The first two Qualifiers to select the NCFFI Team Ireland, to fish the World Championships in Enniskillen in Oct took place on an excellent River Erne over the weekend.

The 14 anglers who took part in round one and two caught a total of 344 fish (47 Pike over 50cm and 297 perch over 20cm)

Tomasz and Jacek
Tomasz and Jacek

Top rods over the first weekend were Co Galway pair of Tomasz Kurman and Jacek Gorny who won both days catching 156 fish between them in the two 6 hour matches for a total of 3,823points. Exceptional fishing from two great lure anglers, who finished on the maximum 2 point score for the weekend.

(The winning pair in the 2012 World Championships only caught 33 fish over the two days for a total of 1,299points, this show how good this Erne system is as a venue for the event)

The battle for second place in the overall standings is far from settled with three pairs separated by only 2 points.

Runners up over the weekend were Co Armagh pair Colin Rutherford and Lindsey McFadden who caught 56 fish ending the weekend on 5 match points.

Andrew and Stephen
Andrew and Stephen

Third one point behind were brothers Stephen and Andrew Powell who caught 72 fish for 6 match points. Last year’s Ireland Team pairing of Joe McDermott

And Michael Dalton finished the weekend on 41 fish and a total of 7 match points.

Biggest Pike of the weekend were two fish of 91cm one caught by Co Armagh angler Stephen McGarvey and the other caught by Jacek Gorny.

Tomazs Kurman caught the biggest Perch at 32cm.

Round three and four will take place next Saturday and Sunday meeting at the Round O carpark at 10.00am fishing 11.00am to 5.00pm.

As the team will be selected on the best two results from four qualifiers new pairings that fish next week still could be selected for the team.

Group photo at Lough Erne
Group photo at Lough Erne

NCFFI committee member and organiser of the Qualifiers Jack Tisdall, thanked the sponsors Waterway’s Ireland for their support of the event, he also thanked the

NCFFI members that helped make the first such event in Ireland a resounding success.


Mr Jack Tisdall

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