darby, Mullingar
97        Carl Salt   Manchester
97        Joe McEntaggert, Longford
96        Mark Hughes, Sligo
96        Tony Doolan, Westmeath

 

Day Three Winners

105cm  Barry & Finian Darby, Mullingar  
104      Kevin Moran, Westmeath
103.5   Derek Boyce, Westmeath 
102.5   Joe McEntegart, Longford
101      Barry & Finian Darby, Mullingar 
101      Barry & Finian Darby, Mullingar 
100      Barry & Finian Darby, Mullingar 
100      Barry & Finian Darby, Mullingar 
99       Rafal Pelc, Poland
96       Barry Golden, Westmeath

 

The Lough Ree International Pike Angling Festival is sponsored by Failte Ireland – the National Tourism Development Authority – and supported by Lakelands & Inland Waterways.







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