The recent five day Ballybay Classic proved to be a fantastic fishing festival with over a tonne of fish caught. A total of 1011kg of fish was landed proving that the waters around Ballybay are once again rich with fish. There was also wonderful drama on the last day as Kevin Johnson and Tony Green headed for Lough Egish with very little weight separating them. However after a day’s angling it was Kevin Johnson who emerged victorious by just over 9kg. The top five were:
Kevin Johnson - 75.500Kgs.
Tony Green - 65.675Kgs
Andrew Lightbown - 63.850Kgs
Julian Kendrick - 59.275Kgs
Finnian Feeney - 58.000Kgs..
The section winners were as follows:
Day 1 Kevin Johnson, Julian Kendrick, Brian Chatterton, Neil Mazurek, Andy Lightbown.
Day 2 Tony Green, Kevin Johnson, Julian Kendrick, Mick Smith, Caolan King.
Day 3 Baz Smith, Tony Green, Finnian Feeney, Julian Kendrick, Brian Chatterton.
Day 4 Brian Chatterton, Neil Mazurek, Tony Green, Shamie Winters, Paul Leese.
Day 5 Paul Leese, Brian Chatterton, Baz Smith, Andy Lightbown, Kevin Johnson.
The organizers would like to thank all the land owners, Riverdale Ballybay, The Welcome Inn, Irish Bait & Tackle, Monaghan County Council, Monaghan Tourism Ballybay Chamber Inland Fisheries Ireland and all the anglers who helped out during the week.