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Drennan Team England (from left): Matt Derry, James Dent, Steve Sanders (manager),
Callum Dicks, Alan Scotthorne, Mark Downes (manager), William Raison, Matt Godfrey.

Team England are in Italy this weekend competing in the 23rd European Championship. The teams-of-five event sees 24 nations competing over two days on the Bianca Canal at Rovigo, on the 20th and 21st of May. England will be hoping to go one better than last year's event where they took a well-earned silver medal in Holland.

This year's talented England squad is a mixture of youth and experience with Alan Scotthorne, William Raison, Callum Dicks, Matt Godfrey, Matt Derry and James Dent involved. James is the only angler without senior World or European experience and earns his call up after impressive performances in the past two Home Internationals. Team manager Mark Downes is also assisted by Steve Sanders this year, following Mark Addy’s retirement.

The venue is in the north east of Italy, around 50km from Venice. It's a large navigable canal averaging 90m wide and 4m deep. Being just 15km from the sea with no sluices it is also subject to tidal variations which can see the flow change direction and the levels rise and fall by up to a metre.

The key species will be bream and skimmers up to 2kg, but other possible species include carassio, mullet, catfish and bleak. Pole fishing over an initial bombardment of heavy groundbait is likely to be the dominant tactic, with large lollipop-style flat floats as large as 25g to 30g playing a major role when the canal flows.

The two four-hour matches will be fished to international rules in this float-only event. This includes strict bait limits, a 10-minute pre-baiting period and a 13m pole limit.

Despite last year's resounding victory, Wales will sadly not be defending their crown as European Champions. Financial difficulties mean they have chosen to focus their attentions on the World Championship held in Belgium later on in the year.

Good luck to all of the competitors. The Italians are red-hot favourites and will be extremely difficult to beat on home soil, but we know Drennan Team England will be doing their very best to get on the podium!


Participating Nations:

Austria
Belarus
Belgium
Finland
France
Germany
England
Ireland
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Holland
Portugal
Czech Republic
Russia
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Sweden
Switzerland
Ukraine
Hungary





Latest News from Angling Trust
Findings from a major angling survey carried out in East Anglia indicate a strong need for improved education, integration and enforcement of migrant and British anglers.

The Nenescape Angling Survey, commissioned by the Angling Trust from Substance, was completed by 1,200 anglers and designed to help develop proposals for an Heritage Lottery Fund project (Nenescape) to improve integration of different communities through angling.

Key points from the survey included:
  • 50% of those responding thought anglers from elsewhere in Europe had little or no understanding of angling regulations;
  • 75% thought anglers from elsewhere in Europe disobeyed angling regulations;
  • 41% had little or no understanding of Riparian rights;
  • 77% believe that anglers from elsewhere in Europe anglers should be encouraged to join angling clubs;
  • 70% believe we need to provide more information for anglers from elsewhere in Europe in their own language;
  • 58% would support angling competitions involving anglers from elsewhere in Europe and from the UK;
  • 64% thought the best way to integrate anglers from elsewhere in Europe is through tough enforcement action.
Encouragingly, 400 respondents expressed an interest in volunteering for angling projects.

In addition to providing information for the ‘Nenescape’ project in the Nene Valley, the research also supported the wider development of the Building Bridges work carried out by the Angling Trust.

The Nene Valley is an area rich with fishing opportunities and it has also seen high levels of migration, particularly from continental Europe. In angling, this has led to some complaints by anglers and clubs about the (actual or perceived) behaviour of others and there appears to be a lack of integration of anglers from different backgrounds.