60th Edition All Ireland Championships Senior & Ladies

Sensas angler Julian Kendrick wins the anniversary edition of the ‘All-Ireland’ with a 25kilo bream catch from the Shannon Erne Waterway. A well-deserved title for one of Ireland’s top rods who has been on form all year.

The 60th edition of the All-Ireland Championships which took place on Sunday in County Leitrim saw 116 anglers representing the four provinces check in at the 1st Leitrim Scouts Den ahead of the five-hour match. Saturday had seen rain all day with Sunday providing fair and slightly breezy conditions for the competitors. The anniversary of the event saw it return to Ballinamore where the championships were formed sixty years ago when four times as many anglers fished the competition in the area synonymous with coarse angling in Ireland. Back then the match held on Lough Garadice also included the opportunity to fish for pike. Lough Garadice still featured heavily in the 2018 competition with Church, Cully and Connolly’s shores included along with several other venues to include Lough Scur, Kiltybarden and County Cavan venues Brackley lake and Town Lake, Killeshandra.

Conditions were perfect for Julian who with the wind blowing into his face seized the opportunity to fish for bream from Cully’s Shore, Lough Garadice. His tactics played off and after an hour fishing at 40metres using corn, maggot and worm the small fish went away and he hooked bream, in groups of 3 or 4 for the duration of the match finishing with 58 fish including small hybrids and perch. For his win Julian received a Tournament rod bag from Daiwa UK who are also celebrating sixty years in the tackle industry along with his trophy from Leitrim Crystal and Sensas Ireland ground bait. Terry Shortt Chair of Ballinamore Angling & Tourism proudly presented Julian with the silver perpetual cup which was originally donated to the federation by the people of Ballinamore back in 1959.
Julian says: – I am delighted to have won this prestigious title on this special occasion and honoured to be the 60th engraving on the cup alongside the list of champions over the years. Thank you to the NCFFI for the organisation of the event and to the sponsors.’

Ed Rogers from Belturbet also took the opportunity fishing the next peg to Julian to finish second in the competition with 14.800kg and receive a selection of items from Preston Innovations and Sonubaits to include items from the world championship luggage range. In third place was Nigel Spencer over from Scotland with his top weight of 12.800 from Brackley Lake earning him a €50 voucher from Irish Bait and Tackle Limited and Sensas ground baits, particularly useful as he spends the next week fishing festivals in the region. Enniskillen angler Jordan Hall a former Irish Youth International and winner of the Classic fished the rocks on Lough Scur for 11.800kg earning him 4th place followed by Dungannon angler Romauldas Irzikevicius and his 11.550kg catch from Brackley Lake. Both Jordan and Romauldas received an Evoke Reel and Magnetic Hook Box among other items from Tubertini UK.
Four ladies turned out for the event to fish alongside the men for their own title. 19 year old Deimante Deima from Mullingar fished a great match at Town Lake in Killeshandra to take the Ladies Champion title of 2018. Deimante fished a 9m pole for around 100 small fish on single maggot, feeding Sensas ground bait and a lot of casters. Along with the winner’s trophy Deimante received a £50 from Fishing Tackle & Bait in Enniskillen and Sensas ground bait. In second place was Drumshanbo angler Mary Tigwell whose catch of 1.680kg from Church Shore earnt her a selection of tackle items from Tubertini UK LTD

Deimante says: – ‘Fishing is my favourite hobby and I fish as much as I can. I am therefore excited to have won this competition and would like to express my thanks to my dad who got me angling in the first place and has taught me many valuable lessons.’

A full pay-out of all entry with 5 peg sections and the top five followed the match at Terry Shortt’s Heritage Bar in Ballinamore where all the competitors received an engraved paperweight to commemorate the 60th edition event from Leitrim Crystal. The NCFFI’s Tommy Lawton presenting to the prize-winners thanked the members of Ballinamore Angling & Tourism for their contribution to coarse angling and all those for travelling long distances to take part in the championships.

The NCFFI would like to congratulate the winners and all those who attended. Special thanks go to the Lakelands Angling Ballinamore for their assistance on the ground, Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland for their sponsorship and the tackle sponsors. To Ballinamore Angling & Tourism and the 1st Leitrim Scouts whose fine den facilitated the anglers draw, a perfect indoor venue with catering along with plenty of room for parking, on-site net-dip and bait sales from Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd.

All Ireland Club Championships


East Belfast Coarse Angling Club are the proud holders of the Bobby Smither’s Cup and the NCFFI All-Ireland Club Champions of 2018!

The two-day match also serves to select the team to represent Ireland at the World Club Championships and was fished to FIPS-ed rules. East Belfast will now travel to Croatia to represent Ireland at the FIPSed World Club Championships in 2019.

The Ulster club entered the challenge presenting A and B teams fishing their home water against another seven club teams from across the provinces all keen for the title. The A team members David Gibson, father & Son Aaron Nabc Hutchman & Paul Hutchman, Ron Jordan and Gary Radcliffe were victorious. With a total of 29 points they were just ahead of the current title holders BSI Sensas who represented Ireland at the World Championships in Hungary earlier this year. In third place were VDE Erne Anglers with 37 points.

The teams of five fished in perfect weather conditions with low water levels with little flow with an upstream north wind on Sunday. The venue produced a tough match on Saturday with all sections improving for Sunday with a lot more fish showing and of a better stamp. Some gudgeon and perch showed but roach dominated. Most fish fell to short line tactics at 11-13m, with some anglers fortunate to catch on the whip.

Team Results
East Belfast A 29 points
BSI Sensas Ireland 32 points
ERNE Anglers 37 points
Tubertini Yellow 41 points
East Belfast B 57 points
Lurgan Coarse Angling Club 60 points
Fermoy AC 62 points
Erne Anglers Green 63 points
Tubertini Black 69 points

East Belfast’s Aaron Hutchman former Irish U25 Youth International and Erne Anglers’s Tony Hopkins both secured first and second in section with Tony finishing with the bigger weight of 19.180kg to be the top individual. James O’Doherty had 4 points along with BSI Sensas’s Conor Browne but his top match weight of weight of 25.530kg secured him the third-place individual.

The NCFFI would like to congratulate the winners, all those who took part, the fishery owners the Honourable Irish Society and to Tubertini Match Club for hosting the match. Thank you to sponsors Waterways Ireland and to Mid Ulster Council for providing welcome refreshments at the Wild Duck Inn.

The NCFFI has secured the hosting of the FIPSed European Championships for Ireland in 2019 and the Lower River Bann at Portglenone is the proposed venue and development plans to extend the match stretch are in progress. Applications are open until 31st of August and those wishing to apply to fish on the team can contact International Float Team Manager Vincent Walsh on 087 256 3669. The Lower River Bann is also home to the annual Ulster Schools Competition and the popular The Bann Bonanza Festival.