Ireland’s aspiring feeder anglers from across the provinces took part in the All-Ireland Youth Feeder Championships on Saturday 28th October. It was fantastic to see new faces turnout with 19 young men and women representing clubs across the island fishing two matches for the U15’s and U25’s. The eager anglers were met with a bright day at Annaghierin Lake in County Cavan, chosen for its ease of accessibility, but the fishing was tough. The two groups fished for mostly roach, some perch and the bonus skimmer.
The U15 champion of 2023 is Markas Cmukas who proudly received his trophy for his 1.350kg winning weight. Runner-up for the second-year running was Jack Norris with 1.050kg and in third Tiernan O’Brien with 0.950kg.
The U25 champion of 2023 is former U20 World Champion Float Fishing, Charlie Richards who picked up the trophy for his top weight of 5.600kg and 88 fish mostly roach with a few skimmers late in the day. James O’Doherty in second place had mostly small roach for 4.800kg whereas Sarunas Zenkovas managed a few skimmers for third place with 3.975kg.
NCFFI International Feeder Manager Brenton Sweeney says:- “It was good to see a healthy number of young anglers fishing a feeder match in both the U15 and U25 categories. The fishing was tough and hard on some of the younger anglers new to fishing unstocked venues, but an enjoyable day was had all round. Thank you to all who took part, help from senior anglers and the parents who made it possible for the U15’s to come. With a call out for anglers interested in the new U25 World Feeder Championships it was also great opportunity for me to observe the techniques on the bank.”
The top three anglers in each category were rewarded with medals and a selection of tackle prizes. Not everyone caught but all went home happy with a selection of goodies for their next fishing experience. In addition, a draw took place for the U15’s who didn’t make the top 3 and James Wellwood won a 6m whip donated by Niall McKitterick, Browning Fishing Ireland
World Championship Float Teams
Expressions of interest are open for those wishing to apply for a place on the World Championship Float Teams U15, U20 and U25 and Feeder U25. Young anglers are encouraged to put their names forward even if they don’t feel comfortable at this level they can be included in future events. Register at www.ncffi.ie/teamireland (closes 01 November.)