All Ireland Junior Championships 2016

This year’s Junior All Ireland Championships took place at Killykeen Forest Park on Saturday 27th August followed by the Inter-Provincial Team Championships on Sunday.

The event provides the opportunity for young anglers to come together and compete in a National Championships of their own before progressing to senior level. A Novice category is included with coached assistance designed to introduce newcomers to competitive fishing.  The challenging County Cavan venue chosen for its accessibility to all brought out the skills in the young anglers who fished a variety of methods. The top weight of the day went to Eoin Rogers of Carrickmacross  AC with his 3.8kg.  Nine U23’s, Eleven U18’s and 9 U14’s fished alongside eight novices for the champion for the championship trophy by section with the top three in each awarded a selection of tackle prizes sponsored by Tubertini UK Ltd.  After the all-essential net dip the Juniors were provided with a mixing bowl and feeder gift from Sensas Ireland along with complimentary caster and maggot from Irish Bait & Tackle Limited.  After three hours of fishing (four for the U23’s) everyone was provided with a meal whilst the presentation took place at Minnies’ in Killeshandra. The running costs of this event are supported by funds raised for the NCFFI for the Junior Development.

Congratulations to all the winners;


1st Caolan Donnelly 1.65kg

2nd Jack O’Brien 1.35kg

3rd Nathan Trimble 1.32kg


Under 14:

1st Eoin Rogers 3.8kg

2nd Charlie Richards 1.85kg

3rd Roisin Finchett 0.64kg


Under 18:

1st Cillian Flynn 1.82Kg

2nd Stephane Patterson 1.56kg

3rd Jack Sutton 0.72kg


Under 23

1st Jamie Edwards 2.42kg

2nd Hayden Kellegher 1.26kg

3rd Stephen White 1.11Kg

Thanks to all who took part in both events along with our sponsors, coaches and parents/guardians. In 2017 the event will take place on Saturday 26th of August followed by the Junior Inter Provincials on the Sunday.


NCFFI Club Championships 2016

BSI Sensas AC are the proud holders of the Bobby Smither’s Cup and the NCFFI Club Champions of 2016. Two Sensas Ireland teams represented the club in this weekend’s Club Championships which took place on the Grand Canal at Daingean. The two day match also serves to select the team to represent Ireland at the World Club Championships and is therefore fished to FIPS-ed rules.
The Leinster based club sponsored by Sensas Ireland entered the challenge presenting two teams, Green & Black fishing against Kingfisher AC, the Tubertini Match Club and Fermoy AC the current holders of the title who travelled to Italy to represent Ireland earlier this year. The Green team members Damien Maddock, Pat Bartley, Conor Browne, Fint Brennan and Matt Kemmy were victorious.

Gavin Walsh, team manager and sponsor who fielded the teams who would take first and second positions knew it was going to be a tough match with end pegs almost guaranteed to be section winners. And he was proved right with both end pegs winning A and E sections both days. The teams plan consisted of feeding one ball of ground bait the size of a golf ball with a pinch of pinkies and caster with chopped red worm fed on two lines. Hemp was fed at 13m looking for the better quality fish. This worked on Saturday when there was a wind blowing up the canal but not in the flat calm conditions of Sunday. Local knowledge prevailed as the water appeared coloured when in fact this was just the boggy canal bottom and the winning anglers fished 3 foot of line between the pole and float to prevent spooking the fish.

Team Results
Sensas Green 19 points
Sensas Black 26 points
Tubertini MC 32 points
Kingfisher AC 36 points
Fermoy AC 38 points

BSI Sensas club was originally formed by Bobby Smithers who sadly passed away in 2008. The larger than life Bobby, Ireland only gold medallist in coarse angling created the club which is still run in his honour today and therefore brings with is a special meaning for this year’s winners.

The NCFFI congratulates the winners and all those who took part, with thanks to the hosts BSI Sensas AC and the Castle Barna Golf Club.

NCFFI All Ireland Senior & Ladies Championships 2016

This year saw the NCFFI make its base for Ireland’s National Coarse Angling Championships Ballybay in County Monaghan. The market town which sits on the shores of Lough Major was chosen for its accessibility to a number of nearby competition angling venues which has the Dromore system on its doorstep. The Ballybay Angling Association have recently enjoyed excellent fishing at their festivals and offered to host the event on their productive waters.

Recent wet weather dampened the spirits of some anglers but 113 arrived at the Riverdale hotel to register for the competition in a torrential downpour of rain. This was to continue throughout the day with short sunny spells in-between and did impact on weights of fish recorded during the day.

Local venues fished included Lough Major, White Lake, Lough Egish, Corkeeran and Lough Sillan in County Cavan. After the all important net dip, anglers headed inside to make the draw for their peg for the day. This year to facilitate those travelling from afar, a car draw was introduced with the competitors provided with maps and driving directions additionally supplemented with road signage.

The long running National Championships now in it’s 56th year is open to everyone and attracts those from all communities representing a range of clubs across Ireland; also joined by the visiting angler from the UK., Irish internationals, aspiring juniors, festival goers and those out for a good days fishing all contributing to the buzz in the draw hall. Sadly some anglers from the southern end of Ireland did not travel on the day to this lovely northernmost venue in Co. Monaghan.

Predicting where the top weight was going to come from was difficult. Lough Egish and it’s fine stamp of roach was a contender and several top anglers were drawn there. A smaller venue, Corkeeran Lake, which recently produced a 26 kg. weight during a recent festival or the unknown of Lough Major which had not been used by the competition anglers for a while. During the competition, most anglers used two main methods to fish at most sections on these great loughs. Feeder fishing at longer range was one method building up a swim at distance hopefully for bream and also alternating feeding bait into an inside swim which most anglers fished with long pole and short line. Anglers mainly switched between the two baited areas during the five hours fishing. The usual baits were all employed including blends of groundbaits, hemp, maggots, casters and worms that anglers used on the day. At most sections on the loughs, small fish of mainly roach, some hybrids and perch formed the main bulk of catches weighed in. The smaller Corkeeran lough does produce a few bigger bream but only smaller numbers were recorded on the day.

After five hours of fishing, Vaidas Jagela from Dublin and a member of the Go & Catch Feeder Fishing Club took the title with a great 20.300 kg. net of roach all caught on a 6 metre and 4 metre whips. Vaidas was able to take his great catch of small fish on this deadly method on an inside swim that was full of fish.   A delighted Vaidas for whom Ireland has been home for the last twelve years was immensely proud to take the title explaining that he and his club members regularly hold their own competitions in order to gain the experience required to reach the standard to fish alongside the Irish anglers. All venues fished well with very good nets of smaller fish recorded on the day and competition was keen among the anglers for the vital section wins. One feature which contributed to the competitive nature of the match was that the winner from every five anglers earned a cash payout at the end. On all venues, many catches of over 10 kilos of small fish were taken on the day with all anglers catching fish at all pegs which contributed to a great match. Sadly the bigger bream which reside at all of these venues did not feed this day.

Just two ladies joined the anglers this year with current holder Mary Tigwell unable to defend her title. The honour went to Sheila Bromley of Ballybay Angling Association who just pipped 13 year old Roisin Bohan from Country Leitrim who was putting in some practise ahead of her trials for the Irish Youth team.

The anglers were treated afterwards to food and refreshments at the Riverdale Hotel in Ballybay and the winners dually collected their trophies and cash at the end of a very successful championships. Great thanks are due to Ballybay Angling Association, Riverdale Hotel Ballybay, Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI, Irish Bait & Tackle Limited and Paul Bourke.

Next up is the NCFFI Championships for Clubs which takes place on the Grand Canal the weekend of the 13th & 14th of August. The event includes an optional entry for those teams who wish to qualify to represent Ireland at the World Clubs Championships in France in 2017. Contact Gavin Walsh on 087 613 9551.  The Junior All Ireland Championships takes places on Saturday 27th August in Killeshandra, Co. Cavan.