Irish Marine Recreational Angling survey (IMREC)

Improve management of stocks and conservation efforts –

Call for Sea Anglers in Ireland to Participate in National Survey

The survey will help gain insight into sea angling in Ireland

and contribute toward securing its future

Thursday, 4th of June 2020:  Inland Fisheries Ireland is looking to gather information from all Irish sea anglers through an online survey as part of a new programme – the Irish Marine Recreational Sea Angling Survey (IMREC) . The findings of the survey will help inform the larger project with the overall aim being to improve the management of stocks and support conservation efforts thereby contributing to increasing the availability of fish to sea anglers in the future. For more information about IMREC, visit where you can learn more, including a full FAQ guide.

This online survey seeks to collect information on the behaviours, attitudes and catch preferences of all Irish sea anglers. This information will feed into the IMREC project where it will be analysed by researchers. Inland Fisheries Ireland has established this new programme which will give a clear picture of how fishing activities relate to stock levels. This work is funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

Dr Cathal Gallagher, Head of Research and Development at Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “We know that there are approximately 126,000 sea anglers in Ireland and we hope that they will help us to find out how often people go fishing, what they catch and what they release. Sea angling is an important activity here in Ireland and we want to ensure the future of marine fisheries resource.

The data collected will help us to make informed decisions on how to best estimate sea angling catches in Ireland. This catch data will inform management decisions and will prevent the use of worst case scenarios, which can happen when there is a degree of uncertainty surrounding information.”

The survey will take approximately 10-20 minutes to complete and participants will receive an Angling Ireland neck buff and line clipper for taking part. Participants will also have a chance of winning one of three sets of tackle vouchers for a fishing shop of your choice (1st prize €200, 2nd prize €150, 3rd prize €100). You can participate in the survey by visiting the following link:

Postponement of ALL FIPS-M Championships 2020 until 2021

Official Statement concerning the postponement of all FIPS-M Championships 2020 until 2021

Luxembourg, 2nd April 2020

Dear Presidents,
Dear Secretaries,
Dear friends,

The Covid-19 pandemic paralyzed economics, social contacts and exchanges worldwide and forced governments to take exceptional but absolutely necessary measures. Many major sporting events like e.g. the Summer Olympics, major tennis tournaments, cycling races and many other events have been postponed until next year.

At this time, no one can predict the course of the disease in the world and the general end of this scourge. The time and procedure for the gradual resumption of a normal situation with known habits and freedoms, for example to work, exchange or travel are uncertain.

Faced with these uncertainties, the National Federations, organizers of the World Championships this year, find themselves unable to organize championships in correct conditions and without risks. Similarly, the other Federations hesitate to register their national teams, not to mention the participants who do not want, or cannot, take financial or health risks for themselves or their relatives.

The health of everyone must be our first priority and I refer to the words of the Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres, who said that the Covid-19 pandemic was the greatest challenge since the Second World War and that only the solidarity that will make it possible to overcome this virus. So, it’s only together and united that we can look to the future.

All these facts and reflections have brought the FIPS-M Board to make the difficult decision, to postpone ALL the 2020 Championships by one year, to 2021.

The FIPS-M international calendar will be moved by one year.

The secretary will contact all the 2020 organizers to discuss the feasibility of this arrangement.

While thanking you for your understanding, the FIPS-M Board wishes you much courage in this difficult situation. Let us gather our strengths and our energies for the resumption of our activities in 2021. Stay everyone in good health!

Gilbert Zangerlé
President FIPS-M

ALL FIPS-M championships that were scheduled before September 2020 are postponed to a later date.

Please see letter from the President.

Fixtures 2020

IFSA CAST Scheme Promo

Flyer 2019 Shore Master Angler

Irish Federation of Sea Anglers

Master Angler Shore Championships


Hosted by

Connacht Provincial Council

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, October 4th/5th/6th

I.F.S.A. Master Angler Shore 2019

Congratulations on qualifying to represent your club in the premier shore angling event in Ireland, the

We trust you will enjoy your participation in the Championship and wish you luck. The winner will captain the team to represent Ireland at the 2020 World Shore Angling Championships in France.

Anglers placed 2nd to 11th positions will compete in a fish-off with the top twenty anglers on the selection panel, the 2018 Master Angler winner, winner of the All-Ireland Open Shore Championships and the winners of the four Provincial Closed Gold medal Championships. The top five from the fish-off will make up the balance of the team. The fish-off will be held in the Sligo area November 1st, 2nd and 3rd.

Please read the following information carefully

This information circular will assist you with your preparation to attend the Championship.

Your entry has been accepted subject to all documentation being in order.

Tight Lines,

Brian Reidy (Connacht Chair IFSA)

The Event


  • Friday 4th October 2019 – Sunday 6th October 2019


Pier Head Hotel

Mullaghmore Harbour,
County Sligo,

Phone: 00353 71 9166171


Hotel Deals:

  • 2 Nights B&B, €90pps (Single room supplement of €20 per room per night)
  • 1 Night B&B, €45 pps (Single room supplement of €20 per room per night)

If you are making a booking reference the ‘IFSA Master Angler Shore’


  • From 2pm on Friday the 4th of October at the Headquarters

Presentation of awards:

  • Will take place in the HQ on Sunday after 18:00

Family and friends are encouraged and more than welcome to join.

The Championships

  • The Championship will be fished over Three Sessions.

Session One

  • Saturday 5th of October
  • 10:00 –14:00
  • The Exact Venues will be announced closer to the championships when conditions are forecasted.

Session Two

  • Saturday 5th of October
  • 18:00 –22:00
  • The Exact Venues will be announced closer to the championships when conditions are forecasted.

Session Three

  • Sunday 6th of October
  • 10:00 –14:00
  • The Exact Venues will be announced closer to the championships when conditions are forecasted.

Species to be expected

Below is a list of species to be expected on the proposed venues.

Flounder, turbot, dogfish, ray, coalfish, whiting, plaice, rockling, bass, mullet

Proposed Venues

  • Below is a list of proposed venues for the Championships.
  • Venues are subject to change due to conditions arising.
  • The exact venues will be announced closer to the championships when conditions are forecasted.
  • Participants will be informed of any updates/changes as soon as possible.
  • Available to view at the Check-In there will be maps detailing where the fishing venues will be pegged giving reference points or co-ordinates for the First peg of each venue.

For angling or general queries please contact:

John Martin

National Shore Recorder


65 Arbour Heights,



Co. Cork.

P43 WY88.


Tel: 087-2028381


Starting west and moving east and northwards

  1. Enniscrone – 54.211551, -9.100650
  2. Trawee – 54.260976, -8.793605
  3. Dumoran – 54.262901, -8.728062
  4. Strandhill – 54.269196, -8.611153
  5. Rosses Point – 54.310425, -8.570779
  6. Streedagh – 54.405160, -8.560939
  7. Mullaghmore – 54.461154, -8.452062
  8. Tullan – 54.491414, -8.265467
  9. Rossnowlagh – 54.562029, -8.214588


  1. The competition shall be run under I.F.S.A. rules. The competition will be run on a catch and return basis. Anglers must fish from their allocated pegs. The only people allowed on the peg are the stewards and match officials. The only exception to this rule is another angler retrieving a trace or fish. (Within reason).
  2. Minimum fish size for all species is 15cm. except Weavers and Fresh Water Eels. All weavers count as under size fish regardless of their size. Fresh Water Eels are not to be measured and must be returned alive. All Fresh Water Eels will be awarded 25 points + 5 fish points regardless of their size. Mackerel, Sand eel, Trout and Salmon are excluded. Five points will be awarded for each fish landed plus measurement of the fish. The first 10 undersize fish will count. 10 points in total will be awarded for each undersize fish landed. (5 fish points plus 5 size points). Each fish will be measured and 1 point will be awarded for each centimetre the fish measures on the measuring stick, a fish must touch the 15 cm line before it will count. All measurements will be rounded down. The mouth of the fish must be closed when being measured. Dog Fish (L.S.D.) will be awarded 45 points. (5 fish points and 45 measurement points, total = 50 points.) The first L.S.D. must also be measured and this measurement will only count in the event of a tie. Rays will be measured from the tip of the snout to the end of the tail. Conger Eels 15 cm. or over and under 30 cm. 15 points + 5 fish points = 20 points. Conger eels 30 cm. or over and under 100 cm. 35 points + 5 fish points = 40 points. Conger eels 100 cm. or over 95 points + 5 fish points = 100 points.


  1. When a fish is landed the fish must be placed in a bucket containing sufficient water until the measurement is checked. If the fish is sizeable and the size is agreed by the steward, the type of fish plus the measurement of the fish should be recorded on the competitors score card.


  1. Anglers must supply their own baits. There are no bait restrictions. All forms of ground baiting either before or during the competition are forbidden. All baits must be attached only to the hooks.


  1. There is no limit on the number of rods that may be set up to the swivel/clip. Such rods must face away from the sea.


  1. Where wading is permitted, anglers are only allowed to wade out up to their knees to cast and must return to the shore line. At the termination of the match the steward will record the number of fish and size points on the score card. The angler and the steward must sign the score card before the angler leaves the beach. It is the responsibility of the angler to get their match card signed on completion of each session. If an angler fails to sign his match card he has no readdress afterwards. If an angler leaves the beach during match his club will be informed of this after the championship is over.


  1. In the case of a dispute the match card will be signed at the competition weigh-in. Complaints must be made in writing, signed and witnessed and handed into The Match Officer before the weigh-in is completed.


  1. Any angler littering the beach will be disqualified. Please take all your litter off the beach. The Officer of The Day (or the Chief Steward in the absence of The Officer of The Day) has the power to call off or abandon the match at any time during the match in the interest of safety.

The results of the match at the time of the abandonment will count.

Any angler that continues to fish on will be disqualified and their results will not count.

The decision of the committee is final.


  1. Each affiliated club is entitled to enter 1 angler into the championship for every 10 anglers registered with the I.F.S.A. in the previous year. For an angler to partake in the Master Angler Championship they must be a member of a club for the previous and current years. The club must be affiliated and all fees and levies paid and passed on to Central Council.


  1. There will be a minimum of 4 zones in the Master Angler Championship with a maximum of 25 anglers in each zone. 25 points will be awarded for 1st place in each zone; 24 points for 2nd and so on until last place. In the event of an angler recording a blank, the angler will receive half the points they would have received if they had weighed in.


  1. Tie Break – In the event of a tie the following format will apply.

Each Individual Session.

1st Tiebreaker = Number of fish (including undersize fish).

2nd Tiebreaker = Total length of fish (including LSD’s, Eels and all fish awarded points for their length)

3rd Tiebreaker = Length of individual fish (including undersize fish, LSDs and Eels)

4th Tiebreaker = Length of first L.S.D.

Overall Competition:

1st Tiebreaker = Highest individual placings.

2nd Tiebreaker = Total number of fish. (Including undersize fish).

3rd Tiebreaker = Total length of fish. (Including undersize fish, LSDs and Eels)

4th Tiebreaker = Length of individual fish

5th Tiebreaker = Length of L.S.D





The Ladies Master Angler should be set up and run as follows:

  1. The Ladies and Men’s Master Angler Competitions are to be run together over 3 legs on the same weekend. Ladies will no longer be allowed compete in the Men’s event.


  1. Collectively the Competition shall be known as the Master Angler Shore Championships. This title leaves the door open to add a Youth Master Angler if the need arises. Each separate competition title will be as follows:

Irish Federation of Sea Anglers, Ladies Master Angler Shore Championships.

Irish Federation of Sea Anglers, Men’s Master Angler Shore Championships.


  1. The Ladies Master Angler shall be open to all lady anglers who are fully paid up members of the IFSA. Qualification to this competition will be open to all lady members of the IFSA provided that they have participated in their club’s previous years Master Angler.


  1. Entry into the Ladies Master should be same as men’s.


  1. The IFSA National Shore Competitions rules shall apply.


  1. There should be a maximum of 12 anglers per zone, 12 point for 1st place 11 points for 2nd and so on.


  1. The results from the ladies master angler will determine the Irish Ladies World Championship Team. The top 6 angler will make up the team, this should be reviewed by Central Council each year and a decision made on the feasibility of sending a ladies team to the world championships thereafter.


  1. The prizes should be gold, silver and bronze medals and plates for the top 6 anglers. All competing anglers should receive a master angler pin.


Conservation and Environment

The Irish Federation of Sea Anglers promotes responsible angling through its catch and release policy. Any angler wishing to retain a fish must do so in relation to minimum sizes. Taking gear and litter home is a crucial part of this ethos. Not doing so results in disqualification from the competition and the event.

At a broader level we are part of the angling umbrella body, The Angling Council of Ireland, which has an environmental policy –

This body is the national governing body for angling recognised by the government of Ireland and receives funding from Sport Ireland –

Under Sport Ireland the federation is bound to the 7 principles of leave no trace –

The federation is also a member of the European Angling Alliance which is governed by the European Commission  and is represented by the EAA to preserve fish stocks and the interests of all rod and line anglers in Europe and the management of the aquatic environment –

Ireland wins Home Nations boat Gold

It’s Home !
The home Nations Boat Championships 2019 is Fished and Won (Weymouth 15/06/19).
Congratulations again to our super Team of Anglers and Manager.
Dan Lynch, Heiko Dreier, Padraic Clear, Pat Condon, Pat Wright, David Mc Cormick and Manager Liam o Callaghan.
From the 40/50 anglers that turned out to the fundraising fishing competition in Cobh in December and to the all the great companies that supported us with Advertising slots in our annual wall planner , to the companies that sponsored us tackle clothing and lots more . We thank you all!

To compete at this level it takes a lot of time and financial support so with out all of the above support and assistance we would not have been able to succeed.

‘This trophy is for all of you and not just us ‘
Home Nation Boat Team Ireland.

Updated 2019 IFSA fixtures

CIPS Congress May 2nd to 4th Kazakhstan
All-Ireland Youths Boat May 11th Munster
All-Ireland Open Boat May 18th to 19th Connaught
Home Nations Boat June 12th to 16th England
European Float Championships June 17th to 22nd Italy
Home Nations Shore July 5th and 6th Tralee
All-Ireland Open Shore July 13th Leinster
Master Angler Boat July 19th to 21st Killybegs
World Boat Seniors/Youths September 21st to 28th Italy
Master Angler Shore October 4th to 6th Connaught
World (Boat) Qualifying Competition October 11th to 13th Ulster
World Shore Youths October 12th to 19th Italy
World Boat Clubs October 19th to 26th Algarve
World Shore Clubs October 28th to Nov. 4 France
World (Shore) Qualifying Competition November 8th to 10th Sligo Area
National Club Shore Championships Munster?