The FIPSed 4th World Feeder Championship is being held on Ireland’s famous Inniscarra Reservoir in Coachford, Cork, on the 19th and 20th July. Drennan’s own Dean Barlow has been picked for the six-man Preston Innovations England Feeder Team, alongside Steve Ringer, Phil Ringer, Mick Vials, Adam Wakelin and Tom Pickering, who is also the team manager.
The match length is 2.8km long with an adjacent road built especially for this event for easy access. Depths range from six to nine metres, 30 metres out from the bank. Bream, skimmers, hybrids, roach, rudd and perch are the main target. Eels, pike, trout and salmon are also present but will not count.
In an interview earlier in the year, manager Tom Pickering commented: “I’m very confident this year and have high hopes of excelling on our bronze medal win last year in South Africa.”
Dick Clegg OBE, Angling Trust international events manager added: “This will be the team’s best chance of a gold medal since the conception of a feeder championship launched in Italy in 2011. Ireland is well known by English anglers and I know Tom and his squad will have put in a great deal of groundwork.”
Early reports from the official practice week suggested sport could be difficult, with big fish being vital. As the week has progressed and more bait has gone in, however, a lot more small fish have begun to appear in catches, which hopefully points to a decent fish-catching weekend. Good luck to all involved!