World Championship Youth Team Ireland Announcement

The International Youth Team Manager of the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, Jack Tisdall has announced the teams who will represent Ireland at the FIPS-ed World Youth Angling Championships in 2017.  The qualifying juniors who will represent Ireland on home soil at the championships to be staged on the prolific Inniscarra Reservoir in County Cork next August are as follows;

JORDANHALL                       U25        ERNE ANGLERS AC


KIERAN  KELLY                     U25        ERNE ANGLERS AC


ROB        KAVANAGH          U25        DAINGEAN AC


JAMES    O DOHERTY          U20        ERNE ANGLERS AC


CILLIAN  FLYNN                   U20        ROYAL ENFIELD AC

ENDA     MINOGUE            U20        NEW ROSS AC



EOIN       ROGERS                 U15        CARRICKMACROSS AC

JOHN      BROWNE               U15        NEW ROSS AC

ROISIN   BOHAN                 U15         ERNE ANGLERS AC


RHYS      WALSH                 U15         BSI SENSAS AC

The youths were selected from a process of four qualifiers staged over two weekends on the world championship venue with those scoring the best of the four matches selected for the squad.

Jack Tisdall says:- ‘I am delighted to present our youth squad including for the first time since 2013 an Under 15 team of some highly skilled anglers for their age which demonstrates the high level of development of our junior coarse anglers in Ireland. A wide programme of taster sessions, summer schools and national championships introduces newcomers to our sport and reflects the benefits of the coaching pathway in angling.

Congratulations goes to all those who made the squad but also to everyone who took part in the qualifying process.  I would encourage those who were unsuccessful this time to stick with the process in the future and come along to Inniscarra and observe the world’s best youth anglers in action. In the new year we will announce a programme of training for the teams and I would like to take this opportunity to invite senior anglers interested in joining me, and assistant Manager Shane Kavanagh, in the development and the training of the squad to get in touch.’

Sponsorship of tackle & equipment from Tubertini UK Ltd and Van en Eynde has been secured but the NCFFI welcomes interest from interested parties who may wish to provide additional support for the three teams in 2017. Contact Jack Tisdall on 00 44 7813 333694 or


2016 Waterways Ireland-Shakespeare NI Schools Coarse Angling Competition

This annual event, organised by the Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation, sponsored by Waterways Ireland, Shakespeare Tackle, Irish Bait & Tackle and Mid Ulster District Council was held, on the Lower River Bann at Mid Ulster District Council’s superb Coarse Angling facility in Portglenone on the 23rd October 2016.

Event organiser John Taggart, UCFF Secretary and EBCAC member reports:-

‘Conditions on the day were excellent for the match with mild dry weather and the river was at summer level with just a little flow. The anglers arrived for the draw in anticipation and excitement of what was to come with teams arriving from large distances from across the province to compete for the coveted title of Waterways Ireland NI Schools Competition Winners. There was also the added competitiveness between team members, of who was going to beat who and for Breda Academy, it was family rivalry between the 3 Anderson brothers.

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 on the day was 8.580 kg by Paul Cunningham, using pole to hand method, from Coleraine Grammar School, Coleraine

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 and the UCFF ensured that all competitors had a fair opportunity to catch a fish.

Weights were excellent and well up from last year with almost all the anglers catching fish, given the inexperience of many of the competitors and the conditions, roach, gudgeon, perch and a couple of small hybrids 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-Chair Cllr Sharon McAleer presented to the winners who received tackle prizes, vouchers, medals and trophies with a value of more than £1,500. With prizes being distributed on a default basis, 21 anglers benefitted.  Congratulations to all the winners.

The Ulster Coarse Fishing Federation would like to thank the adults to make it possible to encourage juniors into our sport; the teachers, parents, angling coaches and club members who gave up their time to make it happen, the children who took part and our sponsors for the great prizes.  Special thanks goes to Mid Ulster Council for use of the wonderful angling facility, the preparation of the venue and the wonderful array of refreshments on hand for everyone.  The 2017 competition will take place on Saturday 21st October and registration will take place from May contact or call john Taggart on 07891 516677


Prizes: 1st team                Erne Integrated College (Team consisted of James O’Doherty, Dominykas Kuklys, Cairan Murphy and Killian Maguire), – 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                Coleraine Grammar School (Team consisted of Paul Cunningham, Alex Hegarty, Connor Evans and Yani Racharov), – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Keepnet and Landing net, a Silver medal and a tackle voucher valued at £20.

3rd team                 Dromore High School (Team consisted of Josh Sloan, Tyler Graham, Taylor Orr and Richard Dickson) – Each competitor received a Shakespeare Agility reel, a Bronze medal and a tackle voucher valued at £15.

Individual Results:


1st                                    Paul Cunningham, Coleraine Grammar                      8.580kg

2nd                                    Dominykas Kuklys, Erne Integrated                            6.800kg

3rd                                     James O’Doherty, Erne Integrated                               6.300kg

Paul Cunningham received a Shakespeare triple hardcase holdall and the Individual Winner Trophy for his superb efforts

Section Results

Winners received a Shakespeare Agility carryall and 2nd place a reel

Section A                       

1st                                     Darren Anderson, Breda Academy                               1.850kg

2nd                                    B Geary, Bangor Academy                                              1.250kg

Section B

1st                                     Jack Hunter, Bangor Academy                                       2.300kg

2nd                                    Jake Storey, Bangor Academy                                       1.350kg

Section C

1st                                     Simon Anderson, Breda Academy                                2.050kg

2nd                                    Adam Orr, Bangor Academy                                          0.360kg

Section D

1st                                     Gareth Anderson, Breda Academy                               3.100kg

2nd                                    Imogen Thomas, Dromore High School                      0.650kg

A special spot prize was also given out on the day, chosen by the bankside officials it was decided on who was unluckiest angler which went to Max Moore, Royal Belfast Academical Institute, who received a fishing reel.

All Ireland Junior Feeder Championships

The popularity of the feeder method led to a junior championship specifically for this fast growing discipline in 2015 and 17 young anglers attended the second edition held on Lough Sillan on Saturday 15th October.  A wet morning met the eager youngsters keen for some competitive angling and some fun.  This year saw two age categories for the event U25 and U15 reflecting the new categories as defined by FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce for youth angling.   Every participant caught fish at the Caravan Park section match venue close to Shercock in County Cavan and as the day got drier and the sun came out nets of small roach were presented for the weigh-in by the young anglers. FeederTeam Ireland manager Brenton Sweeney presented the trophies and an array of tackle prizes from Sensas Ireland, Garbolino UK and Tubertini UK LTD to the winners as they enjoyed refreshments on the bank.

Under 25

1st Austin Conway      9lbs 2oz

2nd James O’Doherty 8lbs 2oz

3rd Jordan Hall            7lbs 3oz

Under 15

1st Eoin Rogers           4lbs 11oz

2nd Charlie Richards 3lbs 14oz

3rd Rhys Walsh          3lbs 7oz


9th FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Boat Fishing with Lures, Ireland 2016

The 9th FIPS-ed World Championships Predator Boat Fishing with Lures was staged on Lough Ree and the River Shannon at the weekend.  Days of practise, weeks for some and preparation come to an end with teams from the 17 nations fishing the competition area for two days of official training and the competition itself on Saturday and Sunday.  Up to 42 boats took to the water from Ballyleague Marina in County Roscommon to fish a designated area of Lough Ree and a 3km stretch of the River Shannon in search of the Irish predators renowned on this 13,000 hectare water.

With teams from Kazakshtan to South Africa taking part the marina was an array of bright colours as the anglers took to the water in a range of boats; lake boats were hired locally with others choosing to bring their own overland including the 225hp bass boat brought by Team Germany. Inland Fisheries provided a controlled start from their two patrol boats as well as implementing the all-important disinfection for bio-security purposes.

The midlands community of Lanesbrough and Ballyleague put on a massive welcome to the anglers with a carnival through the streets to make for a magnificent ‘Parade of Flags’ probably the best seen at any championships worldwide. A super effort from the local angling hub who coordinated other activities to include the Taste of the Lakelands food festival to engage everyone in to the atmosphere of the event.

Brilliant sunshine and warm weather met everyone and was reflected in the mood of Lough Ree whose unusually flat calm conditions made for hard fishing. Pike and Perch are caught using artificial baits during the competition, measured and recorded by stewards before they are returned quickly to the water.  The largest length recorded was 102cm by Team Italy who take the Biggest Fish trophy on a venue that is known for bigger fish in larger numbers but that just didn’t appear in these conditions.

Team Romania stormed ahead on day one of the competition with their 35 pike caught from the two boats but day two wasn’t so successful for them and they just missed the podium. With two days of flat calm conditions the skills of these world class anglers were put to the test and the expertise of Team Ukraine on the international angling circuit was shown as they took first position on the podium. A steady position from Belarus over the two days secured them the Silver with Lithuania coming in for Bronze.  Team Ireland had the 5th largest number of fish caught in the competition, landing 43 but only large enough for a 10th position finish.

In the Pairs Ukraine scored again with team members Iurii Orlow & Konstantyn Shvabi taking Gold. Silver went to Lithuanian Pair Domas Kelpsas & Gediminas Svilpa with Hungary reaching the podium for Bronze with their pairing of Peter Bosansky & Viktor Gegeny.

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland would like to thank all those who made the long journey to take part in the championships with 17 competing nations the highest for this discipline.  Thanks goes to the local angling hub and the local community who provided a warm welcome and made for an enjoyable week for all. To Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI for implementing the bio-security processes and safely escorting the competitors out to their fishing areas, to all the local boat owners and stewards who were an integral part of the competition and to the Civil Defence and Sub Aqua teams who volunteered to provide safety boats on the water. Thank you to Roscommon County Council, Longford County Council, Falte Ireland and Inland Fisheries for their sponsorship which enabled us to host this event in the midlands of Ireland