So it's almost festival time, we hope you guys are ready for a great weekend! We are going to have over 100 people taking part this year which really is a great sign of how bass fishing is growing within Ireland. Again this year we have a lot of people travelling from outside the country which is always great to see and demonstrates how well our bass fishery looks when people are willing to travel to Ireland to fish along our coastline, showing we should never take the bass fishing we have for granted!
We have some amazing prizes on offer this year supplied by our sponsors TopWater lures and Costa del Mar. Fishing celeb Henry Gilbey will be across for the prize giving on Sunday evening in the Grand hotel in Tramore which will be great night with plenty of fishing chat. The prize giving kicks off at 7pm (make sure to bring family and friends).
Nick Roberts from TopWater lures will be in attendance for the festival so if you have any questions about your favourite IMA or Megabass lures or any of the products Nick supplies make sure just to ask. We are also delighted to announce that Matt and Fred from Fiish will be in the shop all weekend so if you would like to talk to the creators of the incredible Black Minnow the guys will be on hand to give some tips and advice on their great product range.
UK Bass will also have a stand in the shop and if you are interested in joining a great conservation group who really have the best interest of bass at heart make sure to go to their stand to join up.
Dr. Willie Roche from Inland Fisheries Ireland will be in attendance on the Friday and he will be more than happy to discuss IFI's plans with Bass conservation projects they have in the pipeline. In conjunction with IFI's bass monitoring program all participants will be asked to take scale samples from fish they catch over the festival and return scale envelopes to the shop on the Sunday. When you return any scale packets you will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning a 100 euro tackle voucher, the more times you enter the better chance you have of winning ( prize courtesy of IFI). All information on taking scales and info needed on scale packs will be given to anglers when they are registering.
So all that is left now is to hope the weather gods are kind to us and everybody gets the opportunity to experience the great fishing we have along our coast.
Look forward to seeing you over the weekend,
James & Cian
**(official prize list will be announced later this week)**
Here is the official itinerary for the weekend
Friday 5th of July
You can register all day from 5am at Absolute Fishing until 6pm and collect your welcome/information pack with official measure and I.D card.
Once you have your official festival measure and I.D card you can begin fishing.
Now go fishing!!!
Live music in Grand Hotel on Friday night at 10pm.
*Again anyone staying in Grand Hotel who is getting up too early to get breakfast can order a packed lunch from reception. This must be done before 8pm.
Saturday 6th of July
Registration is still open in Absolute Fishing for those of you who can only fish Saturday and Sunday. You can register from 6am.
Everyone else can keep fishing….
Live music in Grand Hotel till late…
*Again don’t forget to pre-order packed lunch if leaving hotel early
Sunday 7th of July
All anglers who are entering fish MUST be back in Absolute Fishing by 2pm, we will not be accepting entries from anyone after 2pm. Your entry will be counted once you are on the premises of absolute fishing by 2pm.
Prize Giving at the Grand Hotel at 7pm followed by the after party.
Finger food and live music. (Bring the family and friends)
Party and fishy tails from the weekend to go on until the early hours…..