World class lure anglers arrive at Lough Ree!

With the 9th edition of the FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Boat Angling with Lures taking place in just two weeks time anglers from across the World are arriving in the midlands of Ireland.
Lough Ree and the River Shannon is the venue chosen by the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland with the Ballyleague/Lanesborough area the hub of the event bringing world class anglers from 17 nations to this midlands community in rural Ireland.
Several teams have already arrived ahead of the championships for training and are sampling the magnificent angling Lough Ree offers to predator seekers. The championships will see 34 boats launch from the Ballyleague Marina to fish within the competition area which includes a 3km section of the River Shannon over the weekend of the 8th & 9th of October. Teams will consist of 4 anglers from each nation fishing in pairs for pike and perch from boats using only artificial lures.
This world class event supported with funding from Failte Ireland, Roscommon Council and Longford Council will commence with two days of official practise with all teams on the water from Thursday the 6th of October. That evening the local community will join in with the traditional opening ceremony when the teams will create an array of colour as they parade through the streets for the official opening of the event which closes with the grand presentation of medals on Sunday 9th October.

Ireland’s anglers showcase the quality fishing during team qualifying heats

Recent qualifiers held for the selection of Lure Team Ireland have showcased the quality fishing on offer on Lough Ree and the River Shannon.  Using the designated competition area for the championships 16 anglers have fished over two weekends so far with good perch catches and pike up to 112cm caught.  The selection of the team members to represent Ireland in the championships will be announced at the end of August.

You can follow the progress of Predator Team Ireland at

The National Coarse Fishing Federation will host the 9th World Championships Predator Boat Fishing with Lures on Lough Ree & the River Shannon at Ballyleague/Lanesborough in the Midlands of Ireland on the 5th to 9th of October.

It’s a thumbs up from FIPS-ed for the 2016 Predator Champs!

Members of the Lough Ree Angling Hub welcomed NCFFI event organisers and Dick Clegg OBE in his capacity as FIPS-ed technical inspector to Lanesborough/Ballyleague recently.  The hub provided an overview of the area and the local sub-aqua club facilitated a high speed tour of the competition area from the water.   Based on a positive report from Mr Clegg FIPS-ed have approved the venue for the 9th World Championships Predator Boat Angling with Lures to take place this October and the nations have been officially invited to attend.

The World Championship event is organised by the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland with sponsorship form Failte Ireland, Longford County Council and Roscommon County Council.



We invite the World’s lure anglers to Lough Ree in the midlands of Ireland

The NCFFI in conjunction with FIPS-ed the World Freshwater fishing body invite Lure angling teams from across the world to take part in the 9th FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Angling with Lures in the midlands of Ireland this October.

The event will be held on the mighty Lough Ree, the second largest lake on the Shannon System and will also include a section of the river. Working with the Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub the NCFFI will extend the usual warm Irish welcome for which we are well known to the competitors, with the help of this local community in rural Ireland.

A dedicated event website has been launched to include the full programme and registration for the competitors also sharing a range of recommended accommodation in the local area.

The event sponsored by Failte Ireland, Roscommon County Council and Longford Council will take place from the 5th to 9th of October 2016 and is expected to attract teams from 15 countries to attend.

Over the coming months the NCFFI will also host a number of qualifying events on the venue to select the team to represent Ireland. The NCFFI is enjoying much success in attracting World Championship events to Ireland hosting one a year for the last three years.