Formed in 1960, The Looe Sea Fishing Festival is one of the longest running sea competitions in the UK and has been a cornerstone of boat fishing in England. The Looe festival is where the founders of EFSA first met and with the Shark Club of Great Britain just over the quayside, you can see why Looe is the mecca for sea angling.
The Looe Sea Fishing Festival will be running from the 7th to the 13th September 2019. Originally, the festival was an international competition, attracting anglers from Holland, France and througout Europe. Over the years these numbers dwindled, however in recent years we have seen more and more people enquire about the festival. We are currently running 3 boats, with a 4th and 5th on standby.
Why not be a part of this historic festival and make the most of 6 days of fishing in some of the best grounds in the UK.
The Looe festival is often used to qualify for the Conger Club of Great Britain. With 6 days fishing in some of the best conger waters in the UK, then a monster could be just round the corner!
Ling are quite common in the rough ground and deep water we fish. The average ling that's caught is usually around the 7lbs - 9lbs range, but most years a fish of over 20lbs is landed!
Cod aren't as common as some of the fish we catch, the average size is good and most years throws up a clonker. In the last few years fish between mid teens and low twenties have been landed.
If you like pollack fishing with soft plastic, then you'll love fishing the festival! While waiting for slack tide, we often drift the reefs... and they usually make an appearance!
Looe has been regarded for decades as some of the best shark fishing in the UK. Although we don't target the sharks, we often pick them up on Conger baits and sometmies even feathers!!
Traditionally the last day of the competition is species day. With everything from John Dory, Red and Black Bream plus the odd foriegn visitor such as Bonitos, anything could make an appearence.
Although the Bream Cup is one of the smallest trophies in the festival, it is often one of the most wanted. Although Bream aren't common on the reefs, we always have a few turn up..
These brilliant little fish often make an appearence and always brighten up the boat. We get a selection of different Gurnard from the common Red Gurnard to the Tub and Blue..
Traditionally the last day of the competition is species day. With everything from John Dory, Whiting, Spurdogs, Dogfish, Gplus the odd foriegn visitor such as Bonitos, anything could make an appearence.