Wales wins a tough Home Nations tussle
TAXING conditions saw nine of the 12 pairs blank in the inaugural Home Nations carp international at Linear Fisheries.
In an event contested under international FIPSed rules, Wales took the crown, with Scotland second and England finishing third on home turf.
“We’re over the moon to win,” said Welsh captain Nick Davies. “It was an incredibly tough match and the carp just didn’t want to play ball.
“It was amazingly tight, too, and one fish anywhere around the lake could have changed the result.”
Just nine fish were caught all weekend, of which Scotland caught four for 54lb 13oz. Wales caught three for 69lb 5oz and won under the international points system. England caught two fish for 35lb 1oz.
There was late drama when two minutes before the final whistle, English pair Billy Flowers and Jamie Londors got a take – but the fish turned out to be a tench.
The Welsh team celebrates a Home Nations win.
Nick Davies (left) and John Flewin with two of the three winning fish.