Daiwa Dorking have lifted the World Club Championships in San Marino – the first English club to be crowned champions since Essex County back in the 1980s.
They did it in style on San Marino’s Ostellato Canal, winning both days of action against 27 other teams from around Europe to finish on 23 points, four in front of Italian locals and red hot favourites Lenza Emiliana Tubertini.
England men William Raison, Des Shipp, Simon Willsmore, Callum Dicks and Darren Davies, plus Welsh international Lee Edwards, went all out for bream and skimmers in searing 40ºC heat, leaving boss Steve Sanders bursting with pride. “We were third a few years back, but this is the one we so badly wanted to win,” he said. “The team were awesome, professional and full of confidence.
“The fishing was very physical and I doubt that many anglers could do what was required,” he continued.
“In the 10-minute prebaiting period we fed a crazy amount made up of 12 litres of groundbait made into 17 balls and thrown in, then six more cupped in, topped off with 20 balls of leam potted in, all at 13m. We managed this with around five seconds remaining!”
Dorking had worked out how to catch both small and large fish by feeding just the once. The groundbait would catch small skimmers for the opening few hours, before the leam kicked in to pick off the bonus skimmers and bream.
“As ever on international matches, end pegs in the sections seemed to be best, so when we got five middle pegs on day one, I feared for us – but the lads were phenomenal. To finish three points out in front was a brilliant result,” Steve enthused.
“Day two gave us better pegs, but on many sections there wasn’t much in it. Callum caught a catfish to nick the section from the Italian and Lee was struggling until his leam kicked in and he went from having 300g with two hours to go to weighing over 7kg for good points.”
Joker, casters and hemp went into both the groundbait and heavy, sticky leam mixes, each angler topping up when the bites faded with a small ball. The signal to try for better fish came when a big skimmer was caught, often around 90 minutes to two hours into the match. That would see three or four bloodworms fished overdepth.
Added Steve: “The Italian side knew the venue well and didn’t practise properly in the first few days but we were emptying the place, catching up to 30kg.
They saw this, got back on their boxes and started to take it seriously.”
Result: 1 Daiwa Dorking, 23pts (11 12); 2 Lenza Emiliana Tubertini, 27 (14 13); 3 MMX Tubertini, 44; 4 RS Crazy Boys Maver, 50; 5 Sensas 28, 52; 6 Sensas Ntra Sra Del Prado, 54; 7 Triple A Milo, 56; 8 Drennan, 57; 9 SPS Serravalle Maver, 59; 10 Fishing Tackle Max, 61; 11 Team Dunaev, 67; 12 Maver Zammataro, 70; 13 Fish Dream, 71; 14 DGBF Belgique, 78; 15 Lempaalan KK Colmic, 78; 16 Sumadija, 80; 17 SRZ Powazska Bistrica Sensas, 81; 17 Pesnica-Sensas Slovenjia, 81; 19 Corvin Hunedoara II Trabucco, 83; 20 Eko Fishing, 86; 21 Virtus Fishing Team Sensas, 88; 22 SRD Rak-Raktje, 90; 23 Constellation Stockholm, 95; 24 Clube de Pesca de Competicao, 102; 25 US RGD Jelah Tesanj, 104; 26 Tubertini Team Ireland Fermoy CA, 109; 27 Sportfescherverain Stadtbredimus, 123; 28 Odense Sportsfisker Klub, 131.