Belfast Telegraph

Craigavon Lakes are in great shape to welcome world

By Vic Thomas

Craigavon Lakes tuned up for the World Championships later this month by playing host to the Predator Qualifiers with 22 anglers competing to represent Ireland at the 13th FIPSed World Championships Bank Fishing with Lures.

The Railway bank venue proved to be a fair water and over the two-day qualifiers almost one hundred fish were caught.

Andrew Powell from Richhill and Lindsay McFadden from Loughgall both secured their Team Ireland places along with Jacek Gorny of Galway and Cavan's Arvydas Mencinskas.

Lurgan's Chris Laverty and Yuri Antoniuk, Dublin, are the reserves, while Colin Rutherford from Portadown is team delegate and Tomi Kurman, Galway, team captain.

"I congratulate all who have secured their place on Team Ireland and I am absolutely delighted to hear that four of the overall eight places have come from Co Armagh," said Darryn Causby, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon.

"It certainly goes to show the calibre of angler we have in this Council area and further endorses Craigavon Lakes as the ideal place to hold the World Championships."

National Coarse Fishing Federation Vice-Chairman Jack Tisdall added: "Special thanks goes to Portadown Pike Anglers who stewarded the event and Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council for providing the safety boat and overnight security."

The World Championships take place on Craigavon Lakes over the weekend of May 23 and 24.

TEAM OF WEEK: Northern Ireland’s game anglers have beaten the Republic of Ireland in the opening leg of the inaugural Cross Border International Fly Fishing competition at Ballyshunnock Dam.

Team Northern Ireland were behind after the opening session but enjoyed great sport in session two to win the leg by 3900 points to Team Ireland’s 3150 points.

This sets the local lads up nicely for their home leg on Dungannon Park Lake on June 13, that lead of 750 points offering a tremendous chance of overall victory.

Northern Ireland’s top rod in the first leg was team captain Mark Smyth.

The rest of the winning team — all of whom performed superbly against top quality opposition — were Stephen Allison, John Dillon, William Maguinness and Andrew Humphries.

NEWS OF WEEK: The Northern Ireland National Fly Fishing trials to select the international teams and crown the Northern Ireland champion start tomorrow on Dungannon Park Lake.

The trials are open to all anglers who have lived in Northern Ireland for the past five years or more and have not fished any qualifiers for other home nations during that time.

All other anglers, no matter how long they’ve lived here, are eligible to become champion.

There will be six trials with each angler’s top four scores counting towards the championship and team selection.

The 40th Anniversary Classic Fishing Festival gets under way in Fermanagh from tomorrow until Friday. Four times world champion Bob Nudd and England team manager Mark Downes are competing and the Classic is once again sponsored by Waterways Ireland.

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