Wright­ing’s per­fect score­sheet se­cures cher­ished UK Champs

Match bag­ger Cats leave England Ladies scratch­ing

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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.

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