World Champs Dou­ble Eng­land gold

World Champs team and in­di­vid­ual glory in Por­tu­gal

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IT WAS dou­ble cause for cel­e­bra­tion for the Eng­land Un­der-23 team in the World Cham­pi­onships in Por­tu­gal as they took both team and in­di­vid­ual gold.

The six-man side dom­i­nated both days of the event on the River Sor­raia in Coruche as it recorded a 28-point score, 11 ahead of sec­ond-placed Italy.

And in the in­di­vid­ual stakes Alex Cle­ments was crowned World Cham­pion with three points, to cap a mem­o­rable trip for the side.

It was the first time in nine vis­its that any English side of any coarse dis­ci­pline had won in Coruche, which man­ager Mark Downes de­scribed as a ‘Por­tuguese and Ital­ian strong­hold’.

“The team of Alex, Bradley Gib­bons, Rory Jones, Matt Bar­nett and Ricky Mar­shall have per­formed bril­liantly and re­ally pulled to­gether over the prac­tice week and the two matches,” he told Angling Times.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult to win these events, as our an­glers only fish a cou­ple of in­ter­na­tional style rules events ev­ery year while

the other na­tions fish them ev­ery week! Our an­glers have re­ally grown in stature and were very pro­fes­sional in dif­fi­cult con­di­tions.

“The av­er­age tem­per­a­ture was 38°C but on the Sun­day match it was 44°C – by the end some of them had vir­tu­ally passed out!

“Alex, in par­tic­u­lar, has de­vel­oped into one of the strong­est an­glers on the bank and was duly re­warded with the in­di­vid­ual gold.

“I’d like to thank Drennan and Sensas for their con­tin­ued sup­port for the team and also Dar­ran Bick­er­ton, who has come in as coach,” added Mark.

Tar­get fish on the Sor­raia were caras­sio, small cat­fish and small bar­bel, and for these the team re­lied mainly on a pole line at 13m, which was fed with a heavy ground­bait mix of Sensas Carp Lake Fine and Terre De Riv­iere con­tain­ing worms, joker and sticky mag.

One half of the match length was dom­i­nated by bar­bel, and here the team fed plenty of hemp and sticky mag, with the wag­gler play­ing its part too.

For Peters­field, Hamp­shire an­gler Alex, an open­ing day sec­tion win with an im­pres­sive 7.737kg was fol­lowed up by a solid sec­tion sec­ond on day two and an un­beat­able three-point score.

“I’m over the moon and the feel­ing is in­cred­i­ble. It makes all the hours ty­ing hook­lengths and rigs worth­while!

“It’s been a real hon­our to rep­re­sent my coun­try for the sixth year and I’d like to thank the spon­sors and The Angling Trust for help­ing us to cre­ate so many mem­o­ries!” he said.

Re­sult, team: 1 Eng­land, 28; 2 Italy, 39; 3 Por­tu­gal, 47; 4 Ser­bia, 48; 5 Spain, 47.

In­di­vid­ual: 1 A Cle­ments (Eng­land), 3; 2I L Ta­marit (Spain), 5; 3 F Bel­trami (Italy) 5; 4. B Gib­bons (Eng­land), 6; 5. A Nunes (Por­tu­gal) 6.

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