Predator Team Ireland’s Shore angling team recently took part in the 9th World Championships Shore angling with lures – one of the newest disciplines from FIPS-ed using artificial baits. The championships which were last year hosted by the National Coarse fishing Federation of Ireland on Craigavon Lakes in Co. Armagh, Northern Ireland were this year fished on a very different venue, the River Poprad in Slovakia. Team members Lindsey Mc Fadden, Colin Rutherford, Andrew Powell, Jacek Gorney and David Dennis were selected to represent Ireland from qualifiers held on the River Cusher earlier this year.
It was a tough start but same late night training saw a vastly improved performance on day two with Team Ireland achieving a final world championship ranking of 13th place. A very respectable position against the worlds greatest spinning teams with Ireland still relative newcomers in this discipline.
Individually team members Jacek Gorny and Andrew Powell stormed their way up the rankings on day 2 leaving therm placed 32nd and 33rd against the worlds 75 top anglers. Colin Rutherford and Lindsay McFadden moved up to 51st and 52nd place.
The NCFFI are currently preparing to host the World Championships using artificial baits from boats which will take place on Lough Ree in October. International Team Manager Tomek Kurman is expected to announce details of how members of the NCFFI can apply for selection through a range of qualifiers in the coming days.
View a gallery of images from the championships here