Saturday December 7th saw 51 sea anglers from all over the country descend on Youghal beach to fish the inaugural “All Ireland Cod Championship” from 4pm to 9pm. The competition stretch was divided into 3 zones, 2 in the Strand hotel area and 1 in Redbarn. Weather conditions on the evening were excellent with light winds coming in from the South West and this led to superb fishing for the participants. In total 341 fish were landed to 51 competitors and 40 anglers registered their catches in the Walter Ralleigh hotel after the competition finished.

JP Molloy
JP Molloy, winner of the inaugural All Ireland Cod Championship


The perpetual cup which was sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland was won by J P Molloy, Sea Angling Ireland for landing the largest Cod and prizes to the value of over 2000 euro were won by anglers who won their zones on the night.

The bulk of fish caught were made up of Whiting but Painted ray, Dogfish, Codling and Flounder also showed up.

Sponsors for the event were;

John O Brien Angling and Outdoor Centre Waterford

Inland Fisheries Ireland

Grauvell Fishing Tackle

Some of the winners and sponsors and anglers at the prize giving in the Walter Raleigh Hotel