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