Jack Tisdall –  [email protected] reports on the third round of the Waterway’s Ireland NCFFI Irish Team Qualifiers took place on Lough Bridget in Co. Clare at the weekend.

The third round of the Waterway’s Ireland NCFFI Irish Team Qualifiers took place over the weekend 2/3 June.

The event was due to be fished on the River Shannon at O’Briensbridge Co Clare, however due to very poor fishing in the build up to the event it was switched to the nearby 30 peg Brigid’s Lake.

Despite poor catches, the venue produced small fish for all and no dry nets were recorded.

The event was supported by 26 anglers, meaning 41 different anglers have now fished at least one round in the Float series and 34 in the Feeder series.

Winner of the third round of the Float series was again Nick Howell (Erne Anglers) from Kilskeery in Co Tyrone, Nick fished the pole at 13m to catch 4.250kgs,

60 small Roach on loose feed pinkies.

Runner up was Mark Leonard (Royal Enfield AC) who also won his section with 2.220Kgs, in third place was Brian Bohan (Sheemore AC) with 2.080Kgs.

The Feeder Qualifier which will be used to select the Feeder team for the World Championships in South Africa in 2013, was fished on the same stretch of the lake on Sunday.

Winner Colin Martin from Belfast at Lough Bridget

Winner of the event was Colin Martin (East Belfast AC) with a catch of 29 fish including some Skimmer Bream for 3.700Kgs, runner up and winner of the second section was Brenton Sweeney (Kingfisher AC)

Brenton caught 21 small fish mainly Roach for 1.380kgs. Tied in third place were Vincent Walsh (Erne Anglers) 16 fish 0.880kgs, and Peter Turner (Fermoy and District AC) 10 fish and the same weight.

The Ireland team manager thanked the Shannon Region IFI staff who worked extremely had on the preparation of the venue; he also thanked the sponsors Waterway’s Ireland for their continued support.

The Fourth round of the Qualifiers is due to be fished on the Lough Muckno in Castleblaney, Co Monaghan on the weekend 11/12 Aug, please book in if you would like to fish.