Aspiring young anglers attended the first rounds of the NCFFI youth sessions last weekend. They fished over two days, with Day 1 at Ballyshunnock Reservoir and Day 2 at Oaklands, with Irish Bait and Tackle Limited sponsoring the all essential live bait.
The focus for these sessions was pole fishing, and the young anglers got to grips with the techniques on Ballyshunnock, where fishing for silvers was a little slow, and then blitzed it the following day at Oaklands, catching 230kg of carp. Judging by the smiles in the photos,  everyone had an enjoyable time. See the NCFFI Facebook page for full report and more photos.

If you are interested in becoming involved, the NCFFI is inviting young anglers, from novices to the competent, to join a series of sessions covering a range of float fishing techniques. What’s more, those aspiring to compete on the world stage will get to fish alongside those already on the international scene as we look to form a pool of anglers to progress to the championship level, looking ahead to fielding teams in all three age categories at the World Youth Angling Championships of 2025. Those not ready for the world stage will be invited to take part in the Celtic Cup in Scotland this October, where we will field mixed teams of variable ability to introduce young anglers to sport fishing competition to international rule.

The sessions will move around the island and are available at,
Gaulmoylestown Lake, 11th May
Ballyshunnock Reservoir, 8th June
Lough Scur Co. Leitrim, 20th July
Northern Ireland (Venue TBA) 10th August
Advance Registration only at