TWO Ulstermen will make up the reserves on the Irish national team at the 9th World Championships Predator Boat Angling with Lures which is underway at Lough Ree and the river Shannon near Lanesborough.
The National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland chose a team through a process of qualifiers over three separate weekends on the competition venue in the Irish midlands. It includes the duo of Tomek Kurman and Jacek Gorney from Galway who are holders of a bronze medal secured at the championships in Enniskillen in 2013. They are supported by local anglers Joe McDermott and Mick Dalton, skilled lure fishers who bring with them a wealth of local knowledge of the big and often dangerous lough. Former team members and brothers Stephen and Andrew Powell from Portadown, Northern Ireland are the reserve pair providing support to the team throughout the event. Team manager Tomek Kurman said,
“I would like to thank all those who part in the qualification process which saw a high calibre of anglers take to Lough Ree. The standard of the fishing in the Lanesborough and Ballyleague areas continues to impress and I look forward to leading the team representing Ireland this October.”
Ree holds a good head of big pike, perch and ferox trout. the winners will need excellent knowledge of the water as well as skill with lures to take the world prize. They can expect tough competition from the other 16 nations. The fishing zone, in the north of the lough near Lanesborough, was closed to angling until competition began yesterday, Wednesday. You can follow the team’s progress at its Facebook site www.facebook.com/lureteamirelandncffi
Meanwhile the Loughs Agency has launched a new telephone App which makes it easier to report pollution or illegal fishing. WaterWatch is available for android and iphones and allows you to set the location, take photographs and report details of the incident. The App will include the GPS coordinates. WaterWatch complements the 24 hour telephone response +44 (0) 28 71 342100. However, using the App to report an incident ensures investigating officers have photographs and an accurate location of where the incident is occurring.