Ex­clu­sive World Pairs cov­er­age

Brits claim sec­ond and third places

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GER­MAN duo Jens Koschnick and Thorsten Kusters have been crowned pairs cham­pi­ons for 2016.

They emerged tri­umphant from a star-stud­ded 100-strong line-up across five days of fast, fu­ri­ous and typ­i­cally wet and wild Ir­ish weather with a 189-905 tally. It bagged them the €10,000 prize, plus Daiwa Tour­na­ment rods and reels and the Gal­way crys­tal tro­phies.

Hav­ing tak­ing the lead early on, Jens and Thorsten never re­lin­quished their grip on the ti­tle de­spite the chas­ing pack grad­u­ally clos­ing the gap.

Their win­ning mar­gin over sec­ond-placed pair Rod Scott and Michael Buch­walder was 15kg, with last year’s champs, Phil and Steve Ringer, com­ing third.

More money also headed their way as Jens racked up 98-690 to take the Daiwa Cup in­di­vid­ual prize worth a fur­ther £1,000, plus £1,500 in Daiwa tackle vouch­ers, ahead of Lee Addy on 97-060. Will Free­man came third with 92-250 – all in all, not a bad week’s work for the two men.

The win fol­lowed on from their team gold medals for Ger­many in the sum­mer’s World Feeder Cham­pi­onships in Ser­bia and was all the more re­mark­able as the five days were Ma­trix-backed Thorsten’s first time match fish­ing in Ire­land. Brown­ing man Jens has fished the pairs on two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions.

“It was a bril­liant week, es­pe­cially as it was my first time in Ire­land,” Thorsten said.

“The fish­ing was as good as ev­ery­one had told me it was go­ing to be with lots and lots of hy­brids, but it wasn’t all about catch­ing big weights. Once we took the lead it was, I sup­pose, about keep­ing ahead and we couldn’t have got off to a bet­ter start with over 60kg on day one and then 50-plus ki­los on day two.”

Day one pit­ted Thorsten on Green’s Shore, where he took 19-980 of hy­brids on a large dome feeder with mag­got or worm.

Jens laid waste to his peg at Killedeas with a mas­sive 45-030 of hy­brids again on the feeder with triple mag­got fished at be­tween 40m and 20m range.

“Af­ter a great start it was all about keep­ing up the pace, so for me to catch 42-900 was more than I could have asked for,” Thorsten ex­plained.

“I drew on Bunerky Lake and found a snag at 50m, so fished just past this with feeder and lots of worm and caster with triple mag­got hook­baits.

“As the match went on, I caught shorter at 20m and fin­ished with 40 hy­brids and six bream. Jens had 12-600 of roach on the pole with caster from Brack­ley, so it was an­other great day.”

From then on, the two men were go­ing to strug­gle to hit those heights, but had the dam­age al­ready been done? The

third day of ac­tion put Jens on Garadice Church sec­tion, where he worked hard for 9-050 of roach us­ing 5m whip and caster over slop ground­bait af­ter a slow start on the feeder. Thorsten caught 7-550 of mainly roach on 13m pole and mag­got, plus a few hy­brids on the feeder.

A fur­ther 34kg was added to the tally on Thurs­day as Thorsten bagged 12-750 of qual­ity roach on pole­fished mag­got off Horse Is­land. The Inish Davar sec­tion saw Jens again us­ing 5m whip with ground­bait, mag­got and cast­ers due to the wind to take a su­perb 21-510 of roach and hy­brids.

At this point, the two lads were 20kg in front of Rod and Michael, so a steady day should have been enough to keep them clear and crowned cham­pi­ons.

“I was on Garadice Church Shore and, al­though I fed a feeder line, I be­gan on the pole at 10m with ground­bait hold­ing a lot of cast­ers and then cupped in chopped worm,” Thorsten said.

“I caught roach im­me­di­ately with mag­got and later changed to caster to get some big­ger fish and weigh in 8-550 to win the sec­tion. Jens was at Pump­house Lake on the rocks area and, af­ter noth­ing on the whip, he changed to the feeder with mag­got and caught skim­mers for 9-050 and an­other sec­tion win.”

Over­all: 1 Jens Koschnick and Thorsten Kusters, 189-905; 2 Rod Scott and Michael Buch­walder, 174-010; 3 Phil Ringer and Steve Ringer, 168-790; 4 Will Free­man and Andy Leathers, 161-030; 5 Cathal Hughes and Phillip Jack­son, 156-550; 6 Nick Howell and Paul Hiller, 154-055; 7 Dean Bar­low and Steve Flem­ing, 147-850; 8 Lee Addy and Paul Kee­ley, 146-160; 9 David Her­ron and James O’Do­herty, 142-050; 10 Bob Nudd and Dar­ren Davies, 139-360.

Daiwa Cup: 1 Jens Koschnick, Brown­ing, 98-690; 2 Lee Addy, Dren­nan NW, 97-060; 3 Will Free­man, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 92-250; 4 Phil Ringer, Ringer Baits, 95-150; 5 Michael Buch­walder, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 94-100; 6 Thorsten Kusters, Ma­trix, 91-215; 7 Nick Howell, Daiwa, 86-580; 8 Adam Wake­lin, Pre­ston In­no­va­tions, 85-570; 9 Cathal Hughes, Daiwa, 84-200; 10 Steve Flem­ing, Dren­nan NW, 73-825.

Steve Ringer, fore­ground, in ac­tion – he even­tu­ally came third with brother Phil.

Thorsten Kusters, left, and Jens Koschnick with their tro­phies.

Com­peti­tors bat­tled wet, wild and windy con­di­tions.

Jens re­ceives the Daiwa Cup from the com­pany’s Martin Greene.

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