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 http://www.ncffi.ie/international/predator-team-ireland/


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 www.ncffi.ie/wyac


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.

Notice of Annual General Meeting 21Jan17

NOTICE OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING – Saturday 21st January 2017
All clubs should have received formal notice of the AGM. Please contact us at admin@ncffi.ie if your club has not. Two members of each club and individual members are invited to attend the AGM at Sports HQ, Dublin. Constitutional Motions must be submitted to the Chair on or before the 28th December 2016. Notice and the full agenda for the AGM will be then be circulated. You can refer to the current Constitution and our Protocols & Policies here

Fees which remain at the adopted 2013 structure & prices, cover the cost of affiliation with our sporting partners; providing access to subsidised coach training, complimentary Garda vetting/Access NI and the option to compete on the World Stage. Membership runs from 1 January to 31December. Application forms are available to download and print in PDF here

World Championship Youth Team Ireland Announcement

The International Youth Team Manager of the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, Jack Tisdall has announced the teams who will represent Ireland at the FIPS-ed World Youth Angling Championships in 2017.  The qualifying juniors who will represent Ireland on home soil at the championships to be staged on the prolific Inniscarra Reservoir in County Cork next August are as follows;

JORDANHALL                       U25        ERNE ANGLERS AC


KIERAN  KELLY                     U25        ERNE ANGLERS AC


ROB        KAVANAGH          U25        DAINGEAN AC


JAMES    O DOHERTY          U20        ERNE ANGLERS AC


CILLIAN  FLYNN                   U20        ROYAL ENFIELD AC

ENDA     MINOGUE            U20        NEW ROSS AC



EOIN       ROGERS                 U15        CARRICKMACROSS AC

JOHN      BROWNE               U15        NEW ROSS AC

ROISIN   BOHAN                 U15         ERNE ANGLERS AC


RHYS      WALSH                 U15         BSI SENSAS AC

The youths were selected from a process of four qualifiers staged over two weekends on the world championship venue with those scoring the best of the four matches selected for the squad.

Jack Tisdall says:- ‘I am delighted to present our youth squad including for the first time since 2013 an Under 15 team of some highly skilled anglers for their age which demonstrates the high level of development of our junior coarse anglers in Ireland. A wide programme of taster sessions, summer schools and national championships introduces newcomers to our sport and reflects the benefits of the coaching pathway in angling.

Congratulations goes to all those who made the squad but also to everyone who took part in the qualifying process.  I would encourage those who were unsuccessful this time to stick with the process in the future and come along to Inniscarra and observe the world’s best youth anglers in action. In the new year we will announce a programme of training for the teams and I would like to take this opportunity to invite senior anglers interested in joining me, and assistant Manager Shane Kavanagh, in the development and the training of the squad to get in touch.’

Sponsorship of tackle & equipment from Tubertini UK Ltd and Van en Eynde has been secured but the NCFFI welcomes interest from interested parties who may wish to provide additional support for the three teams in 2017. Contact Jack Tisdall on 00 44 7813 333694 or jacktisdall@btinternet.com


2016 Waterways Ireland-Shakespeare NI Schools Coarse Angling Competition

This annual event, organised by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation, sponsored by Waterways Ireland, Shakespeare Tackle, Irish Bait & Tackle and Mid Ulster District Council was held, on the Lower River Bann at Mid Ulster District Council’s superb Coarse Angling facility in Portglenone on the 23rd October 2016.

Event organiser John Taggart, UCFF Secretary and EBCAC member reports:-

‘Conditions on the day were excellent for the match with mild dry weather and the river was at summer level with just a little flow. The anglers arrived for the draw in anticipation and excitement of what was to come with teams arriving from large distances from across the province to compete for the coveted title of Waterways Ireland NI Schools Competition Winners. There was also the added competitiveness between team members, of who was going to beat who and for Breda Academy, it was family rivalry between the 3 Anderson brothers.

Tactics were largely determined by the experience of the anglers present! Those juniors with some experience and tackle fished the pole while others used feeder tactics. Weights were caught on both methods and the best recorded weight on the day was 8.580 kg by Paul Cunningham, using pole to hand method, from Coleraine Grammar School, Coleraine

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, hooks and bit and pieces supplied by Shakespeare tackle and the UCFF ensured that all competitors had a fair opportunity to catch a fish.

Weights were excellent and well up from last year with almost all the anglers catching fish, given the inexperience of many of the competitors and the conditions, 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.’

At the presentation after the match, held in the Parochial Hall, Bellaghy and hosted by Mid Ulster District Council, Vice-Chair Cllr Sharon McAleer presented to the winners who received tackle prizes, vouchers, medals and trophies with a value of more than £1,500. With prizes being distributed on a default basis, 21 anglers benefitted.  Congratulations to all the winners.

The Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation would like to thank the adults to make it possible to encourage juniors into our sport; the teachers, parents, angling coaches and club members who gave up their time to make it happen, the children who took part and our sponsors for the great prizes.  Special thanks goes to Mid Ulster Council for use of the wonderful angling facility, the preparation of the venue and the wonderful array of refreshments on hand for everyone.  The 2017 competition will take place on Saturday 21st October and registration will take place from May contact ulstersecretary@ncffi.ie or call john Taggart on 07891 516677


Prizes: 1st team                Erne Integrated College (Team consisted of James O’Doherty, Dominykas Kuklys, Cairan Murphy and Killian Maguire), – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Agility feeder rod – a Gold medal and a tackle voucher valued at £30. The school received a silver plate.

2nd team                Coleraine Grammar School (Team consisted of Paul Cunningham, Alex Hegarty, Connor Evans and Yani Racharov), – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Keepnet and Landing net, a Silver medal and a tackle voucher valued at £20.

3rd team                 Dromore High School (Team consisted of Josh Sloan, Tyler Graham, Taylor Orr and Richard Dickson) – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Agility reel, a Bronze medal and a tackle voucher valued at £15.

Individual Results:


1st                                    Paul Cunningham, Coleraine Grammar                      8.580kg

2nd                                    Dominykas Kuklys, Erne Integrated                            6.800kg

3rd                                     James O’Doherty, Erne Integrated                               6.300kg

Paul Cunningham received a Shakespeare triple hardcase holdall and the Individual Winner Trophy for his superb efforts

Section Results

Winners received a Shakespeare Agility carryall and 2nd place a reel

Section A                       

1st                                     Darren Anderson, Breda Academy                               1.850kg

2nd                                    B Geary, Bangor Academy                                              1.250kg

Section B

1st                                     Jack Hunter, Bangor Academy                                       2.300kg

2nd                                    Jake Storey, Bangor Academy                                       1.350kg

Section C

1st                                     Simon Anderson, Breda Academy                                2.050kg

2nd                                    Adam Orr, Bangor Academy                                          0.360kg

Section D

1st                                     Gareth Anderson, Breda Academy                               3.100kg

2nd                                    Imogen Thomas, Dromore High School                      0.650kg

A special spot prize was also given out on the day, chosen by the bankside officials it was decided on who was unluckiest angler which went to Max Moore, Royal Belfast Academical Institute, who received a fishing reel.

All Ireland Junior Feeder Championships

The popularity of the feeder method led to a junior championship specifically for this fast growing discipline in 2015 and 17 young anglers attended the second edition held on Lough Sillan on Saturday 15th October.  A wet morning met the eager youngsters keen for some competitive angling and some fun.  This year saw two age categories for the event U25 and U15 reflecting the new categories as defined by FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce for youth angling.   Every participant caught fish at the Caravan Park section match venue close to Shercock in County Cavan and as the day got drier and the sun came out nets of small roach were presented for the weigh-in by the young anglers. FeederTeam Ireland manager Brenton Sweeney presented the trophies and an array of tackle prizes from Sensas Ireland, Garbolino UK and Tubertini UK LTD to the winners as they enjoyed refreshments on the bank.

Under 25

1st Austin Conway      9lbs 2oz

2nd James O’Doherty 8lbs 2oz

3rd Jordan Hall            7lbs 3oz

Under 15

1st Eoin Rogers           4lbs 11oz

2nd Charlie Richards 3lbs 14oz

3rd Rhys Walsh          3lbs 7oz