Wrighting’s perfect scoresheet secures cherished UK Champs
Match bagger Cats leave England Ladies scratching
Andy Bennett shares his ‘shalla’ secrets in p.36-39. TEAM Guru match ace Pemb Wrighting is celebrating victory in the 2017 UK Angling Championships following a superb campaign in which he won his section in all four rounds for a perfect four-points total.
Essex-based Pemb, 32, a product development manager at Guru, wrapped up victory in the final round of the Cresta/ Gamakatsu-sponsored series at Barston Lake… catching a new PB carp in the process!
“Get in! This is 100 per cent my best angling achievement to date, and one I’ve always wanted to win,” said Pemb on the evening of his triumph.
“There are some mega ENGLAND Ladies were licking their wounds after finishing ninth in a 17-nation field in the FIPSed World Championships at Szolnok in Hungary.
Catfish averaging 20 g were the dominant species on a 100-metre-wide oxbow lake. England co-manager Joe Roberts described it as ‘an allout speed fishing match’, with 300 of the sharp-spined ‘kittens’ needed for big section points.
“The girls looked like they’d been through World War Three, with blood everywhere on their hands and arms,” Joe told Angler’s Mail.
“We don’t have this species back home, so even a full week of practice won’t get you up to the continentals’ pace, who catch them week in week out.
“The catfish line was 11.5 m with maggots over groundbait. We’d caught skimmers on bloodworm in practice, but suspected they’d fade by match names on that old trophy, and it’s an honour to be alongside them. Massive thanks to my work for always encouraging me
England ladies finished just below halfway at their World Champs.
weekend, and so it proved.”
England’s points tally was 90.5. Top performer was Samantha Sim, 16th overall with 9.5 points. Emma Pickering and Helen Dagnall totaled 16, Kayleigh Smith 23 and Abbi Kendall 26.
Spain took the 2017 World Ladies title with 47.5 points, while Anja Groot (Netherlands) won individual Gold. to do the big events, and most of all my family for supporting me all the way,”
Full match report next week. The highlights are being shown on BT Sports on Monday.
■ Pemb Wrighting clinched the UK Champs title. ■ Pemb’s biggest fish from the final round, weighed in on metric scales at 10.250 kg (22 lb 9 oz).
■ A typical size of catfish from Hungary.