Britain’s top commercial match angler – Steve Ringer – is set to represent England at coarse fishing for the first time.
The AT star will fish the first World Feeder Championships this September under the guidance of team manager Tom Pickering. Steve along with Darren Cox, Steve Hemingray, Dean Barlow and Mick Vials will form the Preston Innovations-backed team and compete in Italy later this year.
Shimano’s Steve Ringer has previously represented England at youth level in flyfishing, but has never had the opportunity to coarse fish for his country.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to make the team. When I heard there was going to be an England feeder team I felt that I might have a chance, but no more than that,” said Steve.
“Looking at the squad I feel we have a real mixture of anglers. When you bring that all together, I think we have a good chance of bringing home a medal whether that is gold, silver or bronze,” he added.
Yorkshire legend Tom believes he has picked a very experienced team that has an excellent chance of winning gold in September.
“All of these anglers have international experience, except Steve Ringer. Darren Cox and Steve Hemingray have fished several World Club Champs and European Champs whereas Dean Barlow and Mick Vials have fished for the England Youth sides. As for Ringer, England needs him,” said the Preston Innovations England Feeder Team Manager.
This year all of the England teams will be competing in Italy over the same week in the World Games. There will be various events running at the same time so Tom has been restricted in his team selection.
“I know them all well and I think we’ve got six great all-round anglers to start,” he said.
Describing the venue, Tom said: “The River Tevere in Perugia isn’t a commercial. it’s a natural venue. We will be fishing for wild carasio, skimmers and chub. I have every confidence in the team.”
Angling Trust international events manager, Dick Clegg has every faith that the experience of Tom and his team will come back with a medal.
“Feeder fishing originated in the British Isles and although many European countries are now having specific feeder competitions, England should be too strong for most of them,” explained Dick.
Later in the year, Tom will invite anglers to fish feeder-only matches to CIPS rules to help him choose a team for the 2012 World Feeder Championships in Belgium.