John Diamond reports on the All-Ireland Cod Championships…

The anglers on the beach at Youghal

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.

The winner was Donal Domeney with a fish of 68 cm.
Thanks to for sponsoring this competition, and to the Walter Raleigh Hotel for hosting the registration and prizegiving. Irish Cod Champion 2018 Donal Domeney SAI SAC: Cod 68 cms Irish Cod Champion 2018
Donal Domeney SAI SAC: Cod 68 cms

Overall Match Rules Winner

Noel Fogarty Raheny SAC 14 fish 533 Points

Noel Fogarty
Noel Fogarty

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.

Next year’s all Irelands

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.