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.

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 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


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 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


9th FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Boat Fishing with Lures, Ireland 2016

The 9th FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Boat Fishing with Lures was staged on Lough Ree and the River Shannon at the weekend.  Days of practise, weeks for some and preparation come to an end with teams from the 17 nations fishing the competition area for two days of official training and the competition itself on Saturday and Sunday.  Up to 42 boats took to the water from Ballyleague Marina in County Roscommon to fish a designated area of Lough Ree and a 3km stretch of the River Shannon in search of the Irish predators renowned on this 13,000 hectare water.

With teams from Kazakshtan to South Africa taking part the marina was an array of bright colours as the anglers took to the water in a range of boats; lake boats were hired locally with others choosing to bring their own overland including the 225hp bass boat brought by Team Germany. Inland Fisheries provided a controlled start from their two patrol boats as well as implementing the all-important disinfection for bio-security purposes.

The midlands community of Lanesbrough and Ballyleague put on a massive welcome to the anglers with a carnival through the streets to make for a magnificent ‘Parade of Flags’ probably the best seen at any championships worldwide. A super effort from the local angling hub who coordinated other activities to include the Taste of the Lakelands food festival to engage everyone in to the atmosphere of the event.

Brilliant sunshine and warm weather met everyone and was reflected in the mood of Lough Ree whose unusually flat calm conditions made for hard fishing. Pike and Perch are caught using artificial baits during the competition, measured and recorded by stewards before they are returned quickly to the water.  The largest length recorded was 102cm by Team Italy who take the Biggest Fish trophy on a venue that is known for bigger fish in larger numbers but that just didn’t appear in these conditions.

Team Romania stormed ahead on day one of the competition with their 35 pike caught from the two boats but day two wasn’t so successful for them and they just missed the podium. With two days of flat calm conditions the skills of these world class anglers were put to the test and the expertise of Team Ukraine on the international angling circuit was shown as they took first position on the podium. A steady position from Belarus over the two days secured them the Silver with Lithuania coming in for Bronze.  Team Ireland had the 5th largest number of fish caught in the competition, landing 43 but only large enough for a 10th position finish.

In the Pairs Ukraine scored again with team members Iurii Orlow & Konstantyn Shvabi taking Gold. Silver went to Lithuanian Pair Domas Kelpsas & Gediminas Svilpa with Hungary reaching the podium for Bronze with their pairing of Peter Bosansky & Viktor Gegeny.

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland would like to thank all those who made the long journey to take part in the championships with 17 competing nations the highest for this discipline.  Thanks goes to the local angling hub and the local community who provided a warm welcome and made for an enjoyable week for all. To Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI for implementing the bio-security processes and safely escorting the competitors out to their fishing areas, to all the local boat owners and stewards who were an integral part of the competition and to the Civil Defence and Sub Aqua teams who volunteered to provide safety boats on the water. Thank you to Roscommon County Council, Longford County Council, Falte Ireland and Inland Fisheries for their sponsorship which enabled us to host this event in the midlands of Ireland

Lure Team Ireland going for Gold!

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce the team to represent Ireland at the 9th World Championships Predator Boat Angling with Lures this October to take place at home on the mighty Lough Ree in and around Lanesborough/Ballyleague in the heart of Ireland’s Lakelands region.

The team chosen through a process of qualifiers over three separate weekends on the competition venue includes the angling duo of Tomek Kurman and Jacek Gorney of Co. Galway who are holders of the Bronze medal at the championships in Enniskillen in 2013.  They are supported by local angling hub members Joe McDermott and Mick Dalton, skilled lure anglers who bring with them a wealth of local knowledge of the Lough to compliment this strong team who are aiming for Gold.

Former team members and brothers Stephen and Andrew Powell from Portadown, Northern Ireland are the reserve pair providing support to the team throughout the event.

Tomasz Kurman (Co. Galway)- Captain

Jacek Gorny (Co. Galway)

Joe McDermott (Co. Longford)

Mick Dalton  (Co. Westmeath)

Andrew Powell (Co. Armagh) – Reserve

Steven Powell –(Co. Armagh) – Reserve


International Team Manager Tomek Kurman says:- “I would like to thank all those who part in the qualification process which saw a high calibre of anglers take to Lough Ree.  The standard of the fishing in the Lanesborough/Ballyleague areas continues to impress and I look forward to the team representing Ireland this October.”

The team are sponsored by the NCFFI and tackle sponsor Duo Hook of Drogheda & Dublin who will provide all the tackle & equipment required for the championships along with the team jerseys.  Additional sponsors include Costa Del Mar, Baltic Sweden and Vass Waders & Rain Wear for the all essential equipment required on the water.

You can follow the teams progress at

All Ireland Junior Championships 2016

This year’s Junior All Ireland Championships took place at Killykeen Forest Park on Saturday 27th August followed by the Inter-Provincial Team Championships on Sunday.

The event provides the opportunity for young anglers to come together and compete in a National Championships of their own before progressing to senior level. A Novice category is included with coached assistance designed to introduce newcomers to competitive fishing.  The challenging County Cavan venue chosen for its accessibility to all brought out the skills in the young anglers who fished a variety of methods. The top weight of the day went to Eoin Rogers of Carrickmacross  AC with his 3.8kg.  Nine U23’s, Eleven U18’s and 9 U14’s fished alongside eight novices for the champion for the championship trophy by section with the top three in each awarded a selection of tackle prizes sponsored by Tubertini UK Ltd.  After the all-essential net dip the Juniors were provided with a mixing bowl and feeder gift from Sensas Ireland along with complimentary caster and maggot from Irish Bait & Tackle Limited.  After three hours of fishing (four for the U23’s) everyone was provided with a meal whilst the presentation took place at Minnies’ in Killeshandra. The running costs of this event are supported by funds raised for the NCFFI for the Junior Development.

Congratulations to all the winners;


1st Caolan Donnelly 1.65kg

2nd Jack O’Brien 1.35kg

3rd Nathan Trimble 1.32kg


Under 14:

1st Eoin Rogers 3.8kg

2nd Charlie Richards 1.85kg

3rd Roisin Finchett 0.64kg


Under 18:

1st Cillian Flynn 1.82Kg

2nd Stephane Patterson 1.56kg

3rd Jack Sutton 0.72kg


Under 23

1st Jamie Edwards 2.42kg

2nd Hayden Kellegher 1.26kg

3rd Stephen White 1.11Kg

Thanks to all who took part in both events along with our sponsors, coaches and parents/guardians. In 2017 the event will take place on Saturday 26th of August followed by the Junior Inter Provincials on the Sunday.