Master Angler Boat 2016

Congratulations to David McCormick winner of the IFSA Master Angler Boats Competition at Cork Harbour over the weekend of the 1st to 3rd of July.

The Master Angler Competition pits the winner of each clubs internal league against each other. The master angler winner will be the captain of the world team in the following year. The next 9 anglers, positioned 2nd to 10th qualify for the world team fish off. They join the other 20 anglers qualifying in a ‘Fish Off’ pool from the previous year.The fish off selects the 2nd to 5th members of the World team plus a substitute.



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To our Sponsors, Thank You!

The Seniors, Ladies, Juniors and Youths Irish Federation of Sea Anglers teams, need all the help they can get with travel, accommodation, gear etc. at the Home Nations championships in Norfolk, England. Huge thanks must go to our major sponsors.

Kitty O’Sé’s Bar and Restaurant in Kinsale

Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Strategy for Angling Development (NSAD)

Martin Howlin at Nationwide Baits

All help much appreciated, every euro counts, you can still help out – please donate to our fund it campaign…..

Irish Federation of Sea Anglers's photo.Irish Federation of Sea Anglers's photo.
Inland Fisheries Ireland
Irish Federation of Sea Anglers's photo.
Irish Federation of Sea Anglers's photo.

Jimmy Smith and Maurice Dalton 2016

Connaught Council IFSA report on the results of the Jimmy Smith and Maurice Dalton competitions run by Mullaghmore SAC:

Winner of Jimmy Smith and IFSA Open

Gold Medal Shore Chris O’Sullivan 585 Points

Silver Medal and Winner Zone B Ruary Coleman 541 Points

Bronze Medal and Winner Zone C Aiden O’Halloran 518 Points

 Congratulations Chris O'Sullivan, Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club, winner of the All Ireland Open

Congratulations Chris O’Sullivan, Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club, winner of the All Ireland Open

Winner Zone A Fiachra McKenna 383 Points

Runner Up Zone A Darren Ryan 379 Points

Runner Up Zone B Gordon Hardiman 504 Points

Runner Up Zone C Derek Kenrick 421 Points

Ken Forsythe, Ballybrack SAC, with a fine flounder (36cm)

Ken Forsythe, Ballybrack SAC, with a fine flounder (36cm)

Longest Fish Pool Jack Keegan Flounder 43cm

Jimmy Smith 2016 Zone A

Brian Reidy, Galway Bay Sea Angling Club, with a decent flounder (38cm).

Brian Reidy, Galway Bay Sea Angling Club, with a decent flounder (38cm).

Name Peg Fish cm fish US Fishpoints Total

1 Fiachra McKenna 14 258 25 100 383
2 Darren Ryan 2 259 25 95 379
3 Kevin Barber 5 161 50 95 306
4 Sean Murray 7 178 30 75 283
5 Paul Coady 8 157 30 70 257
6 Kevin Daly 3 185 5 55 245
7 Joe Carley 13 137 30 55 222
8 Brendan Wall 9 77 20 40 137
9 Shane Rochford 4 60 30 45 135
10 Pauric McKenna 10 70 10 30 110
11 Ian Night 6 0
12 Paul Scanlon 11 0
13 DNF 1
14 DNF 12

Luke Melly with a flounder

Luke Melly with a flounder

Jimmy Smith 2016 Zone B

Name Peg Fish cm fish US Fishpoints Total
1 Ruary Coleman 24 421 15 105 541
2 Gordon Herdam 25 429 0 75 504
3 Cian Egan 28 385 5 95 485
4 Jack Keagan 27 385 10 85 480
5 Brian Reidy 17 299 30 100 429
6 Paul Whealan 21 315 15 80 420
7 Mick Mullane 23 254 40 95 389
8 Ken Forsythe 18 310 5 70 385
9 Paul Tyndell 19 203 10 55 268
10 Ian Daly 16 249 30 80 259
11 Eugene Andrews 20 120 10 35 165
12 Brian Bergin 22 33 5 15 53
13 DNF 15 0
14 DNF 26 0

Jimmy Smith winner, Chris O'Sullivan, Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club with Boris Siegel, Mullaghmore Sac and Connaught Council IFSA

Jimmy Smith winner, Chris O’Sullivan, Tralee Bay Sea Angling Club with Boris Siegel, Mullaghmore Sac and Connaught Council IFSA

Jimmy Smith 2016 Zone C

Name Peg Fish cm fish US Fishpoints Total
1 Chris O’Sullivan 33 430 30 125 585
2 Aiden o’Halloran 40 403 15 100 518
3 Derek Kenrik 30 271 45 115 421
4 Stephen o’Donovan 34 263 30 90 383
5 Sean Ivory 42 291 0 70 361
6 Jonny Snoddy 32 189 45 95 329
7 Raymond McCann 35 232 10 60 302
8 Sam Sterling 31 222 5 60 287
9 Mary Hyland 29 193 10 60 263
10 Stephen Glynn 39 153 10 45 208
11 John Shiells 41 60 15 30 105
12 Ed Kilroy 36 44 10 20 74
13 John Marshall 37 0
14 Joe Byrne 38 0

Evan Ryan, longest fish junior, sponsored by Sean Carty

Evan Ryan, longest fish junior, sponsored by Sean Carty

Maurice Dalton competition 2016

Name Peg Fish cm fish US Fishpoints Total
Luke Melly M1 139 40 80 259
Evan Ryan M3 126 25 55 206
Seán Cushen M4 146 40 80 266

 Jack Melly, Courtown SAC, winner of Maurice Dalton

Seán Cushen, Courtown SAC, winner of Maurice Dalton

Go Fishing…

Connaught Council IFSA


Phone: 098-45723    Mobile: 087-6338221  Email:

Connaught Council of the Federation caters for boat & shore fishing within the province for all age groups & abilities .

Connaught IFSA - Surf

Findlater, Interprovincials, HN boat 2017

Congratulations to Paddy Swan on winning the Findlater (All Ireland Open boat) on 14th of May. Also congratulations to Pat Shortt on winning the Shalimar trophy for Lady anglers. Leinster won the interprovincials on home ground in Wexford.

Congratulations to Pat Swan, Liam Ocallaghan, John Dennehy, Brian Whelan, Graham Garvey and Dan Lynch on making the Home Nations Boat team (for 2017) on the 15th of May in Wexford.

Well done all. Result sheets attached below

Provincial Teams final

results Kilmore 1 sunday

results Kilmore 1

Leinster boat league 2016

Leg one took place yesterday, 17th April in Kilmore Quay.  43 fished, 1 from Ulster, 2 from Munster and 40 from Leinster.  Conditions were ideal and fishing was fairly good considering it was the first of the season.  A good mixture of wrasse, cuckoo wrasse, pollock, coalie, cod, whiting, dabs, pouting and ling were caught, and one lucky boat had a black bream & bass. Dates and venues for next 5 legs are included in the attachment. 2016 Leinster Boat League


IFSA and Galway Bay SAC make a wish

Galway Bay Sea Angling Club and the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers were delighted to present an honorary membership of Team Ireland, to Oisín Kennedy. Oisín an avid angler from Mayo, had just made his way, first via helicopter, then limousine from Westport to Galway Atlantaquaria. Looking at all the different species of fish and talking about baits, Oisín knew his stuff and could wear his team Ireland polo shirt with pride. His family, friends, classmates along with Make-A-Wish Ireland team could see his wish had come through with the huge smile on his face.

Inland Fisheries Ireland calls on anglers to support bass conservation

Inland Fisheries Ireland, IFI has issued an appeal to bass anglers preparing for the season ahead to get involved in collecting information on bass in Irish waters for the National Bass Programme (NBP).

In Ireland we have had preventative measures in place for the protection of Bass since the late 90’s. In order to continue with valuable research we ask our sea anglers to please support this survey to collect information on the bass in our waters.

If you catch a bass with a yellow tag, or a fouled tag, please don’t remove it from the fish. Simply clean the tag and note the tag code (e.g. B-00001). If possible take the length and weight of the fish, and five scales from behind the pectoral fin, before you release the fish alive. Please send us the details, along with the date and location and your name and phone number by email or call IFI on 01-8842600. Information on the original bass tagging location and date will be provided to everybody who reports details to the IFI

The programme was established by IFI to collect data on bass to provide scientific advice to support management and conservation of Ireland’s bass resource. Bass anglers, as citizen scientists, have been collecting information for the NBP since 2013, thereby supporting bass stock assessment and increased understanding of the biology and ecology of bass in Irish waters.

To date, over 750 bass have been tagged and 3,000 adult bass scale samples have been collected. Scales are used to determine the age and growth rate of bass, while tagging provides information on migrations and habitat use. The likelihood of additional recaptures is increasing with greater numbers of tagged fish at sea. Tagging results so far have shown that bass were recaptured generally within a few kilometres of their original capture site but some have travelled up to 38 kilometres. Time at liberty has ranged from three to 298 days. By checking all bass for tags and reporting recaptures, anglers will help to discover additional information regarding movements of Irish bass.

Dr. Cathal Gallagher, Head of Research and Development, said: “Ireland has always been a pioneer in terms of bass conservation and is showing progressive thinking in bass management by using the expert knowledge of anglers to collect information that would otherwise not be obtainable. We call on anybody interested in promoting bass conservation to contact IFI for information on how to get involved. All support is much appreciated.

Dr. Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland, added: “Bass is an extremely important and valuable marine sport angling species in Ireland. It is a particularly valuable national resource, contributing €71 million to the Irish economy annually and supporting over 1,200 jobs nationally.

Bass is an angling-only species so it is important that anglers, as guardians and custodians of this iconic sportfish, contribute information to support conservation orientated management. Some anglers are using voluntary logbooks to provide information on catches, angling effort, fish sizes and methods used. Scale sampling packs and logbooks are available from IFI and feedback on scales received will be provided to individual anglers outlining fish age, the year it was spawned and its growth rate.”

Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) has a dedicated email address to enable members of the public to report details on caught bass or to request information on how to support the National Bass Programme – IFI can also be contacted by phone on 01-8842600 during office hours.

2014 Martin Halley Memorial Cup

Martin Halley Memorial
Open Shore Competition
Saturday November 29 th 2014

Tramore Beach, Co. Waterford.
Fishing    4pm – 8pm
Overall Winner €300
3 Zones – 2 Prizes per Zone
Overall winner will not be a Zone Winner

Optional Pool €10  …… 100% Payout.      50% Longest Roundfish/50% Longest Flatfish.

Check In at O’Shea’s Hotel, Tramore until 3pm.

Pre Entry Fee €20.

Juveniles (U16) must fish with an adult – Double Peg. 1 Juvenile Prize.

Bed & Breakfast available at O’Shea’s Hotel. Tel.051381246

Kindly Sponsored by John O’Brien, Waterford Angling & Outdoor Centre.

Return Entry with Name, Club, IFSA No. & Entry Fee by Wednesday Nov 26th  to:
Declan Flanagan, 3 Aldergrove, Mount Pleasant, Waterford,  Mob 0876103031/0862656308

Tralee Bay Sac, Competition Report and Results, Blennerville 9th November

With all the talk of big tides and no fish the competition in Blennerville ended up being one of the best catch wise for Tralee Bay this year.

72 fish caught in total with 99% of them being flounders. The fish didn’t turn out to be monsters but the competition proved that old traditions and experience were 100% right on the day.
The majority of the fish were caught with the coming tide and the fishing slacked completely off with the turn of the tide. I have personally always been told to fish the channels and on the day the low numbers peg wise would prove to be vital. Phil ‘Master Angler” Ord had 16 fish in peg one and Chris ‘Atlantic Tackle’ O Sullivan had 12 alongside Phil in peg 3.
These pegs are always the best to get and the fish seem to congregate in front of this mark, locally called the chair. The main channel is right in front of the chair but this is no fluke because both Phil and Chris still had to catch the fish and no better anglers to do so…

The catches were sporadic along the bank but there was some good catches all the way down to peg 20. Aidan Halloran again proved his worth with 10 fish, David O Sullivan had 7 fish and Shane McMahon had 7 also. Some pegs found it difficult and some of the frustration got to anglers as they left early but the some of the anglers that stayed on continued to catch.
I found the fishing to be mighty all the way to the turn of the tide and after that the fish just seemed to disappear. The results prove again that experience is really important in this now very, very competitive angling club. We all want to win and with new recruits this year like James Allman and Shane McMahon, the master angler places are simply getting harder to achieve.
Colm McDaid and Aidan O Halloran were both in attendance also at Blennerville and I was personally delighted to see these two fine anglers…

Altogether there was 18 anglers at the comp and with a few missing dedicated anglers, Tralee Bay SAC still proves to be one the most well attended and best known clubs in Ireland.
We have recently had a committee meeting and we have set a date for the club AGM which will be on in the meeting section of the Greyhound Bar on the 5th of December @ 8:30pm. If anglers have opinions and aspects of the club that they wish to talk about and motions to put forward then this is the place.
I keep telling people this, that at the venue is not the place to be discussing club decisions and arguing about tides or club members. We have an AGM every year to air all this and we discussed at the committee meeting last friday week, that we want more people to get on board with the committee to help, if they feel there opinion is valid. If people are serious about the overall future of the club and they feel the club is not living up to there expectations then please take time to write down your opinions and put them forward at the AGM.
I seen a recent comment on another Facebook page about wingeing and arguing at clubs being the majority attitude at clubs and to be honest for me that couldn’t be further from the truth. I have made great friends and I believe, I have come on 100 times as respect to my angling, and still I am no where the best anglers. Tralee Bay SAC has been a very enjoyable experience for me in these two short years and there is no way i will leave a personal opinions or ‘Bitching” destroy that for me.
Also Tralee Bay SAC would like to thank Anthony Foley for making new pegs for the club and I look forward to pegging the venues with him over the next year and if anybody in the future has a problem with the pegging of the venue come to me or Anthony….

Next club comp is 22nd Novmeber @ Inch Beach from 5pm to 9pm….

Inch beach should be a cracker with the coming tide and it will be mostly fishing in the dark which will definitely add to the catches. When you think about it what other club in the country has the venues we get the fish at week in, week out?

Tight Lines…




1ST, Phil Ord, 464 points
2ND, Chris O Sullivan, 314 points
3RD, Aidan O Halloran, 248 points


1ST, Eoin Foley, 32 points,
1ST, Finn Healy, 32 points
3RD, Paddy McMahon, 31 points




Daniel Brosnan, 33 flounder


Draw, No Round caught