Keith Arthur’s views on the news

It’s a plat­form for match an­gling’s finest to show their skills

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

IREMEMBER get­ting an email from Kevin Locke, an old mate from my tackle shop days in South Lon­don, ask­ing if he could have a chat with me on Fish­er­man’s Blues about a project he had in mind.

That project was to be­come the World Pairs. Over the years I have had a raft of peo­ple com­ing to me with grandiose schemes – for sup­port, ad­vice or what­ever – and the great ma­jor­ity of them fall by the way­side.

Kevin, who loved his fish­ing in Ire­land so much so that he de­vel­oped a busi­ness there, had the right com­bi­na­tion of de­sire, busi­ness acu­men and com­mon sense to make the event hap­pen and de­velop it into the re­mark­able suc­cess it is to­day.

An­other old friend Robin Morley, Daiwa’s deputy man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, backed the event with a won­der­ful tro­phy and mag­nif­i­cent prizes, and the rest is his­tory. The event is now as big a draw as any Ir­ish fes­ti­val, past or present, and the fish­ing this year has been bril­liant for the most part, de­spite let’s call it the ‘vari­able’ Ir­ish weather!

As in most pre­mier match an­gling events the same names ap­pear on the leader board, prov­ing that the longer an event goes on, the more likely that cream will rise to the top.

One of the most con­sis­tent match an­glers this year, Will Free­man, is now surely push­ing even harder for a spot in the World Feeder Team.

The World Pairs has be­come one of the best events on the an­gling cal­en­dar.

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