Round one of float and feeder trials sees one angler top both.
The first round of the Waterway’s Ireland NCFFI Irish Team Qualifiers took place over the weekend on the River Barrow in Carlow, Ireland.
Used to select both the three Irish international float teams and the Irish feeder team for 2013 the event saw one angler top both disciplines.
Vincent Walsh from Raphoe, County Donegal stormed both matches, comprehensively beating the rest of the field on both days – 26 anglers fishing the float event, with 20 competing on the feeder.
With fishing consisting mainly of dace, roach and the odd bonus hybrid, Walsh of Erne Anglers employed the pole at 13m for the float qualifier to catch 55 fish for 6.150kg. Runner up was Glen Lawlor (Erne Anglers) from Co Armagh who also won his section with 40 fish for 6.030kg. In third place was Dave Slater (BSI AC) from Enniskillen who also won his section with 40 fish for 4.500kg. The final section was won by Finton Brennan (Ballinakill AC) who caught 28 fish for 1.150kg.
The following day on the feeder, Walsh completed his double, winning this event with 40 fish for 7.700kg. Runner up was Colin Martin (East Belfast AC) with 52 fish for 6.450kg, with David Herron (Erne Anglers) in third place with 33 fish 3.750kg.
Other good news for the event was the fact that weights were massively up on 2011’s qualifier fished o n the same stretch. Just 6kg of fish was weighed in in total last year, this year’s match seeing 42kg go on the scales.