There has been a buzz around Lough Muckno this week as the 200+ anglers, coaches, managers and runners from twenty eight teams in eighteen countries descended on Castleblayney to fight for the title of FIPSed Club World Champions for feeder fishing.

The scale of this prestigious event will bring a great sustainable angling tourism boost to the local economy in Monaghan, with an estimated 2,000+ bed nights booked by travelling anglers and their associates. In fact, some teams came to Ireland in the weeks coming up to the event to test out the newly upgraded Lough Muckno venue in advance of the competition itself! All in all, great opportunity for B&Bs, pubs, hotels, restaurants and local shops to bring in some welcome business in the tourism off-season!

There is also a great opportunity for people to be part in the event as the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (who are coordinating the event along with officials from FIPSed) are welcoming volunteers to help with stewarding. This would mean watching an angler as they fish and counting the number of fish caught by that angler for each hour of the match on the competition days themselves (Saturday and Sunday, 22nd and 23rd of April, with fishing between 10am and 3pm) – an easy job!  Anyone interested in taking part can contact the NCFFI through their Facebook page or by filling in this webform.

The participating clubs arrived at Muckno Gate Lodge to register on Sunday afternoon with late arrivals clocking in at the crack of dawn on Monday morning to sign on and biosecure their equipment before battle could commence.

Biosecurity Station

Wednesday is the third of five days of training for the teams, with compulsory training taking place for all teams on Friday. The official launch of the event will be on Thursday evening, 6pm in Castleblayney, as the teams take part in the parade and flag ceremony which will bring a great spectacle to the Co. Monaghan town.

Lough Muckno has looked fantastic with pegs full of anglers and spells of spring sunshine in between light cloud. The fishing has been good so far, with the overcast hours bringing the best of the action. The competition days are forecast to be dull with a bit of a breeze, so that bodes well for Muckno to put her best foot forward for the angling guests.

Magnificent Muckno

Inland Fisheries Ireland are proud to be able to sponsor the event and we’d like to wish the best of luck to the two local teams who are taking part in the event, the CM Lakelands Feeder Club and the Lurgan Coarse Angling Club – may the best team win!

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