Eng­land gold at Home In­ter­na­tional

Un­beat­able lead means Home In­ter­na­tional is theirs again

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

DRENNAN Team Eng­land have re­tained the Home In­ter­na­tional ti­tle af­ter a dom­i­nat­ing per­for­mance on the River Sev­ern at Shrews­bury.

They dropped just two points over the two-day event, the tal­ented seven-man side win­ning 12 out of a pos­si­ble 14 sec­tions to score an un­beat­able 16 points and take gold.

Wales won sil­ver af­ter a weight count­back, ty­ing on 36 points with Scot­land. In the in­di­vid­ual stakes it was all Eng­land too, as James Dent en­joyed a per­fect two-point score and a 27lb 15oz 8dr to­tal, with Matt God­frey and Will Rai­son in sec­ond and third.

The Sev­ern was in per­fect form for the four teams, as the young Eng­land squad of James, Matt and Will, plus Lee Kerry, Cal­lum Dicks, Cameron Hughes and Matt Derry, re­lied on a mix­ture of long pole and bolo float tac­tics to tar­get roach and dace.

Eng­land man­ager Mark Downes said: “We caught most of our fish on the pole with 1-2g floats over a ground­bait mix of Sen­sas Gros Gar­dons, Canal Black and Terre de Riviere, con­tain­ing joker and cast­ers. The bolo was our backup plan and we ei­ther fed small ground­bait balls in the deeper sec­tions be­low the bridge, or loosefed hemp and mag­gots in the shal­lower ar­eas up­stream.”

On day one it was Eng­land’s Matt God­frey who took top spot with a 15lb 12oz 8dr net, the high­light of which was a per­sonal best roach of 2lb 7oz on pole tackle. Eng­land won six out of the seven sec­tions, which gave them a com­mand­ing po­si­tion as they went into day two.

That saw an equally good per­for­mance and an iden­ti­cal points score as Wales’s Dar­ren Frost was the only man to beat an Eng­land an­gler in the two matches, on his way to over­all fourth-placed in­di­vid­ual. James Dent took the sec­ond day ac­co­lades with his 16lb 4oz, which in­cluded a bonus 6lb bar­bel among some qual­ity silverfish and a good perch.

“James was sec­ond over­all last year in Ire­land and fished bril­liantly again,” said Mark.

Team re­sult: 1 Drennan Team Eng­land, 16pts; 2 Tri-Cast We­ston Team Wales, 36; 3 Team Scot­land, 36; 4 Tu­ber­tini Ire­land, 52.

In­di­vid­ual re­sult: 1 J Dent, Drennan Team Eng­land, 2pts (27-15-8); 2 M God­frey, Drennan Team Eng­land, 2pts (26-14-8); 3 W Rai­son, Drennan Team Eng­land, 2pts (23-5-8); 4 D Frost, Tri-Cast We­ston Wales, 2pts (22-1-0).

The River Sev­ern was in per­fect con­di­tion for the clash.

Eng­land’s James Dent was top in the In­di­vid­ual stakes.

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