IT’S official! Daiwa Dorking’s Milo-backed England ace Steve Gardener is the currently the best match angler in the world.

In a list of the current best 20 international anglers based on the average section points scored in the last five world championships the Surrey ace finished top of the pile with a score of 4.9 points.

England and Dorking team mate Will Raison from Aldershot also makes the list, coming in at number 13 with an average of 8.5 points.

There are two other England squad members in the list: Stu Conroy is in second place with 5.2 points and four-times world champion Alan Scotthorne sits in eighth with 7.10 points.

Steve Gardener proved his pedigree by walking away as this year’s Las Vegas fishing festival champion held on Lake Mead in the Nevada Desert on the West Coast of the United States.

It’s an annual event that draws a number of southern-based UK anglers across the pond and after finishing second in the first three-day event, Steve claimed top spot in the second three-day series to finish ahead of ex Brit Mark Green of Team USA.
Southern Angler’s Clint Elliott is a regular at the event and finished fifth overall.

In next month’s issue Clint talks about the tackle and baits needed to fish Lake Mead and details his adventures on the two three-day festivals.


Las Vegas Carp Fishing Festivals

Overall: 1 Steve Gardener, 703-12-0; 2 Mark Green, 635-12-0; 3 Wayne Worts, 531-0-0.

1st Festival: 1 Mark Green, 366-8-0; 2 Steve Gardener, 357-4-0; 3 Clint Elliott, 281-12-0.

2nd Festival: 1 Steve Gardener, 346-8-0; 2 Steve O’Rourke 325-4-0; 3 Mark Green 269-4-0.


Southern Angler