England retain crown

England retain their title

Last Updated: 19/07/12 1:11pm

Champions: England retained their title

England retained their Fish'O'Mania Home International title with a comprehensive victory at Cudmore Fisheries, Stoke on Saturday.

The team of Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison, Des Shipp and Steve Hemingray was the same line-up which took the crown in 2011 and they had the better of Scotland, Wales and Ireland once again.

Des Shipp and Will Raison filled the Number one and two spots respectively to lift the team to a total of 101.96 kilos, a huge 25 kilos ahead of their nearest rivals Scotland.

It was a very professional performance from all four team members and Sky Sports pundit and former England international Tom Pickering said: "These men are the best anglers in world by a million miles and it's up to the other teams to learn from them."

The England team won a total of £10,000 for their efforts which goes into the Team England coffers to help finance all England sides in their quest for international glory.

Continuity has perhaps been the key to England's consistent success over the years. Long-standing manager Dick Clegg OBE started with Team England in 1984 and then passed the baton onto Mark Addy and Mark Downes.

Des Shipp, who finished with the best individual weight of 32.60 kg, said: "It's been a fantastic day's fishing. I had one line all day with the odd bites and thank you very much!"

The £1,000 prize for the biggest fish of the day went to Davie Corcoran with a 5.420 kg carp.

Kent takes youth title

Alongside the Home International Joe Kent won the 2012 Fish 'O' Mania Junior Championship as he came from behind in the closing stages to pip nearest rival Kyle Lockwood by 2.4 kilos.

Kent, 16, who qualified for the event by finishing second by just 20 grams at the Junior National, trailed by three kilos with an hour to go, but youngster from Horbury, West Yorkshire, recorded the best hourly bag of the match to seal a memorable win.

Joe, who was sitting just a few pegs along from his idol Alan Scotthorne, who was fishing in the Home International, returns to school £1,000 richer as well as holder of one of the most prestigious titles in junior angling.

Fish'O'Mania Home International Results

1. England - 101.96 kg

(Scotthorne, Raison, Shipp, Hemingray)

2. Scotland - 76.04 kg

(Corcoran, Masson, Clark, Woodrow)

3. Ireland - 61.97 kg

(Wheeler, Burleigh, Dunne, Walsh)

4. Wales - 50.71 kg

(Frost, Edwards, Hughes, Leach)

1. Des Shipp 32.60 kg (Peg 8)

2. Will Raison 27.73 kg (Peg 12)

3. Jamie Masson 27.27 kg (Peg 2)

4. David Burleigh 23.98 kg (Peg 1)

5. Steve Hemingray 23.01 kg (Peg 4)

6. Vincent Walsh 18.71 kg (Peg 13)

7. Alan Scotthorne MBE 18.62 kg (Peg 16)

8. Brian Clark 18.30 kg (Peg 10)

9. Davie Corcoran 16.60 kg (Peg 6)

10. James Woodrow 13.87 kg (Peg 14)

11. Ian Leach 13.28 kg (Peg 15)

12. Ian Hughes 13.10 kg (Peg 3)

13. Lee Edwards 12.23 kg (Peg 11)

14. Darren Frost 12.10 kg (Peg 7)

15. Rory Dunne 9.86 kg (Peg 9)

16. Willy Wheeler 9.42 kg (Peg 5)

Fish'O'Mania Juniors Results

1. Joe Kent (Harbury) 14.500 kg Peg 6

2. Kyle Lockwood (Sheffield) 12.060 kg Peg 2

3. Connor Morris (Shirebrook) 9.200 kg Peg 5

4. Tom Moretti (Crowthorne) 8.540 kg Peg 3

5. Liam Harrison (Littleover, Derby) 6.800 kg Peg 1

6. Shane Seeley (Worksop) 5.880 kg Peg 4