Soft day!

With high water levels affecting venues across the island, the 2023 NCFFI Championships was staged for the first time on Upper Lough Erne in County Fermanagh. The anglers were positioned at Bellanaleck, Dolan’s Ring and Derrycharra, selected for ease of access to the fast flowing River Erne. Catches were good with quality skimmers, hybrids and bream making up for the undesirable weather with the rain persistent throughout.

Browning Ireland’s Tommy Dowd from Virginia, Co. Cavan took the top honour as the 2023 All Ireland Champion winning the match with 10.150kg. Just behind him was Munster CAC’s Ian Kelsey with 9.800kg for runner-up position. In third place was Co. Fermanagh Willie Wheeler with 8.900kg. Mary Tigwell, Drumshambo, Co. Leitrim picked up the Women’s Cup.


L-R Ian Kelsey, Tommy Dowd, Mary Tigwell

Float Club Qualifiers

The Upper Lough Erne is also the venue for the Float Club Qualifiers taking place over the weekend of 19/20 August. NCFFI member clubs interested in representing Ireland at the World Championships Coarse Angling for Clubs to be staged in Slovenia in 2024 are invited to register to take part here

Closing date for entries if 5th August 2023.