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55th FIPS-Mer World Boat Angling (Seniors) Championship


England boat team 7 2019

The England team consisted of Gary Galbraith, Mark Smith, Rolf Marschalek, Colin Searles and Matt Osborne, managed by Neil Bryant.

After months of preparation for this FIPS-Mer World Boat Championship in Gallipoli, Italy from 21st to 28th September with each England team member making over 150 rigs in four proposed pattern’s they were hopeful of making it into the top five.

England boat team 2019

Pictured: England boat team.

England were looking forward to the three pre event training days they had booked, but due to the weather conditions this did not transpire and they were unable to do any fishing within the zones. In fact, they only managed two afternoons of 3 hours fishing in the reserve zone area, so were held back from getting that all important pre event experience that are always needed when competing against the qualities of the Mediterranean countries.

England boat team 4 2019

The weather continued to be poor and the official training day was also cancelled and then the first official championship day was delayed until the afternoon, fishing only in a reserve zone fishing for various species, with England managing to finish 7th on the day. The weather then abated and the second and third fishing days were held in the official zone where England came in 8th and 7th places respectively. It soon became evident that Boga were to be the main target species for the 15 nations on the 8 boats of 9/10 anglers. This is where the Mediterranean anglers came into their own, fishing a specific technique for this species and they were just too good for England to gain any ground on them.

England Boat photo 6 2019

Eventually it transpired that Italy had taken the spoils, winning the team and individual events with Croatia sharing the podium in taking the silver medal and France came in as bronze medallists.

England boat team 2 2019

Neil Bryant, England World Boat Manager said “It was a superb performance for the podium teams, with England finishing in 8th overall and whilst disappointed with this result the spirit within the team remained positive. They will all take away more information than they went with and in future years this experience will improve their chances of one day finishing on the podium in these waters."

Team England boat 5 2019

“Whilst the result was a disappointment to the team the overall organisation of the World Championships, from the grand opening ceremony to the fantastic closing gala dinner presentation night the hosts did a fantastic job and all the teams left Italy in good spirits. In truth the weather played its part in the event but as we know with Boat Angling the weather always plays its part. The team would like to thank everyone for their positive support and most importantly to Tubertini and especially Mark Theadon of Tubertini UK for their generous sponsorship."

Top 5 team results;

1st Italy

2nd Croatia

3rd France

4th Slovenia

5th Portugal

Top 5 individual results;

1st Marco Volpi (Italy)

2nd Anthony Giacomini (Italy)

3rd Marco Sikiric (Croatia)

4th Julien Bayod (France)

5th Bruno Cabrita (Portugal)

The Angling Trust would like to offer their appreciation to Tubertini for all their continued support and well done to Team England on all their hard work this year.

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