WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP BOAT QUALIFIERS
Lough Ree, Lanesborough/Ballyleague
Lough Ree & the River Shannon
The qualifiers will be held over the following three weekends;
Saturday 2nd July and Sunday 3rd July
Saturday 6th August and Sunday 7th August
Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st August
The entry fee is €50/£40 per weekend or €25/£20 per day. Monies raised go to the team fund to cover their expenses.
Anglers may fish as many or as few of the qualifiers they wish.
To take a part you must be a member of any NCFFI affiliated club or a member of the NCFFI Predator Club and hold an Irish or UK & Northern Ireland passport. One non-passport holder will be accepted on the team providing he/she has been residing in Ireland for more than five years. Non members may join the NCFFI Predator Club on the day for £20 or €25 annual membership or the loal Lough Ree Angling Hub. We request that anglers bring along their NCFFI membership cards for inspection.
This qualifier will be fished to FIPS-ed rules .
Anglers will fish in pairs for pike and perch only which will be measured and returned immediately to the water. One point will be awarded per cm for pike and perch and summed up to the square cm per fish. i.e. A pike of 76cm in length will equal 5776 points and a perch 27cm in length will equal 729 points
The ranking shall be made based on the points obtained (expressed in square cm), and by summing up the square of the length of each fish caught by the two anglers making up the pair. The pair with the highest number of points will be awarded 1 penalty point, 2nd 2 and so on. The penalty points will be added together for the six qualifiers and the top 2 eligible pairs (4 anglers) will be selected for the 2016 team. Where not eligable (i.e. a non-passport holder has already been selected*) it will default to the next eligible angler.
You may fish one or all of the qualifiers but by attending all of them you will have a great chance of making the team. In the case of absence at one or more the pair(s) will receive last position for the day and will be awarded the lowest postion and penalty points based on the number of pairs who took part plus 1. i.e. if there are 10 pairs in attendance that day the absent pair(s) will receive 12 penalty points to take forward to the next round.
Should you be selected for the team you agree that you can attend the championships and practice events as required and can partake in travel overseas understanding that some costs will be at your own expense over and above the funding provided to the team by the NCFFI.
*FIPS-ed rules currently state only the one non-passport holder per team. Ireland did however submit a pair in 2013 which was accepted and these two anglers are no longer allowed to fish for their home country; the situation is therefore being reviewed by FIPS.
Download the entry form here and send completed version by email to email@example.com or post to:
Colin Rutherford, 32 Derryclone Gardens, Portadown, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland BT62 3TR
- Anglers fish in pairs on a boat.
- Boats must be in suitable condition and checked for any pollution discharge
- All fish are measured, recorded and returned to the water immediately
- Hooks on lures must not be baited in any way
- Only artificial lures made of steel, wood, rubber and plastic may be used. “Fly” “aquatic larvae” (nymphs, buzzers etc.) imitations are not allowed. Any type of natural bait such as fur, feather,(dressed hooks on spinners), natural skin, will not be allowed.
- Each Pair must provide a steward (over 18) to accompany another competing pair to measure & record fish caught [unless otherwise stated].
- Ground baiting is prohibited
- Fish finders may be used
- Foul hooked fish may not be measured
- Boats shall remain a minimum distance of 50 metres apart while fishing
- Only pike and perch will count
- Trolling is not permitted
- Each boat must carry a landing net and unhooking pliers/ forceps.
- Competitors may carry and assemble as many rods as they wish, but they are allowed to use only one rod at the time.
- The length of the rods is limited to 2.75meters/ 9 feet.
- All fishing starting/finishing times must be strictly followed.
- Anglers are not allowed to enter the water.
- Fish played after the ending signal sounds don’t count- even if it’s hooked before signal.
- In the event of adverse weather conditions the competition must be cancelled or moved to a safer location. If deemed suitable then the anglers are responsible for their own personal safety.
- Lifejackets must be worn by all onboard.
- All vessels should include a minimum of one experienced boatsman.
- All competitors must be made aware of the ‘14 steps to safe boating’ www.iws.ie
- To protect our waterways and ensure the prevention of the spread of invasive species boats, trailers and equipment should be inspected and cleaned. Visit the recommended guidelines for disinfection here
Any breach of the rules 2, 10, 13, 14, 15, 18 will result with a warning and 1 point reduction from the leg/ round. Two warnings will result in immediate disqualification. Any breach of the rules 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 11, 12, 16, 19 will results in immediate disqualification