Friendly Home International River Bann

The Autumnal Lower River Bann was the venue for a friendly team competition at the weekend. Team Ireland joined by Team Scotland fished alongside East Belfast Coarse Angling Club and a Youth Select team including some members of the U15 squad.

Fishing the competition presented a great opportunity for practise on Mid-Ulster Council’s angling facility at Portglenone currently being upgraded to host the European Championships in 2019. The two-day event saw the teams all come together and spend the weekend in the local area enjoying the camaraderie that comes with team fishing. The competition was fished to CIPS rule with bait limits with fresh bait supplies from Irish Bait and Tackle Limited on Saturday.

Fishing against a strong upstream wind on Saturday was tough but James O’Doherty Angling for Team Ireland netted 9.640kg of roach for a match win on day one helping the team to finish on 11 points and a great 8 point head start. The heavy frost on Sunday saw a smaller stamp of roach and fewer bonus fish but a good performance from Team Scotland saw them finish just one point behind Team Ireland. Well done to James Dornom best individual with a perfect 2 point score and to Ireland’s John Browne who finished 5th individually against this fine group of senior anglers.

Results

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Fips-ed 11th World Championships Carnivorous Artificial Bait Boat Angling

Team Ireland Predator squad recently returned from the 2018 championships held on Rutland Water in the Midlands, England.

The week-long trip saw the seven man squad take advantage of some good fishing on Grafham Water whilst the Championship venue was closed. An enjoyable two days was spent in search of Zander (a new species for many of the team) and large perch and pike. The venue didn’t disappoint and produced some large bonus bream and a PB for Jacek. The team would like to pass their thanks to the rangers, staff and fellow anglers at Grafham for their warm hospitality.

Onto Rutland and the warm sunny weather was rapidly deteriorating as the team explored the water on Thursday and Friday with variables catches. Apprehension about anchorage were overcome with the tool box to customise the boats and attach the spot lock. The boats predominantly used by game anglers on these trout waters were all uniform in size and thus the same for everyone with 5hp engines. Fair play to South Africa and the USA teams who had to purchase/hire equipment on arrival to compete. Day one of the championships saw the championships team Tomek Kurman & Jacek Gorny​ and Steven Powell​ & Andrew Powell​ take to the water. Colin Rutherford​, David Dennis​ and Simon Gibson​ assumed steward duties and support from the shore. The championship team got off to a good start; against 40mph winds and tough fishing they produced 22 fish and 27,087 points for 6th position. With the two pairs together ranked 13th & 14th they headed into competition day two in high spirits. Concerns about manoeuvring around the catamaran racers were quickly overcome with persistent and very cold rain making conditions much harder than Saturday. This combined with a change in fishing area for one of the boats left the team unable to capitalise on the good position and whilst many fish including a good number of zander were caught, the total number of qualifying size was lower leaving the team to finish in 10th position.

International Predator Team Manager, Tomek Kurman​, reports: –
“I am very proud to once again present Team Ireland on the world stage, a team who work well together on and off the water, and for their support of the entire squad before and during the championships. Angling at International level is tough but rewarding. Each year we visit different countries fishing a variety of venues and constantly learn from these trips. Of course, we want to win but the knowledge acquired, and the camaraderie of the participating teams all contributes to a great experience. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the NCFFI who cover the entry fee and contribute to travel costs, to our friends & families who helped by taking part in our prize draw and to our invaluable sponsors who keep us kitted out on the water Duo Hook​, Vass Waders & Rainwear​, Costa Sunglasses​, Dennett Outdoor Ltd​, Seapower UK​, Strike Pro World​, Baltic Lifejackets​
Also, to FIPSed Fédération Internationale de la Pêche Sportive en Eau Douce​ and the Angling Trust​ competition organisers who showed us two fine facilities for anglers with jetty-side rest rooms, parking, tackle sales and cafeteria. Roll on South Africa in 2018!”

Whilst the 2018 boat team has also been selected to fish the next World Championships in February 2019 at the World Games in South Africa, preparations are already underway to provide a series of qualifiers to select the 2019 Bank and 2020 Boat teams throughout 2019. Artificial bait lure angling is huge in Europe but still growing in Ireland. The NCFFI are keen to encourage more into this sport and international competition. Ahead of the announcement of the qualifiers expressions of interest are invited from those who may be interested in both boat or bank disciplines, click here

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Junior All Ireland Championships

60th Edition All Ireland Championships Senior & Ladies

Sensas angler Julian Kendrick wins the anniversary edition of the ‘All-Ireland’ with a 25kilo bream catch from the Shannon Erne Waterway. A well-deserved title for one of Ireland’s top rods who has been on form all year.

The 60th edition of the All-Ireland Championships which took place on Sunday in County Leitrim saw 116 anglers representing the four provinces check in at the 1st Leitrim Scouts Den ahead of the five-hour match. Saturday had seen rain all day with Sunday providing fair and slightly breezy conditions for the competitors. The anniversary of the event saw it return to Ballinamore where the championships were formed sixty years ago when four times as many anglers fished the competition in the area synonymous with coarse angling in Ireland. Back then the match held on Lough Garadice also included the opportunity to fish for pike. Lough Garadice still featured heavily in the 2018 competition with Church, Cully and Connolly’s shores included along with several other venues to include Lough Scur, Kiltybarden and County Cavan venues Brackley lake and Town Lake, Killeshandra.

Conditions were perfect for Julian who with the wind blowing into his face seized the opportunity to fish for bream from Cully’s Shore, Lough Garadice. His tactics played off and after an hour fishing at 40metres using corn, maggot and worm the small fish went away and he hooked bream, in groups of 3 or 4 for the duration of the match finishing with 58 fish including small hybrids and perch. For his win Julian received a Tournament rod bag from Daiwa UK who are also celebrating sixty years in the tackle industry along with his trophy from Leitrim Crystal and Sensas Ireland ground bait. Terry Shortt Chair of Ballinamore Angling & Tourism proudly presented Julian with the silver perpetual cup which was originally donated to the federation by the people of Ballinamore back in 1959.
Julian says: – I am delighted to have won this prestigious title on this special occasion and honoured to be the 60th engraving on the cup alongside the list of champions over the years. Thank you to the NCFFI for the organisation of the event and to the sponsors.’

Ed Rogers from Belturbet also took the opportunity fishing the next peg to Julian to finish second in the competition with 14.800kg and receive a selection of items from Preston Innovations and Sonubaits to include items from the world championship luggage range. In third place was Nigel Spencer over from Scotland with his top weight of 12.800 from Brackley Lake earning him a €50 voucher from Irish Bait and Tackle Limited and Sensas ground baits, particularly useful as he spends the next week fishing festivals in the region. Enniskillen angler Jordan Hall a former Irish Youth International and winner of the Classic fished the rocks on Lough Scur for 11.800kg earning him 4th place followed by Dungannon angler Romauldas Irzikevicius and his 11.550kg catch from Brackley Lake. Both Jordan and Romauldas received an Evoke Reel and Magnetic Hook Box among other items from Tubertini UK.
Four ladies turned out for the event to fish alongside the men for their own title. 19 year old Deimante Deima from Mullingar fished a great match at Town Lake in Killeshandra to take the Ladies Champion title of 2018. Deimante fished a 9m pole for around 100 small fish on single maggot, feeding Sensas ground bait and a lot of casters. Along with the winner’s trophy Deimante received a £50 from Fishing Tackle & Bait in Enniskillen and Sensas ground bait. In second place was Drumshanbo angler Mary Tigwell whose catch of 1.680kg from Church Shore earnt her a selection of tackle items from Tubertini UK LTD

Deimante says: – ‘Fishing is my favourite hobby and I fish as much as I can. I am therefore excited to have won this competition and would like to express my thanks to my dad who got me angling in the first place and has taught me many valuable lessons.’

A full pay-out of all entry with 5 peg sections and the top five followed the match at Terry Shortt’s Heritage Bar in Ballinamore where all the competitors received an engraved paperweight to commemorate the 60th edition event from Leitrim Crystal. The NCFFI’s Tommy Lawton presenting to the prize-winners thanked the members of Ballinamore Angling & Tourism for their contribution to coarse angling and all those for travelling long distances to take part in the championships.

The NCFFI would like to congratulate the winners and all those who attended. Special thanks go to the Lakelands Angling Ballinamore for their assistance on the ground, Waterways Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland for their sponsorship and the tackle sponsors. To Ballinamore Angling & Tourism and the 1st Leitrim Scouts whose fine den facilitated the anglers draw, a perfect indoor venue with catering along with plenty of room for parking, on-site net-dip and bait sales from Irish Bait & Tackle Ltd.

All Ireland Club Championships

 

East Belfast Coarse Angling Club are the proud holders of the Bobby Smither’s Cup and the NCFFI All-Ireland Club Champions of 2018!

The two-day match also serves to select the team to represent Ireland at the World Club Championships and was fished to FIPS-ed rules. East Belfast will now travel to Croatia to represent Ireland at the FIPSed World Club Championships in 2019.

The Ulster club entered the challenge presenting A and B teams fishing their home water against another seven club teams from across the provinces all keen for the title. The A team members David Gibson, father & Son Aaron Nabc Hutchman & Paul Hutchman, Ron Jordan and Gary Radcliffe were victorious. With a total of 29 points they were just ahead of the current title holders BSI Sensas who represented Ireland at the World Championships in Hungary earlier this year. In third place were VDE Erne Anglers with 37 points.

The teams of five fished in perfect weather conditions with low water levels with little flow with an upstream north wind on Sunday. The venue produced a tough match on Saturday with all sections improving for Sunday with a lot more fish showing and of a better stamp. Some gudgeon and perch showed but roach dominated. Most fish fell to short line tactics at 11-13m, with some anglers fortunate to catch on the whip.

Team Results
East Belfast A 29 points
BSI Sensas Ireland 32 points
ERNE Anglers 37 points
Tubertini Yellow 41 points
East Belfast B 57 points
Lurgan Coarse Angling Club 60 points
Fermoy AC 62 points
Erne Anglers Green 63 points
Tubertini Black 69 points

East Belfast’s Aaron Hutchman former Irish U25 Youth International and Erne Anglers’s Tony Hopkins both secured first and second in section with Tony finishing with the bigger weight of 19.180kg to be the top individual. James O’Doherty had 4 points along with BSI Sensas’s Conor Browne but his top match weight of weight of 25.530kg secured him the third-place individual.

The NCFFI would like to congratulate the winners, all those who took part, the fishery owners the Honourable Irish Society and to Tubertini Match Club for hosting the match. Thank you to sponsors Waterways Ireland and to Mid Ulster Council for providing welcome refreshments at the Wild Duck Inn.

The NCFFI has secured the hosting of the FIPSed European Championships for Ireland in 2019 and the Lower River Bann at Portglenone is the proposed venue and development plans to extend the match stretch are in progress. Applications are open until 31st of August and those wishing to apply to fish on the team can contact International Float Team Manager Vincent Walsh on 087 256 3669. The Lower River Bann is also home to the annual Ulster Schools Competition and the popular The Bann Bonanza Festival.

 

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