THE England carp team were all set for action in Spain in the World Carp Angling Championship - aiming for gold medals under new leader Rob Hughes.

The England carp team looked well prepared for the challenge of the World Carp Championships this year.

The England carp team looked well prepared for the challenge of the World Carp Championships this year.

The FIPSed 17th World Carp Fishing Championship is  on the river Ebro at Caspe, in Spain between the October 7 and 10….. and England are hoping for their first ever gold medal spot.

The squad consists of England regulars Billy Flowers and Jamie Londors, as well as new boys and UK No 1 seeds Alexei Bygrave /Harry Charrington, former British Champions Neil Rivers / Chris Holmes, big hitter Mark Bartlett and Ebro expert Paul Booth.

‘We will be competitive’

Rob Hughes said: “For a rookie squad we’re in reasonable shape.

“There is a great mix of experience, enthusiasm, expertise and knowledge so as long as the drawbag is kind to us we will be competitive.

I’ve spent a fair amount of time in the company of the England feeder team and in particular Tommy Pickering who I admire greatly as a manager and I’ve picked a lot up from him. He says it takes time to build a squad as these world events are massively different to anything that we have in the UK and I make him bang on., but we are ready and looking forward to the challenge ahead”

‘Not going to be easy’

“We’ve had a recce and also a full squad practice at the venue and now it’s time for the main event. Practice was a big learning curve and the river can throw all sorts of things at you, particularly species like catfish and monster roach. I’m under no illusion that it is going to be easy.

“The tournament is incredibly hotly contested and there are 23 nations taking part. Competition is stiff, especially from the likes of favourites Romania, Russia, Croatia and also France, but my boys are technically capable, confident, and we’ve done an awful lot of preparation”.

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