Monday, 25 November 2013 13:07

Feeder World Championships - Final Results

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Monday, 25 November 2013 11:50

Feeder World Championships - Match Day 1

The first day of the first feeder world championship in South Africa and the home team is ahead with one point, brought about by three first positions, a third and a ninth. It was a titanic battle between the first three teams for consistent good performance on all pegs. During the first half of the match, the Czech team performed well and caught many fish, but the size of fish was not adequate and Hungary came through in the last two hours with lower numbers but very good quality of fish.

The SA team is ahead with 15 points, 153 fish at 152.453kg (ave: 0.996), followed by England on 16 points, 142 fish at 130.169kg (ave: 0.916), and Hungary on 18 points, 123 fish at 130,455 (ave: 1.060). Czech Republic is trailing with a further 6 points and averaged fish only of 0.889. The total field caught 1504 fish for 1453.855kg, resulting an average 0.966kg per fish. The teams who managed to catch the carp successfully and get past the yellowfish, were the teams who ended at the top of the log.

The reigning world champions Holland, could only manage 51 points for a tenth place. Portugal, the new kids on the block, surprised with a very good result of a 7th position (41 points).

In the individual battle, the big guy from South Africa, Jumbo Willemse was at his best with 43.769kg (46fish) and dictated the field. Phil Ringer was in his sector and made a massive comeback in the fourth hour when he landed 8 fish for a close to 20kg, but it was Hungary’s Ferenc Vido who weighed only 25 fish for a massive 38.546kg, that took the second place. In A-sector Andre Bezuidenhout won convincingly with 34,024kg, more than 8kg ahead of England’s Adam Wakelin.

B-sector was won by Josef Konopasek of Czech (26,215kg), with England’s Steve Ringer in second on 25,785kg and Neville Foord of the home team in 3rd (22,485kg). Neville was slightly unlucky as he drew the peg next to the snaggy peg that was taken out yesterday, losing a few big carp in the snag. D-sector was won by SA’s Koos Burger (31,221kg), with the German Jens Koschnick in second (26,370kg) and Hungary’s Janos Novak in third weighing only 20 fish for 24,272kg. Tommy Pickering had to settle for a fourth with 22,923kg.

The E-Sector was the only one that South Africa could not dictate in a significant way. Here the honours belonged to Soren Sorenson of Denmark (33,939kg), Matyas Sivas of Hungary (28,174kg) and Jorge Gomez of Portugal with 26,507kg.

B-sector will be an interesting one to watch tomorrow, with Jumbo Willemse, Soren Sorensen< Ferenc Vido and Phil Ringer to battle it out. In D-Sector Andre Bezuidenhout, Adam Wakelin and Matyas Sivak will have to battle it out, whilst C-Sector will see Josef Konopasek, Steve Ringer and Koos Burger. It will be a tough day at the office tomorrow and the team handling the pressure the best, staying focused and catching the better quality fish will walk away with the gold. Watch this space for the results.

 

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Training concluded, and the championship is on the way! The last day started off with a cool northwesterly blowing, but the fish were off to an early start. The first fish came out just after 2 minutes of fishing. Within the next ten minutes the bank was full of bending rods and good quality carp in the landing nets. The wind picked up speed during the morning, creating quite a challenge to get the feeder hitting the spot every time, especially in the areas where a longer cast is required. Angler skills played a more significant role and it was clear that the accuracy of the better anglers would make a significant impact.

The fish really played their part and teams had really good results, but apart from being a good confidence booster, even the bags of 35kg made no difference. The day that would count is Saturday and it is then that every second, every bite and every cast will make the difference. A significant improvement in overall catches made for more confidant and relaxed teams, although there were a few concerned faces admitting that they do not have it all figured out.

The captain’s meeting later in the day also caused some interesting discussions with everybody not necessarily over the moon about some points. In summary, the yellowfish restrictions have been lifted and all fish of all sizes will be eligible, with a restriction placed on the application of flavours and dips. Anglers are restricted to apply all additives with an atomizer or spray bottle only. This caused quite a stir, and the demand for spray bottles in Bloemhof took a quantum leap this afternoon. Furthermore, everything was moderate and the teams were very happy with the arrangements of the organizers to avail 22 bakkies to assist teams to get their equipment safely to the water. The day will start at 0700, with the drawing of pegs and angling commencing at 1030, until 1430.

Some other interesting facts, is the attempt by the organizers to remove a tree stump from one of the pegs towards the end of B-Sector. The attempt was, despite a fourwheel drive tractor and a vehicle with a 12 ton winch, unfortunately not successful and the specific area will be pegged out. A few other obstacles were also removed at some pegs. This is excellent news for the anglers and a bit of fairness is restored. Tomorrow is the big day and we bring you the update as soon as we have it.

 

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