Team England win the Home International on the Newry Canal!

Home International, Newry Canal 21st to 24th October 2015

This traditional angling championship between England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales was reinstated this year to offer the home nations’ rising stars the opportunity to fish alongside international team members. This is the first international angling event to be held in Newry since the 1982 championships which saw the legendary pole angler Kevin Ashurst secure Gold for England and the World Championship title on the canal. Introducing a new format the long awaited for return of the event saw 7 man teams consisting of international team anglers including former world champions Alan Scotthorne and Will Raison, those in line for the world stage and Under 25’s compete alongside each other bringing with them a combination of youth and experience.

The 28 anglers and their managers spent five days on the canal, which included two days practice on the venue in Newry while staying at the Canal Court Hotel. A resounding success the event provided for some exceptional fishing in match conditions. Pole tactics throughout saw an average 5kg per angler on day one; overnight rain and a drop in the wind kept the weights lower for day two but there were still plenty of bites from small roach and perch with the occasional bonus hybrid.

Scored on a points system, with the 7 sections populated by a team member from each nation, superb fishing from hot favourites Drennan Team England led to them taking home the title with 9 out of 14 section wins. It was a disappointing two days for Team Wales whose second place on day two wasn’t enough to pull them out of the last position. A top performance from Team Scotland earned them the second place position with the hosting nation Team Ireland in third place.

The U25’s shone through with England’s Matt Derry and James Dent scoring the top weights, leading to an overall individual win for Matt scoring 2 points and a total weight of 13.56kg. At no other event would we see Ireland’s juniors fish alongside former World Champions still on the internataionl circuit as was experienced by Team Ireland youths James O’Doherty, Erne Anglers, Co. Fermanagh and James Gargan, Kingfisher AC, Co.Cavan who both secured second place in their section.

Oliver McGauley, Hon. President of the NCFFI welcomed the anglers to a presentation dinner hosted by the Loughs Agency and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council to close the championships. Gillian Fitzpatrick, representing the council thanked the anglers for coming to Newry and presented each of the teams with their medals and a commemorative plaque. Damien O’Malley, Loughs Agency reinforced the benefits of angling to the local community also providing a commemorative book on the area to each angler. Team Ireland Manager, Mark Theedom addressed the anglers to thank them for attending the event which he hopes will now continue into the future and presented Matt Derry with a Crystal Glass for best individual.

The National Coarse Fishing federation of Ireland were delighted that their proposed venue was selected by the team mangers for the long awaited return of this competition and would like to thank the sponsors and partners for their support. The O’Rourkes Coalyard middle bank venue provided for a superb setting in this city centre location with secure access and parking and was endorsed by Team England Manager, Mark Addy who said:- “The Newry Canal has proved to be one of the best venues fished for an international event”. With more development to come, working with the Loughs Agency and Newry, Mourne & Down District Council we expect to see the canal attract more such events in the future bringing a welcome boost to angling tourism for the area.

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Home Internationals, Newry Canal 21st to 24th October 2015

Preparations are taking place in Newry for the biggest coarse angling event on the canal in many years with the return of the Home International Championships where teams of some of the best anglers from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland will fish for the title. The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are delighted that their proposed venue was selected by the team managers for the long awaited for return of this competition. The championships to be organised and hosted by Irish International Team Manager, Mark Theedom and the Newry Canal Coarse Fishing Club will take place on the O’Rourkes Coal Yard stretch of the canal on Friday 23rd and Saturday 24th of October. The NCFFI have been working with Newry, Mourne and Down District Council and the Loughs Agency to open this middle bank venue to the coarse angler complimenting the various facilities in the canal area and welcome their partners support for this event.

A new format has been introduced to Home Internationals to allow the less experienced angler to take part and we shall see teams consisting of Under 25’s fish alongside international players to include the first angler to win five freshwater championships, England’s Alan Scotthorne and former world champion Will Raison. We can expect the teams on the bank on Wednesday ahead of an official practice day on Thursday 22nd October while the match itself takes place over two days on Friday and Saturday, fishing from 11am to 3pm. Spectators are welcome to come along to cheer on the teams – for more details and a list of the competing team members please visit the dedicated web page at

Ahead of the event the Team Ireland members Vincent Walsh, David Herron, James Gargan, Philip Walton, Tommy Dowd, James O’Doherty and Peter Nolan will take part in the Newry Team Challenge which will see the Home International Team Ireland take on a challenge from the Team Ireland Junior Internationals to fish the venue this Saturday, 17th October.






Waterways Ireland Shakespeare Schools Coarse Angling Competition

This annual event, organised by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation, sponsored by Waterways Ireland and Shakespeare Tackle, and assisted by Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd. and Mid Ulster District Council was held, courtesy of Bann Systems Ltd, on the Lower River Bann at Mid Ulster District Council’s coarse angling facility near Portglenone on the 10th October. Fifteen teams of 4 initially entered the event from as far apart as Enniskillen, Coleraine and Belfast   Conditions on the day were very good for the match with mild dry weather and just a little flow on the river to assist angling.

Tactics were largely determined by the experience of the anglers present. Those juniors with some experience and tackle fished the pole while others used feeder tactics. Weights were caught on both methods and the best recorded weight was 8.700 kg by James O’Doherty from Erne Integrated College, Fermanagh who fished 12m on the pole giving a small ball of bait every 1 to 3 fish and caught steady to finish up with 110 fish. Single caster boosted his weight at the end of the match when some bigger fish came in leaving James to take to take the Individual title for the section year running. A superb performance by the members of Coleraine Grammar School secured them a win and title of Schools Coarse Angling champions of 2015.

A panel of UCFF coaches and officials were on the bank side to help the less experienced along and this together with ample supplies of swim-feeders, hooks and bit and pieces supplied by Shakespeare tackle ensured that all of the competitors caught fish.

Some weights were reasonable, and well up from last year, given the inexperience of many of the competitors and the conditions, roach, gudgeon, perch and a couple of small skimmer bream were weighed in and hopefully catching a fish or two might release the angling bug in a few more juniors.

At the presentation after the match, held in the Parochial Hall, Bellaghy and hosted by Mid Ulster District Council vice-chairperson Cllr Kim Ashton presented to award the winners received tackle prizes, tackle vouchers, medals and trophies totalling over £1,500

Prizes: 1st team      Coleraine Grammar School, – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Agility feeder rod – a Gold medal and a tackle voucher valued at £30. The school received a silver plate.

2nd team   Erne Integrated College – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Rod Holdall, a Silver medal and a tackle voucher valued at £20.

3rd team   Bangor Academy – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Agility reel, a Bronze medal and a tackle voucher valued at £15

Individual Winner James O’Doherty    Erne Integrated College               8.700 kg

Section A             Paul Cunningham    Coleraine Grammar                       2.400 kg

Section B              Aaron Galbraith      Coleraine Grammar                       4.600 kg

Section C             James Cunningham Coleraine Grammar                       7.750 kg

Section D             Ryan Hargy (by default) Coleraine Grammar               0.370 kg












Registration opens for Waterways Ireland Erne Pike Fishing Classic

Registration is now open for the prestigious Waterways Ireland Erne Pike Fishing Classic which takes place from 16 to 18 October 2015.

The event, which involves approximately 400 anglers fishing along various stretches of Lough Erne, is a partnership between Waterways Ireland, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI) and the Erne Anglers Angling Club.  With an estimated prize fund of approximately £12,500, subject to participant numbers, anglers can register to fish the event for one, two or three days. The cost to enter the competition is £37.50 per angler per day.

Speaking about the forthcoming Waterways Ireland Erne Pike Fishing Classic, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Thomas O’Reilly, said:
“It is wonderful to see the return of the Waterways Ireland Erne Pike Fishing Classic to Lough Erne for a tenth year. We look forward to welcoming both new and returning anglers to the district for the 2015 Waterways Ireland Erne Pike Fishing Classic.”

John Boyle, Director with Waterways Ireland stated:
“Waterways Ireland has supported this Pike Competition since its inaugural year, recognising the ability of the event to extend the fishing season on the Erne and increase awareness of the superb angling opportunities available to competitive and leisure anglers in Fermanagh. It has been hugely successful in achieving those goals and we welcome all the new and returning anglers in 2015 to enjoy themselves immensely when they are here”.

David Burleigh, Erne Anglers Angling Club, said:
“Erne Anglers are proud to be involved with the running of this event as it has grown to be what is now the largest Pike fishing Competition of its type with participants flocking yearly to the lure of a world class venue, Lough Erne and to enjoy the hospitality of Co Fermanagh.”

For further information and to register online for the Waterways Ireland Erne Pike Fishing Classic 2015 visit Alternatively, contact the Erne Anglers via Fishing Tackle and Bait, Sligo Road, Enniskillen on 028 66 322 008.  For more details and to download a booking form click here