This year’s FIPS-M 27th World Championship for Big Game Trolling took place in Frontignan, South of France from 29th September to 6th October with 14 nations competing to target the giant bluefin tuna and swordfish abound in the area.
Team England consisted of; Andy Atkins (manager), Peter Bailey, Jack Challis and Jon Patten.
Unfortunately the practice day and first day had to be cancelled due to adverse weather leaving only one and a half days fishing to be enjoyed by participants.
Day One saw an unprecedented number of fish with the English team managing to release 6 bluefin tuna in perfect conditions bringing fish to every angler. Italy and France led the pack with 10 releases each after the first day.
Day Two saw a reversal of positions with all those who had done well on day one struggling to find the fish on the second day, with the England team suffering one missed strike and one break off just before the leader. The Slovenian team made up for a slow first day with 6 released tuna and a swordfish coming top on day two.
Overall the German B team came out on top with two consistent days fishing, Italy B coming second and Germany A taking up third place.
Andy Atkins, England Manager stated “Great hospitality and hard work by the organisers meant that a superb tournament was enjoyed by all and many new friends made by all participants and support staff. Team England are now looking forward to taking part in the World Games in South Africa in 2019.”
Top 4 team results
1st Germany B Team – 650 points
2nd Italy B Team – 650 points
3rd Germany A Team– 550 points
4th Spain A Team – 600 points
14th England 50 points