The 2015 World Championships for Predator Bank Fishing with Lures will take place at Craigavon Lakes in May.
News of the event coming to the borough was announced last week by the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland (NCFFI).
This highly prestigious sporting event will be held in partnership with Craigavon Borough Council and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL). Now in its 13th year, this event is expected to attract entrants from up to 20 nations with countries from as far away as Russia and South Africa taking part.
The 2014 Championships took place in Bulgaria with Slovakia taking the title and keen to retain their crown in Craigavon. The teams will comprise of six anglers along with team coaches, captains, officials and support staff. As well as being a real coup for the promotion of angling as a sport in Northern Ireland, it is also a fantastic boost for the local economy as it will bring an estimated 1000 ‘bed nights’ for the region. Teams will all arrive by May 20 to take part in the two training days with the main event then taking place on May 23 and 24.
Anglers will be fishing on the Craigavon Lakes, with both to be used. Competitors will be targeting pike, perch and stocked rainbow trout.
All fish will be caught using barbless hooks, netted and returned immediately to the water, each fish caught scores one point therefore no weighing or measuring is required.
The NCFFI Predator club will be leading the selection of the Ireland Team for the event, with the selection qualifiers due to take place in March or April.
The Craigavon Lakes are part of the public angling estate and fall under the direct remit of DCAL who will prepare and stock the venue as well as providing stewarding assistance.
Mayor of Craigavon Councillor Colin McCusker, added, “This is excellent news. The picturesque Craigavon Lakes provide a wonderful setting for this world class championship and we will be delighted to welcome competitors from all over the world to our vibrant borough.”