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Near miss for England in World Carp Fishing
Carp Team England came very close
to a medal following one of the most
incredible comebacks in the history of
the World Carp Fishing Championships. Ukraine were crowned world
champions following a near perfect
score at the 19th FIPSed World Carp
Fishing Championships at Lake
D e s e d a i n H u n g a r y. S c o r i n g a n
incredible four points with two section wins and a section second, the
Ukrainians were untouchable.
The results at the end were so close
that just one fish in each of the three
sections could have put England onto
the podium as The Lions accelerated
through the field after a very slow
start. The history books show an 11th
position, but, sitting stone cold last
after almost 24 hours, England made
an incredible comeback, rising 15
positions in just one day and looked
like they would attack the podium.
“We took a gamble at the begin-
ning of the match,” confirmed manager Rob Hughes. “It was a brave
decision that I stand by, as we fish for
gold, and anything less is a consolation. I knew some of the teams would
be incredibly strong following two
New figures reveal junior fishing
licences increase 25%
Sales of junior fishing licences across England and Wales have received a welcome
boost over the summer according to the latest figures from the Environment
Agency. The figures reveal junior fishing licence sales increased by 25.7% from
2016/17. The fishing licence, which is now free for 12- to 16-year-olds, shows figures increased from 52,117 at the end of 2016/17 to 65,487 as of 21 August 2017.
The increase in sales is welcomed by the Environment Agency, which highlighted the challenge of attracting juniors to the sport given the popularity of game
consoles, TV and social media. The rise in sales figures was helped by last year’s
changes to fishing licences, which included making them free to anyone aged 12
to 16.
Figures from 2009 to 2016 showed a 52.6% decline in junior licence sales reaching just 52,117 in 2016. It’s hoped that the recent increase marks the start of an
upward trend that will help secure the future of the sport. The free juniors fishing
licence is supported by hundreds of partnership fishing events run alongside partners including the Angling Trust, Get Hooked on Fishing and National Fishing
Month. The events include free family fun days and taster sessions, which help
remove barriers for juniors and families enabling them to consider taking up fishing.
Kevin Austin, Head of Fisheries at the Environment Agency, said: “Children
today have a wealth of technology at their fingertips, and coupled with the costs
parents face, it’s easy to see why fewer children are enjoying outdoor activities.
We’re really pleased to see that a growing number of young people are taking up
the offer of a free junior licence, helping them to enjoy the great outdoors and this
great sport.”
“Today’s children are the anglers of tomorrow. It’s important we attract them to
the sport early and offering a free fishing licence is one way to achieve that. Not
only does fishing offer great health and educational benefits, angling generates
over £1 billion for the UK economy and creates over 37,000 full time jobs.”
The Environment Agency works in partnership with the Angling Trust, Get
Hooked on Fishing and National Fishing Month to offer free fishing events and
activities. To find an event close to you take a look at www.getfishing.org.uk.
The free junior fishing licence is made possible as a result of income generated
from adult fishing licence holders. n
events that have been fished at
Deseda this year, so we developed a
tactic that worked very well for big
fish. In practice we caught consistently. However, in the two weeks
between our practice and the event
itself, the weather dropped by 15
degrees, making us question whether
to use it. We had to try it for the first
day, but it didn’t work, so a change to
plan B was required. Our match effectively started on Saturday at midday.”
And what a comeback it was. From
nowhere, the teams worked their way
through the back markers and eventually started snapping at the heels of
the Romanian, French and Russian
teams that were trying to catch the
runaway leaders, Ukraine. At one
stage interim calculations showed
them in 7th.
With Ukraine so far out in front and
untouchable, all eyes were now on a
three-way battle between France,
Russia and Romania for the final two
podium places. They were all watching England as their charge continued, but a change in weather on the
last night killed the fishing in all sections stone dead. The charge was
over. Roma 1 took second and France
“Although on paper this is the lowest score we have had since I was
appointed manager, I feel that it has
been our strongest performance. The
lads fought with maturity and tenacity, which is exactly what we need.
Ukraine were outstanding and
untouchable, and we knew that both
France and Romania would be powerful forces hence the initial gamble.”
England’s next outing is for the
inaugural home nations competition
at the end of October. n


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