Septem­ber 9th to 16th, 2017 Time to go fish­ing ...

Wexford People - - NEWS -

THE pres­ti­gious Ross­lare Small Boats Fes­ti­val takes place from Septem­ber 9th to 16th.

The fes­ti­val, now in its 32nd year, will at­tract an­glers from Wales, Scot­land, Isle of Wright, Ire­land and Eng­land, gen­er­at­ing huge rev­enue for the Wex­ford area. The event is spon­sored by Garmin, Daiwa, In­land Fish­eries Ire­land and Sea An­gler Magazine. It is top of the small boat an­gler’s cal­en­dar and many fish­er­men re­turn year af­ter year to par­tic­i­pate in this pres­ti­gious event.

The fes­ti­val started in 1985 with five boats fish­ing and has gone from strength to strength with 45 boats par­tic­i­pat­ing this year, con­tribut­ing ap­prox­i­mately €300,000 to the lo­cal econ­omy.

The Ross­lare Small Boats Fes­ti­val is a species hunt­ing com­pe­ti­tion. The boat crew who catch the great­est num­ber of species are crowned the win­ners. Sep­a­rate com­pe­ti­tions are run along­side the main event in­clud­ing a prize for largest nom­i­nated species, the heav­i­est round and flat fish, best spec­i­men of the week, heav­i­est fish of the fes­ti­val, best new­comer, big­gest bass and boat re­turn­ing the most fish alive.

The com­pe­ti­tion is fished from Kil­more Quay Har­bour, a pur­pose built, mod­ern ma­rina with ex­cel­lent berthing and boat launch­ing fa­cil­i­ties. The species fish­ing around Kil­more Quay are some of the best in the whole of Ire­land. It’s not un­com­mon for over 40 species to be landed dur­ing the com­pe­ti­tion.

Fes­ti­val HQ is lo­cated in the homely pub of Red­monds, The Bay, Ross­lare. This is where an­glers gather each night for a chat and a pint, im­por­tant news from the com­mit­tee is re­layed here and daily com­pe­ti­tions are draw each night too.

The Pre­sen­ta­tion Night will be held on Fri­day 16th Septem­ber at the Ho­tel Ross­lare, Ross­lare Har­bour.

Last year’s win­ners of Ross­lare Small Boats Fes­ti­val.

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