Cathal Hughes, one half of 2013's winning pair, nets a fish on his way to glory.

Irish ace Cathal Hughes, one half of 2013’s winning pair, nets a fish on his way to glory.

BIG money match fishing fans take note – Ireland’s Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs Angling Championship is returning.

Organisers have confirmed to Angler’s Mail that the event will take place from the 8th to 12thSeptember 2014 in Ireland’s superb wild coarse fishing venues in the Lakelands region.

Many top class international anglers will be seeking the prestigious ‘World Pairs Champions’ title.

Éanna Rowe Co-Chair of Lakeland & Inland Waterways confirmed:“The Lakeland & Inland Waterways World Pairs has clearly highlighted to many international anglers that wild coarse fishing is hugely exciting, challenging and widely available in Ireland’s Lakelands.

“Waterways Ireland and Fáilte Ireland are delighted to co-sponsor the event again under our tourism banner Lakeland & Inland Waterways with support from Fermanagh District Council, Leitrim County Council, Cavan County Council and Daiwa. We are delighted to share our wonderful angling resources with the international angling community at the World Pairs.”

Dean Barlow Catch Shot - low res

Dean Barlow was one of many matchmen from the mainland who enjoyed the pairs last year.

The Daiwa Cup remains an important factor of this event allowing competitors to compete on an individual basis with the opportunity to win daily section and county cash prizes with the top ten receiving vouchers to be spent with Daiwa UK.

Robin Morley of Daiwa said: “In only two years The World Pairs has emerged as one of the most prestigious events on the calendar and we are sure its appeal on a fishing and social level brings something that has been missing for a lot of UK and European anglers. Ireland is a great ‘wild’ place to come and fish. We at Daiwa are certainly ‘up for the cup’ for as long as The Pairs continues.”

New for 2014 are products to be donated by Bait-Tech Advanced Bait Solutions. Bait-Tech invest heavily in top class anglers in the UK and now Ireland to ensure they get the best feedback in order to develop their products.

Andy Neal of Bait-Tech said: “Bait –Tech are proud to be involved with the World Pairs Event. The match organisers have made a huge success of this competition and definitely put Ireland back on the angling map. More and more anglers are back in Ireland enjoying the fabulous sport that’s on offer. Couple that with the stunning surroundings and wonderful hospitality, you’re guaranteed a great time.

“The event has gone from strength to strength and looks to have a massive future. With fishing of the quality that’s on offer and some of the best anglers in the world competing, we relish the chance to be involved. This is natural fishing at its very best. It needs to be celebrated!”

Interest is huge for this year and numbers will be limited so be sure to get your entry in soon. The match organisers will be taking bookings from Saturday 8th March with more information coming in the following weeks at Facebook (worldpairsangling) and Twitter(@worldpairs) or visit


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