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163 pike caught at National Pike Championships Final

April 27th, 2018 | by

The results are out – Ray Collopy is new National Pike Champion.  IFPAC reports…

The 30th National Pike Championships Final was held last Saturday the 21st April 2018 on a stretch of river in Longford. The clear blue sky and hot sun that marked Saturday did not make for ideal pike fishing. In the end the 50 anglers caught some 163, but most of these were small enough fish, unsurprisingly.  

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Fishing was tough in the bright, clear conditions. There were not many pike of this size weighed in. Rodney Gaynor had the biggest pike at 15lb 8oz

When the fish was over it was back to the Longford Arms for the awards dinner. After enjoying our excellent presentation dinner, Irish Federation of Irish Pike Angling Clubs Chairman John Chambers made a short speech thanking all involved in the organisation of the event and special thanks to our sponsor GO HIRE Limited who have sponsored the event the last couple of years. 

Then €100 was presented to Patrick Foran for catching the biggest pike in the qualifying heats 18lb 08oz.

Rodney Gaynor then got €100 for the best pike in the Final 15lb 08oz. Joint second was David Walsh and Ian Church.

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Ray Collopy, centre, surrounded by his new team

The top 10 who will make up the team to fish against Great Britain.

  • 1st Ray Collopy 12 pike 45lb 00oz
  • 2nd Rodney Gaynor 8 pike 42lb 08oz
  • 3rd Marty Lawlor 9 pike 38lb 14oz
  • 4th Sean Markey 9 pike 33lb 02oz
  • 5th Diarmuid Smyth 8 pike 30lb 10oz
  • 6th Alan Heasley 7 pike 30lb 07oz
  • 7th Robbie McShane 6 pike 29lb 14oz
  • 8th Sean Dimbylow 6 pike 25lb 10oz
  • 9th Kevin Foley 4 pike 23lb 01oz
  • 10th Chris Maguire 5 pike 22lb 11oz

First reserve

Ian Church 3 pike 22lb 09oz

Pools

1st Rodney Gaynor 15lb 08oz
jt 2nd David Walsh 14lb 08oz and Ian Church 14lb 08oz

The winner, Ray Collopy, will captain the top 10 anglers who will be the Irish team who will fish against their British opposite numbers in Ireland over a 2 day match next October.

You will note from the above that the vast majority of pike caught were pretty small. Special presentation was made to Pat O’Grady when he was crowned king and was presented with T-shirt and crown from Eddie McGuirk. Once again we would like Eamon, Cait , Pauline and all at Longford Arms Hotel for looking after us so well.

Lovely glass trophies were also presented to each of the 11 heat winners – Dodger Smyth, Laurence Marshall, Paul Comiskey, Robbie McShane, Mark Kiernan, Jody Kiernan, Eugene McCabe, Pat O’Grady, Diarmuid Smyth, Paddy Dimbylow, Patrick Foran

We were based in The Longford Arms Hotel in Longford town. We must say that we were really looked after well by the staff and the quality of our food at the presentation dinner was second to none.

Go fishing…

Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs

Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs

The Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs (IFPAC) is a body representing pike anglers in Ireland, North and South.The IFPAC was founded on 17th January 1988 at a meeting held at the Ardboyne Hotel, Navan. The membership for that year stood at fifteen clubs representing six hundred anglers, today membership of IFPAC is approaching 100 affiliated clubs representing in excess of seven thousand anglers from all walks of life.

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Oct 13/14 Virginia Pike And Coarse Anglers pike weekend away
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Oct 14 Lough Graney & Dist boat comp for Queally Cup. Fishing 12-4
Oct 21 Newbridge & Dist Pike A.C. Comp for Gunner O`Neill Cup. Ph Brendan on 085 818339
Oct 21 Leinster Pike A.C. Winter League
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Nov 4 I.F.P.A.C. GO HIRE 2018/19 National Pike Championships
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Nov 19 IFPAC Inter Club Team Challenge
Nov 25 O`Casey`s Pike Angling Club League
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Dec 9 O`Casey`s Pike Angling Club League
Dec 9 Leinster Pike A.C. Winter League
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