If you want to know how the home nations are getting on in the build up to this year’s World Championships, there’s only one place to go – www.total-fishing.com.

Site editor Gareth Purnell, who is a competitor in the event and is fishing in his eighth consecutive World Championships, will be writing a day by day, blow by blow account from the banks of the River Mondego in Coimbra, Portugal.
His reports will be uploaded onto www.total-fishing.com every day from the first day of practise on September 9 to when the medals are handed out on September 15.

Gareth will be providing pictures and words coverage, updating each evening at around 8pm UK time and including comments from the English, Welsh and Irish managers and anglers in his report.

He will bring you a unique taste of the year’s biggest match, revealing the tactics, tricks and tom foolery behind the scenes.


Many of you will remember last year when Drennan England stunned the hot favourites France to snatch gold on the difficult River Seine. The sight of the team receiving the gold medals in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower lives long in the memory.

This year it will be a fish catching match with mullet and a dace like fish called boga making up the weights.

Can Drennan England retain gold again, or will the medals be shared between the fancied Italian, French and Portuguese teams?

Find out first and exclusively at www.total-fishing.com – the UK’s hottest angling web site.

* Gareth Purnell (36) is a former news editor of Angling Times, former editor of Improve Your Coarse Fishing and former editor in chief of www.anglingtimes.com. He fishes for the United States and has a top finish of 16th overall. He is currently editor of the newest monthly angling titles, Midland Angler, from the David Hall Publishing stable of angling titles which also includes Match Fishing, Total Carp and Advanced Pole Fishing.