Lough Ree receives the thumbs up from FIPS-ed Technical Inspection

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. For more details visit www.ncffi.ie/wbc16

European Team Announcement

Out-going Float Team Manager Mark Theedom has announced the team for his final championship event before retiring from the role he has held for the last six years.  Further to a strong performance at the Home Internationals on the Newry Canal last October, two Under 25’s James O’Doherty of Erne Anglers AC and James Gargan, Kingfisher AC will complement the squad who bring with them a wealth of experience at world championships events.
The 2016 European Float team:
James Gargan
Francis McGoldrick
Nick Howell
James O’Doherty
Vincent Walsh
Jason Ward
The squad along with former team member Peter Nolan will travel to the Netherlands this July to compete on the Large Vaart Canal in the Almere-Buiten district. The ruler straight canal features bream & skimmers along with Roach, Ruffe and Perch with Ide, Zander and Carp also present.
Mark Theedom says:- “I have selected a team which combines both experience and youthful enthusiasm, the Europeans in Holland is the perfect place for the two younger anglers to prove themselves again after their good performances at last year’s Home Internationals.
The other team members selected have all fished and performed well over a number of years, and the whole squad is looking forward to getting the best result we can at my last match as Team manager.”
Next up for the float team will be the Home Internationals, an event Mark was instrumental in getting resurrected in 2015 for Ireland.  New float team manager Vincent Walsh will be announcing details of the 2016 event to be held in England this October and inviting interested individuals to apply for the team.

NCFFI All Ireland Canal Championships, Royal Canal 30Apr & 01May

Julian Kendrick, Co.Offaly (Sensas Ireland) wins the 2016 All Ireland Canal Championships with 1.590kg. In second place was Brian O’Donoghue, 3rd John Connolly and 4th Alan Larkin.

A relatively new event considering the NCFFI have been running the All Ireland series for over 50 years; this is the 8th Senior Canals Championship since Darren Fairhurst won the inaugural match in 2009. Now an annual event, its is the only All-Ireland 2 day canal match of its kind. During its relatively short history, it switches between the Royal and Grand canals, which has been key to keeping the anglers coming back.

The two-day championships was fished this year on the Royal Canal around Enfield.  The outlook was positive, with good weather and a tinge of colour decent weights were anticipated. Sadly the shoals of roach who normally inhabit the Royal Canal didn’t turn up for the anglers . After a number of dry nets on day one it was off to the Longwood section for day two, a stretch known for its potential for large weights of bream – but it still wasn’t to be. Successful anglers had one or two skimmers and a few perch in their catches. Despite the disappointment for some there was the usual good humoured banter on the bank and afterwards at Mother Hubbard’s.

The organisers would like to thank Waterways Ireland for their continued sponsorship of the event, local club Royal Enfield AC and Mother Hubbard’s for their hospitality over the weekend.

Next up is the Junior Canals Championships on the Grand Canal at Daingean on 21st of May