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England's Big Game team finish 15th place in the Fips-M World Championships


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This year’s FIPS-M 26th World Championship Big Game Trolling was fished in the beautiful azure blue waters of the Algarve at Albufeira, Portugal from 16th to 23rd September with an increased number of teams involved this year and the competition being more competitive than ever.

Due to the unpredictable weather pushing through around Portugal and into Morocco the water temperatures were unnaturally cold for the time of the year. Early practice for Team England showed the water temps around 69 to 70 degrees, too low for any great numbers of bill fish to be within the area and bites very hard to come by. England managed to find small pockets of warmer water within 20 miles of shore, but these were ever changing and it meant that the fishing was exceptionally slow.

Day one of the tournament was due to be a practice day for all teams after the opening ceremonies and unfortunately the winds had picked up and the organisers decided the conditions were too bad for practice.

Day one of the competition was fraught with issues with teams being undecided as to where to fish due to the lack of practice with the additional problem of the bait provided being frozen and unsuitable for use, meaning that all teams would be pulling lures instead on the opening day. Team England’s designated boat had suffered a blown turbo and so they had to be put on a replacement spare boat. To make it harder they only managed 30 minutes before their replacement boat suffered a mechanical failure along with two other boats, meaning that they were forced to return back into harbour and await one of the other spare boats. Team England was joined by the South African team and Italian A team who had all suffered similar issues.

To add further to their problems after boarding the second boat it suffered a steering pump failure a further nine miles off shore and the boat was once again forced to return to harbour for Team England’s third boat of the trip. Unfortunately by this time they had lost over three hours of fishing time and with the fish being approximately 50 miles offshore it meant they were unable to even reach the fishing grounds before being forced to return skunked for the day. There woes were similar to many of the other teams with only 8 teams recording a fish, meaning that England scored the maximum allocated points for the day.

Day two was an improvement with calmer weather and higher expectations from all teams, unfortunately the rules dictate that only one rod is allowed per angler and with only two anglers fishing Andy Atkins and Jack Challis representing Team England it meant that England were at a distinct disadvantage. They did however manage to raise two white marlin and lost one just before a legal release due to the barbless hook dislodging at the boat. Again 16 boats failed to find fish due to the difficulty in locating the few marlin that were present and several recorded lost fish in a similar vain to Team England.

Day 3 was England’s strongest boat and once again they travelled 50 miles out to find fish, a group of circling birds indicated that there were dorado and other predators in the area and so they scaled down their hooks and managed to land 11 dorado for 55 points which was worth more than two white marlin and lead them to finish sixth on the day. The challenge proved to be recording the releases in a legal manner as no other person is allowed to be involved in any part of the hooking, leading, releasing or recording of the fish and England managed to successfully document all 11 fish between the two of them.

Andy Atkins, England Big Game Manager stated “England’s final position of 15th overall placed them above some of the best four man big game fishing teams in the world and had we had one fish on either of the other two days a top six finish would have been achievable.

All in all it was an excellent tournament and great fun was had by all. We proved we can hold our own against some of the best state sponsored professional teams and next year with a full contingent of four anglers and we hope to be able to achieve a top five finish.”

Top 6 results;

1st Angola (Team A)

2nd Portugal (Team B)

3rd Spain (Team B)

4th Angola (Team B)

5th Croatia (Team A)

15th England

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