Record Goes at England Trials

The first trial for Korda Carp Team England selection is over, leaving some exhausted anglers in its wake. The 48-hour enduro pairs match was held over the weekend at Drayton Reservoir and was expected to produce plenty of action but no one could have predicted the magnitude of that action. The event, which was staged to allow the Korda Carp Team England Management duo Ian Huntington and Pete Holehouse to begin to make their selections for September’s Carp World Championships, featured 11 of the best carp match pairs on the scene. The field featured four previous British Young Carp Angling Champions, highlighting the bright future for the team.

The match kicked off at 12pm on Friday 23rd March and ran for 48-hours. As the Drayton fish responded to the zig tactics that all the pairs adopted, one team got their nose in front – a lead that they were never to relinquish. When the final whistle sounded, Southwest duo, Mark Bartlett and Kev Hewitt, had smashed the British 48-hour pairs Carp enduro match record on their way to posting an eye-watering 2310lb total. There had been 846 carp caught between all 11 pairs, for a total weight of 9418lb.
As well as the overall winners, the field was split into sections and the winners were as follows: section 1 Andy and Tom Maker with 555lb; section 2 Kia Sanger and Jack Stamp with 1099lb and of course; section three, Kev Hewitt and Mark Bartlett with 2310lb.

The event was marshalled tirelessly by two senior marshals and their team, made up from students from Shuttleworth College and Sparsholt College. Ian Huntington was particularly impressed with the job that the lads did, telling us “All of the volunteers did a fantastic job, working at least as hard as the anglers, and I can honestly say that this was the best display of professional marshalling that all the competitors, the fishery manager, and the visitors had ever seen.”

This first trial is just the start for the Carp Team England hopefuls. It’s now down to the management team to whittle the field down for the forthcoming further trials. Ian explained the criteria for the selection process and gave us details about the next trial, “The anglers were judged not only on the section results but also the level of preparation each pair had put into the trial, which was clearly evident to me and Pete and reflected in some of the key section battles in the individual sections.
Full details and stats are still to be analysed and our decision on who moves forward to the next trial will be made in a week or so. The venue for the next trial, which will be held in May, is Wyreside fisheries in Lancashire. This is a venue that should be completely new to the guys as they will not have fished it previously. The trial will be more of a technical challenge, with the focus on catching bigger carp alongside a few practical tests that we have designed to further test the guys.”

To highlight the importance and depth of the backing that Korda Carp Team England is afforded within the sport, David Kent, Dick Clegg and Martin Salter from the Angling Trust all visited Drayton during the event to show their support, which was gratefully received.

Well done to all the competitors and good luck to those who are selected to go on to the next trial. It goes without saying that you’ll be kept up to date with all the latest Korda Carp Team England news right here on the Korda site.