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.”