50 anglers fished the Henrystackleshop.com All-Ireland Cod Championships in Youghal on Saturday December 1st. The weather was quite benign, the wind having died down from the storm a couple of days earlier. There was a period of rain in the middle of the competition to remind everybody it was December.
Distance casters had an advantage, as the receding tide and long fetches of the ocean swells put paid to any ideas of gentle lob outs to pick up fish close to the shore. There were no ray caught this year, in comparison to last year, when quite a few were caught at the town end of the zone A.
115 fish were caught in total, the species included Cod, Bass, Flounder, Coalfish, Eel, Whiting, Dogfish, Rockling.
Henrystackleshop.com Irish Cod Champion 2018
Donal Domeney SAI SAC: Cod 68 cms
Overall Match Rules Winner
Noel Fogarty Raheny SAC 14 fish 533 Points
Junior Elena Anastasia – 4 fish 101 points
1st JP Molloy SAI SAC 9 fish 303 points 2nd Donal Domeney SAI SAC 3 fish 171 points 3rd Dave Farrelly Raheny SAC 4 fish 135 points
1st Pete Davis SAI SAC 7 fish 304 points 2nd Micheal Whelan Tramore Waterford SAC 5 fish 150 points 3rd Derek Kenrick West Cork 4 fish 134 points
1st Phil Ord Tralee Bay SAC 3 fish 121 points 2nd Gary Blake – 3 fish 120 points 3rd Donal O’Neill SAI SAC 3 fish 110 points
Pools ===== 2nd Codling JP Molloy SAI SAC 53 cm
1st Flat Jimmy Kelly Suir Valley SAC Flounder 35cm 2nd Flat JP Molloy SAI SAC Flounder 29 cm
1st Round James Kiniry West Cork SAC Coalfish 48cm 2nd Round Marcin Tomaszek – Coalfish 46cm
Thanks to everybody who attended. Thanks also to the Walter Raleigh Hotel for having us, and the great hospitality they have shown us for the the last six years.
In 2019 Sea Angling Ireland SAC will host the All Ireland Smoothound Championships in County Wexford on June 22nd, and the All Ireland Cod Championships in Youghal on November 23rd. These Opens will also be sponsored by Henry’s Tackle.