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 Post subject: 2018 Junior National Pike Championships
PostPosted: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:56 pm 

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The 2018 Junior National Pike Championships will consist of a number of qualifying competitions and a Final which will be held on Saturday 15th September at a venue to be decided. ENTRY TO ALL QUALIFYING COMPETITIONS WILL BE FREE AND ARE OPEN TO ALL. We would encourage as many as possible pikers to bring along their sons/daughters for a fun day out. We need to get more young anglers out fishing. The organisers, the Irish Federation of Pike Angling Clubs, have allocated €3,000 towards youth angling in 2018 and we intend to spend every cent of it.
There will three sections - Under 8, Under 13 and Under 18. The top 3 anglers from each category in each qualifying competition will win trophies and qualify to fish in the final to compete for Cups, trophies and tackle prizes.
We would ask clubs with junior members to organise qualifying competitions. I.F.P.A.C. will provide three trophies for the top 3 anglers in each section for each of your competitions. If your club can organise a qualifying competition please contact either of our Junior Officers Andrius on 085 8123333 or Brendan on 086 6010272.
In addition to club qualifying competitions I.F.P.A.C. will host 3. They will be held as follows
Saturday 23rd June Barnagrow lake off the Shercock/Canningstown Road. Check in at the lakeside car park from 9-30 to 10-30 for fishing 11 to 3.
Saturday 21st July Mentrim Lake, off the N52. Check in at the lakeside car park from 9-30 to 10-30 for fishing 11 to 3.
Saturday August 18th Milltown Lake outside Shercock on the R178.Check in at the lakeside from 9-30 to 10-30 for fishing 11 to 3.
There will be a free Barbi at the final and maybe at a qualifier or two.
At the Final there will also be a 4 member team challenge. Any junior angler can take part in this as you dont have to have qualified to fish in the team event.
In the past there have been issues in regard to how much assistance a parent can give. This can be a tricky issue but below is a rough summary of the rules
Under 8 - parent can cast out and then give the rod to the young angler to reel in. If the child hooks a pike the parent can give assistance in bringing in the pike. We want to try to encourage youngsters from an early age and they need help and encouragement.
Under 13 - parent can cast out if necessary and hand the rod to the child. If the child hooks a pike they should be encouraged to try to play the fish as much as possible but assistance can be given if needed
Under 18 - these young anglers should be able to fish and land a fish and should be encouraged to do so. If they hook a decent sized pike and need some assistance it can be given especially if the pike is in weed.
Under no circumstances should an adult angler fish and hand the rod back to the junior once the adult has hooked a pike.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Junior National Pike Championships
PostPosted: Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:27 pm 

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JUNIOR PIKE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Only 7 young anglers attended today`s Junior National Pike Championships qualifying competition on Barnagrow lake near Shercock in County Cavan. This was a very disappointing turnout.
Weather conditions were not good for pike fishing, a hot sunny day. Only one pike was caught today and the lucky angler was Domas Barkausas of the Mentrin & District Angling Club. It weighed in at 4-07.
The next Junior qualifying competition will be held on Mentrim Lake (near Drunconrath) on Saturday 21st July
For more details contact Andrius on 085 8123333 or Brendan on 086 6010272.


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