Regular wins huge festival as low water levels fail to dampen event success.
The 2012 Waterways Ireland Classic Fishing Festival 2012 has been won by German angler Reiner Jager following a week of changeable conditions and low water levels.
Fishing from Monday to Friday in the prestigious competition held across several waters in County Fermanagh, the German, who has been fishing the competition for a number of years, topped a field of 214 anglers with a five-day total of 57kg 340gr. It was a weight that comfortably beat the second-placed Paul Clark who weighed in 12kg less at 45kg 930gr, and earn Jager the £5000 winners prize and highly coveted crystal challis.
Jager’s victory was in fact all but secured on the first day of the competition, with the angler weighing in 43kg 250gr after drawing in the favoured Rossahilly section of lough Erne – a single day weight that was good enough to beat most competitors’ weekly total for he competition.
Elsewhere, the popular four-man team competition saw a winning weight of 89kg 330gr for Clarke’s Clingons, netting them a cash prize and silverware.
A lack of rainfall prior to the event saw organisers peg anglers across a number of waters as well as lough Erne and the river Erne, including Lough Acrussel and MacNean, with the latter producing consistently good results all week.
1st Reiner Jager, 57kg 340gr. 2rd Paul Clark, 45kg 930gm - £2000 3rd Phil Bardell, 35kg 310gm - £1500