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.

World Pairs 2015 Sponsors & Organisers,
Heading out to finalise the shortlist of locations on Lough Erne are event organisers Kevin Locke and Paul McAleavey of DCAL Inland Fisheries pictured here with Dawn Livingstone Chief Executive of Sponsor, Waterways Ireland and Tanya Cathcart Fermanagh Lakeland Tourism.

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 protected] 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.

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