Wales made to pay the penalty while Bel­gium are on top of world

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WALES fin­ished a dis­ap­point­ing 18th when the 64th World Coarse Angling Cham­pi­onship was held on the Plan In­cline at Ron­quieres in Bel­gium.

The five man squad fin­ished the two matches with a to­tal of 97 penalty points while Bel­gium took the ti­tle with just 18, Eng­land fin­ished sec­ond with 21 and France third with 24.5.

Ire­land and Scot­land did even worse in 29th place with 125 points and 30th among the 38 coun­tries tak­ing part with 138 points.

Eng­land team mem­ber Will Rai­son was in­di­vid­ual cham­pion and the best ef­fort for Wales came from Ian Leach, who hails from North Wales, who was 11th over­all.

The an­nual 48 hour Char­ity Carp Fish­ing Com­pe­ti­tion on the Spec­i­men Lake at White Springs didn’t pro­duce many carp but with each an­gler be­ing spon­sored to take part, it did raise an im­pres­sive £4,500 to be shared be­tween char­i­ties sup­port­ing chil­dren’s can­cer and cys­tic fi­bro­sis.

The week­end was good for Lorenzo Bra­gan as he banked a 36.75lb mirror and a 29.25lb com­mon carp and aided with carp caught by team mate Radu Moise, the duo won with a to­tal of five fish weigh­ing 122lb 3oz.

Ley­ton Mor­ris and An­drew Hire caught three carp weigh­ing 88lb for sec­ond place and Dar­ren Stephens and Sonny Thomp­son made it to third place with one carp weigh­ing 21lb.

The Wed­nes­day match at Red­hill Fish­ery was pegged on both So­phie’s and Molly’s ponds to ac­com­mo­date the en­try for the pop­u­lar weekly fixture and was won on So­phie’s peg 19, where Steve Arnold caught 106lb of carp from the mar­gins.

Mike Yan­dle was on Molly’s where 86lb of carp put him in sec­ond place then it was back to So­phie’s and John Mack­lin in third place with 68lb.

It was Alan Go­drich the win­ner yet again in the Wed­nes­day open on the New Canal at White Springs.

This week he put 92lb 4oz of carp on the scales to leave near­est chal­lengers Rob White and John Charlesworth well in ar­rears with 58lb 14oz and 52lb 12oz.

The fish­ery’s Sun­day open was on the Match Lake and won by Colin Luff with carp and bream adding up to 114lb 4oz.

The weights re­ally dropped then as Andy Kirt­ley was sec­ond with 49lb 14oz and just two ounces ahead of Peter Roue.

Norman Sterry or­gan­ised the Thurs­day open at Math­ern Mill and then won it him­self by catch­ing 136lb 5oz of carp from a peg on Meadow Lake.

Lee Pes­tic­cio, from Cardiff, was run­ner-up with 124lb 3oz and Andy Fuller third with 111lb 4oz.

Just four ounces sep­a­rated Cwm­bran brothers Matthew and Gareth Gronow when their catches went on the scales at the end of the Spencer Works AC match on Wa­ter­fall Lake at Math­ern Mill.

Matthew was the win­ner with 119lb of carp caught on cast­ers pole fished in the mar­gins, while Gareth caught his on leg­ered pel­lets.

Third place went to Adam Brown,

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