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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.

Henry’s Tackle Shop Champion 2018 – Donal Domeney (left) 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


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.

More details here

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

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