Linear Fisheries at Witney, Oxfordshire is hosting FIPSed 12th World Carp Championships from 7th –10th October 2010, with 20 nations taking part in this very prestigious event.

This year there has been a change to the England team with Ian Russel and Brian Jarrett (Pairs) joining the existing line up of Andrew and Tom Maker (Pairs) and Jamie Londers and Billy Flowers (Pairs).

The England Carp team will be working hard to compete for the World Championship title this year with a very strong group of competitive carping pairs on home soil. South Africa took team gold medals in 2008 and 2009, and unfortunately Jamie Londers and Billy Flowers (Pairs), England Carp team just missed out last year and had to settle for silver medals with 73.190kgs (B section winners).

The 20 nations taking part this year are; Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, England, France, Greece, Italy, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain and the Ukraine.
Linear’s waters have been chosen for this superb event and a lot of work has been incorporated with the fishery to be able to host this World Championship. Angling Trust would like to thank Len Gurd, Roy Parsons and Chris Blunt for all their support and help in the build up to the Championship.

The event is open for all spectators to come along, free and watch this prestigious event between Thursday 7th October and Sunday 10th October. It’s a one off chance to see some of the best international pairs carp anglers from around the world in a merit selection event.

Mitch Smith, England Carp Manager said “ This is a great opportunity for English Carp fishing to show the rest of the world what we have to offer here in the UK, Linear’s Fishery is an excellent venue and I’m sure it will do us proud with heavy weights and lots of fish captures.

“The squad is without a doubt the strongest team we could have prepared for this exclusive event, all 6 of the anglers are Linear’s regulars so we expect to be a hard team to beat. This will be the 6th World Carp Champs we have been invited to and I am extremely keen to make this one the year we take the team title to sit alongside our other silvers and bronze’s in team honours and gold and silvers in the individual event”.

Dick Clegg, OBE, International Events Manager said “I have complete faith in the ability of the England team and it’s Manager to win major honours in the first ever FIPSed World Carp Championships fished in home waters.

“Mitch Smith has done an excellent job in selecting the team and organising the event and deserves great credit for all his efforts.  I will certainly be in attendance to witness some of the 4 day event and I urge all interested anglers to support the English team by spending some time watching this unique competition”.