THE Irish national fishing team is in total turmoil after a bitter internal row within their governing body filled with back-biting and rumour mongering has ripped the side apart.

In June, the Irish team stormed to their best ever team position of fourth overall in the World Champs in Spain with Cathal Hughes bagging Individual silver.

But for some reason the National Coarse Fishing Federation of Ireland decided to re-advertise the position of Irish team manager and return to run qualifier matches to select the team.

This went against the wishes of the majority of current and former Irish international anglers, who unreservedly backed the manager and who also believed that this selection system would not pick the best team. These feelings were shown when only one out of the 15 anglers that represented Ireland in 2010 attended the qualifiers.

It resulted in only 14 anglers attending the qualifiers, which means every one of them regardless of ability, will represent Ireland at next year’s international events.

Another consequence of this is that not one of the six anglers who did Ireland so proud in Spain will be representing their county in next year’s event in Italy.

That’s the equivalent of Drennan Team England dropping all their top anglers and saying goodbye to the likes of Alan Scotthorne and Will Raison!

For the full amazing story, including quotes from an inside source within this year’s successful team in Spain, pick up a copy of this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine dated November 16, 2010.