The World Course Angling Championships 2016
This year, Bulgaria hosted the 63rd World Course Angling Championships. In this event, the participating nations compete in teams of six with the medals being awarded to the teams who land the highest aggregate weight of fish. There are also medals for the leading individual anglers. The event has taken place on rivers, canals and still waters over the years but this year the venue was the rowing course at Plovdiv.
Drennan Team England
A total of 34 nations competed for the medals. As usual, Drennan Team England were amongst the favourites for the gold medal. They won the bronze medal in last year’s competition which was held in Radece, Slovenia. The team set off with high hopes in search of the target fish which were carp and carassio. But the event looked a little unpredictable as the weather was hot and the pegging tight.
Well done Drennan Team England. European silver in Holland and World bronze in Bulgaria. A great achievement!
— Drennan (@DrennanTackle)
Tactics for Success
The top teams all adopted similar tactics using 10-15g wagglers, combinations of natural baits on the hook and heavy feeding of sweet-based groundbaits fed by catapult sausage-style at 30-40 metres. Each angler started by feeding a bombardment of groundbait during the ten-minute baiting period. Most utilised maize-based mixes containing sweetcorn, bloodworm, joker and chopped worms. Teams were given a 20kg allowance for groundbait and England chose different tactics to other teams as they conserved much of this for their waggler line.
The tactic seemed to be working as four of the team were in the lead in their sections at the half way stage. But the larger fish then started to back off. It was hard to strike a balance between feeding enough bait to hold the carp and using so much that they would put off the more cautious carassio.
The Medal Winners
World Champs presentation. Congratulations to Hungary and individual winner Jernej Ambrožič:
— Drennan (@DrennanTackle)
Drennan team England were challenging for honours all the way through the event but ultimately came up a little short. They did win the team bronze medal but it was Hungary who won gold whilst the strongly fancied Italians had a nightmare. The Czech Republic bagged the silver medal in a tournament which was dominated by the teams from Eastern Europe. The individual gold medallist was Jernej Ambrozic of Slovenia. He probably wished he could have won last year when competing on home waters! Next year’s World Championships will be held in Belgium.
The six anglers who represented Drennan Team England were William Raison, Alan Scotthorne, Callum Dicks, Steve Hemingray, Des Shipp and Sean Ashby. William Raison was England’s most successful angler and finished 5th in the individual rankings.