The National Course Fishing Federation of Ireland report from this years’ All Ireland Youth Feeder Fishing Championships that were hosted in the Lower River Bann and Mid Ulster Council’s newly enhanced facility. Young anglers from across Ireland participated in this event to showcase their skills at this method. Awards on the day were split into two categories: Under 15’s and Under 25’s. This drew a mix of ages that fit under both categories. The participants were supported by the International Feeder Team Manager and NCFFI Youth Officer, Brenton Sweeney along with members of the East Belfast Angling Club.
In Portglenone at the new ‘bridge’ section the pegs located there produced weights of roach and some perch from a fast river running almost clear. The Under 15 Youth International, Charlie Richards has a top weight on the day with 3.990kg to win the U15 category. Jay Taylor was in second place with a weight of 1.820kg and in third place came Harry Speers with a weight of 1.440kg. Angler Paddy Connolly from Erne won the U25 category with a weight of 2.929kg, followed by Jordan Hall with 2.360kg and in third place came Aaron Galbraith with a weight of 2.060kg.
The trophies and medals were presented to the winners along with top prizes that included rods and reels from Tubertini UK Ltd. Overall it was an enjoyable day on the bank with novices joining well experienced participants who hope to be spotted for a place on the Senior Feeder Team. There were some post-match refreshments for all those involved. The licenses and permits were provided with compliments of DAERE Inland Fisheries and The Honourable Irish Society.