The Irish Federation of Pike Angling clubs held its junior all Ireland final Saturday on the Dromore system at Baird shore . Weather conditions eased of which turned out to be a fine day for both angling and the kids to enjoy it . Forty-seven young enthusiastic anglers turned up catching 50 pike . The biggest one on the day falling to young Jamie Hunter of Newbridge weighing 7lb 9ozs .
We had 16 under 18s which is a great sign to come for our sport and these your lads and women had no problem catching 40 of the 50 pike caught on the day .
We had 18 under 13s and 13 under 8s .
In the team event it was dominated by a newly formed club this year Whitewood PAC , who claimed 1st and 2nd spot . These young anglers are brought out regularly and consistently show their skills at our sport and showed it on the day.
Results were as follows.
1st Whitewood team A . Alex kiernan, Eoin Sheenan, Brian Kiernan and Declan Rooney 22 fish for 38lb 2 ozs.
2nd Whitewood Team B . Adam McCabe ,Sean Wakeley ,Charley McCormack and Ciaran Reilly 16 fish for 31 lb 8ozs .
3rd Newbridge A: Ollie Whiteley, Cian Dunne, Rocko Morgan and Jamie Hunter 3 fish for 12 lb 11ozs .
In the individual under 18s the winner was Alex kiernan, Whitewood Pac 9 fish for 20-9 . Well done to Alex on his win .
2nd place Declan Rooney Whitewood PAC 9 fish for 17-6 and
3rd place Sean Wakeley Whitewood PAC 8 fish for 14-2
In the under 13s the winner was Jamie hunter of Newbridge with 1 fish 5-2 well done on your win young man .
2nd place Ollie Whiteley of Newbridge 1 fish for 5-2 and
3rd Shannon Gumley of north Longford pike anglers with 1 fish for 4-13 .
In the under 8s: The winner on the day was young Scott Craney from Newry with 2 fish for 2-7 well done on your win young man .
2nd was Lucy Murray from Cootehill 1 fish for 2-5 and
3rd went to Liam Cullen from Newbridge with 1 fish for 1-6.
I’d like to sign of the year with a few thanks to a few people first to Tommy Coffey who helped out this year and took over 1 of the kids competitions . Thanks also to all our senior pike anglers last year at our final who raised €500 to put towards the kids this year . Another big thanks goes to Dave up in Southside Angling for his continued support and for all the fishing tackle this year . A huge thanks to Big Pat Sheenan who yet again pulled out all the stops and done a fantastic BBQ for all the kids and parents on Saturday. Pat has been doing this as far back as when I was fishing in the juniors fair play to him . I’m looking forward to even more kid’s competitions next year and we will try and get the ball rolling earlier on on the year . Thanks to all the kids that fished our comps this year . Junior officer Jody kiernan .