VIDEO: Six thousand visitors descend on Lanesboro and Ballyleague for top class fishing and food festival

Alan Walsh

Reporter:

Alan Walsh

Lanesboro and Ballyleague hosted the 9th World Championships Predator Boat Fishing with Lures competition last weekend, attracting fishermen from seventeen countries, and the event proved to be a massive success.

Chairperson of Lough Ree Angling Hub, Hugh Keane, along with Philip Gordon, Alan Farrell and Ciaran Mullooly, expressed thanks to everyone and every organisation that assisted with the organisation and coordination of the World Fishing Championships.

Six thousand people attended the championships and the accompanying 'Taste of the Lakelands' food festival.

Hundreds of pike and perch were caught (and released) on Lough Ree - many of them of exceptional length.

While the economic boost for counties Longford and Roscommon was of the magnitude of €400,000 over the five days with hundreds of visitors staying locally.

Mr Keane explained that they were already looking forward to hosting another international event in 2017.

He outlined, “In conjunction with the Camlin & District Anglers club, we will host an International Predator Competition on Lough Ree on June 24 and June 25 of next year with a cash and benefits grand prize totally €10,000 for our winners. Many of our visitors from last weekend have already pledged to return for this special occasion and we hope to see you there too.”

RESULTS
9th WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS PREDATOR BOAT FISHING WITH LURES
The World Spinning Boat Championship team of 2016 is Ukraine. Winning the 9th Edition Championships proves them one of the most successful teams in this category of all time.

Their skills were shown on Lough Ree when it fished much harder than usual in flat calm conditions.

Team Ukraine produced 45 fish for 167,284 points against 37 for second placed Belarus and 42 for Lithuania.

It was very hard luck for Team Romania who scored a massive 135.815 for 35 fish on day one but missed the podium coming in 4th after a lesser performance on day 2.

In the Pairs, Ukraine scored again with team members Iurii Orlow & Konstantyn Shvabi taking Gold.

Silver went to Lithuanian Pair Domas Kelpsas & Gediminas Svilpa with Hungary reaching the podium for Bronze with their pairing of Peter Bosansky & Viktor Gegeny.

Team Italy took the biggest fish prize with their 102cm pike.

Congratulations to all the winners.

Results can be viewed in PDF format at the official event website www.ncffi.ie/wblc16