Results 2017

Westport’s and Ireland’s largest established Sea Angling Festival took place on Clew Bay from June 21st to June 25th 2017.

Over 45 anglers participated in the 3 day Boat Angling event with 5 boats going to sea each day. Weather conditions were poor on both Friday and Saturday with an improvement on Sunday.

Fishing was excellent with 7 species being recorded in the inner bay which included Dogfish, Bullhuss, Ray, Conger, Pollack, 3-bearded Rockling and Tub Gurnard.

The event kicked off on Wednesday June 21st with the Shore Competition, fished off Carrowniskey Beach with 8 anglers participating. 12 fish were recorded including Weever fish, Turbot and Flounder. Weather conditions were very good and Newport angler Sean Keane emerged the winner with Paul Ruddy Westport in second place.

As always we greatly appreciate the support we get from our overseas anglers who continue to promote our event and encourage new anglers to travel to participate. We also appreciate the support we receive from our regular local anglers. We aim to ensure that this wonderful event will continue into the future and look forward to welcoming old and new friends again in 2018.

Our boat skippers and crew are also to be commended for their effort, guidance and friendship they show to both anglers and organisers. Without your loyalty our event would be non-existent and we are truly grateful to have such wonderful skippers on our doorstep.

We sincerely thank Harry and Deirdre Hughes, Portwest who have shown us huge support over the past number of years, Jack Dylan Jewellers, The Harbour Mill Apartments, Kevin Joyce, The Quays Pub, Hotel Westport and Cllr. Brendan Mulroy for their continued support.

The results of the 61st competition are:

Shore Competition1st – Sean Keane, Newport
2nd – Paul Ruddy, Westport
Overall Champion (over 3 days)1st – Darragh Connolly, Westport
2nd – David Ferson, Westport
3rd – Colin Loftus, Mulranny
Overseas Champion (over 3 days)1st – Steve Andrews, Wales
2nd – Tony Clissett, England
3rd – Gary Jones, Wales
Ladies Champion1st - Irene Walsh, Westport
Junior Champion1st – Oisin Gannon, Westport
2nd – David Loftus, Mulranny
3rd – Brian Gannon, Westport
Under 25 Champion1st- Conor Tiernan, Louisburgh
2nd- Thomas Kelly, Westport
3rd - Kale Thomas, Wales
Team of Four Champions1st – Wales, Gary Jones, Gwynie Andrews, Steve Andrews, Frank Carr
2nd – Ireland, David Ferson, Padraic Ketterick, Richie Cryan, Colin Loftus
3rd – England, Tommy Dunn, Richard Lowe, Allan Suddick, Tony Clisset
Team of Two (over 3 days)1st – Damien Gannon, Westport & Allan Williams, Wales
2nd – Atr Beechy, Wales & Tony Sykes, England
3rd – Jim Pressley, England & Andy Pamley, England
Steve Wilson, Scotland & C.V. McCarthy, England
Daily Prizes:
1st – Gary Jones, Wales
2nd – David Ferson, Westport
3rd – Tommy Dunn, England / Padraig Ketterick, Westport

Daily Prizes:
1st – Colin Loftus, Westport
2nd – Irene Walsh, Westport
3rd – Steve Andrews, Wales
Daily Prizes:
1st – Darragh Connolly, Westport
2nd – Ian Moore, England
3rd – Steve Andrews, Wales
Individual Fish Awards:Huss – Ian Moore, England
Ray – Tom Moran, Westport
Conger - Arthur Brownbridge, England
Tub Gurnard – Darragh Connolly, Westport
3 Bearded Rockling – Frank Carr, England
Sea Trout - Gary Jones, Wales
Special Award - John Flynn
John Foy Memorial AwardGerard Kennedy, Westport.
Champion BoatmanJoe Gibbons - ‘Finnaun’