Team Lurgan are the first NCFFI All Ireland Junior Club Champions!

Congratulations to the juniors from  Lurgan Coarse Angling Club who win the first ever Junior All Ireland Angling Club Championshiops fished on the O’Rourkes bank of the Newry Canal.  The venue has recently been enhanced to provide secure and accessible angling perfect for our juniors by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.

Just behind Lurgan’s 9 points came Erne Anglers A Team with 10 and in third place Oakland’s club team with 14 points. A superb performance by Thomas Quinlan, of the New Ross Angling club at Oaklands Lake, co. Wexford made him top individual with 5.340kgs. Thomas caught 10 skimmer bream and other bits on the pole at 11.5m. Runner up was James O’Doherty, Erne Anglers AC for 50 fish on the pole including 6 small bream for 4.940kgs. In third place was Ciaran Haughian, Lurgan AC with 4.040kgs of mainly small fish and a couple of good hybrids on the pole.

The canal fished well with fish for everyone from the off and good catches all along the canal producing an average weight of 2kg for the juniors.

President of the NCFFI, Oliver McGauley presented a range of fantastic tackle prizes, trophies and medals to the winning teams & individuals sponsored by Tubertinit UK Ltd and fishery managers, the Loughs Agency.

The highly successful event was attended by six club teams from all across Ireland was fished in excellent weather conditions and concluded with a BBQ on the bank thanks to provisions donated by O’Doherty’s Fine Meats of  Enniskillen.

A great day’s event for the Newry canal and an enjoyable day for the Junior club teams. We are already looking forward to next years championships where we can expect an increased number of club teams in attendance!

The Newry Coarse Fish Angling Club has resurrected itself after a 30 year absence and hopes to make best use of this superb facility in the future. Their aim is to promote coarse angling in the Newry area and get the canal back on the map for coarse and match angling and in conjunction with the NCFFI will be hosting the Home Internationals on the venue this October. They are currently open to new members encouraging people of all ages and ability into angling.  If you would like to know more or you run a local community club who would like to get involved you can mail them at or contact via their Facebook page here.


Invitation to apply for World Boat Team – Predator Lure Angling Ireland

The NCFFI invites Ireland’s lure anglers from affiliated clubs across the island of Ireland to attend a series of qualifying events to select the team to travel to the 8th FIPS-ed Carnivorous Boat Championships in Kuldkala, Estonia on the 25th – 26th September 2015.  If you would like to represent Ireland on the world stage in this popular and trending discipline why not come along and give it a go.

The team selection is based on three years performance on a rolling basis with those with the greatest accumulative points from 2013, 2014 and 2015 selected for the six man team plus reserve & captain.  So, if you have not taken part before come along for a chance to qualify, if you don’t make it this year you will accumulate points for the qualifiers to select the 2016 team for the championships which will be held in Ireland.

Entry is just £20 per day with funds contributing towards the travelling teams costs.

The 3rd and 4th qualifiers on 1st & 2nd of August will form part of the NCFFI All Ireland Boat Angling Championships which will be open entry for everyone. More details on this coming soon….

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 The NCFFI provides funding to subsidise entry and travel to these events.  For more information or to express your interest please contact Colin Rutherford on 00 44 7731 824337 or e-mail:

Great news for angling on the Newry Canal

The NCFFI President Oliver McGauley and Vice Chairman Jack Tisdall met this week with senior officials from Newry, Mourne and Down District Council, Eddie Curtis and Conor Haughey regarding the further development of the middle bank of the Newry Canal.

Excellent progress to date has seen the creation of some 35 pegs which have already been successfully used in events towards the end of 2014 and early 2015.

Further remedial works are planned by the council over the next week ahead of the first ever NCFFI Junior All Ireland Club Championships, which will see the number of pegs available extended to about 50. These same pegs will be available for the highly anticipated Senior Home International in October when we shall see teams from the Home Nations to include five times World Champion Alan Scothorne and former World Champion Will Raison fishing on the venue.

The NCFFI and the newly formed Newry Coarse Fish Angling Club will continue to work closely with the new super council and the Loughs Agency on the Newry Greenway project, which will see the creation of a path the full length of the canal on the middle bank. It is anticipated that this may provide the necessary access to facilitate a major World Championships for the venue in the future.

Bait limits have been released for the NCFFI  Junior All Ireland Club Championships and can be found here.  The event takes place on the 27th June and will be attended by junior teams of four from all across Ireland competing for trophies and tackle prizes sponsored by the Loughs Agency, Newry, Mourne and Down Districl Council and Tubertini.  It will be followed by a BBQ on the bank with sponsorship from O’Doherty’s Fine Foods of Enniskillen.

Invitation to apply for Junior International Team Selection

Jack Tisdall, International Junior Team Ireland Manager invites junior anglers from affiliated clubs across the island of Ireland to attend a series of qualifying events to select two teams to travel to the FIPSed World Youth Angling championships in 2016. We hope to have representation in both the U18 and U23 categories at the event which will take place in Portugal.

It is not necessary to attend all the qualifiers nor will the outcome be based solely on match results.  The juniors will be assessed in their pole and waggler fishing capabilities and coaching provided. The final team selection will be announced in October.

It’s free to come along and fish with the exception of purchasing a day ticket for Gaulmoylestown Lake and a license to fish on the Newry Canal.  The first session will take place as part of the NCFFI Junior Club Championships on the Newry Canal on Saturday 27th June.  For details of other sessions at Gaulmoylestown Lake, Mullingar and the River Suck at Donamon, Co. Roscommon please visit



The NCFFI provides funding to subsidise entry and travel to these events.  For more information or to express your interest please contact Jack Tisdall on 07813 333 694 or e-mail:

Festivals Round-Up

Russia crowned World Champions at Craigavon!

The North Lake at Craigavon City Lakes, Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland played host to the  FIPS-ed World Championship Bank Fishing with Lures event over the weekend of 23rd & 24th of May.  For the first time in its 13th year the championships were played out on a lake instead of the usual river venues.  This lake was observed as being one of the fairest venues ever to feature but was also considered the unknown and attracted only those countries at the top of their game.

It was the Lure fishing elite and top nine nations who prepared to fish alongside Team Ireland from the banks of the 25 hectare lake divided into four equal zones of ten anglers.  Each evening prior to the competition DCAL Inland Fisheries stocked the venue, introducing in total 4000 450g rainbow trout over the duration of the championships,  as the anglers were drawing their zones.  On the morning of the competition days the starting positions were drawn with each angler wanting the first choice of position within their zone.

Day one started well with anglers in zones A and B on the railway bank catching well, but just as quickly it became apparent that it was going to be tough on the opposite bank.  The first day produced a total of 266 fish with anglers in zones C and D catching only 9 of these.

The competition is scored on the number of rainbow trout, pike and perch caught irrespective of size and 1 point is awarded for each.  In each of the 4 x 45 minute sessions fished each day penalty points are given to the anglers with no fish.  The number of penalty points is determined by the number of anglers in the zone and the number who do not catch.  It means an angler catching fish in a session that’s very productive could rank lower in a zone with no fish.

Youry Morgun, Russia and Massimiliano Ghibaudo, Italy scored the valuable one point in the first and second leg in zone D as the only anglers to catch.  Some legs in zone C produced no fish at a all but Slovakia’s Juraj Smatana was happy with his pike coming in the last session of the day.  This and the achievements of team mates Peter Hornak and Lukas Holly ranked them the top three anglers on day one putting current World Champions Team Slovakia into the lead.

Team Ireland members Andrew Powell and Arvydas Mencinskas had seen no fish from zones C and D, Lindsay McFadden had 9 fish in zone B and Jacek Gorny 11 in A.  The team finished the day in 8th place with Jacek the highest scoring individual ranked 15th.

A length Captains Meeting took place on Saturday evening with an agreement that a member of Team Croatia would have the fish count nulled for use of an improper lure.  Team Croatia would then take the decision to substitute the angler for the following day’s competition.

The weather conditions were less favourable on day two, overcast with an easterly wind blowing across the lake.  The shallower waters of zones C and D continued to underperform with only 8 fish caught in comparison with 179 on A and B.  Team Russia gained valuable ranking catching 2 of the 8 fish to go with the success of their team members on the opposite bank.  Likewise Lukas Holly nets his only fish of the day in the last round. It was going to be a close competition with Russia and Slovakia dominating the rankings in zone A and B all day.

The numerous volunteers from angling clubs all across Ireland along with DCAL Inland Fisheries staff provided a superb stewarding service throughout the championships with many feeling like Olympic athletes keeping in line with their assigned competitor as they moved positions along the bank at speed.

Eventually the competition comes to a close with Team Russia the world champions of 2015 for Gold; Silver – Team Slovakia and Bronze – Team Italy.  Peter Hornak the individual to catch the most fish during the championships, 43 in total, is crowned World Champion.  Italy’s Massimiliano Ghibaudo takes the silver medal and Lukas Holly, Slovakia the Bronze.

Andrew Powell was Team Ireland’s top qualifying performer yet had drawn the far bank for the second day and completed the competition with no fish. Lindsay Mc Fadden had drawn zone C leaving Jacek and Arvydas to catch 9 fish in zones A and B.  With Jacek Ireland’s highest performer during the competition in the same zone as Peter Hornak it was always going to be difficult to score well and the team ranked in tenth place overall.

Mainland Europe is streets ahead of Ireland in this discipline, not surprisingly when natural baits are banned in some countries. The superior skill of these elite anglers was apparent on the bank during the competition.  The lures in use were a closely guarded secret but we could see flickering pinks and bronzes with the smaller lure favourable.   Lure angling is gaining popularity in Ireland and this is just the second time Team Ireland has presented a team for the championships.  Using stocked venues as is always the case for these championships meaning there was no real advantage to be gained on home soil.

Tem Manager Tomi Kurman says:- Of course we are disappointed to have finished in tenth place but the experience and knowledge gained from the world’s top teams this weekend has been invaluable.  These anglers are far more experienced in this type of fishing than we are and will have caught 1000 fish on lures to everyone we have caught – we have some catching up to do!  It’s new and we can only improve and learn in this discipline which is gaining popularity quickly in Ireland.

Currently stronger in the boat angling lure discipline Team Ireland are ranked 7th in the world and returned home from the championships in France in 2014 with the largest fish of the competition award for a 130cm pike by ay two winning pair Andrew & Steven Powell.  At the 2013 championships held on Lough Erne in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in 2013 Jacek Gorny and Tomasz Kurman were Bronze medallists.  The Irish qualifiers for selection of the team to represent Ireland at the championships in Estonia this October will take place over the weekends of 4th & 5th of July and 1st & 2nd of August.

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon County Council provided the very best of Ireland’s hospitality throughout the championships showcasing a medley of music and dance at the opening ceremony at Craigavon Civic Centre where FIPSed Vice President Igor Chinyakov declared the championships open.  The event concluded with the medal ceremony and gala dinner a sparkling affair at the Seagoe Hotel attended by the Minister of Culture, Arts & Lesiure, Carál Ní Chuilín; a a great honour and fantastic endorsement for our sport.

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The next World championships to be hosted in Ireland will be the FIPSed World Championships Boat Fishing with Lures in October 2016, the venue is yet to be confirmed but the mighty Lough Ree is a favourite.