Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

FRANKIE Gianon­celli’s so­cial me­dia ‘live’ re­ports from the Home In­ter­na­tional on the Sev­ern at Shrews­bury were a taste of things to come.

I was a bit sur­prised to hear that Mark Downes wanted him to stop film­ing as some an­glers, in­clud­ing one of Mark’s fel­low in­ter­na­tional man­agers, swore loudly and un­nec­es­sar­ily.

An­other sur­prise for me was the weigh-in, con­ducted with hand­held dial scales that I be­lieve are un­re­li­able com­pared to dig­i­tals.

Yet an­other sur­prise was Matt God­frey’s 2lb 7oz 8dr roach from a stretch of river that, just three years ago, we were told was bird­plun­dered and devoid of fish.

The only un­sur­pris­ing thing was England ab­so­lutely rip­ping the com­pe­ti­tion apart. In fact, given our tal­ent pool, we could prob­a­bly have fielded four or five teams that would have done just as well – no dis­re­spect to the other na­tions, just a sim­ple fact.

The roach of a life­time for England’s Matt God­frey in his River Sev­ern haul.

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