Westport and Irelands longest established Sea Angling Festival, now in existence for 63 years (1956 – 2018), took place in perfect weather conditions on the beautiful waters of Clew Bay from 20th to 24th June 2018.
Almost 50 anglers from as far as Holland, Scotland, Wales, England and various parts of Ireland took part in this most prestigious event, with 5 boats going to sea each day.
Weather conditions were idyllic and fishing excellent, with many species recorded including Dogfish, Bull Huss, Thornback Ray, Blonde Ray, Tope, Ling and Conger. 5189 fish recorded at all.
As always, we are deeply grateful for the support of both our overseas and local anglers who have supported us continually over the years. Many anglers attending the festival for over 20 – 30 years on an annual basis.
We are grateful for the support and dedication of our boat owners and skippers who work tirelessly to ensure that all the participating anglers have “The Clew Bay” experience each year.
Our sponsors continue to show us huge support which ensures that this most wonderful festival will continue long into the future. We take this opportunity to thank most sincerely Harry and Deirdre Hughes for their unwavering support, the Harbour Mill Apartments, Jack Dylan Jewellers, Kevin and staff at the Quay’s pub and local councillor Brendan Mulroy for their continued support.
The Westport Sea Angling Festival was and remains one of the most prestigious events for the angling calendar both at home and overseas. Each year we strive to encourage new participants and we will continue to endeavour to promote our event. As Irelands longest, established Sea Angling Festival we are proud to maintain this honour and tradition, and look forward to welcoming many more angling friends to Westport long into the future.