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.