The NCFFI reports that anglers were delighted to be back for Fermoy Spring Angling festival last week after the long break.

Winner of the 2022 Festival is Cedric Baldwin with 38lb 10ozs for the three days, Cedric also won the last festival in 2019. In second place was Neil Richards with 32lb 12ozs and in third Malcom Nicholson with 32lb 2ozs.

Fermoy winner
Cedric Baldwin with Brian Enwright of The Cross Bar.

The River Blackwater fished reasonably well for the anglers. Dale Malpas won the first day with a great weight of 18lb 8oz at Castlehyde, the water was low and gin clear. By Wednesday and after some rain the river had risen by 5″ and the top weight went to Dave Crawford with 13lb 10oz also at Castlehyde. The fishing improved a little for the final day, Friday as the extra water had dropped out and the Meadows produced a top weight of 16lb 8ozs for Ian Dawson.

The pairs during the festival was won by Steve Skelton and Dave Crawford with combined weight of 61lb 2ozs

Two separate competitions were run on the intermittent days. Russ Jones won the River Blackwater with 15lbs 4ozs and Dale Malpas 26.740kg on Inniscarra Lake.

table of scores

Fermoy AC would like to thank the main sponsor Brian & Siobhan Enwright of The Cross Bar. Also, sponsors The Wagon Tavern, TJ Goodtymes and the Avondhu Bar. We thank our land and fishery owners at Castlehyde & Rathealy and Fermoy Game Fishing, Chris (Kipper) O’Donavan and the Wheelie Boat for getting tackle to the section on the Meadows. We would especially like to thank all accommodation providers in Fermoy at this time for the festival as this would not be possible without them.

We also thank the anglers who continue to support our angling festivals and our town.

Go fishing

Coarse fishing on the River Blackwater

National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, NCFFI

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, NCFFI has been representing coarse angling in Ireland since 1962, the federation was formed by a group of angling clubs who foresaw the need for governance and a presence on the international match scene. The founding clubs were Fermoy AC, Prosperous AC, Cavan AC, Royal Enfield CAC and Ballinamore AC who were at this time facilitating the huge numbers of visiting anglers coming to match fish working hard to promote angling tourism which continues today.

Coarse angling in Ireland is closely linked to tourism due to the fine selection of natural venues from the North to the South of the island utilised by anglers from home and overseas. Domestic championships have as a result always been open to the visiting angler and the festivals run by our clubs continue to attract large numbers from overseas.  For details of future events please visit

Fermoy Coarse Angling Association

Fermoy coarse angling club logo

Fermoy, Co. Cork

Contact: Tommy Lawton
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