The Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship began on Monday 10th September in Ireland’s North West with 132 pairs of highly competitive anglers. The registration and draw evening on Sunday 9th buzzed with excitement, with current and former world champions, national champions and Classic winners among the participants.

The practice events went extremely well and the expectation of a fish-filled week had increased particularly at Crom in Fermanagh. Catches over 20kilos were regularly recorded and over 30kilos also registered at Crom.

On behalf of Lakelands & Inland Waterways, Norma Herron Waterways Ireland welcomed the anglers and noted “we are delighted at the calibre of angler registered in the event and the level of competition this will generate. The lakelands region of Ireland is an unparalleled match fishing venue, and the Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship is an ideal opportunity to establish the superb wild coarse angling available here in the minds of the new generation of angler. This competition will provide a great boost to the local economy and we are eagerly anticipating the crowning of the World Pairs Angling Champions at the conclusion of this event.”

Kevin Locke, event organiser stated “the practice opens in Cavan, Fermanagh, and Monaghan have fished superbly. The anglers have given excellent feedback on the catches especially from Crom. Several 30kilo weights have been caught and numerous catches over 20kilos. It bodes well for a really great week of angling on Ireland’s Inland Waterways.”

Daily results will be posted on the event website

The event is sponsored by Lakeland & Inland Waterways, a marketing and product development initiative of Waterways Ireland, Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland, Fermanagh Tourism, NITB and Shannon Development.

 The organisers would like to acknowledge the work of DCAL Inland Fisheries Northern Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland in facilitating the event. 

Photo Bob Nudd 4 time World Champion, Matt Hall 2 time Fishomania Champion,  (competitors in the L&IW World Pairs Angling Competition,) Kevin Locke Event Organiser and Norma Herron Waterways Ireland, Co Sponsor of Lakelands & Inland Waterways Initiative.