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7th place for England's U21s Youth Shore Anglers in the World Championship


England Youth Shore Championship Team 2019

The U21’s England Youth team headed to Latina, Italy, for the 19th FIPS-M World Youth Shore Championship for U21s from 12th – 19th October 2019.

The team representing England and the Angling Trust consisted of; Joe Cook, Rory Eastlake, Adam Howard, Owen Strange, Dillon Thompson, Paul Strange (assistant manager) and Malcolm Stote (manager).

Adam Howard 2019

Adam Howard

Starting at the beginning of the team’s campaign they realised that they would need a very light tackle approach and all were made aware that they would be using tactics involving hook lengths as low as 0.13mm, which is alien to everyone. 

Dillon Thompson

Dillon Thompson

Team England Youth arrived in Italy slightly earlier which gave them the opportunity of three extra practice days which helped them get to grips with the baits they would be using, in particular one of the worms ‘arenicola’ which was particularly tricky to put on baiting needles, as they extend in length by almost four times when picked up. There were not lots of fish in the practice sessions but depending on how the team practiced the numbers were reasonably good.

Joe Cook

Joe Cook

Team England’s plan, which despite the result they had was working, although they did struggle with the size of fish throughout the championship and almost every match they were caught and overtaken in the last hour of the matches.

England ended up in 7th place overall on the final day with Italy taking the World Championship title in 1st place, Spain in 2nd place and Portugal in 3rd place.

Owen Strange

Owen Strange

Malcolm Stote, England Manager stated “This wasn’t an easy campaign for us this time as our result shows. All credit to the team though as everyone tried their best with only Rory Eastlake having fished in an U21’s World Championship before, so this team worked very hard to try and turn things around. All the team learnt a lot and gained valuable experience for the future.”

“I must thank the people who have helped us as it is always very much appreciated. Thanks to Tronixpro, Trabucco, Tom Bagnall of Christchurch Angling Centre and Loni's Angling. A big thank you to all the parents who came with us and for helping drive the team around and helping with tackle: also to Mark Howard, Andy Cook and Denise Donaldson and to the superstar Paul Strange who has been fantastic helping organise and for all his hard work this year. To the Angling Trust for all their help with our entry and sorting out all the details for our participation.”

Rory Eastlake

Rory Eastlake

 Top 4 team results;

1st Italy

2nd Spain

3rd Portugal

4th Netherlands

Top 4 individual results;

1st Simone Ibba, Italy

2nd David Romero, Spain

3rd Alex Ruiz, Spain

4th Alessandro Libanori, Italy

The Angling Trust and Team England Youth would like to thank the Italian Federation for organising a superb World Championship.

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