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A NEW ten-team event being held on the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham will decide who will represent England at the World Club Championship.

Previously the Division One National winners flew the flag, but with only one gold medal to England's name in the entire history of the World Club Champs, the Angling Trust has decided on a new format.

The new teams-of-sex Preston Innovations Classic is booked for the weekend of September 25-26.

The competition, with bloodworm and joker allowed, will see the top ten Division One National teams competing for four hours over two days and Dick Clegg, the AT's International Events Director, said: "This will be a real test for the ten teams of six anglers involved and I expect it to be a interesting and challenging two days.

"Whichever team wins through to represent England next year will fully deserve to be there, as every member of the team will have to perform to his or her peak in order to get through."

Spectators are welcome to watch the proceedings, with parking and refreshments available at Hampton Ferry in Boat Lane, Evesham. The matches will take in the pegs on the Crown Meadow and Hampton Ferry.

* Coventry angling club Potters Green AC is on the lookout for more members in order for it to survive. The outfit was formed in the 1980s and used to get 30-plus fishing its events, but has seen membership dwindle and needs new blood to give it fresh impetus.

Potters Green AC runs 12 matches a year from May to October on venues in the area such as Makins, Tunnel Barn Farm, Packington Somers, Mill-on-the-Soar and Blythe Waters, plus the occasional river and canal match in the winter.

Budding trout anglers are being offered the chance to 'have a go' at fly tying or fly fishing for free as part of Anglian Water's contribution to National Fishing Month.

Pitsford Water has already seen qualified instructors offering their expertise to newcomers, and now it's the turn of Grafham Water tomorrow and Rutland Water on August 6. The coaches are available from 10am to 4pm and no booking is required, although you do need to be at least 12 years old. Just turn up and enjoy!

Meanwhile boat fishing for pike has been extended at Pitsford Water, and is now available every day except Saturdays. Call Pitsford Lodge on 01604 781350.

* With Solihull's Barston Lakes in excellent form at the moment, the venue's annual Barston Bowl was a 110-peg sell-out several weeks ago.

With every peg on the Big Lake in, the weights were down from the previous day's Maver Pairs match, with saw five ton-up weights come from the lake, with current UK Champion Tommy Pickering winning with 125lb

However, it still took over 40lb to win all but two of the sections and there were six bags over 50lb, topped by Warwick's Tim Bull. Tim fished in open water with a mighty 90-yard cast to the centre of the lake to take carp to double figures, and a dozen large shimmers, all taken on the Method feeder. England's Will Raison finished second with 77lb.

* Hoar Park Fishery near Ansley in Warwickshire will be hosting a junior angling series, starting August 7, with stacks of prizes including tackle vouchers up to £100, trophies and medals.

ANGLING star Jan Porter has been left shocked after finding a 20-metre gill net stretched right across the Warwickshire Avon at Luddington, scene of Dave Thomas' world championship gold medal in 1981.

Jan arrived at the stretch early with fishing pal Steve Simpson only to find a group of three men 'acting suspiciously'.

The Environment Agency was called to remove the net, but the perpetrators had by then disappeared. "It was obvious they were keen to get the nets out before anyone arrived to fish," said Jan.

* Gale force winds and a gin-clear river made it a struggle for most in Sunday's Evesham Festival Qualifier on the Warwickshire Avon, but a 7lb barbel, landed in the last ten minutes of the match, helped Steve Toone to victory in the latest Abu Garcia Wychavon Championship qualifier.

Drawn at Peg 31, Mill Tackle grouped Steve elected to tackle the nine feet deep swim with strong pole gear and chopped worm and caster with worm on the hook.

The big fish, added to a few small perch and eels caught earlier in the match, boosted his catch to a winning 8-14-0.

THIS year's Evesham Festival on the Warwickshire Avon in August will see the use of bloodworm and joker - known in angling circles as the 'little red men' - for all three days and two of the qualifier weekends.

The controversial bait has previously only been allowed in the Match Fishing Team Championship on Bank Holiday Monday, and for the past few years it's been the only bait that has worked for roach, a species many anglers thought had vanished after the severe floods in 2007.

Last season's Team Championship winner Hadrian Whittle was delighted with the news that the bait will be allowed.

He said: "The festival last year, on a low river, saw just 2lb frame on the Sunday yet there were roach to be caught everywhere once bloodworm and joker went in on the Monday.

"I think it's a really progressive move, and hopefully the few anglers who are currently being negative about it will see its potential and embrace it."

Drennan Team England co-manager Mark Downes also greeted the news positively: "Evesham is a great venue and has everything in place in terms of comfort, with good-length pegs and stages on every one.

"But it has been proven many times that we need to use bloodworm and joker to catch roach consistently. It's a positive move to allow the bait in the finals, and in a few of the qualifiers as it will give anglers who are unfamiliar with it the chance to practice with it and learn how to use it."

IT'S been hard to get any kind of decent river fishing in this winter - just ask Warwickshire Avon specialist Ashley Burton.

He's normally on the river three times a week throughout the last two months of the season, but such has been the weather he's hardly been out and when he has, he's hardly caught a fish.

However, Ashley kept at it and in the final week of the season last week was rewarded with this fantastic personal best pike going 24lb 12oz.

"The morning started off quietly," explained Ashley. "I fished roach deadbaits at first, as you always have a chance of picking up the odd zander on the Warks Avon these days. But I had no luck so after an hour and a half I swapped to smelt baits. I had nothing on these either, so I tried sardines and after a short while had my first run from a 16b fish, which was covered in leeches.

"I then waited another fruitless hour, so upped sticks to 30 yards upstream. It was quiet for the first 20 minutes, then a big fish rolled ten-feet downstream from the position of my right hand rod. Both baits were legered and within a minute I had a confident take and after an intense and powerful scrap I managed to net the fish first attempt.

"It's been a phenomenally tough river season, but at least I have managed to end it with a bang, and a PB," added Ashley.

* There may still be a chill in the air but with definite signs of spring this week, sport on the commercials has started to pick up.

At Packington even the tench have had a go on Crescent Lake, with anglers reporting catches of up to ten fish to 4lb along with carp to 6lb and some quality roach to 1lb. Pole with pellet, caster or worm has accounted for the better catches.

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