Ireland’s Senior Float Team Announced for the European Championships 2018

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce the team to attend the FIPS-ed European Championships to be held o the Radece/Sava River in Slovenia this July. The squad brings with them a wealth of experience on the International scene and we wish them the best of luck.

Tommy Dowd
Francis McGoldrick
Niall Mc Kitterick
Phil Walton
Jason Ward
Vincent Walsh, Manager

Vincent Walsh, Senior Float Team Manager says:- I’m pleased to be able to deliver a team with years of international experience between them, specifically four members already have previously fished the venue at the World Championships in 2015. I would also like to welcome Niall to the Senior Float Team.’

Ireland’s 2018 Feeder Team Announced

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce the team to attend the FIPS-ed Feeder World Championships to be held in Italy this July. The 2018 team sees the addition of two new anglers to the squad joining Michael, Cathal, Johnny & Rimantas. Both well-known on the angling scene; Sensas angler Julian Kendrick from Edenderry in Co. Offaly is an active angler on the Leinster canals and Ireland’s angling festivals probably most known for his FEEDERFEST win at Inniscarra last October; James O’Doherty is an up and coming all-rounder, a member of the Youth U20 squad and a keen feeder angler. The team will represent Ireland on the Ollanato in Italy this year and it is proposed to take forward the same squad to the Bloemhof Dam when several championship disciplines come together at the World Games in South Africa in February 2019.

Team Ireland Feeder
Michael Buchwalder
Cathal Hughes
Julian Kendrick
Johnny McKinley
Rimantas Kondrackas
James O’Doherty
Brenton Sweeney, Manager
Paul Heaney, Coach

Brenton Sweeney, Team Manager says: – “I’m delighted to welcome two new members to the squad this year, James who supports my ambition to introduce new members to the team and Julian with his wealth of knowledge in this discipline. Paul Heaney whose support was invaluable last year in Portugal will join the squad as Coach. I look forward to presenting the squad in Italy this year and would like to thank the NCFFI and our sponsors for their invaluable support as we look to the championships ahead.”

International Team Selection, Float & Feeder 2018 – Entries Invited

The NCFFI will provide funding and support for senior coarse angling teams to compete on the world stage at the following FIPS-ed events in 2018;

8th Feeder World Championships 7th & 8th July, Italy*
24th European Championships 21st & 22nd July, Slovenia
65th World Championships 8th & 9th September, Portugal

*Due to the close proximity of the events it is the intention of the Feeder Team Manager to present the same team at the World Games and the 9th Feeder Championships in South Africa in February 2019.

Team Managers Brenton Sweeney, Feeder and Vincent Walsh, Float invite you to apply for a place on the teams. Applications can be made now on-line at the following links;

Float Team Ireland Click here 

Feeder Team Ireland Click here

The closing date for applications is 31st December 2017

Information related to Predator and Youth Teams for 2018 will follow shortly.

Notice of Annual General Meeting

Two members of each club and individual members are invited to attend the AGM. to be held at Sports HQ, national Sports Campus on the 20th January 2018. All Club Secretaries have been informed and invited to submit constitutional motions to the NCFFI Chair, on or before the 21st December 2017.

Notice and the full agenda for the AGM will be then be circulated. You can refer to the current Constitution and our Protocols & Policies at here

Northern Ireland Schools Competition

This annual event, organised by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation, sponsored by Waterways Ireland, Shakespeare/Mitchell Tackle, Irish Bait and Tackle, and Mid Ulster Council was held, on the Lower River Bann at Mid Ulster Council’s superb Coarse Angling facility in Portglenone on the 21st October 2017.

The anglers arrived for the draw in anticipation and excitement of what was to come with teams arriving from large distances across the province to compete for the coveted title of 2017 Schools Coarse Angling Competition Winners.

However, after a week of changeable weather that saw Storm Ophelia batter the province and then the threat of Storm Brian, the competitors were met with a coloured and high River Bann which wasn’t going to make the fishing easy. Whilst the day started brightly weather-wise the rain eventually arrived to make for difficult fishing conditions.

 A panel of UCFF coaches and officials were on the bank side to help the less experienced along, and this together with ample supplies of swim-feeders and hooks supplied by Tony Burke and Shakespeare respectively, ensured that all the anglers were well prepared.

The fishing proved to be difficult. Feeder tactics was the method of choice for most on the day with some of the more experienced anglers fishing pole tactics. Fish were caught on both methods and whilst weights were down on previous years almost all the anglers did catch fish, given the inexperience of many of the competitors, roach, gudgeon, perch and a couple of small hybrids were weighed in and hopefully catching a fish or two might release the angling bug in a few more juniors.

The best recorded weight on the day was 1.870 kg by Dominykas Kuklys, using pole tactics, from Erne Integrated College, Enniskillen

At the presentation after the match, held in the Parochial Hall, Bellaghy and hosted by Mid Ulster District Council (Chairperson Kim Aston was present), the winners received tackle prizes, medals and trophies totalling more than £1,500. Prizes were distributed on a default basis with members of the top 3 teams unable to claim a section prize resulting in 17 anglers receiving prizes on the day. Each team also received a goodie bag courtesy of DAERA.


Prizes: 1st team Erne Integrated College (Team consisted of Dominykas Kuklys, Ciaran Murphy, Corey Agnew and Killian Maguire), – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Sigma feeder rod and a Gold medal. The school received a silver plate.


2nd team Dromoree High School (Team consisted of Imogen Johnston, Taylor Orr, Richard Dickson and Dylan Laffin) – Each competitor received a Mitchell reel and a Silver medal


3rd team Coleraine Grammar School (Team consisted of Paul Cunningham, Alex Hegarty, Connor Evans and Yani Racharov), – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Keep net and Landing net and a Bronze medal


Individual Results:


1st Dominykas Kuklys, Erne Integrated College 1.870kg

2nd Corey Agnew, Erne Integrated College 1.300kg

3rd Imogen Johnston, Dromore High School 1,250kg

Dominykas Kuklys received a Shakespeare triple hard case holdall and the Individual Winner Trophy for his superb efforts. Corey Agnew and Imogen Johnston each received a Shakespeare Agility ground bait bowl.

Section Winners

Each angler received a Shakespeare Agility carryall

Section A: Charlie Olaphant, Belfast Boys Model School 0.900kg

Section B:Â Adam Nabir, Royal Belfast Academical Institute  0.680kg

Section C:Logan Ferguson, Breda  0.820

Section D:Â Callum Reid, Royal Belfast Academical Institute  0.800kg

A special spot prize was also given out on the day, chosen by the bankside officials. This went to Lewis Strain, Belfast Boys’ Model School, who received a fishing reel


NCFFI Junior All Ireland Feeder Championships

The fishing was a disappointment for the youth anglers who turned out to fish their very own Feeder Only championships on Lough Sillan in County Cavan. But it was great to see some of our youth internationals getting together for the first time since the world champs, aspiring feeder anglers and newcomers together on the bank for an enjoyable day.
Congratulations to the 2017 Feeder Champions, Charlie Richards U15 and James O’Doherty U25. 2nd in the Under 15’s was Roisin Bohan and 3rd John Browne. Mark Edwards was 2nd in the U25’s with Steven Whyte 3rd. Well done to everyone who took part from all the provinces.
The top three winners in each category received medals and trophies along with Tubertini tackle prizes sponsored by the NCFFI and Inland Fisheries Ireland. Not to disappoint everyone was treated to some hot food after a gruelling day and went home with a small gift from NuFish and Ringerbaits to help them along their way. This is an annual event open to youth members of affiliated clubs.

Coaching Anglers with a Disability

A number of anglers recently progressed along the Sport Ireland Coaching pathway completing the module ‘Coaching Anglers with a Disability’. After a morning in the classroom the anglers were encouraged to design their own approach for beginners with disabilities from Disability Sport NI. And successful they were with the volunteers having a fun afternoon catching plenty of fish at the Mid-Ulster District Council facility at Dungannon Park Lake fishery.

This module was fully funded by Sport Northern Ireland for Ulster affiliated clubs. The next session Water Safety Training takes place on Saturday 4th November also at Dungannon Park – booking necessary.

Visit the gallery here for more images from the day.

Junior anglers pick up prizes at the All-Ireland

Just a week after Ireland hosted the Youth Angling World Championships for the first-time, junior anglers from across the provinces came together for our National Competition which carries its own prestige in Ireland.   The event provides the opportunity for young and novice anglers to come together and compete in a National Championships of their own and includes coached assistance designed to introduce newcomers to competitive fishing.

Once again, the challenging Killykeen Forest Park in County Cavan was the venue chosen for its accessibility to all; it proved tough in places with the best of the fishing in the Under 20’s section but there were some great catches and everyone had an enjoyable day. The three-hour match concluded with a sausage & chip supper at Gilsenan’s of Killeshandra after which everyone came away with a tackle prize to help them along their way, with trophies awarded to the winners by Sean Ward, NCFFI Treasurer and Coach.

Well done to all those who took part and congratulations to the winners;


  1. Ryan O Donoghue 0.82kg
  2. Kieran Martin 0.68kg
  3. Dillan Kavanagh 0.2g

Under 15

  1. Rhys Walsh 8.4kg
  2. Eoin Rogers 4.78kg
  3. Roisin Bohan 2.54kg

Under 20

  1. James O Doherty 10.9kg
  2. Robbie Smithers 7.91kg
  3. Jamie Edwards 4.9kg

The event this year was sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland.  The NCFFI would like to thank Sensas Ireland and Irish Bait & Tackle Limited for sponsoring bait for the juniors and Tubertini UK.

The NCFFI values to the importance of introducing children and young people to our sport and through a programme of coaching enables club’s country wide to invest in their juniors.  The thrill of competitive angling gives the junior anglers something to aim for but also the chance to meet like-minded others.  The next national competition is the NCFFI Junior All-Ireland Feeder which takes place on Saturday 14th October followed by the Ulster Schools Competition on the Lower River Bann on the 21st.

Youth anglers net 25,000 fish at World Championships on Inniscarra.

Junior anglers net and release over 25,000 wild coarse fish weighing more than 2 tonnes on Inniscarra Lake for the World Youth Angling Championships!

The event consisting of three individual competitions was hosted by the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland who in conjunction with their members locally have developed this World Class fishery over recent years.

Local dignitaries, community partners and sponsors came together with Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce, FIPS-ed and the world’s largest authority in Sport Fishing to celebrate the opening of the event in Coachford, County Cork on Thursday 10th August.  Cllr Declan Hurley, Mayor of County Cork welcomed hundreds of enthusiastic fishing girls and boys to the county after they proudly paraded through the streets of Coachford accompanied by the Ballingeary Pipe Band and members of the Coachford Camogie and Foróige groups.

Jerry O’Sullivan, Deputy Chief Executive of the ESB Group, fishery owner and event sponsor, reviewed the history of the reservoir.  In welcoming anglers from the 14 Nations he highlighted the growth of angling tourism in the local area and the economic benefit of to the local community. President of the NCFFI, Oliver McGauley reiterated the benefit angling can bring to rural communities whilst promoting fair play and good companionship in our sport. Dr Ciarán Byrne complimented the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland on the successful bid to host the event, the second such championships on Inniscarra Lake.

Olympic Gold medallist, Oliver Loughnane representing the High-Performance Unit of Sport Ireland came along to wish the young athletes the very best in the competition whilst Seamus Heany of Cork Convention Bureau supported the potential tourism aspect of the Greenway.

The President of FIPS-ed confirmed that our sport was still alive, as he addressed the sea of anglers under the age of 25 in front of him, before declaring the championships open. The young girls from O’Sullivan’s dancing school then enthralled the European youths with an exhibition of traditional Irish dancing to the tune of the Comhaltas musicians before it was back to base to prepare for the next day’s fishing.

Aghbullogue GAA Hall was also the venue for the daily draw and Captains meeting and was a give of activity from 6am each morning of the competition with the Managers drawing the pegs and collecting bait for the juniors.  The Under 15 competition took place on the ‘Garden Centre’ stretch at Dripsey where the youngest of the anglers fished in four sections of 10.  2km of the Coachford Greenway was occupied by the Under 20 and 25 categories with 102 anglers fishing in eight sections of 13.  The multi-purpose amenity was a hive of activity with supporting families & friends on the bank along with an estimated 8000 number of spectators throughout the weekend.

Hands up to the 100 anglers from across Ireland and members of the local community who volunteered to support the event working as traffic marshalls, weigh-men, fish counters and general stewards throughout the weekend.

The fishing which set off with a slow start for the anglers arriving to the area early soon picked up with the swims being fed and magnificent catches were soon recorded in the training days prior to the competition.  2164,000 kg of fish were netted, weighed and released safely back to the water during the two days of the championships alone.  It was a fish a chuck with the anglers fishing the pole for roach, skimmers and hybrids achieving a slightly better stamp of fish using the slider. France’s U25 Alexandre Caudin averaged a fish every 80seconds which gave him the Gold Medal position and individual World Champion of 2017.

It was another angling first for Inniscarra as France were triumphant winning all three events Under 15, Under 20 and Under 25; the first country ever to do so.  The skills of the European juniors were exceptional and saw Poland, Germany and England take the Silver and Bronze positions.  In the Individual categories the Czech Republic and Belgium also collected medals for their positions against the 14 nations.

Team Ireland didn’t fare out so well finishing 9th in the U25, 8th in the U20 and 7th in the U15.  County Fermanagh Under 20 James O’Doherty, Ireland’s favourite for a medal just missed the podium finishing with 5 points but missing out to 4th/5th position by weight ending up in sixth position.  County Monaghan’s Eion Rogers also finished in 6th position overall a magnificent achievement for this 12-year-old at his first World Championships. Team Ireland presented some of the youngest anglers on the bank, many of whom were new to International angling but whose skills at such a young age were the envy of coaches and Managers on the bank; they have all enjoyed the experience, learnt a lot and have a bright future.

The competition ended with Claudio Matteioli and the FIPS-ed delegation and President of the NCFFI presenting the winners with their trophies and medals before all the teams came together in a display of colour at the Oriel House Hotel for a celebratory dinner to complete the event.

Facts & Figures

Under 25’s  
Team France Belgium Poland
Position 1st 2nd 3rd
Points 24 37 38
Weight 102.628 85.641 88.600
Individual France Belgium Poland
Name Alexandre Caudin Koen Wackenier Marcin Kurzepa
Position 1st 2nd 3rd
Points 2 2 3
Weight 34.535 27.028 20.886
Under 20’s
Team France Poland Germany
Position 1st 2nd 3rd
Points 22 26 44
Weight 83.068 86.236 70.469
Individual Poland England France
Position 1st 2nd 3rd
Name Jakub Derlaga Samuel Collett Thomas Monsigny
Points 2 4 4
Weight 24.035 23.300 20.876
Under 15’s      
Team France Poland England
Position 1st 2nd 3rd
Points 19 34 34
Weight 50.833 42.505 40.838
Individual France Czech Republic France
Position 1st 2nd 3rd
Name Maxence Bonvalet Lukas Doricak Hugo Breillot
Points 2 3 4
Weight 14.625 11.682 14.388

The event has an brought an estimated €2million euro benefit to the local area and Inniscarra Lake and County Cork has well and truly proven itself a world class angling destination and will surely be host to more championships in the future.  The NCFFI would like to thank all those involved for their support.

A gallery of images from the event available can be viewed here