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Henry’s Tackle Shop Irish Cod Championships 2018 Report

50 anglers fished the 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. Irish Cod Champion 2018

Donal Domeney SAI SAC: Cod 68 cms

Overall Match Rules Winner

Noel Fogarty Raheny SAC 14 fish 533 Points

Elena Anastasia – 4 fish 101 points

Zone A

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

Zone B

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

Zone C

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

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.

Sea Angling Ireland’ SAC’s first shore competition of 2019 will be on January 5th on Arklow South Beach. Check for more details. If you want to join our club you can do it online at All-Ireland Cod Championships December 1st 2018

Sea Angling Ireland SAC

Thanks to Henry’s Tackle Shop for sponsoring this again.

Fishing will be 4.00 pm to 9.00 pm

Entry is 20 euro plus 5 euro pools
Juniors 5 euro plus 5 euro pools

Non IFSA members must pay an additional 20 euro to cover a Visitor’s Card*

Perpetual Cup and Cash Prize for longest Cod.
Match Prizes for each Zone and overall match winner.

Pool: Longest Ray, Longest Flat, Longest Round (excluding Cod)

Entries in by 8pm Friday November 30th.
Please also let us know if you enter and then have to cancel, as beach has to be pegged in the morning.

JP Molloy: 087 286 1669
Donal O’Neill: 087 690 5374

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SAI SAC Shore Competitions 2018

Thanks to Henry’s Tackle Shop for again sponsoring our Shore Competitions

May 12th Tullan Strand, Bundoran, County Donegal
June 9th Wicklow beaches
July 21st Wexford Beaches All Ireland Smooth hound Championships (OPEN)
July 22nd Wexford Beaches
August 18th Cappaclough Co. Kerry
October 13th Long strand, Co. Cork
December 1st Youghal Beach All Ireland Cod Championships (OPEN)
December 2nd Reserve Date, Youghal Area.

All competitions above, including Opens, count towards the SAISAC Master Angler.

Sea Angling Ireland SAC is open for membership. You may join online at

Jimmy Kelly is 2017 Irish Cod Champion

A total of 80 anglers traveled to take part in this event. It was a pleasant  evening with anglers stretched along Youghal and Redbarn Beaches.


On the beaches…

Fishing was steady, but cod were in sort supply. At 9.00pm lines were reeled in and the anglers returned to The Walter Raleigh to tally the score cards and for the Prizegiving.

There was a total of  399 fish caught by the anglers, the species caught were Whiting, Dogfish, Painted Ray, Coalfish, Flounder, Bass, Cod, Shore Rockling, Poor Cod.

The results were as follows:

  • Junior: Liam Davis 4 Fish, 115  Points
  • Biggest Round: Paddy Ryan Coalfish 51 cm
  • Biggest Flat: John Diamond  Flounder 33 cm
  • Biggest Ray: Derek Kendrick Painted Ray 86 cm

Match Scores:

  • Overall Match Winner: Joe Carley 19 Fish 742 Points
  • Zone A: Jordan Muir  15 Fish 632 Points
  • Zone B: Derek Kendrick 14 Fish 649 Points
  • Zone C Aidan O’Halloran 17 Fish 623 Points

Irish Cod Champion 2017: Jimmy Kelly

The Henry’s Tackle Irish Cod Champion for 2017 was Jimmy Kelly of Suir

Joe Carley of Menapia being presented with his prize by SAI SAC Chairman, Donal O’Neill

Joe Carley of Menapia being presented with his prize by SAI SAC Chairman, Donal O’Neill

Sea Angling Ireland SAC would like to thank the Sponsor, Henry’s Tackle Shop. We would like to also thank the Walter Raleigh Hotel for their hospitality during the weekend. We will be back in Youghal next year on December 1st for the sixth Irish Cod Championships.

Sea Angling Ireland SAC – Join the Club

Sea Angling Ireland SAC is open for membership.
Senior anglers may now apply for membership of the club for their children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces. Under 16s join as juveniles and membership is 10 euro a year.
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