PHIL RINGER: Wins World Pairs (on his own!)

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8PHIL and Steve Ringer’s 2015 Ir­ish World Pairs vic­tory has to go down in his­tory as one of the most un­for­get­table – for more rea­sons the one.

Fish­ing the Lake­land loughs in South­ern Ire­land, the broth­ers were on the hunt for the first-ever World Pairs ti­tle and were in touch­ing dis­tance of the lead­ers with just one match to go. How­ever, a se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent on the way to the match on the fi­nal day saw Steve ad­mit­ted to hos­pi­tal, leav­ing a bruised and shaken Phil with­out a fish­ing part­ner. Un­per­turbed, Phil made the dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion to fish on and pro­duced a stun­ning per­for­mance that Eng­land Feeder Team man­ager Tommy Pick­er­ing, de­scribed as “the finest dis­play of feeder fish­ing I have ever wit­nessed”.

Phil fished like a de­mon against all the odds to bag a mon­u­men­tal 28-800 ki­los of roach from peg 13 on Maghoo Lake and gift the pair the most un­likely of vic­to­ries, beat­ing Lee Addy and Paul Kee­ley into sec­ond place.

He said: “One minute I was talk­ing to Steve about how to fish and the next we were in a hedge 40 yards fur­ther down the road. The van was ru­ined, Steve had to go to hos­pi­tal and even I doubted I could make it, but I was passed fit by the paramedics. Thank­fully the lads trav­el­ling be­hind us took my gear to the peg and the match was put back an hour. I wanted to fish so off I went.”

Said Phil: “Phil Bardell of­fered to step in for my brother but we de­cided that if we were go­ing to win it, then we pre­ferred it to be from our own per­for­mances.”

For­tune didn’t favour Phil at the be­gin­ning of the day but it cer­tainly did dur­ing the match. He landed 131 roach to over 1lb and a bonus bream, fish­ing a mag­got feeder around 40 yards out, to record the best weight of the fes­ti­val.

But while Phil was romp­ing to vic­tory, Steve could only won­der what was hap­pen­ing: “I wanted to fish but I wasn’t al­lowed. All day I felt as though I had let Phil down, but then when I went to see him with 15 min­utes left he said it was solid,” he re­called.

The Ringer’s van was writ­ten off. Un­de­terred, Phil de­cided to fish. Phil’s weight was the best of the fes­ti­val.

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