World Championships Bank Fishing with Lures, Slovakia 2016

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

All Ireland Junior Canal Championships 2016

The NCFFI All Ireland Junior Canals Championship took place on the Grand canal at Daingean on 21st May. This years event coincided with World Fish Migration Day a global event connecting fish, people and rivers.  Twenty one keen juniors turned up on the day with a fantastic 9 anglers in the under 23’s who fished a separate section of the canal.
Weather conditions were expected to be bad but in the end only a couple of heavy showers dampened the day. All anglers caught fish!
The under 23 section, organised by Shane Kavanagh, was a tightly fought match for 4 hours with very little difference in weights.  The other sections, organised by John Connolly and Sean Ward , fished for 3 hours with a notable big catch in the under 18 section by winner Austin Conway of Naas & District Angling Club. Our Novice section designed for those new to competition angling allows assistance and guidance from the organisers or accompanying adults and is designed to help introduce more juniors to the thrill of competition angling.

1st Sarah Connolly 0.5kg
2nd Cillian McEvilly 0.05 Kg

Under 14
1st Roisin Bohan 2.4Kg
2nd Eoin Rogers 1.9Kg
3rd Ciara McEvilly 0.35Kg

Under 18
1st Austin Conway 7Kg
2nd Cillian Flynn 1.95Kg
3rd Liam Hubbock 0.78Kg

Under 23
1st Kieran Kelly 1.98Kg
2nd Mark Connolly 1.8Kg
3rd Dean Aherne 1.6 Kg

We’d like to thank our main sponsors Waterways Ireland and also Southside Angling who did provided a fantastic array of prizes for the day. A big thanks as always to Castle Barna golf club where we held our presentation and where we provided food for all our competitors and parents/coaches. Congratulations to all the winners and everyone who took part. It was a great day.

The next individual junior event is the one everyone wants to win – the All Ireland on Saturday 27th August at Killeshandra., co. Cavan.