The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland are pleased to announce the team to represent Ireland at the 14th World Championships Bank Fishing with Lures. The event hosted by the NCFFI in 2015 on Craigavon Lakes will this year take place on the River Poprad in Slovakia in May.

The team was chosen through a process of qualifiers over the weekend of the 2nd & 3rd of April on the beautiful River Cusher in Co. Armagh, chosen in order to replicate as much as possible the conditions to be expected in Slovakia. Unfortunately the River was in full flood and very fast flowing but it highlighted the specific skills of the anglers who need to be able to deal with all conditions. For the qualification rules and results please refer to

The 2016 Predator Team Ireland NCFFI Banks Shore

Tomasz Kurman – Captain
Jacek Gorny
Colin Rutherford
Lindsay McFadden
Andrew Powell
David Dennis – Reserve
Steven Powell – Delegate

Colin Rutherford, Jacek Rafał Gorny, Andrew Powell, Lindsay Mcfadden, Tomek Kurman
Colin Rutherford, Jacek Rafał Gorny, Andrew Powell, Lindsay Mcfadden, Tomek Kurman

Tomasz Kurman, International Predator Team Manager says:- “I am pleased to say that after a tough qualification process on a flooded and very fast flowing River Cusher we were able to form a strong motivated team, eager to mark their position on the world stage for Ireland alongside the best lure anglers in the world.
In addition I would like to make a specific mention of 3 anglers who put up a great fight during the qualifiers, namely Arvydas Mencinskas, Cristian Cacovean and Guntars Vaivads who finished with 66.5 points and in joint 5th place alongside David Dennis and Andrew Powell all having caught the one fish during the qualifiers. Andrew was selected for the final position on the team as his fish was caught during Leg 6 when no other angler caught. Due to FIPS-ed passport eligibility restrictions and the fact that David Dennis represented us in 2014 he was chosen as the reserve. Along with Steven Powell who travels as team delegate their previous experience of world championship events will be invaluable to us on the bank.

Thank you to all competitors who entered the qualifiers, our members and stewards who made it a flawless event, DCAL Fisheries and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the team sponsors Vass Waders & Rainwear and Main Irish Angling along the NCFFI for their continued support.”

The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, a voluntary body, is a member of the Angling Council of Ireland and the NGB for coarse and predator angling recognised by Sport Ireland and Sport Northern Ireland