Wednesday, 5 August 2015

How would you like the chance to represent England at the 2016 Carnivorous Artificial Bait Boat World Championships?

All boat lure anglers are cordially invited to try out for the Team England Lure squad to represent the nation at the 9th World Championships, due to be held on Lough Ree at Lanesborough in Ireland at the beginning of October 2016. 

The Team Trials are being held on Llangorse Lake in the Brecon Beacons over the weekend of the 23/24th of April, from which the 6 man squad will be selected.  

Cost of entry for our 2-day team trial is £35 per person, which includes the cost of two day tickets. Boat hire where required costs a further £22 per day, with those wishing to use their own boats subject to paying launching fees.

An extra practice day has been arranged for the Friday (22nd) to allow those of you who wish to get a feel for the venue, and a day ticket will cost £7 extra.

Full details, as well as copies of the entry forms are available from the Team Manager (See contact details below), or direct from our website.

Spaces are strictly limited, so please apply quickly to ensure you don’t miss out on the chance of representing the nation at this prestigious event; where it is expected that at least 16 nations will be competing for the title of 2016 World Champions!

Contact :- Mike Skipper, Team Manager, Team England Lure Squad, 38 Appledore Close, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN23 7JE.

Mobile :- 07850 442978 (After 6pm)
E-mail :-









Sunday, 8 September 2013



With less than a month to go before the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland hosts the World Championships for Boat Fishing with Lures in Enniskillen. The organisers are pleased to announce that they now expect a record number of teams to take part in the event.

The biggest ever turnout at a World Championship in this discipline was thirteen (last year in the Ukraine), as at the 02 September the NCFFI committee have already got a commitment to attend from at least 14 countries.

World Champions Ukraine have already being on the water back in April and the highly fancied Russian Team, have just completed a six day training session on the waters of Upper and Lower Lough Erne.   

The list of teams committed to the event include England and France who will fish the event for the first time and South Africa who will travel the greatest distance to take part.

During their training session this week the Russian Team of Six anglers caught 59 Pike (over 50cm) the biggest at 91cm was over 20lbs in weight. They also caught 62 Perch above the required size limit of 22cm with the biggest being 32cm.

The Championship Headquarters will be at the Killyhevlin Hotel, however the event launch point will be at the Round O Slipway in the Centre of the town. This will mean spectators on the banks of the river around the town will have an excellent opportunity to witness the highly skilled anglers in action. Team training will take place on Thu/Fri 10/11 with the main event on Sat/Sun 12/13 of Oct.
Fishing on all days will be 10.00am to 4.00pm.

Many local anglers will also be involved in the championship with up to 40 providing themselves as stewards and their boats for the visiting competitors.The NCFFI committee are delighted that planning for the event is well on track and is grateful for the support of all its partners in hosting this event.

Some photos with fish attached

Jack Tisdall

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

New Team England Lure Squad Logo

We would like to extend our grateful thanks to Gary & Caroline Edmonds of Edmonds & Hunt Advertising for their assistance in creating a new logo in keeping with the image we wished to portray.
We are truly grateful for their speed of service, helpfulness and professionalism.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

The 2013 Team England Lure Squad is announced

England will contest the FIPSed 6th World Carnivorous Boat Fishing with Lures Championship for the first time when the event is fished on Northern Ireland's Loch Erne in October this year. The event will be centered at Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, and according to the local organizers some big pike are likely to play an important part in the result.
England’s newly elected Manager/Captain Mike Skipper has selected a team of six consisting of three pairs, including the reserve pairing and an Assistant Manager.
Mike is confident that although his team will be competing for the first time they will put in a good performance.
Mike Skipper, England Manager stated “We have managed to maintain the balance of experience, youth and passion along with levels of energy and drive to compete at the highest level. As part of our preparations for October, we are arranging a couple of get together meetings on suitable venues to start the process of building the team spirit and experience of working together to form the bonds we need when selecting the pairs who will fish together."

The Angling Trust Team England Lure Squad for 2013 are;

Gary Palmer - A professional river guide, Gary has fished all over the world and is just at home with nile, perch and zander as he is with pike and perch.

Eric Edwards - The Angling Development Officer for the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain and a qualified level 2 angling coach, Eric is well known and regarded as a big pike specialist.

Sam Edmonds - Sam is by far the youngest member of the squad at 18 years, and has already represented England at youth level within fly fishing. His UK record of lure caught pike, perch and zander is the envy of many seasoned veterans.

Evaldas Skablauskas - Lithuanian born Evaldas is another multi species angler with a wealth of lure fishing experience, and is regarded as one of the best perch anglers in the country.

Matthew Netherton - With his proven record of watercraft, Matthew’s experience of fishing for many differing species will be a real benefit to the squad.

Gary Edmonds - Father of Sam, Gary has gathered a wealth of knowledge of fishing for many species from all over the world and will be another huge asset to the squad.

Dick Clegg OBE International Events Manager for the Angling Trust stated; “I am confident that we can compete at world level although our first year is all about taking part and then building on what the team learns."
“This is a relatively new FIPSed competition and Mike Skipper and I believe that England should host these championships in the near future. Indeed I have asked for England’s name to be pencilled in on the calendar of events for the 2016 competition."
We are looking for sponsors to help with team costs and hope that hosting the 2016 event would be an added attraction to companies involved in lure fishing in England. Please contact Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust – Telephone; 0115 9061 301 or email; to discuss further.

For press competition enquiries please call Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust on 0115 9061 301

Thursday, 6 June 2013

England Lure Squad to be announced shortly

After weeks of anxious waiting, the day of reckoning is almost here. Tomorrow (Friday 7th June) is the last day to register your interest in being part of the England squad. This can be amailed to Sandra Drew of the Angling Trust, or directly to myself at
This weekend will see me working through the list of interested anglers to select a balanced yet experienced team; whilst still offering the chance for our younger anglers the chance of future development within Team England.
Whoever gets the official nod of approval will I am certain represent England to the best of their ability, and will prove worthy opponents to the many other anglers representing their respectivve nations this October.
Its not going to be easy selecting just who gets the chance to wear the coveted 'Three Lions' on their chests, but its a job I'm really looking forward to. A huge amount of thought has gone on into setting out the standardsand key elements around which the team needs to be selected. Whilst some will be ecstatic at being selected, there will be those who just miss out on selection. For those unlucky enough not to get the nod, I can only apologise and wish them better luck for next year when we will be facing a different water and different conditions.
Keep your eyes peeled early next week to see who has made the squad.

Friday, 29 March 2013

Welcome to the Team England Lure Squad blog for the forthcoming World Predator Lure Angling Championship's.  For the first time in its 6 years of the event's running, Team England are throwing our hat into the ring to take on the best lure anglers in the world in this ultra exciting area of sport fishing.
The beautiful town of Enniskillen in Co Fermanagh, Northern Ireland has been chosen by the organising body of FIPSed to host this years event on the breathtaking Lough Erne over the weekend of the 12th/13th of October.
Lough Erne
This annual event is based around a squad of 4 anglers split into pairs and fishing from boats for all predatory species (in this case pike & perch)  with cast and not trolled lures only. With a further two reserves/bank runners who can be used on any of the two days of competition, the completed squad line-up will also include the assistant Team Manager and myself (Mike Skipper) as the overall Squad Manager.
This has surely got to be one of the most exciting challenges ahead for any lure angler to take on, and with a shore-based championship's being held each May; (Bulgaria 2014) makes these world championship's a dream prospect for every lure angler in England to strive for a place in the team and to wear the much lauded 'Three Lions' with pride.
This years squad is being hand-picked from a short-list of anglers registering to express their interest in taking part following the first and latest press announcements of our participation in this event. Future squads will be selected from a series of trials held later this year/early 2014 to determine the squads for the trip to Estonia in October 2014 as well as exploring the opportunity of including a squad into May's shore based championship's.
Run under the aegis of the Angling Trust, all persons wishing to represent England must be a member or should join immediately, and must also adhere strictly to the rules imposed by the governing body of FIPSed. These rules also include the use of banned substances used in or out of competition. (World Anti-Doping Code). The same policy used by the world's top athletes in European, World & Olympic events.
So if you see yourself as the next Bob Nudd, Alan Scotthore, Will Raison or Sean Ashby of the lure fishing world and attaining Full International honours in representing your nation; then this challenge is for you.
You can find out more about Team England and these events by visiting and joining our Forum at
More information on this years event may also be found on the Irish host's (National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland - NCFFI) website at this link.

Mike Skipper
Team Manager
England Lure Squad