Lure angling is a relatively new sport on the island of Ireland with the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland, NCFFI first presenting a team on the World stage in 2012.
Currently ranked 13th in the world, Team Ireland aim to reach the top ten and raise the profile of their sport to attract more to this method of fishing across the island of Ireland. NCFFI International Team Manager and Captain Tomasz Kurman along with team member Jacek Gorny achieved Bronze in the Individual Pairs on Lough Erne, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh in 2013 and consistent performances from Jacek see him 18th in the individual rankings currently. Squad members and brothers Andrew and Steven Powell took home the trophy for the largest fish of the championships, a 117cm pike in France 2014. With the exception of Simon Gibson, reserve all members of the squad have fished in FIPS-ed World Championships. At home the members can boast wins at a number of high profile events to include Predator Battle Ireland.
The team are looking forward to competing on the waters of their closest neighbours just a short hop across the Irish Sea against a field of the world’s best lure anglers. They expect the event to be based around Zander a species not available in Ireland.
The team who receive funding from the NCFFI towards their travel have sponsorship from Duo Hook, Dennetts Outdoor Ltd and Strike Pro, Vass Waders & Rain Gear, Seapower UK, Costa Sunglasses and Baltic Lifejackets.
Tomasz Kurman, Team Ireland Manager