The 2010 World Angling Championships are just days away and here's where you'll find up to date reports from the matches in Spain, result analysis, team stats and prospects before any other fishing website.
Following a last minute change of venue by the Spanish organisers, it looks like being anyone’s guess as to who will lift the title come Sunday afternoon!
Originally scheduled for Vicario Reservoir in Central Spain, poor catches and high water levels in the months before the event forced fishing World Champs organisers to up sticks and move the whole competition an hour west to the River Guadiana at Merida, near the Portuguese border.
This river is a completely different proposition to the small carassio carp of Vicario. Instead, anglers will be faced with big carp, barbel and a smattering of carassio plus bleak and assorted other small fish and in practice away from the match length, Drennan Team England have already been catching 90lb weights in three hours fishing.
“The lads have reported back and the news is good,” said England Co-Manager Mark Addy. “It seems that carp and barbel will be the main fish as the bleak tend to get caught in practice and then don’t show again. We’re happy to be fishing somewhere like the Guadiana as I think it’ll be a true test of angling skill, not a fish race like Vicario would have been.”
How this last minute switch will affect the 30-plus teams fishing is anyone’s guess but several have already had a sneak peak in hastily arranged knock up matches on the sections to be used. England haven’t fished yet but with team man Steve Gardener spying during those events, he reckons there shouldn’t be too many surprises in store.
England will of course start as one of the favourites along with the big guns of Italy and France but in Spain, the home side and neighbours Portugal can never be ignored.
Daily updates on the event
For daily reports, tactics, reaction and analysis plus exclusive interviews and hopefully some videos on the World Championships keep checking out www.gofishing.co.uk. Coverage starts on the evening of Friday June 25 with updates on Saturday and Sunday. The official result is expected to be announced around 3pm on Sunday afternoon.
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