John completes a Classic double at fishing festival

John Potters, overall winner of the fishing classic.

John Potters, overall winner of the fishing classic

The 2014 Waterways Ireland Classic came to a close today with another exciting finish. Local angler John Potters emerged victorious with a total catch over the three days of 49 Kilos 450 Grammes.

His 16Kg 800Gm catch on the final day clinched him the Classic title for 2014, along with a cheque for £5,000 and the coveted crystal chalice. John’s achievement is all the more remarkable, because he is the first angler in the thirty nine year history of the Classic to win the event for a second time, having previously won in 2011.


Close behind in second place was Kevin Rowles from Wiltshire, whose day three catch on Boa Island boosted his total to 46Kg 940Gm and earned him £2,000 and a crystal trophy. In third place overall was Brenton Sweeney from Cootehill, with a total of 44Kg 50Gm, which netted him £1,500 and a trophy.

In fourth overall was Matthew Hall from Nottingham with 43Kg 770Gm, Phil Bardell from Milton Keynes was fifth and Cootehill angler Neil Mazurek completed the leader board in sixth place.

The organisers of the 2014 Waterways Ireland Classic were very encouraged by the increase in the number of anglers who entered the competition and by the fact that the average catch per angler showed a 2 Kg increase over last year.

The Classic is sponsored for the twelfth year by Waterways Ireland, with additional sponsorship from DAIWA and is organised by Fermanagh District Council in conjunction with the Inland Fisheries Division of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

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