A competitive week of angling in the wildest of conditions met the international competitors at the 2019 edition of the World Pairs Angling championships. This unique event, this year challenged by all the elements, showcased the angling skills of the competitors on some of the best natural fishing venues of Europe in this area of North West Ireland. The competition saw an increased number of new faces and up to 30 Germans compete alongside those from Belgium, the Netherlands, Serbia, Luxembourg, the UK and Ireland.
Pairs angling for a win from separate sections daily keeps the match exciting and all eyes were on Thursday’s top three to see if they could hold their positions for the championships. Friday ended with a joint 130.735 kg for Andy Leathers (Browning Hot Rods) and Will Freeman (Preston Innovations) for the prestigious title and the €10,000 prize.
Low pressure, with above average wind gusts and periods of heavy and prolonged rain, pushed the fish into shallow water. This gave tougher conditions for the feeder anglers and allowed pole specialists tocompete better than some years, yet still the average weight was in excess of 7 kg per competitor each day. Drawn in the County Leitrim 5 section on the last day, Andy Leathers was on end peg 39, at Church Shore on Lough Garadice, a moody venue that had seen few weights break 10 kg during the week. Will Freeman drew tricky peg 3 on Connolly’s Shore, but with the prospect of managing to top the 10 kg mark. Together, the intrepid duo put 25.700 kg on the scales at the final whistle. This proved enough to hold off the challenge from two pairs of former winners.
A fantastic last day performance by River Wye ace Hadrian Whittle declared him the 2019 DAIWA Cup winner with 67.390 kg. Hadrian takes home the prestigious Daiwa Cup along with £1,000 prize money and a tackle voucher to the value of £1,500. After an incredible display on peg 8 on Connolly’s Shore, to weigh 21.400 kg, Hadrian said ‘I knew I had to get past weeds that were growing out to 8 m. The wind was such that it would destroy a normal long pole, so I telescoped the last section of my Daiwa Air whip through my spare landing net handle. It was a bombproof set up and allowed me to catch for most of the match.’ While others struggled for decent feeder weights, this innovative piece of angling was enough to catapult the Ross-on-Wye star to the top of the leaderboard.
ishing for a total Pairs prize pot of €20,650, the annual competition is played out in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the Fermanagh Lakelands region from the Lower Lough Erne through County Cavan to Lough Scur on the Shannon-Erne Waterway in County Leitrim. The five-day competition, which sees anglers fish a different venue every day, continues to renew interest in the natural fishing opportunities in Ireland highlighting the unique and challenging angling in the most scenic of settings. Seen as the billboard for coarse fishing in Ireland, the competition continues to attract new faces to the Irish match scene, with a reported increase in both festival participation and pleasure anglers taking holidays.
Convenience is key for this competition and the smooth running which sees many of the visiting anglers share transport. Volunteers and staff from Inland Fisheries Ireland, IFI, Fermanagh Omagh Council and Ballinamore Angling & Tourism Group enable the organisers to facilitate three draw hubs across the counties bringing the anglers closer to the venue to draw their peg whilst picking up fresh bait supplies. Venues such as Lough Garadice where you can park at your swim are included but this is wild angling and to reach some of the best fishing transportation is required. Inland Fisheries Ireland, IFI and DAERA Inland Fisheries assist with the transportation of equipment where distance is involved, bringing the competitors on boats seeking Island stretches on the mighty Lough Erne. This all brings a real Irish angle to the competition along with some fun on the bank whilst operating within safety guidelines.
Running the event across the border is an important feature of the competition for Waterways Ireland, who contribute towards the €10,000 top prize. Fished across the three counties, the competition allows for a full range of accommodation choices for the visiting angler and many extend their stay to practice beforehand or take in another week’s festival fishing. This year the registration took place on the Sunday night at Shortts Heritage Bar in Ballinamore, County Leitrim, with the Grand Presentation held in the Lisgoole Suite at angler’s favourite, the Killyhevlin Hotel & Lodges in Enniskillen. Martin Greene, Commercial Sales Manager DAIWA Sports UK introduced the results and Michael McIntrye, Senior Engineer Waterways Ireland presented the Leitrim Crystal to the winners.
World Pairs Result
1: Will Freeman and Andy Leathers, 130.475 kg
2: Michael Buchwalder and Rod Scott, 125.475 kg
3: Adam Wakelin and Felix Schuermann, 116.590 kg
4: Kevin Green and Shaun Smart, 108.060 kg
5: Jens Koschnick and Thorsten Kusters, 106.000 kg
6: Gavin Butler and Alex Bates, 105.275 kg
7: Martin Green and Hadrian Whittle, 104.410 kg
8: Pemb Wrighting and Frankie Gianoncelli, 103.515 kg
9: Lee Kerry and Rob Wootton, 98.445 kg
10: Philip Jackson and Cathal Hughes, 93.995 kg
The event attracts the World’s elite pole and feeder anglers fishing in pairs but it’s also a match for anglers of all abilities, with an individual competition running inside endorsed by DAIWA Sports, the largest tackle company in the world. Sponsorship from Daiwa Sports UK supplements the £1000 top prize with a £1500 tackle voucher, plus more for the top ten DAIWA Cup winners. In all, the cash & voucher prize fund for the DAIWA Cup totalled £22,740, providing for a full payout on the cash entry and additionally covering mini section and county prizes throughout the week, replicating the popular Irish match festival format.
Daiwa Cup Individual Results
1: Hadrian Whittle, 67.390 kg
2: Gavin Butler, 66.590 kg
3: Will Freeman, 66.090 kg
4: Andy Leathers, 64.645 kg
5: Michael Buchwalder, 63.475 kg
6: Rod Scott, 62.000 kg
7: Adam Wakelin, 61.250 kg
8: Kevin Green, 59.230 kg
9: Dean Barlow, 57.090 kg
10: Felix Schuermann, 55.340 kg
Increasing their sponsorship to £8,000 DAIWA Sports presented vouchers of £300 to the top rod from each of the five county sections that didn’t score in the DAIWA Cup top ten, sharing the prize fund further round the competitors.
County Rotation Winner Results
Rotation 1: Frankie Gionanoncelli, 53.040 kg
Rotation 2: Jens Koschnick, 53.570 kg
Rotation 3: Dirk Ekkelenkamp, 53.400 kg
Rotation 4: Lee Edwards, 47,750 kg
Rotation 5: Steve Wheeldon, 52,880 kg
he organisers would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who took part, to Inland Fisheries Ireland IFI and DAERA Inland Fisheries for their services and professionalism throughout the week, Ballinamore Angling & Tourism Group and Waterways Ireland, Leitrim Council and Fermanagh & Omagh District Council for their sponsorship. To the landowners who kindly give access to the waters; The Irvine Estate, Manor Marine & Cottages, Leitrim Council, Lakelands Angling and Fishing Tackle & Bait and Irish Bait & Tackle for their fresh bait supplies daily.
Next year’s event will take place from Sunday 6th to Friday 11th September. In response to anglers feedback the 2020 edition will include a rolling registration on Sunday 5th, refreshed venues, strict monitoring of the 50cm wading rule and the introduction of a Competitors’ Committee. Booking details will be announced shortly.
Ireland’s most prestigious coarse angling event, the World Pairs Angling Championships, is open for entry. The event attracts anglers worldwide to fish the natural wild angling available in the prolific angling destinations in Ireland’s Hidden Heartlands and the Fermanagh Lakelands. This area is renowned for its extensive waterways is based on the Erne system, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the majestic Shannon Navigation. A haven of calm this region is an ideal host for the event but also offers all kinds of water sports and cruising.
Waterways Ireland and DAIWA Sports Ltd continue to sponsor the World Pairs which has been prominent in its contribution to highlighting Ireland’s magnificent coarse angling and increasing the number of anglers fishing in Ireland in recent years. The partnership provides for €7,500 towards the top pairs prize of €10,000 and £6,500 in tackle vouchers for the Top ten DAIWA Cup winners. Additional funding for a guaranteed Pairs prize pot of €20,650 is assisted by additional funding from local partners and the event organisers.
Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing and Communications, Waterways Ireland - “Waterways Ireland are delighted to support the World Pairs Angling Championships 2019. For Waterways Ireland this championship is an ideal opportunity to showcase the areas of outstanding natural beauty on the inland waterways of Fermanagh, Cavan & Leitrim while promoting coarse angling tourism in Ireland. We hope that this expertly managed event will attract significant numbers of participants who will get the opportunity to experience a thriving angling community of hosts and the convivial hospitality that they offer. This event is a wonderful example of all that is wild and wonderful about fishing in Ireland.”
There are no qualifiers – entry is open to anyone – just find a partner and get ready for some fabulous fishing! To attract those of all abilities the event incorporates the DAIWA Cup an individual entry competition running inside the Pairs with a full entry payout providing cash for 5 peg sections, daily by county and a top ten overall topped up by a massive £6,500 in tackle vouchers from DAIWA Sports Ltd.
Stephen McCaveny, Marketing Manager, Daiwa UK - "Daiwa are pleased to confirm their on-going support for The Daiwa Cup, in conjunction with The World Pairs Angling Championship. As an event it is the perfect way for an angler to experience that unique mix of wild fishing, tremendous hospitality and those incredible natural waters that make a trip to Ireland so unforgettable. Since the first event the reputation of The Pairs has continued to stretch its reach internationally, establishing itself as a premium event. It has now become a pilgrimage for many and a much-anticipated date in the Daiwa calendar."
The venues for this years’ event will include some proven favourites and hopefully some new stretches on known waters. DAERA Inland Fisheries and Inland Fisheries IFI will once again support the organisers with their professional services.
The massive prize fund makes it the richest coarse match in Ireland and topped up with tackle vouchers it’s an event worth crossing the water for!
Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship launched
The cross-border event, takes place from 5-9 September 2016, and attracts top anglers from the UK, Ireland, Europe, challenging them to not only to catch the natural wild fish so prolific in the area, but to do so in partnership.
Over 100 entries have already been registered for the competition, which is based within a one hour radius of Killadeas on Lough Erne, Northern Ireland, and Garadice on the Shannon-Erne Waterway in Ireland.
Anglers from across the globe will undertake the challenge of catching wild fish in the picturesque Lakelands, with the added difficulty of doing so in partnership. Naturally, only the best anglers participate in this contest, in five locations over the five days.
Running the event across the border is an important feature of the competition for the sponsors, Lakelands and Inland Waterways, the tourism brand owned by Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland. It is a showcase for the excellent angling venues, but is their close proximity of a maximum 30 minute drive to the peg from the draw location which allows this partner event to work.
Sharon Lavin, Head of Marketing, Waterways Ireland, said: “The Lakeland and Inland Waterways World Pairs has shone a spotlight on the high-quality and large quantity of wild fish challenging all anglers coming to Ireland's Lakelands. The competition has sparked a huge level of international interest and it is wonderful to see that reflected in the number of competitions now taking place in the Lakelands and the number of anglers travelling from abroad to participate."
The Lakeland & Inland Waterways co-chairs Fáilte Ireland & Waterways Ireland continue to sponsor the World Pairs, with further support from Fermanagh and Omagh District Council & Leitrim County Council and active ground support from DAERA Inland Fisheries & Inland Fisheries Ireland.
Entry is open – just find a partner and contact firstname.lastname@example.org to participate, or visit the website at www.worldpairsangling.com. The contest involves fabulous fishing in the scenic Lakelands, and includes new areas which had not previously been accessible.
A first prize of €10k and second prize of €5k head a list of awards which includes the DAIWA Cup. An individual entry competition will run inside pairs, with a full entry payout providing cash for five peg sections, daily by county, and a top ten overall topped up by £10,000 including tackle vouchers and more from DAIWA Sports UK Ltd.
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.
Long list of proposed angling venues revealed!
Featuring wild angling venues in the Lakelands region the cross border element of this event is important incorporating both bodies responsible for Ireland's angling.
Convenience and access is also top of the list whilst the aim is to show just a sample of the natural wild angling on offer in the region. With no more than a 30 minute drive between the hubs based in the lively Lakelands towns of Ballyconnell, Co.Cavan, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim and Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh draw locations at each of these make for short onward drives for your days fishing.
There is still time to book on for the match but get your entry in before the 28th August to receive your free permit for fishing in Fermanagh
3 Weeks to Premium Angling on Lough Erne in World Pairs Angling Championship
The Lakelands and Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championships, Ireland’s most prestigious coarse angling event takes place in 3 weeks from 6 September with over 100 entries already registered. The event attracts anglers worldwide to undertake the challenge of catching natural wild fish that are so prolific in Ireland’s Lakelands, with the added difficulty of doing so in partnership. Naturally only the best anglers and their partners participate in this challenging event.
The angling zone for this event is the one hour zone from Killadeas to the North on Lough Erne and Garadice on the Shannon-Erne Waterway in Leitrim in the South. Running the event across the border is an important feature of the competition for the sponsors Lakelands & Inland Waterways, the tourism brand owned by Fáilte Ireland and Waterways Ireland. The excellence of the angling venues is ideal for the event, but it is their close proximity of max 30 minutes drive to the peg from the draw location which allows this partner event to work.
Failte Ireland and Waterways Ireland continue to sponsor the World Pairs in providing the top prizes with further support from Fermanagh-Omagh District Council, Leitrim County Council &Cavan County Council. The event wouldn't work, however, without the active support of DCAL Inland Fisheries and Inland Fisheries Ireland, IFI who resource the preparation of the pegs, the bio-security measures and the stewarding for the events.
Éanna Rowe Co-Chair of Lakelands & Inland Waterways stated "the Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs has shone a spotlight on the high quality and large quantity of wild fish challenging all anglers coming to Ireland's Lakelands. The competition has sparked a huge level of international interest and it is wonderful to see that reflected in the number of competitions now taking place in the Lakelands and the number of anglers travelling from abroad to participate"
Entry is still open – just find a partner and contact email@example.com to participate in fabulous fishing in the scenic Lakelands including some new areas, not previously accessible. DCAL have again provided a special license valid from 5th-19th September for competitors registered before 28th August.
The Top prize of €10k and second prize of €5k are at the top of a full range of prizes including the DAIWA Cup, an individual entry competition running inside the Pairs with a full entry payout providing cash for 5 peg sections, daily by county and a top ten overall topped up by a massive £8,500 in tackle vouchers from DAIWA Sports Ltd.
The Lakelands and Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championships, Ireland’s most prestigious coarse angling event is now open for entries. The event attracts anglers worldwide to fish the natural wild angling available in Ireland’s prolific angling destination of the Lakelands. The area renowned for its extensive waterways is based on the Erne system, the Shannon-Erne Waterway and the majestic Shannon Navigation. A haven of calm this region is an ideal host for the event but also offers all kinds of water sports and cruising. For more visit www.discoverireland.ie/lakelands
Failte Ireland and Waterways Ireland continue to sponsor the World Pairs which has been prominent in its contribution to highlighting Ireland’s magnificent coarse angling and increasing the number of anglers fishing in Ireland in recent years. The partnership under the banner of Lakelands & Inland Waterways will provide €15,000 and the lion’s share of the magnificent prize pot with additional funding from partners Fermanagh-Omagh District Council, Leitrim County Council and Cavan County Council.
Éanna Rowe Co-Chair of Lakelands & Inland Waterways ""the Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs has shone a spotlight on the high quality and large quantity of wild fish challenging all anglers coming to Ireland's Lakelands. The competition has sparked a huge level of international interest and it is wonderful to see that reflected in the numbers booking from abroad for the 2015 competition and the resulting tourist numbers coming into the Lakelands."
There are no qualifiers – entry is open to anyone – just find a partner and get ready for some fabulous fishing in the scenic lakelands! To attract those of all abilities the event incorporates the DAIWA Cup an individual entry competition running inside the Pairs with a full entry payout providing cash for 5 peg sections, daily by county and a top ten overall topped up by a massive £8,500 in tackle vouchers from DAIWA Sports Ltd.
This year the event will again open in Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim on Sunday 6th September and will close with a Grand Presentation in Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh on Friday 11th September. The three key hubs for those seeking accommodation will be Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh, Ballyconnell, Co.Cavan and Ballinamore, Co. Cavan with draws being held in each providing easy access for those in the surrounding towns and villages. Get your location right and there should be no more than 35 minutes drive between the hubs.
The venues for this years’ event will include some proven favourites and hopefully some new stretches on known waters. DCAL Fisheries and Inland Fisheries IFI will continue to support the competition by providing professional stewarding services and bio-security checks on the ground with DCAL sponsoring license fees for the Northern Ireland venues for the duration of the event allowing for some practise time too.
The massive prize fund makes it the richest coarse match in Ireland and topped up with tackle, vouchers and some Bait-Tech products its an event worth crossing the water for!
Entry costs remain the same for 2015 with all sponsorship attributed to the prize fund and entry fees covering running costs. For more information and to download an entry form visit www.worldpairsangling.com Follow them on Facebook www.facebook.com/worldpairs and Twitter @worldpairs
8th to 12th September, 138 fished
English pairing Adam Wakelin and Rob Wootton broke the Irish stranglehold on the third edition of the Lakelands and Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championships, fished on venues throughout Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The duo from the English Midlands used a wealth of knowledge about Irish venues gained during a five week practise schedule in the lead up to the recent World Feeder Championships held in the south of Ireland. The meticulous attention to detail that helped Preston Innovations Team England to the gold medal in that event proved a crucial part of Adam and Rob’s week.
With the pair posting huge weights on each of the first three days, most of the other competitors felt they were out of the race well before the last day. Day one saw Rob beat the whole field with a 28.700kgs net of skimmers from Bunerky Lake. On days two and three, Adam followed up with nets of 25.600kgs of feeder-caught skimmers from Garadice Lake and then 27.900kgs of roach and hybrids from a snaggy swim at Killadeas on Lower Lough Erne.
By the mid-week stage, Adam and Rob had opened up a 40kgs lead over fellow England Feeder Team members, and last-year’s runners-up, Steve and Phil Ringer. It seemed insurmountable, but it is well known that Irish fish can suddenly turn up in huge numbers and massive weights can be caught from anywhere. The last two days became a job of keeping weight accumulating and avoiding any disasters.
The Ringer brothers continued to chip away at the lead and set a blistering pace on the last day with a 32kgs total against the 15kgs of Adam and Rob, but it was too little, too late as Individual Feeder World Champion, Steve and brother Phil once again had to settle for second place.
With two daily wins plus a lake second and lake third placing, Adam Wakelin was also out in front of the Daiwa Cup individual event from early in the week. Long range feeder tactics, long and short pole for small fish, and some long distance waggler work on the final day showed the Mansfield angler’s mastery of many methods.
Adam said: ‘We only decided to enter at the last minute, because we had a good idea of the methods needed after winning the team gold medal in the World Champs on Inniscarra Lake in July.
‘I thought I’d blown it on Wednesday on what I’d been told was a really poor peg at Killadeas. In the first couple of hours of the match, I got snagged and had to tackle up again nine times. Then, suddenly, I got a run of really big roach and my weight began to build. I had to stand on my box to get the fish up over the snaggy ledge but in the last three hours managed to put together my best weight of the whole week and another overall individual win.’
At the Friday night award ceremony, held in the swish Slieve Russell Hotel Golf and Country Club just outside Ballyconnell, there were cheers for Malaysian entrant Tengku Izzudin and the first ever women’s entrant, Fiona Beeby. Daiwa UK General Manager Robin Morley addressed the anglers and dignitaries, and stressed how influential the World Angling Pairs has become in bringing new faces to Irish angling, and renewing the interest of those who used to visit the Emerald Isle.
‘Ireland has some of the best natural waters in Europe,’ he said. ‘Despite the unusually warm and still weather conditions, the fishing was again brilliant and it was great to see an increased entry in 2014.’ Robin went on to praise the work of DCAL and IFI in stewarding the matches and assisting the anglers throughout the event before handing over to World Pairs Organiser, Kevin Locke to hand out the prizes, helped by Norma Herron of Lakelands and Inland Waterways.
The prize fund was a stunning €15,000 from Lakelands and Inland Waterways, topped up with valuable contributions from Fermanagh Council, Leitrim Tourism, Cavan Tourism and key event travel partner, Ireland Travel Plus. This enabled cash prizes to be paid starting with €10,000 to the winners, right down to the 10th place pairing of two-times event champions, Cathal Hughes and Philip Jackson.
Daiwa UK once again provided a handsome array of prizes and cash-value vouchers against their tackle range for the top individuals and the winning pair. Adam Wakelin and Rob Wootton walked away with more than £1,000 worth of Daiwa tackle and there was a further £6,500 worth of vouchers for the individual event. Adam Wakelin received a voucher for £1500 from Daiwa along with the much sought after Daiwa Cup and £1,000 cash for his individual win.
For the first time in the event’s three year history, a bait sponsor came on board. Bait-Tech provided bags of Pro Natural groundbait for each of the 138 competitors as well as tee-shirts and caps for selected achievements during the contest.
Section 1 Lough Erne, Crom Estate (A) and Airport/Killadeas (B), County Fermanagh
Section 2 Garadice Lake, Haughton’s Shore (A) and Kiltybarden Lake/Lough Scur (B), County Leitrim
Section 3 Horse Island, Lower Lough Erne (A) and Ross Lough (B), County Fermanagh
Section 4 Brackley Lake (A) and Bunerky Lake (B), County Cavan
Section 5 Garadice Lake, Church (A) and Connolly’s (B) Shores, County Leitrim
1: Rob Wootton, Dynamite Baits/Shimano, 28.700kgs, peg 12, section 4B
2: Carl Blurton, Maver, 28.630kgs, peg 13, section 4B
3: Rory Dunne, Sensas Ireland, 24.340kgs, peg 5, section 1A
1: Adam Wakelin, Preston Innovations, 25.600kgs, peg 2, section 5A
2: Richie Hull, Garbolino, 24.600kgs, peg 14, section 5B
3: Stefan Gent, Maver NW, 21.860kgs, peg 9, section 1B
1: Adam Wakelin, Preston Innovations, 27.900kgs, peg 7, section 1B
2: Arnoldas Liaukevicus, Tubertini, 18.990, peg 14 section 5A
3: Darren Davies, Drennan, 18.150kgs, peg 2, section 1B
1: Leigh Giles, Browning, 22.400kgs, peg 2, section 1B
2: Rod Scott, Vale Royal Angling, 20.990kgs, peg 1, section 5A
3: Dean Barlow, Drennan/Bait Tech, 18.930kgs, peg 10, section 4A
1: Cameron Hughes, Nathan’s of Derby, 23.900kgs, peg 3, section 1B
2: Richie Hull, Garbolino, 19.290kgs, peg 6, section 3A
3: Philip Jackson, Daiwa/Bait-Tech, 18.950kgs, peg 4, section 1B
1: Adam Wakelin & Rob Wootton, 160.630kgs
2: Steve Ringer & Phil Ringer, 137.020kgs
3: Grant Albutt & James Hawkins, 127.820kgs
4: Rod Scott & Michael Buchwalder, 124.940kgs
5: Bob Nudd & Darren Davies, 121.790kgs
1: Adam Wakelin (Preston Innovations/Sonubaits) 93.510kgs
2: Steve Ringer (Daiwa/Guru) 79.860kgs
3: Rod Scott (Vale Royal Angling) 78.210kgs
4: Grant Albutt (Bait Tech/BMW/Matrix) 77.950kgs
5: Cameron Hughes (Nathan’s of Derby) 77.880kgs
Anglers from the UK, Germany, Belgium and as far afield as Malaysia came together at the Standing Stone Hotel in Ballinamore on Sunday night to register for the third Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championships where the chairman of Leitrim Council, Paddy O’Rourke welcomed the anglers to Ballinamore and wished them well in the competition.
The World Pairs competition now in its third year has been hugely successful in attracting new overseas anglers to Ireland by showcasing a selection of the natural wild angling available in the Lakelands & Inland Waterways region. Fishing over the period of a week the anglers fish a different venue each day. The World Pairs is the only cross-border competition featuring venues from an island on Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh to the shores of Lough Scur in County Leitrim. Lakelands & Inland waterways, a Waterways Ireland, Failte Ireland partnership, sponsors the guaranteed prize fund to €15,000 with additional funding from Cavan Tourism, Leitrim Tourism, Fermanagh District Council and the event organisers making it the richest coarse match in Ireland. It’s not just a match for the professionals who are keen to snatch the prestigious Pairs title from the reigning Irish champions, a cross-border partnership in Cathal Hughes from Galway and Philip Jackson from Craigavon, but additional sponsorship from tackle giants DAIWA to the tune of £8,500 funds the individual looking to win the DAIWA Cup.
Éanna Rowe, Co-Chair of Lakeland & Inland Waterways confirmed "the Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs has shone a spotlight on the high quality and large quantity of wild fish challenging all anglers coming to Ireland's Lakelands. The competition has sparked a huge level of international interest and it is wonderful to see that reflected in the numbers from abroad for this year’s competition and the resulting tourist numbers coming into the Lakelands."
Keen to improve their skills members of championsteam.de from Germany had a practise session with one half of the reigning World Pairs Champions, Cathal Hughes on Garadice Lake ahead of the match. The group are staying at Riversdale Guesthouse are keen to know how to catch the fighting hybrids that were a common catch in the 2013 competition. This year ten Germans have travelled over to compete in the competition with the intention of sharing their experiences of the natural wild angling available in the region with fellow anglers back home.
If you would like to follow the competition as it unfolds day by day you can visit the website at www.worldpairsangling.com, follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/worldpairs or on Twitter @worldpairs.