Stephen McCaveny is the Marketing Director of DAIWA UK and the co-sponsors of the World Pairs Angling Championships. But he is here on holiday to enjoy the fishing and was quoted on the bank at Kiltybardan here saying 'You dream of days like this' a full net of fish and a day on the bank surrounded by spectacular scenery.
There was no change at the top of the pairs today, with two-times winners Cathal Hughes and Philip Jackson still ahead of a reshuffled chasing pack. In the Daiwa Cup, Dean Barlow hit the top from Brackley Lake (Cavan 4), on peg 5. Dean's 18.825kg came on the pole, which after most weights coming to the feeder, will give others pause for thought. Full results available here
The first day of the World Pairs went off with a good start with some quality fish for the anglers on the Fermanagh sections. Flat calm waters affected the weights on some of the Cavan and fishing venues but there were still plenty of double figure catches.
We visited the Fermanagh 3 sections of Magho and Rock House. The Rock House shore accessed by the Lough Shore Road to Belleek has never seen anglers before and with some pre-baiting prior to the event is fishing well. Magho further along the road where we fish either side of the jetty is actually behind the trout line and not usually accessible to the coarse angler. As anglers are contributing to a survey to support the Lower Lough Erne Management Plan special dispensation has been given for September festivals. This is important to coarse anglers in Ireland as we know the quality of the fishing available on the Lower Lough with venues here providing up to 50kg bags of bream in past years!
The Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship began on Monday 7th September in Ireland’s North West with anglers from the UK, Germany, Ireland and even Malaysia fishing in pairs for a guaranteed prize fund of €20,650! The registration and draw evening on Sunday 6th was buzzing with anglers keen to know their rotation for the week. The Standing Stone Hotel, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim excitement, with current and former world champions, national champions and Classic winners among the participants.