World Championship feeder 2017
The month of June is always very exhausting for me. First, I accompanied our disabled anglers to the WC in Serbia and after that I went to Portugal with the feeder team. A short trip of 1,200 miles or so to the little village of Cabeçăo.
The team for these WC consisted of the four seasoned anglers Benny, Frank, Bert, Staf and 2 newcomers Patrick and Wesley.
This year’s WC took place on the river Ribeira da Raia. During this time of year, it is a very slow-flowing river, between 49 and 77 yards wide, just over 1 yard deep at the other side and up to more than 2 yards deep in the middle, depending on fishing areas.
There weren’t many fish on our stretch. The ones that were there were mainly carp, weighing between 2.2 and 6.6lbs., barbel between 0,5 and 4,5lbs. and especially, way too many bleak and a few turtles.
After we had registered at the WC’s offices on the Monday, the draw for the practise boxes took place and then we all went to the water to do exactly that, practice. It is absolutely correct that there are no such rivers in Belgium. In an area like this, it is best that there are a few obstacles at the other side of the river, because those would be the exact locations where there are fish hiding underneath the plants. We chose not to use bait which was too rich or too binding. We preferred bream Andy Berteyn or Pond yellow which we enriched with maize and hemp seed. The fact there were so many bleak did cause some commotion in terms of using maggots and soil to catch some fish. We quickly realised these were going to be a tough few days to catch fish and that the fish were going to bite less and less as the week progressed. We even toyed with the idea whether we wouldn’t catch more fish if we were to concentrate on bleak only. Eventually we chose for Andy’s perch bait for the carp and barbel competition. We blackened it a bit and we added hemp seed, maize and cut-up soil. We used a mixture of abletta classic and special and pinkies in the bleak competition.
I can only agree with my Dutch colleague, who wrote in their article that there were too many factors that needed to be taken into account to get decent scores. There was also duckweed which disturbed some anglers both during training and the competition.
It definitely wasn’t easy and I do believe that our team performed very well and returned home with quite a few brand new experiences.
On behalf of the team and myself, I would like to thank MARCEL VAN DEN EYNDE Co., Sportvisserij Vlaanderen, “De Wedstrijdvisser” in Ieper, the French-speaking Association whom we borrowed a van from, and ROMA Car Co. Without these sponsors, it would have been impossible to take part in these World Championships.