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


All Ireland Championships Senior & Ladies

The 57th edition of the All Ireland Championships took place yesterday based around the rural County Monaghan town of Ballybay. 89 anglers representing the four provinces including competitors who travelled from as far as Cork checked in at the Wetlands Centre ahead of the five-hour match.

Six sections were fished from the shores of White Lake and Loughs Egish and Sillan with the average match weight 5.13kg per angler overall.  Different conditions were experienced cross the venues with squally weather and bright spells throughout the day.  Lough Egish known for its large roach and Sheila’s Shore was the draw of choice having produced the 2016 Champion, but it was not to be with just the end pegs fishing.  The shallower waters although be-set by the dreaded pond weed produced the finest nets of quality fish the area is known for.  Bream Rock on White Lake fished particularly well delivering the top 5 winners.

Chris Simpson, MAP Fishing of Moira Co. Armagh’s efforts at clearing his swim from weed and his decision to fish the feeder paid off with a 4.750kg bag of quality hybrids and a specimen bream to win the match.  Chris whose name will now be firmly on the historical cup received his trophy and €500 prize money from Oliver McGauley President of the NCFFI.  Runner-up Gary Drew of Enniskillen was beside Chris at Bream Rock where his end peg produced 23.180kg for him.  Neil Mazurek, Tony Green and Cathal Hughes finished 3rd, 4th and 5th respectably from the same venue.  Other notable weights came from Shamie Winters 9.400kg at Caravan Park, Sillan; Irish Youth International James O ‘Doherty 9.64kg at Bairds Shore and Johnny Keith 12.900kg at Lough Egish.

A full pay-out of all entry with 5 peg sections and the top five followed the match at the Welcome Inn, Mena Martins.  A special presentation was made to Youth International Roisin Bohan, the only female to enter this match this year but whose efforts were to be commended.  Roisin had a difficult day on Sheila’s Shore for a handful of fish, catching when other senior anglers didn’t weigh.

Cllr Seamus Coyle, Chair of the Clones Ballybay Municipal Council welcomed the anglers and organisers to the area.  He commended the recent road improvements at Bairds Shore funded though the IFI NASD programme and delivered by the Council and pledged more improvements to support local angling.  He wished the Youth Team members well for the upcoming Championships and the organisers with the running of the event whilst stressing the importance of the promotion of angling in Ireland.

The NCFFI would like to thank all those who attended the long running national championships and to all those who took part in the organisation.  Special thanks go to the landowners in the region who provide access to the anglers with goodwill and even transported the angler’s equipment to the shore.  Sitting on the Dromore system just outside Ballybay the Wetlands Centre provided a prefect venue for a draw of this size with all facilities, room for parking and the on-site net-dip and bait sales from Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd.   Thank you to Patricia and the girls from the Soda Barrell who made sure everyone was fed and watered before heading off to their peg.

The 2018 and 58th edition of the championships which will take place on Sunday 29th July.  Next up is the Junior version of the same where we welcome those new to fishing to competition angling along with sections for the U15’s, U20’s and U25’s.  The event takes place on local lakes to Killeshandra, Co. Cavan and is sponsored by Inland Fisheries Ireland.

Check out the gallery of images here


BSI SENSAS Team Dennetts are the All-Ireland Club Champions of 2017!

BSI Sensas AC are the All Ireland Club Champions for the second year in a row who also qualify as the club to represent Ireland at the FIPS-ed World Club Championships in Hungary in 2018.
40 anglers attended the two-day competition on Lough Oughter, Killykeen Forest Park in County Cavan presenting eight teams of five, representing five clubs and some of the best float anglers in Ireland.
The winning team of David Herron, Cathal Hughes, Philip Jackson, Gary Doyle and Rory Dunne won day one with 15 points followed by an amazing 6 points on day two, finishing with 31 points to include 4 section wins. A great performance from David Herron finishing first in his section on both days to win the match overall and Cathal Hughes second in section daily including a top match weight of 41lbs. BSI Sensas took the top positions with their Green team in second position followed by the Tubertini match club in third place.
The event which rotates around the provinces was this year hosted by Kingfisher AC, Belturbet.

Team Ireland rank 7th at the 7th Fips-ed World Feeder Championships in Portugal

Feeder Team Ireland achieve their best ranking to date since their historic Silver Medal win of 2014. The team are now safely back on Irish shores after a hot and exhausting week in Portugal. The River Raia near the town of Cabecao proved to be a difficult venue, weedy in places fishing for species unknown to us in Ireland such as carp, barbel and bleak in temperatures at times reaching 48’.

Team Manager Brenton Sweeney says:- I was confident of a good position presenting an invigorated team at the championships this year. The bleak fishing on Saturday suited us well and we achieved 3 x 5th , a joint 7th and 8th in the 22 peg sections with all anglers in the top 4 for a 3rd team position overall. It was a great start and we hoped for that podium finish. It wasn’t to be and a change in the weather for Sunday meant a tougher day as the bleak we had been catching shallow all went to the bottom, just one carp and we would have had a medal! We finished just 5.5 points away from a podium finish and a very commendable ranking of 7 out of the 22 competing nations. The team are to be congratulated for the effort put in to achieve this great result with a particular well done to Rimantas and Johnny for whom it was their first introduction to International Competition. Particular thanks goes to Philip Jackson, Paul Leese and Paul Heaney plus Sharon, Jayne and Jurgita for the all-important management support and bank running; without all their help, we wouldn’t have done so well. I would like to add that I hope our presence on the world stage serves to encourage the growing number of up and coming feeder anglers in Ireland to pursue their sport. In particular the junior anglers for whom we will run a national competition in October.

The NCFFI would like to congratulate Brenton and the team and thank sponsors Sensas Ireland, Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd and Daiwa UK for their support. NEXT UP is the NCFFI All-Ireland Feeder Club Championships on Lough Muckno on Saturday & Sunday 8th & 9th of July. The event also serves as the qualifier for the team to represent Ireland at the 2nd FIPS-ed Feeder Club Championships in Belarus in 2018. Applications to

Visit the gallery of images from the event here

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