The NFA Carp Team
All the fish that could be weighed had to be over 1.5kg. On most venues around
It was evident in the 1st 24hrs that the method of catching small fish in quantity was going to be a lottery but it looked like this would be the best way forward. Unfortunately these tactics did not prove as successful as
By the last night the team could see that the event was lost and that although they had put on a spectacle of how to catch more fish than anybody else in the world they did not catch the right fish.
“With hindsight we fed every small fish within 100 yards either side of us into our pegs and once there you could target absolutely anything at them and get a bite. The winners and the other high scorers of weight knew that if they fed large boilies into there areas that eventually the carp would come and feed. More often than not the bigger fish would come first as they are usually bigger because they haven’t moved with the shoal and had to fight for food. Therefore by feeding mass amounts of shoal feed into these areas actually allowed the winners to have a greater success rate of catching bigger fish!”
The venue itself was fair to all being a long straight lake of about 10 miles. The pegs were pegged in 3 sections with 13 pegs in each running consecutive. The fish sizes where always going to be small in the match because the locals constantly long line the lake for food fish. In addition the constant warm weather creates multiple spawning times which increases the biomass of small carp and with the limited feed available to them will stay stunted probably for there entire life span. With the water at its lowest during the match, all the small mass of carp are concentrated into what’s left.
“Please don’t think that all this is an excuse for a poor finished performance from the squad because quite frankly it’s completely the opposite. We were taught a large lesson in humility and shown that the English carp angler is not this great messiah of carping our own magazines would have us believe and that we still have bundles to learn from these other nations. I can assure you we learnt loads and will be more than ready for the next instalment but with all that said I still cant help feeling we gave the winners the title.”
This report was written by Mitch Smith, Manager.
13 Teams 39 pairs
Section A … Chris Rose & Steve Spurgeon
Section B …..John Dean & Mitch Smith
Section C…..Peter Holehouse & Ian Huntington.
Section A Result.
Section B Result
Section C Result
Team Placing (On point’s value from sections)
Individual Placing. (on weight total)
2nd Fernandes & Oliviera
3rd Penedo & Cardena
22nd Dean & Smith
25th Rose & Spurgeon.
31st Huntington & Holehouse