England put on a magnificent performance to take team gold and the individual crown in the recent Home Countries Spring International held on Lough Owel in Ireland.
The team recorded 59 trout for a weight of 75lb 11oz, which gave them a massive margin over silver medalists Ireland, who registered 32 trout for 41lb 9.4oz – just beating the Welsh squad, who took the bronze with 33 trout for 41lb 2.2oz. Scotland, although fishing fourth, ran the other two nations close for the medals with 29 trout for 37lb 7oz.
English anglers claimed the top three individual places with Phil Longstaff taking the Brown Bowl with 10 trout for 11lb 12.8oz, followed by Tony Curtis and Gary Morris. In fact, 11 of the England team finished in the top 20, as were their dominance of the event.
For the other counties – top rod for Ireland was Robert Reilly with five trout for 7lb 1.4oz, for Scotland it was Alan Brock with seven trout for 7lb 14.4oz, and for Wales it was Alan Banwell with five trout for 7lb 7.2oz.
Englishman, James Atkinson, caught the heaviest fish of the day – 3lb 3oz.
The event was fished on a partial catch-and-release basis, with the first three trout being retained and an allowance of 1lb being awarded for each returned fish. The minimum size was set at 30cm.
The autumn match will be held on Llyn Brenig in September.