Our busy year starts with World Gold hunt

This week: Billy re­veals what the ace pair have got planned in their 2019 carp fish­ing diary.

Anglers Mail - - Anglers -

JAMIE and I have been mak­ing our plans for 2019, and I reckon it will be our most ex­cit­ing year ever.

We have three trips lined up, to very dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Our first is fast ap­proach­ing, as it’s early next month, when we’ll be trav­el­ling to South

Africa for the FIPS Carp World Cham­pi­onships, which is part of the World Games – a huge and all-en­com­pass­ing an­gling spec­ta­cle. There will be men, ladies and vet­er­ans from var­i­ous cat­e­gories rep­re­sent­ing Eng­land at the same time, from carpers to feeder an­glers and sea fish­ing spe­cial­ists.

This is go­ing to be an awe­some event, and I’m sure it will be a trip of a life­time in what is an amaz­ing coun­try.

Jamie and I were priv­i­leged to rep­re­sent Eng­land in South Africa 11 years ago, win­ning a World Sil­ver medal, fin­ish­ing be­hind the hosts, and we can­not wait to re­turn. Hope­fully, we can go one bet­ter this time, by bring­ing home Gold.

Our next carp match des­ti­na­tion is the test­ing six-days and five-nights In­ter­na­tional Boilie Cup, con­tested on Lake Ma­conka in Hun­gary. I’ve fished this event for the past three years, man­ag­ing two wins and a fifth place. Even though it is ex­tremely hard work, as you are fish­ing for a long time in the heat with min­i­mal sleep, we ab­so­lutely love it.

Our fi­nal match abroad will be in France, at fa­mous Crete

Seen here in Hun­gary wear­ing their Eng­land colours, Billy and Jamie will start com­pet­ing soon, with a re­turn to South Africa for a very spe­cial World Carp Cham­pi­onships.

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