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 

PEG NAME WEIGHT Kgs POINTS
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

PEG NAME WEIGHT Kgs POINTS
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 

PEG NAME WEIGHT Kgs POINTS
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

PEG NAME WEIGHT POINTS
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.