English fishing has once again brought home the medals on the international scene, with the NFA Carp Team England winning Bronze at the 2007 World Carp Championships held in Belgrade last weekend.
The team travelled over to Serbia to take part in a 72 hour, 4 rod, pairs enduro match against 17 competing nations mainly from the Eastern Europe where Carp fishing is a huge sport. The match took place on Lake Sava over 3 days in the heart of the cosmopolitan centre of Belgrade where almost 8,000 fans watched in awe as the teams battled to bring home the medals.
In what was only their third World Championship England, competed against a number of strong countries including Croatia who have won 4 of the last 9 World titles. With such competition, the team’s second podium finish in three years was certainly a great achievement.
True to form the Gold medal went to Croatia, while England came tantalisingly close to the Silver medal as they were tied on 14 points with Romania. It was only when it came down to weight that Romania clinched second place with their 372,600g of fish compared with England’s, 261,300g.
Team Manager Mitch Smith commented, “This is a great achievement with our second podium finish in three years and our tactics paid off as we came home with a Bronze medal against some very tough competition. The team has matured a lot and proved that they can now compete with the best of them”.
NFA Carp Team England
Dick Clegg, NFA International Events Director commented, “The event is becoming more and more popular every year and with more teams competing it is becoming increasingly difficult to win. The team has done exceptionally well to claim a podium finish and I would now hope that they go from strength to strength.”
The team’s success is likely to increase the huge following of carp angling in the UK and enable the team to gain recognition for their superb efforts. If you would like to find out more about the team’s travels in Serbia, visit www.englandcarpteam.com.
Team Name Total Points Total Weight (g)
1st Croatia 13 335,650
2nd Romania 14 372,600
3rd England 14 261,300