National & International Sea Angling Teams
Team selection/qualifer dates and information for 2016:-
|Team||Application Form||Closing dates for entries||Contact|
|Mens Shore||closed||Pete Corker 07711622015|
|Ladies Shore||form||31/8/16||Helen Pearce 01970 820063|
|Mens Boat||Rob Roberts 01248 714139|
|Junior||form||21/8/16||Clive Pearce 01970 820063|
Double GOLD Medal Success for Men's & Ladies Teams at the 2016 SALC Home Internationals
Report from the 2013 World Championships held in Spain by Team Manager Peter Corker:
The selected team to represent Wales in Torremolinos 2013 were, James Frazer, Gerald John, Shane Russell, Alan Price, Dave Morrell, Joe Arch and Peter Corker. The championships ran from the 19th to the 26th October and consisted of 14 men's and 10 ladies' teams with 5 to compete each day of the 7 anglers. We arrived a week before on the 12th to give us the opportunity to practice the venue beforehand. Mediterranean angling is very different to that in the UK, with low diameter mainlines and small hooks to cope with the bait supplied. All matches were fished 7pm till 11pm, with one point awarded per gram of fish within there respective size limits. Weather for the week remained pretty much the same with some wind to start and as darkness fell so did the winds , temperatures remained warm even into the night. Practice sessions showed the first hour of daylight would be difficult with just the odd bonus fish, 2nd and 3rd hour were generally best and the fourth would normally start to slow again. It was apparent that a bag of 8 to 10 fish per angler would be a good enough average for a decent team result, although we did have days if the bogue showed ( a species with similar characteristics to mackerel and scad) of 25 or so fish, but this wasn't common. The best fishing in practice was at range upwards of 150 metres, under a bright moon. As the event started the moon was small and the sky dark, perhaps the reason the fish moved closer to shore often less than 90 metres, the tide rise and fall is very small in the region, but tide times could also have had an effect.
Day one: Anyone saying there not nervous at the start of these events must be made of stone! The anglers to fish were James Frazer, Gerald John, Alan Price, Joe Arch and Peter Corker, with Shane Russell to manage and Dave Morrell to assist. There role is very challenging, the relaying of accurate up to the minute information to the anglers is paramount to the success of the team. Different species feed at different distances on different rigs so we rely heavily on there assistance when things get hard. Wales had a great start finishing second on the day behind the hosts Spain.
Day two: Zones today were left of the area we used the day before, with fewer fish and a match of fine margins, with less than 100 grams separating several competitors. Wales finished 6th on the day and third overall 2 points behind England and Spain winning with the perfect 2 points.
Day three: Another tough day with fish hard to find for most, finding the correct range can be hard and four hours disappear very quickly.
Thankfully the teams close to us also struggled, so although we finished 6th on the day again it left us still in third spot overall just one point behind England but with Spain in untouchable form way ahead.
Day four (final match) Although gold was already out of site silver was well within our reach. Shane and Dave kept us up to date on what was getting caught where and as the match drew to a close, it was apparent all our team had caught and fished well. Wales finished second on the day and second overall, with Spain completing the perfect event with 1st 2nd and 3rd overall individually too!
Final positions: Spain 4pts Wales 16pts England 21pts Italy 21pts Germany 24pts Holland 29pts Ireland 30pts Belgium 34pts Portugal 36pts Brazil 37pts Tunisia 37pts France 38pts South Africa 39pts and Scotland 54pts
Congratulations to the Spanish federation and Torremolinos district for running a very smooth, professional and successful event. The time and effort spent to compete at the highest level cant be underestimated. Each day was spent the same, breakfast 9am till 10, 10 till 1pm in the room with tackle preparation, 1pm till 2pm dinner, 2pm till 5pm rig preparation, no one went home with a tan! The cost to each angler to represent their country was a minimum of £2000, no wonder the pride and commitment of the team is so high, but so are the rewards. Over the last 12 months bringing Wales a team silver medal in Holland October 2012 along with a new World champion, a home nations gold medal July 2013 and now returning from Spain again with a World silver medal, Wales and Welsh angling should be justly proud!
Finally a big thank you to Helen and her team for all there help, and also to Gareth Thorne who came out to see the event and help out (all out of his own pocket) that's serious commitment !
Report from the SALC Home International Championships held at Abererch Beach, nr Pwllhelli, 2013
Ladies Team Men's Team
Youth Team Junior Team
Welsh sea anglers were on top form at last week’s Home International fished at Abererch Beach, near Pwllheli, Gwynedd taking three Team Gold medals. Teams from all four home nations competed in the Men's, Youth and Junior sections whilst England, Ireland and Wales fielded teams in the very first Home International Championships for the Ladies Teams. The Championships were fished over two days of competitions on Abererch Beach near Pwllheli. Fishing was tough due to the fantastic weather conditions, with the water calm and crystal clear anglers had to use every ounce of their watercraft skills to catch fish. The competitions were close each day and the final results went right down to the last cast. Final Championship results were:-
1st Wales 30 points
2nd Ireland 26 points *
3rd England 26 points *
4th Scotland 17 points
* result placings on highest total of zone wins
1st Wales 21 points
2nd England 18 points
3rd Ireland 8 points
1st Wales 34 points
2nd England 31 points
3rd Ireland 18 points
4th Scotland 17 points
1st England 31 points
2nd Ireland 28 points
3rd Wales 21 points
4th Scotland 15 points
Wales taking three gold medals and one bronze is the best result in these Championships for the WFSA.. The Welsh Federation of Sea Anglers (National Governing Body for sea angling in Wales and Angling Cymru partner) hosted the event with the support of Championship sponsor Tronixpro, Haven, Gwynedd County Council, North Wales Bait Supplies and the many angling volunteers who helped to organise and run the event making it one of the best Home International Championships for years.
Reports from World Shore Championships Holland 2012
The annual World Shore Fishing Championships was held in Vlissingen, Netherlands last week where 16 countries competed for both mens and ladies team and individual medals. The event comprises of four matches where each days results are combined to determine the final winners. The mens Wales Team was managed by Peter Corker and consisted of Alan Price, Joe Arch, Shane Russell, Chris Read, Alun Blythin and Andy Hutchings. The team fished well and despite the poor weather conditions for the first two days they were lying in 2nd place overall. Better weather conditions for day three saw the Italian team draw level on points. The final days competition the team did well but leaving them a nail biting wait for the final results for all teams to be announced. The team finished in the silver medal position just 1 point behind the new gold medal winning Dutch team. Alan Price from Kimnel Bay in north Wales was announced as World Champion and individual gold medal winner for 2012.
The ladies team was managed by Clive Pearce and consisted of Helen Pearce, June Howell, Pam Worrall, Denise Collier and Annalise Edwards. The team finished overall in 8th place but had good individual places - Helen Pearce 17th, Pam Worrall 20th and Annalise Edwards 29th, showing their continued improving results.
GOLD for the 2012 Home International Boat Team
Each National Governing Body is responsible for the selection of National and International Teams to represent Wales each year. Each discipline has its own page on the website, links above, where you can find details of the teams, photo's, news and results.
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