Youth Team Managers Required

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland is seeking expressions of interest from experienced anglers to lead our Youth Teams to the World Stage in 2018 and beyond.

The current Youth Team Manager, Jack Tisdall will present the teams at the World Youth Angling Championships on Inniscarra Lake this August but his term comes to an end at the end of the year when he will retire from the role. We have therefore taken the opportunity to review the set-up and believe it would be more beneficial for our junior anglers to have a dedicated Manager/Coach for each age group U15, U20 and U25’s.

It’s desirable for applicants to have an understanding of our sport at International level but not essential as you will have the full support of the National Executive and Senior Team Managers. You should hold a coaching certification or be prepared to train and pass Garda Vetting/Access NI checks and will be required to attend meetings, seek sponsorship and submit reports and accounts. This is a volunteer role but finances permitting, overseas team travel is subsidised. Assistance with logistics and administration can be provided by the executive if required. The appointed managers will have full autonomy within the protocols of the NCFFI.

If you think you have what it takes and want to get involved in the future development of our Youth anglers please contact our chairman Der Casey at or tel: 086 056 8430. Interested parties are invited to attend the first round of the qualifiers to be held on the Newry Canal 24/25 June.

The three new Managers would be expected to attend the World Youth Championships in Coachford to oversee the set-up as well as attend the final trials on 16/17 September to select the 2018 teams. Closing date for applications is 31st July.

Predator Team Ireland manager Tomek Kurman reports on the recent lure angling championships in Italy.

 “So, we are back from the 15th FIPS-ed Carnivorous Artificial bait Shore Angling World Championships in Italy. It is a beautiful part of the world with snowy mountains, great forests and crystal clear ice cold rivers.  The River Noce and Vermigliana Stream were the two rivers chosen for the competition both extremely fast flowing waters and conditions we are not used to.  The same river has been used for World Rafting Championships in the past and it was by the far the hardest venue we have experienced. After 2 days in training we knew that competing against the teams who were familiar with the conditions was going to be very tough and we could only but try our best achieving 15th position and last only for Germany. Well done to our top rod Jacek Gorny who managed a healthy 20th place individually and to the rest of the team Lindsay McFadden, David Bowles, Colin Rutherford and Andrew Powell for their attitude throughout and desire to improve & learn.  We were rising at 5am for training and stayed on another two days to take advantage of the venue and gain as much experience as possible for the future so we can stand against those who are currently best in the world.

As predicted the home team were victorious, with the top four individual anglers and taking Team Gold and proved they were way beyond reach for even the reigning world champions, and world class lure team, Slovakia who finished in third.  Ukraine were second.  An outstanding performance from all!

I would like to thank our team delegate- Steven Powell, who was a great help at Captains meetings and for on the spot issues on the ground and to the NCFFI for making the trip possible, without their financial and logistical support we would never have these opportunities.  Finally, thank you to our sponsors Duo Hook, Costa and Vass Waders & Rainwear for their continued support in keeping us equipped for the championships.”

NCFFI Senior Canal Championships

This years championships took place on the Grand Canal at Prosperous over the weekend of the 29th & 30th of April.  A hidden gem of the Leinster Canals the venue produced many roach over a pound with one close to 2lbs and tench up to 4lbs for the competitors. The fishing was patchy in places but the weekend was filled with the usual craic on the bank with fine hospitality from Dowlings at Prosperous.

Congratulations to the winners:-

1st Fint Brennan 19lbs 8oz
2nd Jimmy Kelly 17lbs 5oz
3rd Robert Buick 16lbs 13oz

Thanks to all who attended – numbers were down with just 23 fishing this year perhaps due to the number of events on the calendar these days? Thank you to Waterways Ireland for their continued support.

Watch out for the summer round of festivals on the canals this June and the junior version of this event taking place on Saturday 20th May. For details of these and more visit the Event Calendar here

Full Results

29 & 30April 2017
Day One Day Two OVERALL
Fint Brennan 14 3 5 5 1 19 8
Jimmy Kelly 7 10 9 11 2 17 5
Robert Buick 7 8 9 5 3 16 13
Colin Oliver 11 4 4 11 4 15 15
Sean Ward 12 0 3 3 5 15 3
Alan Larkin 11 9 2 3.5 6 13 12.5
John Connolly 7 14 2 11 7 10 9
Brian Kane 6 2 4 3.5 8 10 5.5
Martin Lenihan 1 8 8 8.5 9 10 0.5
Ron Durkin 7 3 2 6 10 9 9
James Gargan 4 4 4 12 11 9 0
Leo Aungier 8 5 0 5 12 8 10
Shane Kavanagh 3 13 1 15.5 13 5 12.5
Aidan Gill 1 14 3 12.5 14 5 10.5
Pat Gill 2 7 2 5 15 4 12
Harold Pattison 3 8 1 2 16 4 10
Jeff Morrison 2 10.5 0 0 17 2 10.5
Garry Chandler 1 9 1 0 18 2 9
Brian O’Donoghue 0 0 2 8.5 19 2 8.5
Hugh McKernan 1 2 1 0 20 2 2
Kar Woodhouse 1 10 0 0 21 1 10
Billy Ward 1 0 0 0 22 1 0
Noel Jenkins 0 8 0 0 23 0 8

2017 Float Teams

Float Team Manager Vincent Walsh has just returned from a trip to Italy, and a venue visit ahead of the 23rd FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce European Championships.

Next month, along with members Brian Bohan, Phil Walton, Bob Hulme and Tommy Dowd the team will travel to fish the Canal Bianco, a tidal water in North East Italy. Knowing that the water levels can rise and fall during the competition, along with the recent exclusion of the Wels Catfish it will be bream of various sizes that will be the target species and plans are in place for preparation & baits during practise week.

Vincent is also pleased to announce the team who will travel to Belgium in September to represent Ireland at the World Championships. They are:- James Gargan, James O’Doherty, Jordan Hall, Tommy Lawton and Jason Ward.

The two teams are sponsored by Tubertini UK LTD


Michael Creed TD launches WYAC at Inniscarra Lake

Michael Creed TD, minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Cork North West officially launched the FIPS-ed World Youth Angling Championships in Coachford, Co. Cork today.  Anglers and officials, sponsors & partners gathered on the Coachford Greenway in support of this prestigious international fishing event specifically for Youths. 

Minister Creed enthused on the value of the Coachford Greenway to the local community and its economic benefit as an international angling centre of excellence. Der Casey of the National Coarse Fishing Federation thanked the local community groups as well as the sponsors of the event, Cork County Council, Inland Fisheries Ireland, ESB, Cork Convention Bureau and Failte Ireland for their commitment to hosting the championships.   

Inland Fisheries Ireland Suzanne Campion outlined their sponsorship commitment including manpower, safety boats and bio security as well as financial support. Frank Barry ESB commented on the outstanding success of the 2014 championships and their positive impact on the local area. Cllr Gobnait Moynihan representing the Cork County Mayor commented on the importance of this type of event in rural areas and expressed delight that the International angling fraternity was returning to the Cork with such a major tournament. Seamus Heaney Cork Convention Bureau concurred with the positive remark of other speakers and said how happy Failte Ireland was to be afforded the opportunity to be involved again with this event. Doug Lucey Coachford Community Council represented the local community.


The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland have secured the World Youth Angling Championships to take place in Coachford in August 2017.  This event is the largest on the FIPSed, Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce world championship angling calendar with over 20 Nations expected to present Youth teams in the categories U15, U20 and U25.  

The event will be staged on Inniscarra Reservoir and include the Coachford Greenway, a 2.8km linear park in the form of a walkway, available for everyone to enjoy; walking, jogging, rowing, family days out, picnics and fishing. Development of this multi – purpose amenity continues and we are pleased to announce that a further €150,000 is to be used to upgrade Greenway to include achieving Sport Ireland National Trails status.  Works are expected to start soon with funding awarded from Cork County Council, Rob Allen Engineering, National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland and Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd under the REDZ scheme.  

In August 2013 the ESB entered into a 25 year licence agreement with Inniscarra Lake Tourism Development Ltd to support the construction of the Greenway.  The project, a huge investment for the region has been a success and we welcomed 25 nations to the World Feeder Fishing Championships here in 2014 which has left a legacy for angling in the area.  Since this time the number of anglers visiting the region and the benefit to local businesses has increased. The Youth event is expected to bring a further 5000+ bed nights to the region. The Greenway is also popular with members of the local community of all ages enjoying the outdoors.  

For more details of the World Youth Angling Championships please visit the dedicated website here

Ireland’s Tubertini Match Club Fifth in the World!

Two teams were selected to represent Ireland at the very first FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce World Feeder Championships for Clubs in Spain.  The two coarse angling club teams from Tubertini Match Group and VDR Erne Anglers were up against the Worlds best feeder angling teams in the championships which fielded 31 club teams from 16 nations.

Ireland Youth Team Manager Jack Tisdall fishing alongside club members and fellow Fermanagh anglers Tony Kersley and Mark Theedom along with Cavan angler Francis McGoldrick, gave an outstanding performance winning his section on both days leading the team to a fifth place.  A proud day for the team and Ireland – just one good carp away from a podium finish!  In the Individual standings Jack Tisdall became the first Irish Angler to win his section on both days of a major World Championships, with a perfect score of two points he was placed in second place in the Championships, only beaten on total weight countback by the Italian angler Marco Manni.

Team Tubertini finished in 9th place on day one and 3rd place on day two with Ireland 1st & 2nd in D section. Team Ireland VDE Erne Anglers John McVey, Karl Woodhouse, Brian Bohan and Gavin Brown finished a very credible 17th out of the 31 club teams representing 16 nations with Karl Woodhouse section in his section to Jack Tisdall on day two.

Club Sportvisserij Preston Netherlands are the World Club Champions in this popular coarse angling method with SILVER going to Preston Innovation England and BRONZE to the Club Flagman Feeder Masters of Ukraine.

Details of qualifiers for those who wish to represent Ireland at this event in 2018 will be announced shortly.

Match Report:

Both teams travelled together, arriving at the venue the weekend before the Championships for a practise week in order to try to get to grips with a difficult fast flowing venue, containing mainly Carp, a species neither team were use to catching in a river situation in Ireland. The six days of practise in fantastic weather conditions of up to 23c, went really well with our anglers catching as much as 20kgs of fish in the 5 hour sessions. Fish caught were mainly Carp, fish up to 5kgs being landed, the average fish being 1 1/2kgs.

On the morning of the competition it was the narrow A section that most of the members of the team wanted to draw. This section was only about 25m wide and full of fish. B, C and D Section were much wider up to 60m and had not fished as well in practise.

Each of the 31 teams had an angler in each section (ABCD), with the results being calculated on points awarded for the place each angler in a team achieved in his section. Our teams were fairly confident with the tactics we would employ, fishing Sticky Maggot in the Feeder, close to the far bank with bunches of Dead Maggot on a strong hook.

Day one had went really well with three of the eight anglers achieving a top 3 finish in their sections. The more experienced Tubertini team finished on 29 points in 9th position on day one, with the less experienced Van Den Eynde team in a creditable 20th, ahead of the strongly fancied England Barnsley Blacks team which contained a number of International anglers including 5 times individual World Champion Alan Scothorne. Many of the countries had fielded their International teams in the event. The best individual weight had been caught by Spain’s Roberto Garcia in A Section a fantastic weight of 65.077Kgs.

Tubertini Match Group 

A F. McGoldrick 23.613 3
B T. Kersley 3.294 13
C J. Tisdall 14.850 1
D M. Theedom 1.893 12

Van Den Eynde Erne Anglers

A K Woodhouse 13.095 10
B J McVey 4.259 10
C B Bohan 1.215 16
D G. Brown 7.633 2

After the evening team meeting tactics were adjusted slightly for day two based on what the team members had learned in the first day of competition. Both teams were hopeful of a better result on day two.

The second day of competition had been a huge success, again three of our anglers gained top three places in their sections. The Tubertini Team scored 21 points and gained an outstanding 3rd place on the day and moving up to 5th in the overall rankings, this was the clubs best ever result at a major World Championships Club event, having finished 6th in France in 1996. the Team were just 5 points short of a team Bronze medal. Van Den Eynde also scored well moving up two places to 18th in the final table, ahead of many fancied world class teams.

Tubertini Match Group 

A M. Theedom 15.074 7
B F. McGoldrick 2.565 10
C T. Kersley 7.830 3
D J. Tisdall 13.929 1

Van Den Eynde Erne Anglers

A B. Bohan 10.132 9
B J. McVey 4.920 10
C G. Brown 2.925 10
D K Woodhouse 7.128 2

Returning home both our teams can be proud of their achievements over the week, keeping Ireland at the top of the World Angling.

Lure Anglers to represent Ireland at Shore World Championships in Italy!

After 16 separate rounds of qualifiers held over two weekends in March on The River Cusher in Co. Armagh the National Coarse Federation of Ireland are are pleased to announce the team who will attend the  FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce World Predator Championships Shore Fishing with Lures. The team who will represent Ireland at the championships in Italy this June are;

Jacek Gorny
Lindsay Mcfadden
David Bowles
Colin Rutherford

The team members who scored 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th in the qualifiers will be accompanied by Andrew Powell in reserve, Stephen Steven Powell delegate and Tomek Kurman Captain who finished in 6th, 7th & 8th positions. Commiserations to Guntars Vaivads whose excellent performance gave him 3rd place at the qualifiers but who is unable to join the team due to FIPS-ed eligibility rules.

Captain Tomek Kurman says:- I am delighted to present this team which once again includes top rod Jacek Gorny who ran away with the qualifiers with his storming performance. I would also like to make a particular mention to David Bowles whose great performance I witnessed as he qualified for the team for the first time!

The NCFFI would like to thank everyone who took part in the qualifiers, the stewards who gave up their free time to record and assist and for the NCFFI Predator CLUB for their organisation.

For the full results and the championship programme visit


World Youth Angling Championships 2017

The NCFFI proudly extends the FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce invitation to the Nations for their youth anglers to attend the World Youth Angling Championships of 2017 hosted by the NCFFI on Inniscarra Lake, Co. Cork, Ireland.

A detailed entry programme can be found at the dedicated website for the event


Ireland’s 2017 World Championship Feeder Team Announced

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce the line-up for the 2017 FIPS-ed Feeder World Championships to be held in Portugal this June.

The NCFFI Feeder Team 2017

Michael Buchwalder

Nick Howell

Cathal Hughes

Johnny McKinnley

Rimantas Kondrackas

Paul Leese

Brenton Sweeney, Team Manager says: – “I am very pleased to be able to present a refreshed World Championship team this year, and welcome the three new members to the squad.  In the last three years Ireland, has achieved a team silver medal and four section wins and we are currently ranked 12th in the world.  It has always been my ambition to introduce younger members to the squad and it’s great to start my second term by welcoming the enthusiastic Johnny and Rimantas along with Nick who brings extensive knowledge of international championships. Former team member Philip Jackson and Paul Heaney of Lurgan CAC will provide support to the team in Portugal and I’m delighted to appoint Philip my assistant manager as we coach these anglers at home and away. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the NCFFI and our sponsors for their invaluable support as we look to the year ahead.”

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, a voluntary body, is a member of the Angling Council of Ireland and the NGB for coarse and predator angling recognised by Sport Ireland and SportNI.