Monika All Ireland Champion

Several members, committee members and junior anglers of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club made the long journey to Co.Cavan last week to fish the coveted All Ireland Championships.

The junior anglers fished their match on the Saturday 23rd July whilst the senior and lady anglers fished on Sunday 24th July on the picturesque lake in Killyshandra. All the junior anglers in attendance struggled on the day due to the very high sun and very little cloud cover. Graiguecullen based junior angler Lewis Parr came fifth overall in a very gruelling match.

Methods on the day used included the Pole, feeder rod and float rod with the feeder being the main choice of the day.

The senior sections fished on Sunday were indeed busy with well over a hundred anglers in attendance on several different sections. Methods used in the senior sections were similar to that used by the junior anglers the day before with most of the anglers opting for the (Tip) Feeder method. The winning weight overall was around 10Kg whilst the other sections were only producing average 1 - 2 Kg bags of fish.

Monika from Carlow won the ladies All Ireland Championship trophy and hopes now to go on and participate in the coaching programme ran by the Angling Council of Ireland along with several lady members of the Carlow Coarse Angling Club. The Carlow CAC are very proud to have the New All Ireland Ladies Champion as a member of their club and wish her all the best.

If any one has any enquiries as regards the Carlow Coarse Angling Club or indeed coarse angling on the river Barrow in and around Carlow please do not hesitate to contact Gerry mcstraw on 085 2844566 or e-mail [email protected], the Carlow cac are affiliated to the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and have seven fully trained Angling Council of Ireland coaches who donate their time to the club for free. The club will also be running workshops within the coming months to help train others how to enjoy the art of coarse angling.