England fought back against Scotland to win the Fish 'O 'Mania International title

Last Updated: 22/07/13 3:36pm

England celebrate their victory

England, comprised of angling superstars Alan Scotthorne MBE and Will Raison, proved their worth and showed why they are two of the best in world as they overhauled a huge Scottish lead to take the 2013 Fish'O'Mania International match at Cudmore Fisheries near Stoke.

Both anglers were members of England's winning four-man team when the event was a four nation home international match in its first two years and they made it three out of three with an exemplary display of match angling.

In fact they were over 11kgs behind and languishing in fourth position with little more than 90 minutes to go before Raison caught fire, catching predominantly carp. With an hour to go, they were in third position and 5kgs behind the Scots in first place and less than a kilo behind the second placed Irish.

That turned into a 6 kg lead with just 30 minutes to go and they never looked back as they motored on to lift the magnificent trophy and winners' cheque for £10,000.

The Scottish pair of Jamie Masson and David Corcoran had fished superbly and led throughout and will be hugely disappointed to have been pipped in the closing stages, but their consolation was a runners-up cheque for £5,000.

Commented Raison, "Me and Alan sat down last night and had a chat about what we were going to do. There was no practice here so we started the same as the last two years. Mark came up with a team plan so we started on the back foot and see what happened.

"It's not about who's winning after an hour, it's about who's winning at the end and that's match fishing. I knew Alan was struggling but if you're going to be in a pairs event, you know who you'll pick to be with you," he added.

Scotthorne, who had been wearing a heart monitor for the benefit of the Sky Sports production, was delighted with his partner's performance.

"I don't know why but without any wind it was very difficult to catch anything down the edges. In the end, I needed to catch something to help Willy along. He was fantastic and the number one for carp fishing. He's pulled us through and I've just tagged along. I think that heart monitor must have gone off the Richter scale at the end!" added Scotthorne.

Scotthorne and Raison, who are 50 and 38 respectively, have a hatful of World Championship gold medals between them had looked very quiet in the first half of the match as the Scots led the way followed by the Welsh and then the Dutch duo. But that all changed in an explosive finale.

FULL RESULTS

1. England 67.630kg
2. Scotland 56.070kg
3. Wales 54.040kg
4. Holland 47.350kg
5. Ireland 38.200kg
6. Hungary 37.350kg
7. Germany 26.740kg
8. France 18.980kg