LAST year’s runners-up, Michael Buchwalder and Rod Scott, from England, have won the Lakelands and Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championships in border country.
The championships saw 55 pairs compete across Leitrim, Fermanagh and Cavan for the 10,000 euro first prize. But an increasing number of Europeans have their eyes on Ireland’s largest coarse fishing pot. The number of participants from Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands and Lithuania rose this year and all enjoyed a week full of hybrids, perch, roach and bream. Rod was introduced to Irish match fishing at an early age by his father Mal who created a series of popular festivals in Northern Ireland. He said,
“there are just two matches for me the Waterways Classic and the World Pairs and it’s the best feeling ever to have won the pairs.”
The event will take place from 3-7 September in 2018. More information and a full set of results is available at www.worldpairsangling.com
MEANWHILE as the game engling season draws to a close the Loughs Agency is offering an opportunity to learn more about one of Ulster’s finest sea trout and salmon rivers – the Roe.
The free event takes place on on Saturday, September 23, at Roe Valley Country Park from 10.00am to 1.00pm. The Agency’s Riverwatch team and the Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust will investigate the River Roe. examining maps of the Roe Valley as well as the species of fish and invertebrates that inhabit the river. Participants can also learn how the Agency monitors and protects the river system and how you can do your bit in keeping rivers healthy. To find out more information and register email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 028 2075 2100
Around 50 of the world’s greatest fly-dressers are set to attend the 8th Irish Fly Fair and International Angling Show from November 11-12 at the Galway Bay Hotel in Salhill. Visitors will have the opportunity to watch the fly-dressers practise their art and to encourage youth into the sport there is the annual Irish Fly Fair fly dressing competition. Tickets are available from the festival website.