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England Home Nations Boat Team Win Silver


England Home International Boat Team 1

Angling Trust’s England Home Boat Team took second place honours at the SALC (Sea Angling Liaison Committee) out of Cobh, Co Cork, Ireland from 13th to 16th June 2018.

Team England consisted of; Steve Batchelor (fishing/manager), John Bellamy, Brett Lomas

Gary Geoghegan, Peter Bailey, Martin Bobbett and Richard Day (reserve).

Team England’s journey to Ireland started with five of the team flying to Cork in April to have a practice and design the rigs etc which proved very useful.

On the first day of practice the day went well with the weather staying fair and dry. Fish caught on the day were; pollock, coal fish, ling, cod, conger, wrasse, whiting and a lot of mackerel. This would have been a problem as they are a bait fish so the team worked out methods to overcome this.

On the second practice day the team tried different zones as there were four match zones. Practice went well and the England Manager put the team through a match to build up speed. On the official practice day it was a chance for the team to show off their great team clothing thanks to Tubertini and Christchurch Angling Centre. This was the last chance to practice with the chosen match rigs.

Day one of the official competition started windy but dry, so all the boats would stay in one zone. After a very busy day it was the Irish team who had a great day one with a good lead over England in 2nd, Scotland 3rd and Wales 4th.

Day two started again with windy conditions, but dry so the boats were all in the same zone.

Team England fished hard and closed up a bit under the guidance and management of Steve Batchelor, but all in all it was Team Ireland who won on the day.

Final results;

1st Ireland

2nd England

3rd Wales

4th Scotland

Steve Batchelor, Team England Manager stated “Well done to Ireland with England taking the very well-earned silver. A big thanks to the Irish Federation of Sea Anglers for a great well run and fair event and to all the skippers and stewards. A big thanks to the Commodore Hotel for looking after all the teams for the Championship. Also to Tubertini for their continued support and sponsorship to the England team and to Christchurch Angling Centre who have contributed and supported towards the team’s efforts.”

The Angling Trust would like to offer their congratulations to the team on such a fantastic achievement this year.

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