Dave Johnson reports for Angler's Mail from the World Angling Championships 2014 venue in Croatia. As this report was written, Drennan Team England were flying the flag at the opening ceremony and will aim to defend their title this weekend. Find out more in the magazine!
HEAVY rain has plagued this prestige tournament venue since Wednesday afternoon and it looks like there will be no let up in its assault, with some thunderstorms forecast for the weekend making for extremely difficult conditions.
This will be a travesty for such a remarkable stretch of water as it hosts the 2014 World Angling Championships with day 1 this Saturday (Sep 13) and Day 2 on Sunday (Sep 14).
There have been some super catches of barbel, with the odd inclusion of vimba and Danubian roach, those stunning fish revealed in this week’s Angler’s Mail magazine.
Considering the volume of water that passes through every second, it’s not surprising that even small fish, of around 1-2lb, create difficult challenges for each angler when trying to net them, as their fitness levels are extremely high due to the strong pace of the channel.
Team England anglers have made up to 600 trot throughs (approximately every 9 seconds) in an alloted championship 4 hour period.
So fitness is not only applicable to the fish, but the angler must be on his game also. We will see some very tired team members returning home next week.
England’s performances, so far, will have everyone looking to them come the weekend. I’m also fancying some of the local sides, who – quite obviously – are more used to this kind of fishing.
If you want a closer look at the venue and its immense challenges check out the videos on matchangler.com
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