THE Upper Erne European Predator Challenge will offer a first prize of £1,500 this year out of a total prize pot of £6,000.
The popular coarse fishing competition is organised in partnership with The Watermill Fishing Lodge and the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Rural Affairs. It is part funded by Waterways Ireland and supported by the National Course Fishing Federation of Ireland.
The event is a two-day, boat-based competition, fished on the waters of Upper Lough Erne starting from The Watermill Fishing Lodge, Kilmore Quay, near Lisnaskea on April 22. Breakfast will be available from the Watermill Restaurant on both mornings and there will be complementary hot food at the prizegiving on the Sunday.
The Uper Erne is renowned for its pike fishing but also holds good stocks of perch which can reach 5lb in weight. Pike of over 30lb are a possibility and fish of over 20lb are commonplace.
Entrants should remember a boat must be registered for Lough Erne Navigation with Waterways Ireland. Registration is free. Competitors should book early to be assured of a place.
Meanwhile a unique sea angling event is planned for later in the summer. The Wild Atlantic Species Hunt is open to all members of the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers and will stretch the length of the Atlantic coast – around 1,600 miles from Derry City to Kinsale town in Cork on August 25-26.
A 24-hour species hunt runs from 8pm Friday to 8pm on the Saturday and a 12-hour species hunt runs from 8am Saturday to 8pm Saturday. Only fish caught from the shore will be considered. The competition will be scored using IFSA Species Hunt scoring system.
The event should provide and interesting snapshot of the most common species around our shores from north to south.
There are prizes for the highest overall score in both 24-hour and 12-hour events, pairs, teams of four, best fish and best junior angler. Entry is free to IFSA members but weekend passes are available for non members. The entry closing date is August 11.