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EFSA, Irish Winter Shore Angling Festival 2012

The 24th EFSA Ireland Winter Shore Angling Festival will take place on the east facing beaches of Co. Wexford over three days from the 26th – 28th January, 2012. Attracting the cream of sea match angling talent from both the United Kingdom and Ireland, headquarters will be Sean Og’s Holiday complex, Kilmuckridge, Co. Wexford, where accommodation can also be reserved through the competition organisers.

Competitors in the EFSA Irish Winter Beach Festival 2011 fish Mauricecastle strand.

Competing for an individual first prize of €500.00, there will also be two and four man competitions, and optional pools to include a superpool plus longest round and flatfish for each day of competition. Trophy’s will be presented for first, second, and third place overall and there will be a 100% payout. Entry fee to include a presentation dinner is €150.00, further details and entries to: Warren Doyle, 98 Seacrest, Bray, Co. Wicklow, Ireland. Ph: +353 (0)1.2828769. Mob: +353 (0)86 806 9961 (evenings only). Email:

Sea match angler Ian Knight with a triple header from Clone strand, Co. Wexford.

Maddies, whites, lug, wraps, and razor clam if the sea is rough are the baits to use and fish to expect are flounder, dab, whiting, rockling, and codling, with maybe an odd bass. The beaches generally fished are Clone, Mauricecastle, Courtown north, and Donaghmore, however the venues eventually chosen are based on prevailing weather conditions which adds to the challenge of the event.

Match angler Joe Byrne of the Courtown Sea Angling Centre competing in the 2011 EFSA Winter Beach Festival.

The likes of well known UK based match anglers Alan Yates and Chris Clarke have dominated the event in recent years, although the gap is closing with top Irish match anglers such as Joe Byrne and Dave Roe giving the UK internationals a run for their money, Dave with three section wins getting one over on Chris by taking first prize in 2011.

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