Carp Team England win GOLD at World Champs!

Carp Team England have triumphed in the 2015 World Carp Championships, taking victory by a solitary point from second-place Croatia after a gruelling 72-hour contest in Spain.

With the three England pairings all scoring well in their sections throughout the contest, England were sat in the top spot for most of the last day, but a last-minute fish to the Spanish side potentially changed everything and the lads had to wait until a steward’s enquiry confirmed their wafer-thin margin of victory.

England finished the event with a 326kg total consisting of 29 fish to just under 20kg for a section win, a second place and fourth. Serbia picked up the bronze position.

The England team, which featured three main pairings in the contest; Korda-sponsored duo Billy Flowers and Jamie Londors, Alexei Bygrave and Harry Charrington, and Neil Rivers and Chris ‘Bones’ Holmes, are under new management this year with experienced carp angler Rob Hughes taking charge. Mark Bartlett also fished as a substitute.

Korda are proud to be one of the many companies backing the team and everyone associated with the company would like to pass their congratulations to Rob and the boys for a magnificent performance.

The venue, the Caspe lake, is part of the River Ebro system and contains a good stock of commons to over 40lb. Numerous catfish and snags make the angling more challenging than the uniform venues of previous events but England excelled at sussing it out and caught consistently over the three-day contest.

With the lead changing several times over the course of the 72-hour contest, Rob Hughes admitted that it had been a rollercoaster ride of emotions with little sleep for anyone involved. Despite being in various medal-winning positions over the event, England just missed out on an individual medal but taking home team gold for the first time in many years constitutes an amazing effort by all involved.