...but know­ing Tommy Pick­er­ing, he’ll want more in 2017! A

Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

FTER read­ing Dean Bar­low’s post on Face­book af­ter Day 1 of the World Feeder Champs, I hon­estly thought we were home and hosed. Eng­land were two points in front of Ger­many and that, I as­sumed, would be enough.

It wasn’t to be, though, and Ger­many over­took us on Day 2 to run out fairly con­vinc­ing win­ners.

Look­ing at the fi­nal break­down of the re­sults it is ob­vi­ous that on Sun­day some of our boys had ter­ri­ble draws, and any­way, sil­ver is still an amaz­ing re­sult. I don’t know what the Ger­man team an­glers had for break­fast, but this was the first year they’d fin­ished higher than tenth!

Steve Ringer main­tained his phe­nom­e­nal record with an in­di­vid­ual sil­ver, and the whole team can be jus­ti­fi­ably proud.

I know my old mate Tom Pick­er­ing will never ac­cept that sec­ond is ac­cept­able be­cause for him there is only one re­sult that’s good enough – first. I’m sure that he has al­ready formed the ba­sis of his plan for Por­tu­gal 2017.

Now that could re­ally be fun be­cause, al­though I am not aware of the venue, fish such as nase – which make catch­ing cru­cians look like child’s play – and mul­let (which make catch­ing nase look like child’s play) will lead to many hair-pulling mo­ments. Luck­ily I ex­pect bar­bel will be cast in the de­cid­ing role, and the Ibe­rian and Comizo ver­sions most com­mon there pull just as many rods in as their Bri­tish coun­ter­parts!

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