I received a call recently from an “over the moon” Peadar O’Brien from the Carrickmacross Coarse Angling and Junior Development Club to tell me of the clubs recent success in the NCFFI All Ireland Coarse Fishing Championships that were fished at Killykeen Park, Cavan on Saturday 27th July. The Club acheived a 1st and third place in the Senior section of  the junior event and a win in the ladies event for Emma McMahon.

Left to Right (Back Row) Peadar O'Brien, John Doyle and Martin Edwards, (Front Row) Lee Harris, Jamie Edwards and Emma McMahon

Not content with there recent success the group were out last week for yet another practice session on Lough Muckno at White Island and they invited me up to tell me all about the event and take a few photos. The calibre of these young anglers could be clearly seen as they reeled in a fish a chuck, landing some nice roach, skimmers and hybrids and a few bream. The weather was nice at first but then descended into a torrent of heavy rain, however these anglers just continued to fish.

All Ireland Ladies NCFFI Champion Emma Mc Mahon with Some Great Fish at Muckno Last Week
A Great Future Ahead, Emma Mc Mahon, All Ireland Ladies Champion After Only 2 Years Fishing

The Carrickmacross Coarse Angling and Junior Development Club acheived great succes in the senior section of the junior event which was divided into three sections. The sections where the seniors were fishing produced the best weights. Carrickmacross Coarse Angling and Junior Development Club Members Jamie Edwards took the title with 9.9kgs and Lee Harris acheived a third place with 7.12kgs. The results of the match can be seen below.

  • 1st Jamie Edwards 9.9kgs
  • 2nd Robert Smithers 7.7kgs
  • 3rd Lee Harris 7.12kgs
NCFFI All Ireland Junior Champion (Senior Section) Jamie Edwards with his Trophy and Medal
Jamie with a Nice Net of Fish on Muckno Last Week

In the ladies event Emma had top weight and was absolutely delighted with her result. The success was also all the more notable in so far as all of the anglers have been just fishing about two years and have come through the clubs youth develoment programme. The club has been running a recruitment campaign for the last few years, initially using Fisheries Awareness Week and from this have developed regular coaching sessions and week long summer camps. This takes anglers from the basics of identifying the right gear, tying knots, setting up the gear and then on to how to fish and catch fish. The coaching staff at the club give  introductions to pole, whip, feeder and waggler fishing techniques and the fishing tactics associated with each. The wealth of experience passed on from the club members and coaching staff has ensured that the youngsters have had one of the best starts in what is sure to be very successful fishing careers.

Lee With His Third Place Medal from the NCFFI All Ireland Coarse Fishing Championships
Lee in Action on Lough Muckno Last Week

At the NCFFI event, all anglers were supplied with caster and maggots by Irish Bait and Tackle. Prizes, supplied by Southside Angling, were presented in Collettes pub in Killeshandra.