Top 10 finish for Dean Barlow

World pairs with my partner Steve Fleming.

World pairs day 1 drawn Kiladeas peg 8 had some big Hybrids and a few roach for 14.5kg quit happy with that from that peg!!
Flemo was the wrong end of his section and had 5kg. All still to play for.

World pairs day 2 drew peg 15 on Bunerky. Shallower than the pegs to my right but still fancied it for a few. Had 3 bream and some skimmers for 10.3kg had long spells with no bites???? But the whole lake has fished poor so finished 2nd on the lake.
Flemo struggled on Brackley so now we need snookers!!!

World pairs day 3 drew the best pole peg in the competition Connolly’s peg 12 on Garadice, pity about the hurricane winds
Struggled with the 4ft waves fishing 5 sections of pole to catch some lovely roach and a Tinca to weigh 13.7kg which has won the county. Flemo has won his section on church shore with 6.8kg.
Massive day needed in Enniskillen tomorrow if were going to win anything!!

Horse  island today on the 4th day of the pairs, we needed a big weight to have a chance of finishing in the top 10.
Another windy day on peg 9, ive had nearly all roach to weigh 10.340, had a battle next peg with German legend Thorsten Küsters beating me with 110grams netting a hybrid on the whistle  well done pal!!!
Flemo had 10kg from inish favor so now out of the game!!
Last day tomorrow on the worst sections!!

World pairs day 5 drew peg 4 on the rocks section of lough Scur.
Caught a few fish on whip to start odd fish on feeder, pole was best but yet again the wind hampered that!
I did manage my second Irish Tinca of the week though!! Finished with 8.2kg which was good enough to finish 9th individual in the Daiwa cup with 57jg which also won our rotation.
Flemo drew another shocker and only had 3kg.
We finished 17th in the competition only a few kilos from the top 10 which is always tight.

Well done to Hadrian Whittle winning the individual who showed us the way fishing long whips in windy conditions, awesome pal!

Congratulations to the world pairs winner this year Will Freeman and Andy Leathers, two of the nicest people you will meet, really happy for you lads!!

Few thank yous to the organisers Helen Rainsford and Steve Lockett.
The lads on the boats who get us across the beautiful lough Erne to the islands to fish, this year they went above and beyond the call of duty in horrendous conditions
All the people at the draws and who weighed us in.
All the sponsors thanks for the support
Finally when you come to Ireland you need a good base to stop their isn’t a better place then the Anglers Rest in Ballyconnell, unbelievable food great service and even better craic, thank you Francis.

Tackle has to stand up to the test in Ireland heres what I’ve been using,

13ft Acolyte distance feeder rods coupled with shimano Ci4 5500 reels a perfect combo.
On the reel was either Pulse8 braid or Nanofil.

The new Acolyte carp pole was unbelievable it definitely caught me some extra fish in the really windy conditions which always makes a difference at the end of the week, so strong and reliable

Groundbait for the week was the new Pro Active from mainline match for feeder and pole work

Some family time now before the feedermasters final in 2 weeks!!!