6th FIPSed Veterans World Angling Championships, Bosnia and Herzegovina


ENGLAND Veterans’ hopes of retaining their World Championship gold medal won last year in Portugal was dashed when they could only manage sixth place on the River Krupa at  Kapljina, in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Fishing the same stretch of river that was last used for the World Club Championships some five years ago the England Veterans team finished joint seventh with Italy on the first day, but only 6 points away from early leaders Hungary.

The England Veterans teams tactics of fishing bolo and maggot for the bigger species was undoubtedly their downfall as Italy proved when they picked up their whips on day two and demolished everybody.

Dorking’s legendary leader Steve Sanders proved to be the star man for England Vets, but the team had little to cheer.

Section A was the area to be on day one and Steve Sanders put together a spectacular performance winning his section, and the match fishing bolo with maggot, or corn hookbait to weigh 7.620 kg.  His catch was made up of carrassio and scardola, but unfortunately the other three sections failed to respond to these tactics and it was mostly small scardola that made up the weights. The middle sections proved to be extremely difficult and a bad draw in B section ruined the team’s chances.

Italy changed tactics on Sunday and all four anglers fished line to hand whips of 4/5 and 6 metres to record only 10 points, and indeed the second team France,  and third team Bosnia Herzegovina both targeted small fish.

Sunday’s draw did no favours for England when they drew the upstream end peg in section A which was last on day one. The other draws were reasonable and Joe Roberts finished as joint winner of section B. Steve Sanders drew section C and started as though he could win an individual medal, but unfortunately his peg dried up and a joint fourth place cost him an individual bronze by just ½ a point.

The second day’s match was won by Wolfgang Thones from Germany, who caught 8.960 kg from peg 1 on section A, but the day’s best performance was by Natale Bagarello from Italy, who weighed 7.390 kg consisting of more than 600 fish.

The temperature for all four days of practice and the two match days never dropped below 42 degrees making fishing extremely difficult for all the teams.

Team results:
1st Italy 34 points
2nd Bosnia & Herzegovina 37 points
3rd France 38 points
6th England 47 points

Individual results:
1st Celestino Pagliari (Italy) 2points
2nd Michel Perdriaux ( France) 4 points
3rd Husein Gepo (Bosnia Herzegovina)  5 points
4th Steve Sanders (England) 5.5 points

England squad  placings
4th Steve Sanders 5.5 points
12th Joe Roberts 8.5 points
35th Roger Marlow 17 points
42nd Terry Lancaster  Day Two 17 points
47th Dicky Carr  Day One 21points

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