All Ireland Championships Senior & Ladies

The 57th edition of the All Ireland Championships took place yesterday based around the rural County Monaghan town of Ballybay. 89 anglers representing the four provinces including competitors who travelled from as far as Cork checked in at the Wetlands Centre ahead of the five-hour match.

Six sections were fished from the shores of White Lake and Loughs Egish and Sillan with the average match weight 5.13kg per angler overall.  Different conditions were experienced cross the venues with squally weather and bright spells throughout the day.  Lough Egish known for its large roach and Sheila’s Shore was the draw of choice having produced the 2016 Champion, but it was not to be with just the end pegs fishing.  The shallower waters although be-set by the dreaded pond weed produced the finest nets of quality fish the area is known for.  Bream Rock on White Lake fished particularly well delivering the top 5 winners.

Chris Simpson, MAP Fishing of Moira Co. Armagh’s efforts at clearing his swim from weed and his decision to fish the feeder paid off with a 4.750kg bag of quality hybrids and a specimen bream to win the match.  Chris whose name will now be firmly on the historical cup received his trophy and €500 prize money from Oliver McGauley President of the NCFFI.  Runner-up Gary Drew of Enniskillen was beside Chris at Bream Rock where his end peg produced 23.180kg for him.  Neil Mazurek, Tony Green and Cathal Hughes finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectably from the same venue.  Other notable weights came from Shamie Winters 9.400kg at Caravan Park, Sillan; Irish Youth International James O ‘Doherty 9.64kg at Bairds Shore and Johnny Keith 12.900kg at Lough Egish.

A full pay-out of all entry with 5 peg sections and the top five followed the match at the Welcome Inn, Mena Martins.  A special presentation was made to Youth International Roisin Bohan, the only female to enter this match this year but whose efforts were to be commended.  Roisin had a difficult day on Sheila’s Shore for a handful of fish, catching when other senior anglers didn’t weigh.

Cllr Seamus Coyle, Chair of the Clones Ballybay Municipal Council welcomed the anglers and organisers to the area.  He commended the recent road improvements at Bairds Shore funded though the IFI NASD programme and delivered by the Council and pledged more improvements to support local angling.  He wished the Youth Team members well for the upcoming Championships and the organisers with the running of the event whilst stressing the importance of the promotion of angling in Ireland.

The NCFFI would like to thank all those who attended the long running national championships and to all those who took part in the organisation.  Special thanks go to the landowners in the region who provide access to the anglers with goodwill and even transported the angler’s equipment to the shore.  Sitting on the Dromore system just outside Ballybay the Wetlands Centre provided a prefect venue for a draw of this size with all facilities, room for parking and the on-site net-dip and bait sales from Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd.   Thank you to Patricia and the girls from the Soda Barrell who made sure everyone was fed and watered before heading off to their peg.

The 2018 and 58th edition of the championships which will take place on Sunday 29th July.  Next up is the Junior version of the same where we welcome those new to fishing to competition angling along with sections for the U15’s, U20’s and U25’s.  The event takes place on local lakes to Killeshandra, Co. Cavan and is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

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BSI SENSAS Team Dennetts are the All-Ireland Club Champions of 2017!

BSI Sensas AC are the All Ireland Club Champions for the second year in a row who also qualify as the club to represent Ireland at the FIPS-ed World Club Championships in Hungary in 2018.
40 anglers attended the two-day competition on Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park in County Cavan presenting eight teams of five, representing five clubs and some of the best float anglers in Ireland.
The winning team of David Herron, Cathal Hughes, Philip Jackson, Gary Doyle and Rory Dunne won day one with 15 points followed by an amazing 6 points on day two, finishing with 31 points to include 4 section wins. A great performance from David Herron finishing first in his section on both days to win the match overall and Cathal Hughes second in section daily including a top match weight of 41lbs. BSI Sensas took the top positions with their Green team in second position followed by the Tubertini match club in third place.
The event which rotates around the provinces was this year hosted by Kingfisher AC, Belturbet.

Team Ireland rank 7th at the 7th Fips-ed World Feeder Championships in Portugal

Feeder Team Ireland achieve their best ranking to date since their historic Silver Medal win of 2014. The team are now safely back on Irish shores after a hot and exhausting week in Portugal. The River Raia near the town of Cabecao proved to be a difficult venue, weedy in places fishing for species unknown to us in Ireland such as carp, barbel and bleak in temperatures at times reaching 48’.

Team Manager Brenton Sweeney says:- I was confident of a good position presenting an invigorated team at the championships this year. The bleak fishing on Saturday suited us well and we achieved 3 x 5th , a joint 7th and 8th in the 22 peg sections with all anglers in the top 4 for a 3rd team position overall. It was a great start and we hoped for that podium finish. It wasn’t to be and a change in the weather for Sunday meant a tougher day as the bleak we had been catching shallow all went to the bottom, just one carp and we would have had a medal! We finished just 5.5 points away from a podium finish and a very commendable ranking of 7 out of the 22 competing nations. The team are to be congratulated for the effort put in to achieve this great result with a particular well done to Rimantas and Johnny for whom it was their first introduction to International Competition. Particular thanks goes to Philip Jackson, Paul Leese and Paul Heaney plus Sharon, Jayne and Jurgita for the all-important management support and bank running; without all their help, we wouldn’t have done so well. I would like to add that I hope our presence on the world stage serves to encourage the growing number of up and coming feeder anglers in Ireland to pursue their sport. In particular the junior anglers for whom we will run a national competition in October.

The NCFFI would like to congratulate Brenton and the team and thank sponsors Sensas Ireland, Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd and Daiwa UK for their support. NEXT UP is the NCFFI All-Ireland Feeder Club Championships on Lough Muckno on Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th of July. The event also serves as the qualifier for the team to represent Ireland at the 2nd FIPS-ed Feeder Club Championships in Belarus in 2018. Applications to

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