Korda Team England Trials

The Angling Trust is delighted with the first of the Carp Team England trials which are generously sponsored by Korda.

The first of the trials to select a team for this years World Championship comprised a 48-hour endurance pairs match which was held over the weekend of 23rd/24th/25th March at Drayton Reservoir in Northamptonshire.

To highlight the importance of the competition and to show support for Korda Carp Team England the trials were visited by Angling Trust Competitions Chairman  David Kent, England Manager Dick Clegg and National Campaigns Co-ordinator  Martin Salter.

Korda’s Richard Stewart takes up the story….

The first trial for Korda Carp Team England selection is over, leaving 22 exhausted anglers in its wake.
 and was expected to produce plenty of action but no one could have predicted the magnitude of that action. The event was staged to allow the Korda Carp Team England Management duo, Ian Huntington and Pete Holehouse, to begin to make their selections for September’s FIPSed Carp World Championships and featured 11 of the best carp-match pairs on the scene. The field boasted four previous British Young Carp Angling Champions, highlighting the bright future for the team.

The match kicked off at 12pm on Friday 23rd March and ran for 48 hours. The Drayton fish quickly responded to the zig tactics that all the pairs initially adopted, however, one team got its nose in front – a lead that the pair were never to relinquish. When the final whistle sounded, Southwest duo, Mark Bartlett and Kev Hewitt, had smashed the British 48-hour pairs Carp enduro match record on their way to posting an eye-watering 2310lb total. There had been 846 carp caught between all 11 pairs, for a total weight of 9418lb.
As well as the overall winners, the field was split into sections and the winners were as follows: section 1 Andy and Tom Maker with 555lb; section 2 Kia Sanger and Jack Stamp with 1099lb and of course; section three, Kev Hewitt and Mark Bartlett with 2310lb.

The event was marshalled tirelessly by two senior marshals and their team, made up from students from Shuttleworth College and Sparsholt College.

Ian Huntington was particularly impressed with the job that these volunteers did, telling us:

 “All of the lads did a fantastic job, working at least as hard as the anglers, and I can honestly say that this was the best and most professional display of marshalling that the competitors, the fishery manager, and the visitors had ever seen.”

This first trial is just the start of the selection process for the Carp Team England hopefuls. It’s now down to the management team to whittle the field down for the forthcoming further trials.

Ian explained the criteria for the selection process and gave us details about the next trial:

 “The anglers were judged not only on the section results but also the level of preparation each pair had put into the trial, which was clearly evident to me and Pete and reflected in some of the key section battles in the individual sections.
Full details and stats are still to be analysed and our decision on who moves forward to the next trial will be made in a week or so. The venue for the next trial, which will be held in May, is Wyreside fisheries in Lancashire. This is a venue that should be completely new to the guys as they will not have fished it previously. The trial will be more of a technical challenge, with the focus on catching bigger carp alongside a few practical tests that we have designed to further test the guys.”

Martin Salter added:

“ It was impossible not to be impressed by the skill and stamina on display at these trials. It was also great to see how many youngsters were prepared to to put in the time and effort to fish for their country at the very highest level.”

Also present over the weekend was the Angling Trust Finance and Business Manager Stuart Sharp who said:

“It was clear to see the organisation and planning that Ian and Pete had put into the trials. Coupled with Korda’s significant financial backing, this bodes well for the team and the growth of competitive carp fishing.”