Mansfield-born angler Adam Wakelin has returned from the Feeder World Championships at Inniscarra Lake, Ireland, with a gold medal with the successful England team.
After a week of practice, trialling different methods, baits and feeding, captain Tommy Pickering, and head coach Glenn Lawrence had the tough task of choosing five of the anglers to compete on day one of the competition and plumped for Dean Barlow, Adam Wakelin, Phil Ringer, Mick Vials and Steve Ringer.
The first day was very good for the England team with two section firsts, a second, a third and a fourth. This gave the team a total of 11 points; 12 points ahead of the second-placed Irish team on 23 points with the Netherlands in third with 24 points.
The team remained the same for the second day, with every angler having a good result.
After four hours of nailbiting, the final points were added up, the English team securing one first, three seconds and an eighth by when it was clear to see that they had secured the gold medal by a 36-point margin.
Along with the team gold, Ringer also took top spot individually with a perfect two point score to be crowned 2014 Feeder World Champion and Preston Innovations-backed Mick Vials bringing home a bronze medal, for his impressive three point score, Wakelin finishing with five points.
Club secretary Paul Skeldon came out on top as James Maude Angling Club fished Little John Lakes’ Friar Tuck Lake.
He fished a very tidy match across and down the edge, all fish taken on dead reds with hemp as feed to top the scales with 78lb 6oz.
Second place, fishing from the opposite corner, pegged on two, saw Dave Johnson battle all the way with a very close 69lb with resident top three placer Kev Brown taking 57lb 1oz and third place spoils by just four ounces from Gary Butcher, who weighed 56lb 13oz.
Drawn at peg four for the third match in a row, he fished the pole and paste out at 13m, landing 40 carp through the match, putting 115lb 12oz on the scales.
In second place Andy Lakey fished the pole and pellet up in the water for 43 carp to 8lb and a total of 114lb.
In the Tuesday Open on 8th July Dave Round had a fantastic net of fish, fishing the pole and caster short at 5m and the deck and up in the water for 95lb of ide, skimmers to 2lb and four carp to 6lb making up the rest of his 120lb 3oz. Dave Hiley in second also had four carp with the rest of his 82lb 11oz net made up of ide to 1lb on the pole and caster.
Martyn Brown is making the Sunday Evening Open match his own, taking his second win in a week on 6th July. Fishing the pole and paste down the margins, he landed 25 carp to 9lb and a total of 149lb 15oz.