Victory at the World Pairs Angling Championships for Festival Experts
Another thrilling week of the best fishing Ireland has to offer greeted the anglers participating in the Lakelands & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championships. It ended with the 2016 runners-up Michael Buchwalder, (Preston Innovations) and Rod Scott (Sensas) scooping the prestigious title and the €10,000 prize.
The championships saw fifty-five angling pairs compete in this cross-border event staged over the counties Leitrim, Fermanagh and Cavan, showcasing some of the best wild fishing Ireland has to offer. The increased number of participants from Europe, with anglers from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Lithuania, USA, UK and Ireland, all enjoyed a week full of hybrids, perch, roach and bream in Ireland's north west.
Irish festival regulars Michael and Rod, having moved into the leading position on day two, held an impressive lead all week, showing some world class fishing skills. Rod, who was introduced to Irish match fishing at an early age by his father Mal, (who created a series of popular festivals in Northern Ireland) said there are just two matches for him: the Waterways Classic and the World Pairs. He added that it was 'the best feeling ever' to have won the latter. He complimented his partner Michael, as he described how it's all the duo talk about, and they were 'over the moon' to have won the title having come so close last year.
Read more and full results here. . .