22nd European match Fishing Championships

Well what a European Championships we have just had. Held on the Lage Vaart canal in The Netherlands it saw three home nations finish in the top four places!

Wales have continued where their football team left off by winning the 22nd European match fishing championships.

They turned in a very consistent scoring performance with 16pts each day for 32pts, with England chasing them close on 36pts to take silver. England’s notable fish count of 520 fish was amazingly just one fish less than Wales (258) and third placed Hungary (263) combined. This underlined the fact that England had their tactics for the smaller fish bang on, but the canals bream very much decided fortunes.

Hungary, who way down the table after day 1, stormed into bronze medal with a fabulous 12pts to win on the second day. Although this saw them finish 10 pts behind England it put them in front of Scotland by 3pts. Scotland were sitting 8th after day 1 and climbed four places on Sunday with 19pts, shading the 19pts from England on weight on the day. Again however England carded over 240 fish to Scotland's 124, so bigger fish again played a key role for some.

Hungary's Tamas Walter took the individual crown with two section wins and a awesome superior weight of over 18kg; almost 10kg more than second. Adding to home grown success no less than five anglers from the UK featured in the individual top 10.

Congratulations to Wales and Tamas Walter.