Dick Caplice reports on the Irish Open Pairs Championships fishing on Lough Muckno last weekend….

Lough Muckno regulars Darius and Vaidas prevail over the best pair around at this time, Browne and Harwood.

23 September: 100 grammes in the end separated these two class pairs, and saw Darius Karaliunas and Vaidas Jagela come home in 1st place, for a superb two days pairs win on moody lough Muckno today.
These two did not by any means defy the odds, as they were identified by us early on, as one of the prematch pairs favourites, and so it turned out to be with their tenacious grafting battle over the two days.

Congratulations indeed to two fine anglers on a very fine achievement, in holding off this formidable duo of Harwood and Browne, the truly in-form people on this venue for the past few seasons.

Cathal Hughes, world individual silver medallist, teamed up with 14 year old Irish under 15 international, Eoin Rogers for a fine 3rd place, with both fishing top matches and acquitting themselves very well. 

Spare a thought for the first pair out of the money in the form of the blistering Mick Carr and John Woods, who blitzed the match today, but came up agonisingly short overall, after leaving themselves a little too much to do, day two.

Congratulations to our winners and to all of our competitors who fished great matches, in difficult and testing conditions, for a tight and testing competition.

A huge congratulations to another Muckno favourite and Feedermasters qualifier on this great venue, Robertas Zilatis on coming a very, very commendable 5th in the final at Bough Beach today.

After two extremely testing days fishing this is a spectcular result, in some extremely distinguished feeder company, and his individual achievements in taking top scalps all around him, signifies that he is a true contender at this level .

Well done indeed.

Report Courtesy of Dick Caplice at https://www.facebook.com/Lough-Muckno-393107817429399/