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FIPS-M Ladies & Men's World Shore Championships - South Africa

22.11.17

Tronixpro England Ladies World Shore Team 2017

The FIPS-M Ladies & Men’s World Shore Championships took place from 4th – 11th November 2017 in Langebaan, South Africa in a very professional well organised event. These championships were met with eager anticipation by every team with hopes of big catches of hard fighting guitar fish or sand sharks as they are known locally, although the teams simply called them geetars!

Tronixpro England Ladies team and results

The Tronixpro England Ladies team led by Mark Hurcombe consisted of Heather Lindfield, Rebecca Adams, Nicola Frewin, Kimberley Lawn, Rachael Jarman and with Adele Smith supporting the team as reserve. The ladies performed incredibly well over the course of the competition finishing in fourth place and narrowly missing out on a podium finish.

The first day of the competition saw plenty of action for the ladies but the bigger fish eluded the team and they ended day one in 9th place. Buoyed by their catch rate on day one, the ladies headed into day two with high expectations and a scintillating performance was rewarded with a 1st place, a result which catapulted them up the leader board. At the beginning of day three, confidence was oozing from the team on the back of their day two performance and result and a solid 5th place result maintained their position on the leader board and ensured they headed into the final competition day within touching distance of a medal. England entered the fourth and final day knowing a good result could see them with a medal, however they needed other nations to falter. England kept up their end of the bargain with a 2nd place finish, but it wasn’t enough to displace the Netherlands from the bronze position and the ladies secured 4th place behind the Netherlands, Croatia and the victorious Portuguese team. Overall a fantastic performance by England’s ladies and they will be hoping to go one better in 2018 when the World Championships head to Wales.

Mark Hurcombe, Tronixpro England Ladies Manager stated “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the ladies for all their hard work and support they had for each other in the World Championships. The ladies did themselves very proud and as their manager I am extremely proud of them all and what they have achieved. Thanks and appreciation to George Cunningham at Tronixpro for his continued support and sponsorship of the team and for the support we received from our partners at Enable Promotional Marketing and finally thanks to Cox & Rawle for their support in supplying product for the championship.”

Top 5 team results

1st Portugal

2nd Croatia

3rd Netherlands

4th England

5th Spain

Top 5 individual results

1st PINA Andrea - Spain

2nd RADIL Tea - Croatia

3rd KOMOTO Alice H H - Brazil

4th SEROMENHO Natasha - Portugal

5th VERHAGE Christel - Netherlands

Tronixpro England Men’s team & results

20 nations entered the 34th FIPS-M World Shore Angling Championships making it the biggest championship to date. Tronixpro England Men’s team consisted of; Saul Page, Richard Yates, Darren Newland, Gareth Griffiths, Kenny McCoy and Ian Golds (manager) who were strong contenders going into the World Championships to make for a competitive event so far. The team were backed up by very willing beach runners and supporters in Bill Lindfield and Ian Golds.

Practice had shown fish ranging from a few ounces to 10lb playing around in the waves and catches of 50 to 60 fish in less than two hours were recorded. Target species included eagle, spear nosed, thorn tail and blue rays, plus the odd catfish, gurnard or small smooth hound and oddly named St Joseph fish. Bait for the championships would be 10 mullet, 1kg of sardines and a large squid, so these were the only baits used in practice week. Weed was a problem and spread in patches along the beach. Some pegs had loads of these thick stalked, sea dwelling min trees, while other pegs were pretty relatively free.

The venue for the week would be at Velddrif, a 10km stretch of sprawling white sand and bashed up mussel shells which would be split into three areas of about 3km each. Fishing would be the first 3km on day one, middle 3km on day 2, with the far end on day 3. Day 4 would be back to the first day’s venue.

Day one saw the first half of the match throw up a steady stream of fish and for some reason, the fish seemed to be avoiding the England men’s team and half way through they were probably in the bottom three. A gritty, hard fought second half fightback then ensued, with Darren finishing a brilliant first, Gareth fourth, Richard fifth and Saul and Kenny eighth meant that the team had snatched an amazing third place.

The first hour of the match on day two saw some unbelievable catches, but only from the middle pegs in A to the first seven or eight pegs in C, where it was wall to wall fish all of the way through with bags up to 40 fish in this rather hectic sixty minute opening period. Two hours in and it wasn’t looking good as England men’s languished near the bottom of four zones, but as in the first match the fightback began in the second half. The team ended the day in 11th place which was an excellent result from some pretty hard peg draws. This took the team into seventh place and still in contention.

Day three saw the team trying to mirror the first two matches and force their way out of the “relegation zone” and into a more respectable position. With many teams having a very up and down day England scored a very welcome second on the day and had moved up to fifth position and only three points from top spot.

Day four was frustrating for over half the field managing one fish or less, which included 25 blanks. England was one of only five teams with all members catching fish, but they could not find any decent fish. Darren was top scorer with a seventh, Richard ninth and Saul 11th. Kenny and Gareth both caught, but, alas, their fish were the smallest in their sections and they finished 14th and 16th. England finished the match in 14th place which put them out of contention in seventh place overall.

Ian Golds, Tronixpro England Men’s Manager said “We would like to congratulate winners, and new World Champions Brazil, on an excellent win, Holland on a hard fought silver medal and Belgium finishing with a brilliant bronze. Well done to every team on an extremely hard fought week. Special thanks must go to our hosts, South Africa for making us feel very welcome in this exceptionally large and fish filled country. The fishing very good at times, all in all, despite the last day disappointment, it was still a memorable trip and saw the team working very hard this year.

Thanks and appreciation to George Cunningham at Tronixpro who helped greatly with assistance towards participation costs. Asso kindly supplied the team with line and Julian Shambrook of Anyfish Anywhere, who unfortunately had to withdraw a few weeks before we left due to illness kindly helped with rods and also sent them in advance to a local shop in Saldanha where they kept them until we arrived.”

Top 5 team results

1st Brazil

2nd Netherlands

3rd Belgium

4th France

5th Germany

Top 5 individual results

1st PEENE Frank - Netherlands

2nd BEUCKELS Steven - Belgium

3rd HUTCHINGS Andrew - Wales

4th VERRYCKT Yve - Belgium

5th JERSCH Bernd – Germany

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