Lough Erne hosts the lure championships – and England have a strong team as they enter for the first time.

THE Angling Trust has announced England’s first lure team – or Carnivorous Artificial Baits Boat Angling Team to give them their full title – for the discipline’s upcoming World Championships.

This year’s event heads to Northern Ireland’s Loch Erne in October. The venue has produced some huge pike in the past with reports of 30 and even 40 lb fish.

England manager Mike Skipper discussed the selection: ‘We have managed to maintain the balance of experience, youth and passion along with levels of energy and drive to compete at the required levels.’

The three pairs are: pro river guide Gary Palmer; coach and Pike Anglers club development officer Eric Edwards; father and 18-year-old son Gary and Sam Edmonds; Lithuanian born Evaldas Skablauskas; and all-rounder Matthew Netherton.

The new squad is now seeking sponsors to compete and possibly host the event in 2016.

Vastly experienced Dick Clegg OBE, international events manager for the Angling Trust, said: ‘I am confident that we can compete at world level although our first year is all about taking part and then building on what the team learns.’

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