Organisers of this year’s World Feeder Championships have revealed that they are on course to attract a record number of entrants for the tournament in Ireland.
Teams from across the globe will travel to Inniscarra Lake near Cork in the south of the country this summer in their quest to win gold in what will be fourth time it has been staged since its creation.
Former champions Holland, Russia, South Africa are once again set to turn out but there will also be several debutants including USA and Latvia that will help take the total number of squads on show past the previous best of 21 that fished last year.
Work has also started on turning the venue into one suitable for holding a major event, with contractors currently in the early stages of a 12 week project that is set to cost over £400,000 to complete.
By its conclusion, the fish-filled water will have 200 proper pegs installed over a 3km length and a road running behind them to improve access.
NCFFI International Events Committee member Jack Tisdall believes the nation is on track to host the most successful World Feeder Championships to date. He told Angling Times: “Inniscarra Lake is stuffed full of bream, hybrids and roach and if the conditions are right we will see fantastic catches all along the length.
“Ireland is renowned for its incredible fishing and hospitality and when we hosted the Lure Fishing World Championships last year we had some fantastic feedback that helped boost visitor numbers,” he added.
Work is also going on behind the scenes to secure other elite tournaments in the future. Jack said: “We intend to bid for one major international event each year from now on and we are hopeful that we can attract the European Championships to our shores.”
For more details on the event visit www.ncffi.ie/wffc