Shore Competition #1 2019 Sponsored by Henry’s Tackle, Arklow 05/01


We had an early start to our clubs proceedings this year, it seems no time since the Cod Open to be honest but it was a welcome excuse to dust off the gear and get back to it. Arklow South was the venue and to say it was so early in the year we had a much improved turnout on the beach with some familiar faces returning to the fold along with new members. The weather was calm and mild, the lads laying strings of pots 100m off the beach while we were setting up was a bit disconcerting at the start but it had no bearing on proceedings thankfully.

Right from the off fish were flying in up and down the beach, with small whiting making up the bulk of the catches. Busy as it was, once it got dark it went utterly mental. I watched Lee Meiklejohn cast out with 40 seconds left on the clock, he wound in promptly on the dot of 6 with a fish swinging off his trace that had barely time to get wet.


Sea Angling Ireland SAC Shore 2019

Saturday 5th Jan 1pm-6pm Arklow
We will take membership at this competition.

Sat May 11th 2pm-7pm Clonakilty Area Beach over low water (gilthead , bass, mullet, flounder)
Sun May 12th 9am-2pm Clonakilty Area Beach over highwater (gilthead , bass, mullet, flounder)

Sat June 22 All Ireland Smooth hound Championships Wexford (evening competition)
Sun June 23 Wexford Beach (morning/afternoon) competition

Sat Nov 23 All Ireland Cod Championships Youghal (evening competition)
Sun Nov 24 Morning/Afternoon Youghal area.

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Membership is 50 euro

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