The Inaugural Irish Smooth Hound Championships takes place on Saturday 22nd in the Kilgorman area of County Wexford.

It will be hosted  by Sea Angling Ireland SAC with the support of and Inland Fisheries Ireland.
The Golden Anchor will host the check-in and prize giving ceremony.

The angler that catches the largest Smooth Hound will receive a perpetual trophy, a large cash prize, and the title of Irish Smooth Hound Champion.

The match will be run on a catch and return basis, with  fish measured and returned to the sea as they are caught.

The Smooth Hound, a sleek predator and miniature shark, is common in Irish waters.  It can grow > 10 kilos (25 lbs) and is usually found over sand.  It offers great sport and lives up to its name with exhilarating and sustained runs…  If you want to catch a Smooth Hound (known as a “smut” for short) the beaches of south Wicklow and  Wexford are a key mark for fishing from the shore.  Smooth Hounds hunt in packs and as a consequence of this, you can go for hours without a bite and then have an hour of frantic activity that then stops in an instant. Peeler crab is the preferred bait. These are crabs that have begun the process of shedding their shells as they grow.

JUNE - Dean Quigley could rewrite the record books with this incredible 24.85lb smoothhound which is our Catch of the Week
The Irish record is a fish of  11.27 kg caught in  South Wexford by Dean Quigley – will it be challenged at the Irish Smooth hound championships

The Irish record is a fish of  11.27 kg caught in  South Wexford by Dean Quigley.

For further details email [email protected]

Entries by Friday 21st to:
John Diamond
Mobile: 087-7413964
Email: [email protected]


JP Molloy
Mobile: 087-2861669