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A Boat Angling Competition
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
18th, 19th & 20th April 2012
€3,000 guaranteed first prize – Sponsored by Failte Ireland
Supported by Lakelands & Inland Waterways Ireland
Plus the Pike Angling World Cup with a €1000 first prize
The festival is open to all anglers and will take place on Lough Ree at Athlone, located in the very heart of Ireland, with boat angling over three days. If 200 anglers take part in the festival the prize fund will total €23,000.
Lough Ree is 16 miles long and the second largest lake on the Shannon system and it has been chosen based on the quality of its pike angling. All lawful angling methods will be allowed and for conservation reasons all fish will be measured and released immediately. Anglers fishing from boats will be required to have their own digital camera so that any fish caught can be photographed and returned to the lake as quickly as possible.
The entry fee has been reduced for 2012 and the cost is €40 per angler per day or €100 for three days. All monies will be returned in cash prizes – plus the €3,000 first prize.
All lawful angling methods will be allowed and for conservation reasons all fish will be measured and released immediately. Anglers fishing from boats will be required to have their own digital camera so that any fish caught can be photographed and released immediately.
Book now by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone from UK: 0151 324 4744 From Ireland: 071 964 2743 Other countries: 00353 71 964 2743
All entries must be made in advance and are subject to availability
All those anglers who have competed over the first two years will be aware that the organisers of the festival are even handed and work towards having an exciting event in the best spirit possible.
However, there are always going to be some changes and the biggest of them for 2012 is that anglers will not be allowed to go afloat unaccompanied. There are some safety aspects to this decision but the new system of measuring and photographing the fish demands the effort of two people (one to hold the fish and the other to photograph the catch).
After much debate the organisers agree to let an angler go afloat with a friend to operate the engine etc, but in these circumstances only one fishing rod will be allowed.