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Estonia take the title in prestigious event

New world champions were crowned at Rutland Water last weekend.

They welcomed 16 teams from across Europe, the USA and South Africa to fish in the 11th FIPS-ed Carnivorous Artificial Bait Boat Angling Championships.

Following two days of official practice the teams faced strong southerly winds in unseasonable warm conditions on Saturday.

World Lure Championships (4813519)
World Lure Championships (4813519)

Day one saw Lithuania in the lead, followed by Estonia in second and Czech Republic in third.

Day two on Sunday was very wet, but less windy and there was a turn in fortune for some teams.

On Sunday evening at the closing ceremony and medal presentation victory went to Estonia with the Czech Republic in the runners-up spot and Latvia in third. England were placed 14th.

To coincide with the World Lure Championships, Rutland Water offered taster sessions in both lure and fly fishing.

This was a great opportunity for visitors to enjoy a free coaching session, learn how to fish or brush up on their skills, and was open to all ages.

This was run with the support of Rutland Water Fly Fishers and the Pike Anglers Club of Great Britain, in association with Anglian Water.

World Lure Championships (4813423)
World Lure Championships (4813423)

There was also an excellent week for trout anglers with plenty of big fish and Rutland’s infamous Browns feeding especially well.

Tackle shop manager Neil Atkins and retail assistant Graham Hayward had a great day with three 6lb Rainbows, one at 5lb and nine others all around the 3lb mark. Their tactics were sinking lines and fry patterns.

Tom Finney had a 7lb 8oz specimen from the Normanton shoreline which was the biggest fish of the week.

Nigel Savage followed this up with a 6lb 8oz fish off the dam in the late afternoon. This fine specimen fell to a 20 year old floating fry. All fish were caught and returned.

Jake Waterman, a member of Rutland Water Fly Fishers, fished the Normanton area towards the dam and recorded a 6lb 9oz specimen, along with a 4lb Rainbow and four other rainbows. Jake’s big fish fell to a small suspender minkie.

There are plenty of fry for the fish to feed on but don’t ignore dry fly tactics/nymphs. There are still very good hatches of buzzers coming off the dam with beetles, daddy long legs and lady birds.

Final results of the World Lure Angling Championships: 1 Estonia – 101,108 points / 24 penalties, 2 Czech Republic – 90,867 points / 28 penalties, 3 Latvia – 76,243 points / 40 penalties, 4 Lithuania – 91,701 points / 41 penalties, 5 Belarus – 68,826 points / 53 penalties, 6 Ukraine – 64,754 points / 53 penalties, 7 France – 53,150 points / 57 penalties, 8 Poland – 62,073 points / 58 penalties, 9 Hungary – 46,597 points / 69 penalties, 10 Ireland – 42,719 points / 70 penalties, 11 Germany 33,698 points / 77.5 penalties, 12 USA – 30,247 points / 83 penalties, 13 Romania – 32,031 points / 84 penalties, 14 England – 28,817 points / 87 penalties, 15 Italy – 16,822 points / 108.5 penalties, 16 South Africa – 4,178 points / 123 penalties.

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