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.

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Team Ireland win the International Feeder Friendly Challenge

The ten man team event held on Saturday 14th of April saw teams consisting of members of four nations battle it out on County Cavan venues of Lough Sillan, Lough Namachree and Annaghierin Lake all in a relaxed atmosphere for this friendly challenge.
Team Ireland win for the 3rd year running with 14 points and 8 section wins. In second place Team Lithuania with 22 points, 3rd Team Poland with 28 points and 4th Team Romania with 36 points.
Individual winner was Mark Leonard with an impressive 8.940kg, 2nd Johnny McKinley with 5.320kg and 3rd Lithuania’s Donatas Nekrasius with 4.900kg.
All the top weights came from Lough Namachree.
Feeder Team Manager Brenton Sweeney says:- Whilst Ireland are victors once again, it can be difficult fishing to International rule and I am encouraged by the quality feeder angling evident across all the nations. Thanks to everyone who took part.

Visit the gallery here https://www.ncffi.ie/portfolio-item/international-feeder-friendly-challenge-2018/

Youth Team Ireland Off to Italy with New Manager

The NCFFI have welcomed the appointment of Gavin Walsh to the position of Youth Team Manager for the next three-year term. Gavin was responsible for re-introducing international angling to Ireland’s juniors back in 2011 after a gap of some years, taking on a role that no one else would entertain at the time, he led the Juniors to a win at the Celtic Cup in Scotland. His experience with youth angling will have played an important part when unanimously voted into the position, which he takes over from retiring manager Jack Tisdall.

In 2017 Ireland presented youth teams in all categories U15, U20 and U25 when hosting the FIPS-ed World Youth Angling Championships on Inniscarra. The three teams of promising young anglers fared well in competition but its recognised that they could benefit from more coaching and experience in their preparation for the World Stage. With this in mind for this first year in the term and with the World Championships not so far away Gavin has decided that only the Under 15’s will travel to Italy this year. The young anglers chosen through qualifiers held in 2017 are; Roisin Bohan, John Browne, Eoin Rogers, Charlie Richards and Rhys Walsh. This mixed group of aspiring young anglers with one world championship now under their hat show great promise and with a few years ahead of them in this category (they are probably the youngest team on the championship circuit) Gavin can concentrate his efforts in working with them to gain more experience. We wish them all well.

Gavin says-: I’m delighted to be back and looking forward to trying to guarantee a steady progression of youth anglers through the ranks all the way to our Senior teams for years to come. I’m looking forward to seeing some new faces over the coming years and watching their abilities and confidence grow through experience from these events. Hopefully this will generate recruits to our national teams for many years.

A change in circumstances for those U20’s and U25’s who attended the qualifiers last year has left us short on experience to form teams but those still interested are encouraged to re-apply for the 2019 qualifiers which will be held from September to November this year (to be confirmed shortly).
There is a considerable amount of effort required to coach and travel with young anglers and time will now be spent looking at the required structure of coach and parental support for the juniors to provide the opportunity for the future.

Anyone who is interested in getting involved should contact Gavin on 087 613 9551

Team Ireland Predator Shore Sponsor Announced

NCFFI International Predator Team Manager Tomek Kurman is delighted to announce Duo Hook as the team sponsors for the 2018 championship team. Duo Hook have been with us for a few years now and we would like to thank them and Romas Norvilas for their continued support. In addition Vass Waders & Rainwear will once […]

2018 All Ireland Championships

The NCFFI run several titled coarse fishing senior championships annually and with the assistance of our member clubs showcase a number of venues on canals, rivers and loughs across the island of Ireland.

Everyone is invited to take part irrespective of club, federation or community (with the obvious exception of FIPSed qualifiers and provincial championships which are available to affiliated clubs only).

For the latest information, on-line booking and details of all other events run by our member clubs please visit www.ncffi.ie/events

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