Holland 2009 World Angling Championships match news preview

With the 56th World Coarse Angling Championships in Holland just weeks away, gofishing.co.uk will keep you up to date with the daily Dutch match fishing news at the click of a mouse!

In partnership with Angling Times, we’ll be providing a daily blog from Match Editor Richard Grange as the tactics start to take shape to conquer the Lage Vaart Canal, the team is picked and Managers and anglers air their thoughts ahead of the big, big weekend.

We’ll have reaction, interviews and the low-down on the methods and results as they happen from both days of action on September 5 and 6 as Drennan Team England and William Raison aim to defend the gold medals won so memorably in Italy last year.

“Last year’s web coverage was extremely well received and we’re going to give gofishing.co.uk users more of the same,” said gofishing Editor Iain Toombs. “Most people can find a result from surfing around the web but few sites offer anything more. We’ll have full results within minutes of them being announced and the candid thoughts of those at the sharp edge of the event.”

The coverage gets underway on Friday when the AT team arrive in Holland for the final day of official practice on the sprawling canal. We’ll get the gen on the tackle, feeding, target weights, species and the sections you do and don’t want to be in as well as which unlucky angler from the six travelling over will be sitting out day one.

“By Friday everything should, hopefully, be in place in terms of a plan,” Richard explained. “We’ll get the views of bosses Mark Downes and Mark Addy and the anglers themselves, when we’ll know how confident the team is. The style of fishing should certainly suit England and the other home nations plus the likes of France, Belgium and Italy. It won’t be easy but this will be as close to a ‘home’ water as England has had for a good few years.”

A recent international match on the canal allayed fears of no fish in the venue, big nets of small roach and perch being caught, backed up by bream in certain areas. It looks likes largely being a pole and bloodworm match but there’s some mystery as to whether the waggler will also play a part if the fish back off to the far bank beyond pole range.

“This year will also see the first World Champs where sections are split into two,” Richard added. “This means that some England men could end up with none of the ‘big’ teams in their half section or they could end up with the lot! It’ll be difficult to keep tracks on what’s going on in each split and doing your sums accurately will be crucial. Expect to see a lot of bank runners scuttling around during the match scribbling numbers down on bits of paper.”

To keep up to date, log on to www.gofishing.co.uk and click on the World Champs page. The first report goes live around 7pm UK time on Friday September 4.