England can add yet more gold to its international angling cabinet after the Angling Trust England Ladies team returned from Slovenia as world champions following a rousing Day 2 comeback that saw them catapult from eighth to top spot on the River Sava around Radece.
The team, made up of Julie Abbott, Emma Pickering, Samantha Sim, Helen Dagnall and Jeanette Halliday and managed by Dave Brooks Jnr and Joe Roberts racked up 18 points on the second day of action to 'absolutely smash it' in the world of Joe and take gold ahead of Croatia with a 56 point tally.
"After Day 1 we were 12 points adrift but it was still tight and we fancied it," Joe said. "We altered the groundbait mix, cutting down on the levels on activity that had brought too many small fish into the pegs on the first day and this worked a treat. All of the girls had 10 kilos on Day 2 and we won it by a mile!"
Top performer individually was Helen Dagnall with five points but incredibly England didn't score a section win over the whole weekend and still took gold, catching mainly vimba, small roach and the odd barbel on bunches of maggot fished on proper tackle and feeding their full 17 litre groundbait allowance on each day.