Lanesboro is gearing itself up for this year's International Coarse Fishing competition on the banks of the Shannon this weekend.
Anglers from all over Europe will descend on the Shannonside town to participate in the prestigious competition from June 4 -6 and with €3,000 in prize money up for grabs, there is lots at stake.
The event, which is being run by the Lough Ree Angling Hub and Bord na Móna, will attract some of the best fishermen in the business and bring a carnival-like atmosphere to the town.
“We are going with a three day festival this year so we can involve three local venues,” said Philip Gordon, festival director.
“This includes the hot stretch at Lanesboro; a popular river venue north of that at Kilnacarrow Bridge and a lake venue at Strokestown in Co Roscommon.
“The competition will carry €3,000 in prize money and like last year we are containing it to 42 pegs.
“The cost is €25 for the three days and it will be on a first come first served basis at the moment.
“There are now less than five pegs left.”
Meanwhile, Hugh Keane, chairman of the Lough Ree Angling Hub said with three locations this year and the hot stretch back in action, competition would be intense.
“Hopefully the weather will be on our side as well,” he quipped.
“With the three locations this year; the hot water stretch back and ample car parking, all competitors will be afforded the opportunity to fish away at all the sites for the weekend.
“Winners will be judged on the combined weights from all through the competition; so we are all looking forward to it again this year.”
Meanwhile the Lough Ree Angling Hub will also host the qualifiers for the World Angling Championships which will be held in Lanesboro in October.