Once again I Iearned lots in Ire­land

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The need for speed! Steve Ringer on how to up your catch rate.

I’VE just re­turned from a fan­tas­tic week in Ire­land, fish­ing the 2016 World Pairs com­pe­ti­tion.

My brother Phil and I went into this year’s com­pe­ti­tion as the reign­ing cham­pi­ons, and while we didn’t man­age to re­tain our ti­tle, we did make a fi­nal-day charge to move up into third place and the big-money po­si­tions.

That’s the beauty of this event. Be­cause it’s de­cided on ag­gre­gate weight, you never feel like you’re out of it.

In fact it’s even pos­si­ble to win it in a day, so it keeps ev­ery­one in­ter­ested.

The fish­ing this year was bet­ter than ever, with weights in ex­cess of 40 ki­los of big hy­brids and bream.

Of course, these fish still needed to be caught and, as al­ways, it was the lit­tle things that made all the dif­fer­ence.

In a weight match every kilo counts, so get­ting a bonus kilo or two out of a swim can turn also-rans into win­ners.

This is what I’m go­ing to talk about this week. Read and learn...

Phil and I col­lect third prize from the or­gan­is­ers.

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