More than 200 anglers from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, France and further afield have descended on the county to take part in the 46th Fermanagh Fishing Classic event which is currently running until to Friday, May 12.

The Fermanagh Fishing Classic is one of the most anticipated premier showcase events of the match coarse fishing season calendar, which brings together people for a true celebration of the love of competitive angling.

Many anglers have been returning to Fermanagh inland shores for decades, with the 2023 Classic proving no exception.

This year, festival participants were invited to a registration event on Sunday, May 7, and a gala prize-giving event will bring the event to a close on Friday night.

The ‘King of the Erne’ competition, which complements ‘Classic Week’, took place on Monday, May 2 and will also take place today (Thursday, May 11).

Results from day one (Tuesday, May 9) are as follows.

Heaviest Weights

1st: Andrew Gregg, Chesterfield H10 – 28.400Kg – £500

2nd: Rüdiger Hanson, Germany H12 – 24.150Kg – £350

3rd: Paul Saunderson, Leicester H5 – 19.150Kg – £250

4th: Rod Scott, Northwich P5 – 16.250Kg – £150

Daily sub-section winners


Graham Jolley, Northwich B1 15.400Kg

Richard Teale, Telford B9 6.5Kg

Lockies Bay

Richard Offler, Huchnall V4 9.200Kg

Ray Thompson, Macclesfield V9 6.900Kg

Manor House

Kevin Rowles, Wiltshire N5 13.100Kg

Simon Woodliffe, Nottingham N8 15.900Kg

Boa Island West

Rod Scott, Northwich P5 16.250Kg

Martyn Bendall, Newent P9 4.850Kg


Peter Hunt, Crich K5 9.200Kg

Carl Fawley, Stockport K10 13.300Kg

Lough MacNean Scotts

Rob Parker, Nottingham A1 0.8Kg

Ian Wise, Nuneaton A6 0.820Kg

Sligo Road

Nick Seddon, Enniskillen J4 8.700Kg


Jordan Hall, Lisnaskea C25 5.0Kg

Steve Hemingray, Great Glen C27 7.250Kg

Portora/Round O

Richard Hoskins, Ross-on-Wye G28 5.240Kg

Andrew Lightbown, Co. Cavan G1 5.84Kg

Rossahilly Airport

Paul Saunderson, Leicester H5 19.150Kg

Andrew Gregg, Chesterfield H10 28.400Kg

Boa Island East

Jan-Willi Kupperschmidt, Stapelholm O2 6.050Kg

Nathan Hughes, Derby O6 16.200Kg

Magho Jetty

Richard Smith, Manchester M7 5.350Kg

Tony Birt, Blackwood M11 4.510Kg

Lough MacNean – Lay-by

Francis Smith, Omagh D1 10.00Kg

Tony Green, Enniskillen D6 8.400Kg

Cleenish Bridge

Alan Pierce, Flint L6 6.180Kg

Chris Simpson, Manchester L13 1.900Kg