Team England awarded silver medal after a hard-fought Carp World Champs in Italy.
The team, made up of three pairs of anglers was beaten only by South Africa over 72hours of fishing at a water in the Pietrafitta Basin, central Italy, with Latvia taking bronze followed by Croatia and France.
The result sees South Africa take their forth gold in the championship in as many years, but once again the hard-working England boys were unlucky to lose out on the top spot.
“We fished very well on a water we hadn’t even seen until the first day of the competition,” said England angler and Advanced Carp Fishing magazine editorial assistant Dan Wildbore. “We were catching steadily on zigs, while others countries were fishing bottom baits. But once everyone found out our tactics they switched over.
"Tactically we were also at a disadvantage to other countries based on the fact that we were spodding, which was only allowed within a certain time window in the day, while other would use long range and highly accurate catapults with groundbait to fed their swims that was allowed 24hours-per-day.
“It would have been great to have bought gold home but we should be very proud of silver,” added Dan. “The South Africans put so much effort into studying the water before hand to perfect their baits and tactics that they’re a very hard team to beat, but there’s always next time.”
Carp World Champs Results
22 countries competed over the 72hour event with a total of 132 anglers taking part. Overall England came second after the three teams of two men posted a second, fifth and sixth place in their respective sections for a total of 13 points. The South Africans pipping them to the post with a first, and two fifths for an 11 point total (the aim being to achieve the lowest score possible over the competition.)
Section A. Billy Flowders and Jamie Londers. Sixth in section with 16 fish for 50.376kg.
Section B. Dan and Jake Wildbore. Second in section with 61 fish for 63.750kg.
Section C. Andrew and Thomas Maker. Fifith in section with 26 fish for 63.500kg.