NCFFI All-Ireland Senior & Ladies Championships 2015

The town of Killeshandra in the heart of the Cavan lakelands once again hosted Ireland’s biggest and longest running one-day coarse angling event. The NCFFI’s All Ireland Senior Mens and Ladies Championship this year attracted 110 anglers from across Ireland and the UK to take part.

Local venues fished included Lough Oughter at Killykeen Forest Park and Sandy Point, Lower Derries, Rockfield, Glasshouse and Town Lake. The weather wasn’t kind and the fishing was expected to be tough but this didn’t deter too many.

Defending champion, John Potters, drew the centre of Rockfield and not the hot section of Killykeen that most were looking to draw. Killykeen saw Team Ireland international, Nick Howell, win the title back in 2012 and drawing here was another previous winner Philip Jackson along with notable anglers such as Wayne Fuller and Andy Chapman. However, it was to be the venue to find the All Ireland Champion of 2015 and local angler Fergal Smith with his 11kg catch.

All eyes were on Cathal Hughes who has previously published his desire to win the title but it wasn’t to be. His catch from Town Lake was just 200g short of the championship. Visiting angler Brian Nesbitt from Eastbourne had a good start to his 10 day angling holiday with a 4th place at the Bob Parker Memorial match the day previous and now third place in the All Ireland. Lee Symonds, Baz Smith and Piotr Horbinski rounded off the top six on the match with a total payout of €2750, which included payouts for every five peg section.

This year saw 6 lady anglers take part with defending ladies champion Mary Tigwell and 2012 champion Emma McMahon fighting out with Kath Huthwaite, Sheila Bromley, junior Roisin Finchett and Baete Kiehek.

Keen junior international anglers James Gargan and James O’Doherty had a good day on Lower Derries and the youngest angler of the match Eoin Rogers fished Killykeen. We hope to see them back to compete in the Junior version of this event on Saturday 29th August.

The NCFFI would like to thank Inland Fisheries for their assistance with the pegging of the venues, carrying out bio-security measures and for stewarding the event. For Peter & Cathy of Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd in braving the weather to ensure the competing anglers had the convenience of on-site fresh bait and to Gilsenan’s Bar for their hospitality.

During the registration Jack Tisdall Junior Team Ireland Manager presented Philip Jackson, Lurgan Coarse Anglers with the new NCFFI Junior Club Champions cup for his team’s win on the Newry Canal back in May. He was also delighted to receive from Robert Buick, East Belfast Coarse Anglers a cheque for €420 raised by the club to support the U18 and U23 teams attendance at the World Youth Angling Championships in Serbia 8th & 9th August.

Top Six

1st Fergal Smith 11kg, 2nd Cathal Hughes, 3rd Brian Nesbit 9.740kg, 4th Lee Symonds 9.320kg, 5th Bas Smith 8.520kg, 6th Piotr Horbinski 7.940kg


1st Mary Tigwell 6.300kg 2nd Emma McMahon 3.820kg 3rd Sheila Bromley 1.100kg 4th Kath Huthwaite .700g 5th Roisin Finchett .560g 6th Baete Kiehek 400g

Top weights by venue

Section A Killykeen- grassy bank.  Fergal Smith 11kg  Jimmy Douglas 7.400  Tom Marshall 6.800 David Turton 5.240  Eamon Rodgers 5.000  Mike Stone 4.940  Section B Killykeen- boathouse.  Bas Smith 8.520  Mary Tigwell 6.300  Brenton Sweeney 4.540  Darius Karaluinas 3.520  Neil O’Brien 3.080  Dave MCNeice 2.860  Section C Rockfield.  Wayne Fuller 6.120  Philip Jackson 5.400  Frank Holding 4.840  Gary Quayle 3.920  Trev Platt 3.160  Brian Bohan 2.600  Section D Glasshouse  Brian Nesbitt 9.740  Lee Symonds 9.320  Piotr Horbinski 7.940  Ewan Weed 7.00  Pete Reilly 5.300  John Heys 4.580  Section E Derries.  Liam O’Brien 7.920  James O’doherty 4.080  Steve Nurse 4.010  Julian Kendrick 2.980  Leigh Maitland 2.790  James Gargan 2.670  Section G Town Lake.  Cathal Hughes 10.800  Leo Aungier 5.800

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