The past month has seen Cathal Hughes clock up a fair few miles in the fishing mobile as he fished in counties Galway, Fermanagh, Leitrim and Roscommon. It’s tough on the festival scene!
First port of call was the Waterways Ireland Classic, fished on the Erne system in and around Enniskillen. The Classic is possibly the biggest individual title that can be won on the Irish festival circuit and also possibly the hardest title to win. The match is fished on the Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with Tuesday and Thursday hosting the King of the Erne festival. With the open matches taking place on the Saturday and Sunday prior to the Classic, I had a busy few days ahead of me.
The ‘Fishing Tackle and Bait’ open was my first match and after queuing for what seemed like an age my turn to draw came and I pulled Peg 4 on the Round O section from the bag. With the section only around the corner from the draw, I had loads of time to get some info from the locals on how the peg should be fished. I found out that it can be a good peg if the roach are in spawning, but with everything being a little behind due to the cold weather including the annual movement of roach, I could be in for a gruelling time.