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Welcome to the World Carp Classic It gives me immense pleasure to welcome you all to the World Carp Classic 2010.

When I first set out all those years ago to hopefully provide something new and special to the world of carp angling, I could never have envisaged in my wildest dreams that it would become the truly global event that it has. Neither could I have imagined that it could ever create the excitement, and generate the electricity and ambience that it does. More importantly, it gives me enormous pride to know that the title of World Carp Classic Champions is so very highly regarded, from all quarters of the globe. Such is the camaraderie among anglers that the event has become so much more than being just about the fishing, it has become a celebration of carp angling, an annual festival to look forward to. This aspect I can lay no claim to, as that is all down to the attitude of the participants, and I’m extremely pleased to say that many, lasting friendships are forged during the event. It is with this in mind that I would like to thank each and every one of you – it is you who makes this event so very special. This year, the competition has once again metamorphosed, with the addition of qualifying events. Led by the increasingly huge demand for places and to keep the event as fair, balanced and inclusive as possible, the National Qualifiers were born.

‘My congratulations go to all of the anglers who have won through via the qualifiers’

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World Carp WWC 20&21 Media: Website, TV 4Agents Classic Team and and Photographers Presentation

Support Sponsor and 22 Local Partners 5 Title Event Partner JRC welcome message Prize Table Holiday World Carp Classic 23 Information. 6 Official Marshals Vision Presentation 24to27 From to Reality: Tim Paisley from Head 7 Brief Marshal, Andy Fishing, Pure Chambers 30 Pure Class: Dean Macey 8 Champions Roll of Honour Passionate 31 Pescalis: Team Event Information Pescalis 9 and Rule Brief Carp 32 Support Partners 10&11 World Classic Champions 2009 WCC 33 to 34 Qualifying Itinerary Event Results 13 Event and Prize Table 2011 and World Carp 35 beyond 14&15 Classic Contestants 2010

Carp 16 World Classic Team

Entries 2010

17 CarpConnections Gladiator Games Section 18 & 19 Sponsors & Lake Overview

Out of necessity, this new element was introduced for the first time this year, and it produced some incredible results on the fishing front with one qualifier, the Spanish event, producing no less than 1,595lbs of carp between the competitors! As with the qualifying anglers or, perhaps more to the point, those participants Map who are about to experience the unique atmosphere of the event for the very first time, I hope that you enjoy the experience. Tim Paisley.. All that remains for me to say is a massive thank you to Read Tim’s views all of the event partners, sponsors and support teams, with a on the wccc in ‘Vision to Reality’ on special mention for Title sponsors, JRC, and Team sponsors Pages ages 24 – 27 CarpConnections whose help and support have once again been vitally important. It would be remiss of me not to thank the Students and Tutors of Sparsholt and Shuttleworth Colleges led by Event Head Special thanks to the following people who have Marshal Andy Chambers and the rest of the contributed to the production of this magazine.. WCC Team, whose help is incalculable. ● Marianne for co-ordinating everything and everybody Good luck in the draw, have a great time ● Steve Howard as magazine editor and assisting catching plenty of big carp, and when I see you next it might be up on stage to present you with ● Pam Russell for assisting the World Carp Classic Champions trophy and ● Bang The Drum Designs for design and layout winner’s cheque! ● Everybody that provided articles and photgraphs and Pescalis for sponsoring the magazine

A BIG THANK YOU

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Presenting the WCC team 2010

The World Carp Classic requires a hard working, dedicated team to ensure its seamlessly smooth operation, and that is not just during the few short days of the competition. There is a huge amount of hard work that goes on all year round, culminating in a massive effort in preparation in the few

days prior to the competition and again afterwards. Without the help and hard work of the fantastic WCC Team and support help, the competition would quite simply not happen. I am very proud of the 2010 WCC Team and would like to present them to you here with my deepest thanks.

I know that I speak on behalf of the whole WCC Team when I say that we all look forward to meeting everyone in person, and we hope that the 2010 competition will be one which creates great memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

WCC ORGANISERS

ADMIN TEAM

MAGAZINE EDITOR

STEVE HOWARD

EVENT LOGISTICS

ROSS HONEY EVENT FOUNDER

MARIANNE GUILLOIS EVENT DIRECTOR

FERRYMEN

ANDY CHAMBERS HEAD MARSHAL

PAMELA RUSSELL SYLVIA OMASTOVA JULIE NOUET ASTRID BENYSIRI DANIEL HOLT

MARSHALS FIRST RESPONSE

COORDINATORS

ANDY LOBLE LOGISTICS WILLIAM BRAMBLE LOGISTICS

MARSHALS SPARSHOLT

ANDY RACE PATRICK POINSIGNON

CHRIS VAUGHN (SHUTTLEWORTH HEAD MARSHAL)

DAVE HILL (SPARSHOLT HEAD MARSHAL)

RALPH DENNETT PAUL MILLINGTON

CLAIRE BAKER AND ALISA FROST

RADIO TEAM

COMMUNICATION TEAM

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FRED ROWELL ASHLEY BUNNING TOM MEIER AARON BUNNING ALISTAIR RAWLINGS GARETH JAMES NICK SINGLETON MAX HENDRY MICHAEL CURRIE LUKE TOMLINS MATTHEW CREECH JOSEPH MILLER SIMON MARMION MATT RIDLEY

SHUTTLEWORTH

PETER HANDS

DREW HARVEY

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COMMUNICATIONS NIGHT COMM. COORDINATOR COORDINATOR

MICHAEL MACK

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JAKE LANGLEY-HOBBS BIG ISLAND CHIEF JOSH SANDARS ISLAND PHOTOGRAPHER

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Welcome to Madine A warm welcome to you all from JRC, Title Sponsor of the World Carp Classic 2010

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great welcome and hopefully a fantastic fishing experience for all competitors in the 2010 World Carp

Classic. If the last two years are anything to go by, contestants should be prepared for some excellent fishing and they stand a very good chance of catching some record-size specimen carp. As title sponsor, JRC - as part of the Pure fishing international group - supports this event and deeply believe in it as a fabulous tool to promote carp fishing on a worldwide level. With the competition steadily growing in stature and popularity over the years, against the organisers wishes, it was in danger of becoming somewhat exclusive, and to them this was unacceptable. Thankfully, the WCC Team thought the matter through carefully and introduced qualifying matches for the very first time.

‘We will once again spend time with good friends from around the world, and share our passion for the sport’

This move has preserved the ethos of the competition as being a truly open event, where anyone and everyone is given the opportunity to step forward and fish for their country. This has meant that in just a very short space of time, one of our most harboured dreams has come to fruition, as the WCC has become a true, worldwide carp angling tournament. But, as we all know, the World Carp Classic is much more than that, and it has become an entity within itself as a global celebration of carp angling. During this week, we will once again gather to spend some time with good friends from around the world and this event is just a fabulous opportunity for all of us to share our fishing experiences and our passion for the sport. Lac de Madine is an excellent venue for such a competition and we would like to give special thanks to the local people who

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support us and provide us with access to such a magnificent jewel in nature’s crown. We are very excited and delighted to drive this event forward with all other sponsors, and unconditionally support Ross and his hard working WCC team. Ahead of us all lays a fabulous few days, with many nice surprises hopefully coming our way. We hope that you will all have a great time and we wish you all the very best - enjoy the event, meet some new fishing friends and catch some beautiful Madine carp too. As we say in Pure fishing and JRC: “Live to fish”. I am very proud to welcome, once more, all participants taking part in Europe’s greatest Carp tournament: The World Carp Classic...

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Shuttleworth and Sparsholt Colleges, the WCC event marshals For many years now, College Students have been the official Event Marshals. These young men and women are undergoing Fisheries courses at their respective Colleges and, along with a few of their Tutors, play a very important role throughout the event. Initially, and prior to the event, the Students kindly provide much needed help in setting up the hall, HQ and a variety of other tasks... and all that before undertaking their main duties as Event Marshals. Then, whether it is guiding anglers to their swims, helping to move the

mountains of tackle or weighing and recording carp caught at ungodly hours around the clock, they have proven to be invaluable each and every year. It doesn’t even end there for them, either, as after the event they clear rubbish from the banks and hall area, uninstall staging, and collect signage and a multitude of other tasks! Unquestionably, they fully deserve everyone’s respect and gratitude for giving up their time to attend, and we are very pleased to say that generally, they get it! It is with the greatest of pleasures that we once again welcome the Students of Shuttleworth and Sparsholt Colleges and we hope that you, the anglers, will assist them in every way possible to make their task as easy as possible and help them to ensure that the event runs smoothly.

Head Marshall Andy Chambers

That’s ‘andy.. Andy Loble and Andy Chambers lending a helping hand

JOSH SANDARS: A DEFINING MOMENT From the age duration of the course I have of nine I have developed an obsession been a very for the world of angling keen carp journalism and after my angler with degree I plan to build upon a passion for my profile, hopefully enabling catching big, me to fulfil my dream of a sovereign position within the trade. Magazine sponsored by Pescalis For www.pescalis.com covered six years now I carp. I am have had a keen eye in very keen photography and fortunately to the point that I even this was very quickly study within the subject recognised by Ross when I area at Sparsholt College, first attended the world carp undertaking my fifth and classic last year. As a marshal, final year on the Bsc Sports part of my remit entailed Fisheries and Aquaculture submitting my photography course. Throughout the for the daily newsletter and

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luckily my work was noticed. Now, for the 2010 WCC I have been offered the great opportunity to be affiliated to the competition as one of the official photographers. So, for all of you lucky competitors who will be joining us this year, you will get to know me very well with the vast amounts of carp you will be catching! I hope that you will all get your carp holding poses perfected and ready for your time at the WCC as I look forward to photographing you all.

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By respecting the rules and other anglers, you’ll help to create a fair and enjoyable competition, says Andy Chambers

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irst of all, welcome to those who are fishing this great competition for the first time. I hope that you really enjoy the special atmosphere in the lead up to the event and that you fish well and catch some of those beautiful Madine carp. As Head Marshall for the event I just want to highlight a few of the rules and it will also be a good reminder to those who have fished in the event in previous years. There is a long list of rules but that is a necessity for an event of this stature to ensure fair play and, most of all, the safety of all competitors. If you have a query or need some clarification of a rule, then please ask either myself or one of my Marshalls.

Distance..

The maximum distance you may fish to is 200 metres. This has been an issue in previous events but last year saw the introduction of distance markers for the first time, and I was very happy with the results. I know that some competitors were moaning about them beforehand, in the forum, but they did the job and did not interfere with anyone’s fishing. The results also showed that being very strict on distance did not affect the carp as, more, and bigger fish were caught than in previous events. The markers will be back again this year and I will come down hard on any competitor who thinks they can break this rule and try to cheat. I don’t want to disqualify anyone but I have done in the past and will do so in the future, if required, so be warned.

Boats..

Just a couple of points here. There is a list of requirements for the boat check as this is important for safety. Please read this section carefully to ensure that you have everything on the list before getting your boat checked and keep them in your boat during the event.You can only use the boat for fishing, echo sounding, looking around your swim once the competition has started. You may use a boat to get to your swim with your equipment also, but that is it. When the competition starts one competitor must always be on the bank, a competitor and a runner may

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Happy Days! I hope you too will find and catch some nice big Madine carp

Safety first: Always wear your life jacket..

go out in the boat but never both competitors. Also, remember that your runner can only steer and manage the boat, he cannot take part in the fishing side, netting etc.

Weed

The weed situation on the lake changes year by year and some areas will be weedier than others. This can make fishing the swim more difficult but, generally speaking, the weed will hold and attract fish. If a swim is not fishable then I will pull it from the draw, however, a lot of the weed is floating around after the weed cutter has done its job and can turn up in new areas after strong winds during the event. If you do find weed rafts etc in your swim and you need to get out over them, then the easiest way is to row over them rather than trying to use your outboard.

Rubbish

This year, can you all ensure that you take all of your bags of rubbish away

you at the end of the match. ‘Fish well, with There are plenty of containers around the lake, at the car park and at the respect boat depart/arrive areas. There was far too much left last year for others to those clear up after you, if bags of rubbish are found in your swim there will be fishing penalties. Madine is also being more around environmentally friendly this year and needs to recycle more rubbish, so you and watch out for details of this. any fish Summary Well that’s just about me done. I look that you forward to seeing you all at the event catch, as whilst fishing as I will try to get around during the week to see as many of you fish care as possible. Fish well, respect those fishing around you and any fish that you is very catch, as fish care is very important. the Marshals in your section as important’ Respect they are my eyes and ears and, above all, have fun and enjoy the World Carp Classic 2010, and you wnever know, you may be this year’s winners.

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Always remember to wear your lifejacket every time you go out in the boat. Last year also saw me putting out temporary bans on the use of boats for short periods of time because of the storms and very strong winds on the lake. This decision was not taken lightly and did not go down too well with some competitors as a few swims were sheltered and okay, but I cannot make a swim by swim decision and I have to be fair to everyone. Safety is the number one issue here, and even in one of the safety boats with a petrol engine it was difficult in the waves, so with a dinghy and electric engine it would have been impossible. Hopefully, the situation won’t happen this year, but the weather is unpredictable and if the lake becomes dangerous again because of the winds I will do the same, so please be patient if it does happen.

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Boat and safety measures

What a Wacker! German contestant Axel Wacker with the new WCC record carp of 28.9kg

2009 RESULTS Champions

Rob Tough & Tom Duncan-Dunlop, England Weight: 347.50kg

Biggest Fish

(new WCC record) Axel Wacker, Germany Weight: 28.9kg

Team Event

Team Carpworld, England Weight: 366.60kg

Champions

Mariusz Chiach & Jarowslaw Plochoki, Poland Weight: 80.85kg

Champions

Andrew Judd & Peter Truckle, England Weight: 140.40kg

Biggest Fish

Eddie Matthews & Richard Bradley, England Weight: 23.5kg

Biggest Fish

Pascal Gallion, Luxembourg Weight: 23.7kg Team Carpworld I, England Weight: 89.60kg

2007 RESULTS

Fisherman’s World, Holland Weight: 258.9kgs

2000 RESULTS Champions

We pay tribute here to some of the Tournaments previous main prize winners... for a more comprehensive listing, visit www.worldcapclassic.com 2006 RESULTS

2008 RESULTS

Team Event

WCC ROLL OF HONOUR 1998 - 2009

Team Event

Team Event

SBS, England Weight: 23.5kg

Kirrage, England Weight: 85.35Kg

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Biggest Fish

Brian Warwick & Michael Perry, Wales Weight: 11.85k

Team Event

Birch Syndicate Carp Team, Wales Weight: 20.85Kg

2003 RESULTS Champions

2005 RESULTS

Mark Gardner & Jo Gardner, England Weight 67.35kg

Champions

Biggest Fish

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George Csonka & John Roberts, England Weight: 21.5kgs

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Hans Sissingh & P Keith Terry Turner & Vermeulen, Holland Clive Hicks, England Jean Pierre Becker Weight 21.6kg & Yves Hauk, France Weight: 35.4kg Weight: 22.100kg Biggest Fish 2001 RESULTS Mavis Unwin, www.pescalis.com Biggest Fish Magazine sponsored by Pescalis Champions England Jean Pierre Becker, T. Stunnenberg & R. Weight: 17.4kg France Bredenbeek, Holland Weight: 22.1kg Team Event Weight: 164.4kgs Leather Carp GB Baits, England Total weight: 31.6kg Team Event Biggest Fish Team Carpworld, Fish: Sam Oakley & 2004 RESULTS England Barry Mann, England Weight: 20.8kg Weight: 21kgs Champions 2 carp (46.2lbs) Mick Hinson & Tony

Champions

Paul Harrison & Paul Watts, England Total Weight: 81.3kgs

Team Cobra/GB Baits, England Weight: 114.3kgs

1999 RESULTS Champions

Dave Poxon & Mark Redding, England Weight: 188.10 lbs.

Biggest Fish

Colin Champion & Martin Cronin, Wales Weight: 46.5 lbs

Team Event

Carp World, England

1998 RESULTS Champions

Paul Rayment, England Weight: 127.15 lbs

Biggest Fish

fish: John Craven, England Weight: 49.5 lbs

Best Lady

Cathy Bell, England Weight: 30.3 lbs

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● Spot checks of boats will be conducted by Marshals throughout the competition and Local Authorities may also conduct their own checks. If a boat is found to be non-compliant by Local Authorities, it is at their sole discretion to impose local laws, which could include a fine or confiscation of unsuitable boats. ● Pairs not following the boat safety measures may face instant disqualification by the organisers. ● The Head Marshal may disqualify a boat from use if boat or anglers are deemed unfit to go afloat. ● During rough weather, the Head Marshal may issue an order to forbid boats from leaving the shore and the order will be valid for the whole lake. ● The interdiction will be signalled at the start and end by a designated pattern of horn signals (pattern will be explained on waterproof emergency tag). ● Competitors are welcome to contact Officials via HQ phone number, marked on waterproof emergency tag securely attached to their bivvy, to check Officials’ decisions. ● Non compliance with the following could result in immediate disqualification and a possible ban from ever entering the event again. ● Only one angler, or one angler accompanied by his Team Runner, are allowed to be aboard the boat at any time. ● Boats may be used during the hours of daylight (06:20-18:50). Outside of this official time, their use is entirely at the competitor’s discretion and competitor/s will bear sole responsibility. ● No Angler can go afloat without first ensuring that their fishing partner is awake and present at the swim ready to raise alarm. ● Chest waders are strictly forbidden when afloat. ● Fastened life-jackets to be worn if wading to land a fish or get onboard.

GENERAL ● In the event that a pair misses their call to come on stage, the draw will proceed in order, without them. ● The missing pair will then be recalled to the stage after the draw has been completed and prior to any possible late

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able, carp must be retained in a carp sack until such a time as a Marshal becomes available. ● Only one carp should be placed in each sack.

Team Runner ● A pair will face disqualification if their Team Runner is found helping with the fishing in any way, including landing a fish, baiting (including the making of boilies), setting up rods, using bait boats etc. ● Team Runners are allowed to go on board to assist solely with the steering of the boat. ● The Team Helper can only bivvy with, and run errands for the pair. ● Team Helpers are not allowed to help in any way with the fishing or with the steering of the boat. ● Only the Team Runner can help with the steering of the boat.

Recording a catch

Procedure to photograph a catch

● Each fish must be witnessed by at least two marshals or by one marshal and one competitor other than, the captor, his Team Member, Team Runner or Team Helper. ● If a Marshal is not immediately avail-

● Official photos are to be taken by the Marshals on their mobile and relayed to HQ immediately. ● Three photos are required to display: the angler and fish with peg board in view - competitors signed catch log

EVENT RULES arrivals/registrations. ● The maximum range of fishing is 200 meters from the bank. ● Entering the water is only permitted to thigh depth to allow casting and the landing of fish. Anyone who wades

deeper than this could be disqualified from the competition. ● Anyone found to be encroaching upon others water could be disqualified. ● The Head Marshal’s decision will be final on all

card - the Marshals log card. ● Marshals to wait for a return text from HQ to acknowledge receipt of all photos before authorizing the fish to be released. ● All fish to be returned to the water in the presence of the Marshal and only after authorisation. ● As part of the procedure, several other shots may have to be taken, so please allow official photographers to carry out their requirements without hindrance. ● Competitors, Team Runners and others are only then welcome to take their own photos.

Ile Du Bois Gérard (The big Island)

event info & general rules

We view this issue very seriously and sanctions will be taken by organisers, and a fine issued by local authorities if anyone fails to comply with the following: ● Glass beer bottles are now banned and it is forbidden to bring them onto the complex: This means the whole of Madine and its grounds; from the point of entering the site to anywhere around the lake. ● Other types of bottle may be tolerated, but must be disposed of correctly. ● In addition, Madine is introducing selective rubbish collection. Competitors will be issued with different coloured bags and a rubbish memo card to help them in their task. . At the end of the event it is the competitors’ responsibility to bring ALL of their rubbish to the collection point. ● Each swim will be photographed by the marshals at the end of the event: Please ensure that it is left in pristine condition, you will be held accountable if not. ● If competitors leave rubbish behind in their swim, a WCC sanction will be applied to ban offending competitors from all future events

The following is a small selection of a few rules. If you have forgotten or lost the set of rules we provided, please ask to view your section marshal’s copy

● There will be only three daily crossings between the mainland and the island of Bois Gérard. On each crossing, priority boarding will be given in the following order: to officials, accredited media and only then to competitors and other team members. ● It will be the competitor’s/team member’s sole responsibility to ensure they do not miss the return crossing, especially the final daily crossing as Emergen no other crossings will +33 (0)6 cy phone be organised.

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boundary disputes. ● Hooked fish should be landed without interfering with other competitor’s lines. If lines become tangled a formal complaint should be made immediately.

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STEVE Tom, first off, huge congratulations to you and Rob on your outstanding success! TOM Thanks, Steve. I must say it has been really hectic for us both since winning the event and although it was impossible to keep up with all of the text messages and emails from all of the kind well-wishers, we want everyone to know that we both really appreciated them. STEVE Okay, let’s take it from the peg draw, Tom. Did you have a list of pegs that you favoured above others, and how did you go about selecting them? TOM We carried out extensive groundwork, asking anglers who regularly fished on Madine lots of questions and finding out as much information as possible. We plotted out a map, charting where fish had been caught from, including those from the year before, and using the information gathered we built a hit-list of pegs we wanted. There were around 58 prime swims that we really liked, and another 28 middle-order pegs that were ok. We didn’t fancy any of the remaining pegs and had agreed that if we drew one of those we would put it back and hope

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for something better on our second draw. Rob drew the first pot and it was one of our middle-order pegs, ATT peg 2, and Rob said “what do you want to do?” Knowing by this stage that there were a lot of really good pegs still left in there, I said “gamble”. I put my hand deep into the bag, trying to avoid picking out one of the previously rejected pegs, praying that the gamble would pay off. When it was announced that our peg was in the Pescalis section I was happy, but it wasn’t until we had left the stage that it dawned upon me which peg it was! It was actually a bit unnerving as, although it was a fancied swim, there was no guarantee at all that any fish would be there. There are far too many aspects that can influence where they’ll be to be too confident, and in some respects, the pressure was on. Nothing is decided at the peg draw, and contrary to popular belief, the peg that we drew was not the peg that the competition was won from in 2008. Ours was the peg alongside it, with the winning peg from last year now being occupied by two French anglers.

STEVE It’s fair to say that some anglers are not flexible enough to take full advantage of a situation and arriving at a venue with an inflexible approach or tactics can often lead to failure. With that flexibility in mind, do you feel that Cheque this out! this aspect put a few more fish on the The boy’s £10,000 bank for you? winnings TOM Yes, definitely. We had every possible situation covered. For instance, we had bottle floats and floating braid which we had to use on one rod, to keep the line high in the water to avoid it being dragged into snags by kiting fish. On that particular rod, I was targeting an area of water that www.pescalis.com was just over one meter deep, and as such I felt that some rigs could be too obvious, ultimately spooking the fish. For that rod, the ideal solution was at hand, a weed effect rig that myself, Kevin Garratt and Martin Locke of Solar tackle have been developing over the past two years. The weed effect components

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World Carp Classic Champions 2009 Tom DuncanDunlop and Rob Tough had barely recovered from lifting the World Carp Classic title before WCC magazine Editor, Steve Howard, interviewed Tom. Here’s what transpired include hair rigs, leads, lead core and chod rigs, and are absolutely devastating when used in this situation. Unfortunately, we lost what would have been the first fish of the competition on that rod when it kited and left my hook lodged in the woodwork! So, adapting to the situation, the bottle float was employed from then on, and it worked extremely well as there were a lot of tree stumps out in that area. We both agreed that we would ease into things and avoid going out in the boat potentially disturbing the swim, and used Rob’s Baitboat with graphic sounder to position our baits for that first night. We were fortunate that our peg was quite a bit above water level, as that allowed us to clearly see the holes and channels in the weed. On day two we decided to go out and see if we could determine some better spots to fish to but, talking to Rob on the 2-way radio, it was mostly flat and uninteresting until he found an area of broken ground. That proved to be a very good spot right through the competition. It helped immensely that Rob and I are not just angling partners, but very good friends


too. It’s at times like that where you need the back-up that only a true friend can give you. We drove each other on, helping each other through it in the most difficult times, and where it would have been very easy for me to ease up, I drove myself on. “There’s plenty of time for sleep when I’m dead” I kept telling myself. STEVE Would it be fair to say that there have been anglers in the past who were in a position where they could have won, but ultimately didn’t because they lacked the drive and application to do so?

complacent or over confident. Rob was a little more receptive to the notion that we were going to win it, but I wanted that rocket to go up before I would believe it! With about 15 minutes left until the rocket went up, I was in and out of the water retrieving sacked carp for the press. After releasing the last one, the marshals and press guys started to do a

George Cross right across the lake back to base. STEVE At the presentation ceremony it was obvious that Rob, in particular, was feeling the emotion of the moment. It was obviously a very proud moment for you both, but how would you describe it, Tom? TOM I was so proud to be up there, singing along to our national anthem with everyone joining in, it was amazing. It was all a bit surreal, to be honest, and very hectic. In fact, it wasn’t really until around 5.30am the following morning that it really sunk in. I quietly sneaked out of the gite and walked down to the lake to get some sunrise photos. At that moment, with nobody around and looking up into the sky, I thanked the person looking down on me and thought to myself ‘Man, what a result, you’ve done it, you’re a World Carp Classic champion’. STEVE What a feeling that must be, Tom – Thanks for sharing your story with us!

‘There’s p time to sleep wh lenty of en dead, I kept tell I’m ing myself’

TOM Without doubt. It’s not easy to keep going when you are out on your feet, it really is a severe test of your mettle. By the Thursday night, when we had caught about 18 fish altogether, I was receiving a lot of texts and phone calls, telling me we were well ahead and on course to win the event. I tried to shun all mention of that, pushing it to the back of my mind... I just didn’t want to jeopardise our chances by becoming

countdown... “15, 14, 13 seconds to go”, and as I approached Rob, who was also wading in the margins, I pounced on him. - “get in there, we’ve done it”! That frolic was to account for the very last of my dry clothes! Then, no sooner had we packed our gear away, we were picked up by the big speedboat and proudly flew the St

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Effort equals reward .. Tom and Rob had to put in a great deal of hard work to win the ultimate prize!

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Pescalis

Pescalis is the first international nature and fishing centre, unique in Europe, located in the Poitou Charentes region in France. Ideal resort for family fishing holidays, Pescalis offers fishing trips for carp, predator or coarse fishing, by “No Kill�. Onsite: restaurants, accommodation, activities, meeting rooms, a complex of 150 hectares of preserved nature, ideal to organize any type of event. For carp fishing, the 2009 results are more than famous: nearly 100 000 lbs of carp (49 tons), with 4500 carps including 116 fish over 36 lbs! Record carp 2009 : 50,600 lbs. Pescalis, the paradise for beginner or skilled angler with the advice of fishing guides! Pescalis is also ideally located between Marais Poitevin (40 mn), Puy du Fou (40 mn), Futuroscope (60 mn) or La Rochelle (60 mn).

Record Carp 2010

26 kg

Contact : (+33) (0)5 49 72 00 01

www.pescalis.com


The one they all want! 2009 winners Tom and Rob with the Champions Trophy

ITINERARY Friday, 3rd September Friday Competitors may begin to arrive and set up in Bivvy Camp 14:00 to 18:00: Boat Check 15:00 to 19:00: Official registration time for Pairs/ Team Runner

Saturday, 4th September Competitors arrive at the lake and set up in Bivvy Camp 10:00 to 18:00: Official registration time for Pairs/ Team Runner/Boat 17:00 to 18:00: Media and VIP welcome cocktail 20:00 Onwards: World Carp Classic Open Air concert

Sunday, 5th September

World Carp Classic 2010 Champions ● Golden Reuben Heaton Scales ● Gold boilie needle from Carp Love ● Winner’s trophies £10,000 cash prize ● Sponsors’ prizes

2nd Overall

● Trophies ● £2,000 cash prize ● Sponsors products

3rd Overall

● Trophies ● £1,000 cash prize ● Sponsors products

Monday, 6th September 07:00: Competitors free to go to pegs and prepare for competition at their leisure 14:00 local time: Start of the competition

Saturday, 11th September 07:00 local time: End of the competition 07:00 to 13:00: Anglers to return to HQ for prize giving 13:30 - 14:30: Official prize givtors will i t e p m ing and Closing o All c CC 2010 Ceremonies W a e v i e rec 15:00 Onwards: orative Winners official commem t’s prize n photo shoot with participa sy of sponsors

PLUS... courte JRC

SECTION WINNERS ● Ultima: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● Jetfish: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● CarpLove: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● PV TV: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● Hutchy’s: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● CC Moore: section prizes

10 SECTIONS worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● Indyline: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● Carps Cabin: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● Pescalis: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500 ● Boel Baits: section prizes worth £1000, trophies and £500

BIGGEST FISH IN SECTION The captor of the biggest carp in each of the 10 sections will each receive a holiday worth £1000. ● St Lawrence Experience (two sections) ● Carp Afrique (two sections) ● Canary Island Carp Fishing Tours (two sections) ● Catfish Capers (two sections) ● Pescalis

10 SECTIONS

First Fish

Sponsored by SBS, Hungary The captor of the first fish in the competition will receive a Trophy and Sponsors products.

Biggest overall fish

Sponsored by Banana Rods, France ● Two custom built rods

TEAM EVENT

Winning Team

2nd Placed Team

● Trophies and prizes The 1st placed team will receive trophies and the title of World Carp Classic 2010 Team 3rd Placed Team ● Trophies and prizes Champions, plus prizes * Prize fund calculated on 130 pairs - pro-rata applicable - Rules and Terms and Conditions apply. Allocation of prizes will apply Section D - Allocation of the prizes in official rules and Terms & Conditions

Magazine sponsored by Pescalis

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WCC Official prize Table

09:00 to 16:00: Official registration time for Pairs/ Team Runner/Boat 14:00 to 17:00: Team Gladiator Games 17:00 to 19:00: Competitors welcome BBQ 19:15 to 19:30: Official Opening Ceremony 19:30 to 20:00: Official photograph 20:00 Onwards: Peg Draw

CHAMPIONS ● TITLE

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EUROPE

AUSTRALIA CAPTAIN WCC10-124 BEN COOK

VICE CAPTAIN ANDY WALLIS

SPONSOR CC MOORE

WCC10-010 WCC10-032 WCC10-071

AUSTRIA WCC10-003 WCC10-004 WCC10-005 WCC10-006 WCC10-076

CAPTAIN CRISTIAN MARINICA WERNER PRESCHERN ANDREAS SLAMA PETER TUCZAI ANDREAS RUZICKA

VICE CAPTAIN IOAN MARIN BORZ THOMAS PIRKER PETER MULLER CHRISTOPH TUCZAI ROBERT BELOWSKY

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR PAUL SCHERPENBORG CC MOORE JOHN CAEYERS DYNAMITE BAITS KEVIN HOES HUTCHY’S DENNIS V.D.VELDEN HUTCHY’S

VICE CAPTAIN PENCHO PENCHEV

CAPTAIN VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR WCC10-033 NICOLAS MOUCHARD ANTHONY GAUTREAU PESCALIS WCC10-034 CHRISTOPHE DEBENEST TONY BERTRAND PESCANAUTIC MARUKUYU WCC10-037 DANIEL HERMAL FLORENT MISCHLER WCC10-106 BARRY SEWELL FRANCOIS XAVIER WCC10-113 SYLVAIN SCHUMACHER KATY HENRY WCC10-114 FRANCK LEBOURG PASCAL BOUVEUR VDRONE-BAITBOAT

SPONSOR

GERMANY

WCC10-040 WCC10-041 WCC10-043 WCC10-047 WCC10-048 WCC10-049

CROATIA CAPTAIN WCC10-105 STIPE MADERIC

VICE CAPTAIN ZELJKO NIKIC

SPONSOR CC MOORE

WCC10-064 WCC10-011 WCC10-012 WCC10-013 WCC10-014 WCC10-015 WCC10-016 WCC10-017 WCC10-018 WCC10-019 WCC10-099 WCC10-103 WCC10-129 WCC10-130

CAPTAIN JAROSLAV STEPAR JINDRICH MAJER ZDENEK HUDEC PETR MOC JAROSLAV TESINSKI ANTONIN ZEDNICEK ONDREJ KOLESKA LUBOS CHOROVSKY MIROSLAV POUPA LIBOR CHROBOK RADEK POSPISIL MIROSLAV ESPANDR PETR HOSEK MICHAL KUCERA

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR JAN PUPALA ROSTISLAV GASPAR MILAN HAVRANEK LUBOMIR SIPKA MAREK TESINSKI JETFISH STANISLAV NAVRATIL ALES VONDRLIK PETR CUBON PAVEL KRATKY WITOLD SMOLARCZYK JIRI VETRL BOEL BAITS MAREK KVAL PAVEL TULINSKY KAREL JAKUBUV

ENGLAND

WCC10-009 WCC10-023 WCC10-024 WCC10-025 WCC10-026 WCC10-027 WCC10-028 WCC10-029 WCC10-030 WCC10-031 WCC10-042 WCC10-051 WCC10-067 WCC10-072 WCC10-089 WCC10-097 WCC10-115 WCC10-119 WCC10-128

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CAPTAIN MARK GARDNER KEITH TURNER PAUL SHARMAN STEVE RENYARD ROB TOUGH KEVIN HEWITT TIM PAISLEY RICHARD WILLIAMS RALPH DENNETT GARRY WRIGHT TERRY HEMMINGS FRANK WARWICK CHRIS DYMOCK GARY PEET DAN MOORCROFT ANDREW JUDD GARY COVELL GEORGE CSONKA PAUL JOHNSON

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR STEFAN POSSELT CLIVE HICKS PAUL BUTLER PETE WILSON ULTIMA TOM DUNCAN-DUNLOP MARK BARTLETT LEE JACKSON JIM HANSON HUTCHY’S PAUL MILLINGTON TONY STRAY PAUL CLEMENTS JASON CANN CARP LOVE MARK RICHARDSON MYLES GASCOYNE COLIN GRAY PETER TRUCKLE BOEL BAITS PAUL ANDRASSY JOHN ROBERTS DARREN WEATHERLEY

CAPTAIN ROBERT CEAUS PAUL PSCHIERER JENS GASSEN JENS KLEINE STEFFEN BATZ ALEXANDER SCHILLING

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR ROBERT SCHUSTER STEFAN PSCHIERER THOMAS MUELLER AXEL WACKER DIRK ARNOLD BENTAX.DE JENS MENNICKE

GIBRALTAR CAPTAIN WCC10-036 GRAHAM NOON

VICE CAPTAIN JOHN TATTERSALL

SPONSOR

GREECE

CZECH REPUBLIC

SPONSOR JRC JRC JRC

BULGARIA CAPTAIN WCC10-111 PETAR BAKARDZHIEV

VICE CAPTAIN ERIC SERRANO ROB NUNN MARCELLO DODI

FRANCE

SPONSOR

BELGIUM CAPTAIN WCC10-007 THIERRY PODEVIJN WCC10-008 PETER KUPPENS WCC10-045 JOSE GONZALES WCC10-046 DANNY V.D. VELDEN

CAPTAIN MICHAEL REUGNY DEAN MACEY ALESSANDRO DODI

CAPTAIN VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR WCC10-050 GEORGIADIS GEORGIOS DAN CONSTANTIN WCC10-120 GEORGIOS PAPADOPOULOS OLGA PAPADOPOULOU

HUNGARY

WCC10-052 WCC10-053 WCC10-054 WCC10-055 WCC10-056 WCC10-057 WCC10-058 WCC10-059 WCC10-104 WCC10-117

CAPTAIN GEZA BUJAKI PETER HALASZ FERENC KOVACS LASZLO JARAI SANDOR CSIZMADIA RADU MORAR PETER MICULA AKOS SZEKELY ZOLTAN KOVACS ARDY VELTKAMP

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR FERENC KRACSAL CARP LOVE PETER HALASZ JR. CARP LOVE ZOLTAN SCHEIBER NORBERT CSORBA ROLAND NAGY JOZSEF ACS PV TV NORBERT PONGRAC PV TV ISTVAN TANURDZSITY PV TV ANDRAS SZIGETFALVI ATTILA CSAKANY

IRELAND CAPTAIN WCC10-060 WOJCIECH GOLDA

VICE CAPTAIN ROBERT NADGORSKI

SPONSOR

ITALY

WCC10-020 WCC10-021 WCC10-022 WCC10-044

CAPTAIN BERTELLO ANDREA MAURO UBEZIO VINICIO OSELE DANIELE PASSERI

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR ROMANO ANDREA MATTEO RAVASI DENIS CANETTELE GIGI BIAGIOLA JRC

JAPAN CAPTAIN WCC10-065 YOSHIHIDE FUKUYASU

VICE CAPTAIN YUSUKE NAITO

SPONSOR

VICE CAPTAIN ERKAND DURAKU

SPONSOR

KOSOVO CAPTAIN WCC10-116 BROQI BEKIM

Current Record Holder


WCC Participants 2010 SLOVAKIA

LATVIA CAPTAIN WCC10-066 AIVARS RUDZINSKIS

VICE CAPTAIN VARIS LAZO

SPONSOR

LITHUANIA

WCC10-061 WCC10-062 WCC10-063 WCC10-118

CAPTAIN VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR RENALDAS MARCIUKAITIS VALERIJ DREMLIUK AIDAS TURAUSKAS DARIUS BIKULCIUS ANDRIUS MILONAITIS VYTAUTAS PELECKAS RIMVYDAS BAREIKA ARVYDAS ZILIONIS

LUXEMBOURG CAPTAIN WCC10-125 RON VAN DEN BERGH

VICE CAPTAIN DENNIS SNIJDERS

WCC10-098 WCC10-100 WCC10-101 WCC10-102

CAPTAIN MIKULAS ELEK MATUS SVEC PETER SIMONIC PETER MAZAK

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR ANDRIES MAREE G P NEL NEVILLE BARNARD

SPAIN CAPTAIN WCC10-107 JORGE S. LLADOS WCC10-108 PETER STAGGS

NETHERLANDS

SPONSOR BOEL BAITS

SOUTH AFRICA CAPTAIN WCC10-091 HENNIE DU PREEZ WCC10-092 JOHAN DONALD WCC10-093 JOHN DEARDEN

SPONSOR

CAPTAIN VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR WCC10-038 PIETER BEELEN DANNY V.D.LINDEN WCC10-070 CARLO GRAS JOHN GRAS CARP CONNECTIONS WCC10-073 MARCEL V.D.WOLF JEROEN V.D.WOLF CARP CONNECTIONS WCC10-074 GERT V.D.WILDENBERG BERRY KOKS CARPS CABIN WCC10-075 A DE MOOIJ P ZWAAN CARPS CABIN WCC10-077 CHRIS VERCOUTEREN RONALD ROBEN WCC10-078 HANS SISSINGH MARK HUIZINGA CARP CONNECTIONS WCC10-112 JAN MERTENS HEIKO BRUNING JRC WCC10-088 LEO BURGER SYLVIA V.D.HELM

VICE CAPTAIN PAVEL SNEVAJS SILVIA OMASTOVA IVAN MALIK ROBERT HAUSKRECHT

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR FRAN G. LOPEZ ANTONIO S. MATEOS

POLAND

WCC10-079 WCC10-080 WCC10-081 WCC10-082 WCC10-083 WCC10-084 WCC10-085 WCC10-086 WCC10-087

CAPTAIN ARKADIUSZ ZAREMBA LESZEK RUTECKI KAROL OLEJNIK MAREK POSOR ANDRZEJ BARTCZAK MAREK PILEWSKI TOMASZ BILSKI KRZYSZTOF SIKORA PIOTR JANUSZ

TURKEY CAPTAIN WCC10-110 YAMAK METIN

VICE CAPTAIN MUSTAFA METIN

SPONSOR

UKRAINE CAPTAIN WCC10-094 STANISLAV KOTIN WCC10-126 PAVEL MATVIENKO WCC10-127 SERGIY KOZAK

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR IGOR VIKHLYAYEY YASKO YAROSLAV OLEXANDER NOVICHKOV

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR LUKASZ STRYCHARCZYK MIROSLAW NARAJCZYK PAWEL KALBARCZYK PIOTR MUSIOL MAREK KWIATKOWSKI ROBERT NOWAK JAKUB MATYS TOMASZ GORYNSKI ROBERT STASZWSKI

ROMANIA

WCC10-001 WCC10-035 WCC10-039 WCC10-068 WCC10-069 WCC10-090

CAPTAIN VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR VICTOR OANA HORATIUS PANKAN CONSTANTIN BUHAC EMILIAN PARASCHIV AVPS ACVILA CLUB SERGIU TOFAN IUSTIN BOBEA ENE CIPRIAN CATALIN ANDREI VLADEANU DAVID VIOREL EUGEN FIOREANU GEORGE TITE LUCIAN OLIVIU ORHEI

RUSSIA CAPTAIN WCC10-121 MICHAEL LAPUSHINSKIY WCC10-122 TATYANCHENKO DMITRY WCC10-123 SERGEY ARTYUHIN

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR ARKADIY NAGIEV CHILIKIN KIRILL ALEKSANDR SKALKIN

SERBIA CAPTAIN WCC10-002 VLADETA JOVANOVIC WCC10-095 SLAVISA ANTIC WCC10-096 MINJA BOLESNIKOV

Past Champion

VICE CAPTAIN SPONSOR FELIX VAN DER MAREL MILOS ANTIC BLAGOJE NEMCEV MAROS MIX

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WCC10-010 WCC10-032 WCC10-071

Michael Reugny Dean Macey Alessandro Dodi

7 08 8 09 TEAM CARPWORLD 07 WCC10-026 WCC10-027 WCC10-028

Rob Tough Kevin Hewitt Tim Paisley

Tom Duncan-Dunlop Mark Bartlett Lee Jackson

TEAM HUTCHY’S WCC10-029 WCC10-045 WCC10-046

Richard Williams Jim Hanson Jose Gonzales Kevin Hoes Danny van der Velden Dennis van der Velden

TEAM GERMANY 1 WCC10-040 WCC10-043 WCC10-048

Robert Ceaus Jens Gassen Steffen Batz

TEAM GERMANY 2 WCC10-041 WCC10-047 WCC10-049

Paul Pschierer Jens Kleine Alexander Schilling

TEAM PREMIER BAITS WCC10-042 WCC10-067 WCC10-115

Terry Hemmings Chris Dymock Gary Covell

Robert Schuster Thomas Mueller Dirk Arnold Stefan Pschierer Axel Wacker Jens Mennicke Paul Clements Mark Richardson Paul Andrassy

TEAM CARPS CABIN WCC10-074 WCC10-075 WCC10-109

Gert van den Wildenberg Berry Koks A de Mooij P Zwaan Leo Burger Sylvia van der Helm

TEAM CARPLOVE WCC10-051 WCC10-052 WCC10-053

TEAM PV TV WCC10-057 WCC10-058 WCC10-059

Frank Warwick Geza Bujaki Peter Halasz

Jason Cann Ferenc Kracsal Peter Halasz Jr

Radu Morar Peter Micula Akos Szekely

Jozsef Acs Norbert Pongrac Istvan Tanurdzsity

TEAM RENMAR WCC10-061 WCC10-062 WCC10-063

Renaldas Marciukaitis Aidas Turauskas Andrius Milonaitis

TEAM CARP CONNECTIONS WCC10-070 WCC10-073 WCC10-078

Carlo Gras Marcel van der Wolf Hans Sissingh

TEAM RUTECKI WCC10-080 WCC10-082 WCC10-083

Leszek Rutecki Marek Posor Andrzej Bartczak

TEAM SOUTH AFRICA

WINNERS IN THOSE YEARS

Eric Serrano Rob Nunn Marcello Dodi

WCC10-091 WCC10-092 WCC10-093

Hennie Du Preez Johan Donald John Dearden

Valerij Dremliuk Darius Bikulcius Vytautas Peleckas John Gras Jeroen van der Wolf Mark Huizinga Miroslaw Narajczyk Piotr Musiol Marek Kwiatkowski Andries Maree G P Nel Neville Barnard

World Carp Classic team event

WCC 2010 Team Entries

TEAM JRC EUROPE

TEAM BOEL BAITS

WCC10-097 Andrew Judd Peter Truckle WCC10-098 Mikulas Elek Pavel Snevajs Magazine sponsored by Pescalis www.pescalis.com WCC10-099 Radek Pospisil Jiri Vetrl

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TEAM CC MOORE WCC10-007 WCC10-105 WCC10-124

TEAM RUSSIA WCC10-121 WCC10-122 WCC10-123

Thierry Podevijn Stipe Maderic Ben Cook

Paul Scherpenborg Zeljko Nikic Andy Wallis

Michael Lapushinski Tatyanchenko Dmitry Artyuhin Sergey

Arkadiy Nagiev Chilikin Kirill Aleksandr Skalkin

Magazine sponsored by Pescalis

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s always, the Team Competition will create huge interest as the 16 teams (48 pairs) will lock horns to compete for the honours ... prepare for some fun Carp Connections, the Team Title sponsor, are one of the major carp holiday specialists in Europe and have top notch lakes throughout its portfolio. With most of its French venues boasting 30kg fish, there are also guided trips with accommodation and tackle provided in Italy and Spain (Orellana, Sierra Brava and Ebro Caspe). In these venues there are certainly fish of much greater proportions than 30kg and, although it cannot be guaranteed, a new world record is always a possibility! CC’s manager, Hans Sissingh, has been with the WCC as a sponsor and ticket agent for Benelux and Germany since the start, here at Madine. His lake, the 100 acre record breaker, Lac de Villedon, is one of the best managed lakes in France holding an enormous stock of carp with more 30’s, 40’s and 50’s than any comparable sized lake in Europe. It is not uncommon to catch very big carp at Lac de Villedon, and most anglers who visit will catch at least one 20kg carp! It is for this very reason that Carp Connections will offer all competitors of this year’s WCC a catch guarantee for those who fish the lake for one week non-stop. No fish = free re-run ticket* This year, Carp Connections are providing each of the first three teams with a weeklong holiday. The whole team, consisting of six anglers, will win a trip to Fishing resorts Du Der, which is 100 acres in size, over 4 lakes. The venue boasts an incredible stock of fish, with 1,500 carp all over 20lbs+ which are pyramid stocked and there are several mirrors and one common over 50 lbs. The prize sponsor for the Gladiator games is JRC, SHAKESPEARE and BERKELY GULP


Gladiators ready! The Gladiator Games

As many regular competitors may now know, over the past two years WCC Team Title Sponsor, Carp Connections, have established an interesting and entertaining side attraction that takes place during the build up to the main event. To add some extra spice for the teams competing in the main event, The Gladiator Games was born. The nature of these games makes them an obvious attraction to any passer-by, with their mad-cap themes of wader competition, rope pulling and weight lifting, being integral to its success. As most of us know, the Sunday afternoon before the peg draw can sometimes be a bit boring - after

all, what is there to do after you’ve checked out all the pegs and made up your list? Well, the answer is, turn up at Carp Connections beach, Madine 2/3, just next to the sailing school and join us for the spectacle that is the Gladiator Games! The Gladiator Games are the brainchild of Carp Connections’ Hans Sissingh and are run in association with JRC, Shakespear and Berkley GULP, who are providing some very good prizes for competitors to win. Your host for the frivolities is none other than Hans himself, who is sure to make himself known to you with the aid of his trusty loud-hailer... You have been warned!

How to enter..

Let your hair down on Sunday afternoon with Hans Sissingh of carpconnections as the Gladiator Games get underway

Magazine sponsored by Pescalis

To enter the Gladiator Games is completely free of charge, however, it is only open to subscribed teams who have signed up at HQ... so sign up, bring your six team members along and be a good sport! ● JRC Connection range Tug-of-war contest: Something must give when 6v6 strong men meet. ● Berkley GULP, Weight lifting in photo position: Prove that you can handle a 30kg ‘fish’! ● Shakespeare thigh waders run: ‘Thighly’ entertaining to watch, and only for the toughest!

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Lac de Madine Section sponsors & l Carps Cabin

CarpsCabin is an established and friendly company with two stores in Holland. The intention is that our stores are somewhere that customers will be most welcome to visit or just pop in and discuss their needs over a cup of coffee. We are delighted to once again be a WCC Section Sponsor and we see it as a superb opportunity to promote our business to a wider market.

www.carpscabin.nl

Hutchy’s The Original Bait Company Ltd

Indyline

We are proud to say that this is now our fifth year as a WCC section sponsor. Our Italy-based company, Indyline has built on an enviable reputation for top quality products that are recognised as such by top anglers. Our continued support of the event is in no small way based on the view that the WCC is extremely important for us to be associated with and it is also a must-not-miss opportunity to promote our company and products to a wider market.

www.indyline.net

Hutchy’s is very pleased to be associated with the WCC, and we are certain that the promotional value of being a section sponsor is very beneficial to the company. On a personal note, I have taken part in the competition for a number of years now, once coming second in our section, which was pleasing, and Hutchy’s will have good presence there again this year.

PV-TV

We chase the prey relentlessly, on land and water, on our constantly renewing channel as we join forces with masters of their craft, to bring you quality entertainment. Our many years of experience are the guarantee that your Magazine sponsored by Pescalis www.pescalis.com screen will always be filled with plenty of adventure and excitement. We are extremely pleased to be a section sponsor for the WCC and wish all of the contestant’s good luck in the event. May the best pair win!

www.pv-tv.tv

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Magazine sponsored by Pescalis

Carplove

Carplove Ltd was established at the beginning of 2009 in Budapest, Hungary. Our primary activities are related to carp fishing media such as production of films, publishing of magazines and festival organization. We are proud to be a section sponsor for the WCC and know that our association with the competition will help us to promote our business to a worldwide audience.

www.carplove.com

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& lake overview Pescalis

If you think that the “fishing trip” and the “family holiday” are an impossible combination, you will have to think again! Pescalis makes this dream accessible! Here, there are no exhaust fumes, traffic jams or daily stress, just peace and tranquillity, just yourself and the fish. Here you can recharge your batteries in luxuriant natural surroundings where Nature has claimed back her rights, so expect the unexpected!

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JetFish

For four years now we have been the official Czech Republic World Carp Classic agent. We may not be one of the largest countries in Europe but, steadily, each year we increase the number of Czech anglers fishing and representing our country in the World Carp Classic. We prefer to allow our products to speak for themselves, here, as quality will always shine through.

www.jetfish.cz

Boel Baits

Boel Baits from Slovakia are very happy to have a three-year agreement in place to be World Carp Classic section sponsors. It is without doubt the premier carp championship and by a very long way, therefore our association as a major sponsor makes us very proud. We believe that our products are extremely good and deserve to be known worldwide, and the WCC gives us the best opportunity to make that possible.

www.boelbaits.com

Ultima

CCMoore & Co Ltd

As a major supplier of high quality fishing baits into the U.K. and World Carp fishing markets, CC Moore & Co Ltd are proud and excited to be associated with such a prestigious event as the World Carp Classic. We are very confident in the quality and effectiveness of our products and feel that once you have tried them you will agree. Good luck to everyone, especially those who draw a peg in the CC Moore section!

www.ccmoore.com

Ultima has been a major force in the fishing line market for over forty years, with market leading products in sea, coarse, and carp angling markets. Reaching the top in such a competitive market as fishing line is not easy. As a British manufacturer, we have produced a remarkable range of products. We are determined to stay leaders in our field by our commitment, product excellence and high customer service levels.

www.ultimauk.com

Magazine sponsored by Pescalis

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Web & Media Coverage With the official website growing year upon year, providing even more pictures, articles, videos, blogs and the very latest news, its popularity as a major resource for the angling community has reached an unprecedented level, with an ever-increasing volume of traffic. Here are a few things that you can expect to find on the website now, during, and after the event.

BLOG The website is regularly updated with blogs from participants and WCC team members. This year, we have had all the latest news from the event Head Marshal, Andy Chambers, as he prepared the swims at Madine... We went down under to join Andy Wallis to follow his progress as he prepared himself to take a trip half way round the world to join us for this year’s competition... We also had a blog from John Dearden, a WCC participant who hails from South Africa - at a time when they were hosting the World Cup. (Congratulations to Spain!) During the event, there will be up-to-the-minute updates of their blogs from Ross Honey at WCC HQ and Jake Langley Hobbs, wherever he might be on the venue.

MONTHLY PRIZE DRAW Every month you can enter the prize draw via your profile, initially for a chance to win some great angling prizes courtesy of our sponsors.

This year the World Carp Classic website has once again gone from strength to strength For each month you enter, you will also gain a ticket into the final, grand draw which will be held prior to the event next year, where you could win FREE entry into the World Carp Classic 2011! The fortunate grand draw winner for 2010 was Cristian Marinica from Austria, who was absolutely delighted to have won a precious place at this year’s event. Well done to Cristian and all the other prize winners for 2010! Will it be you who wins this fantastic prize next year? Well, you know what they say, “if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win the lottery” so please make sure that you enter every month to maximise your chances!

EVENT During the event the website will be updated regularly each day with news of the latest catches as they come in. We will also be posting pictures and videos - as and when we receive them – with TV highlights, and interviews with competitors as they strive to catch what could be their winning carp!

SHOP In the official World Carp Classic secure online shop you

can purchase with ease and confidence. All of the latest official merchandise such as the WCC 2010 clothing range which includes classic t-shirts and polo’s, hoodies and beanie hats. All items are embroidered with the World Carp Classic Madine 2010 logo. We also have a selection of books and DVDs courtesy of Angling Publications.

NEWSLETTER Don’t forget, if your time is limited and you cannot visit the site as regularly as you would like to, please keep up to date with the World Carp Classic all year round via our emailed newsletter. The newsletter will update you with the latest articles as they are published and will have handy links to various other pages of the website that will save you time. It couldn’t be easier! Sign up to the WCC newsletter via our homepage and you will never miss another important piece of news!

EVENT MAGAZINE Apart from the production of the magazine that you are reading at this very moment, there will also be an online version on the WCC website. The link to the digital version will be emailed out to our huge database of newsletter subscribers, so, if this copy becomes lost or damaged, don’t worry too much as you can still access a copy and share it with your friends and family online!

www.worldcarpclassic.com

A truly global event As the competition continues to expand year upon year, it draws in anglers from countries that have never entered previously and this, of course, creates further media attention. An example of that occurs yet again this year, as it did last year with the participation of the pair from Japan. This time around it’s the turn of Australia to make their debut in the event in the form of Ben Cook and Andy Wallis. They will be providing a video diary of their journey to the events. And there are sure to be plenty of interested parties “down under” following the pair’s progress.

Get the picture? At event HQ there will be a dedicated media and IT team whose task it will be to upload the photographs and videos to the website on a daily basis as and when new material arrives.

Caught on camera! A TV series is being produced, which will be internationally broadcast on various channels including PV-TV, one of the competition sponsors. As well as the TV series, there will be a DVD produced which will be available through the Official WCC website shop www.worldcarpclassic. com. One thing is for certain, if you are in the competition you are in the program.

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Event Circular ‘Doing The Rounds’ As usual there will be an event newsletter which will be distributed via the Marshals to all competitors. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on one daily, not only will you be kept informed, but you will have gained a valuable resource for those emergency toiletry situations! Seriously though, if you have any interesting tales to tell, please contact us and get your story published. It can be anything from humorous to serious, captures to losses, whatever it is we want to hear from you and share it with your fellow anglers. Tell us, or we’ll simply make it up! Like all good journalists do! Left & above... Media camera’s capturing the action on Madine

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This year we are extremely pleased to welcome the World Carp Classic back to Madine once more. We hope that this year, the fishing will be even better than it has been for previous years, with plenty of good carp caught yet again, so that the 260 competitors can enjoy a great match. We also hope that all of our visitors, including the competitors, sponsors, media and other visitors will have some time during their stay to assess the rest of our infrastructure, too. If you do have the opportunity, you will soon discover that Lac de Madine also offers leisure activities such as golf, horse riding, sailing and hiking, and that the complex provides year-round entertainment. So, with on-site accommodation, there is never a need to travel any great distance in the pursuit of fun, it is all right there at hand for you. For more information please visit: www.lacmadine.fr

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swims to run away with it, and then the winner came through on the last night to take the title, the winner being Paul Rayment from Kent, who was also pegged on the mainland, on the point in front of Madine Two and Three. Paul has the unique claim to fame of being the only winner of the World Carp Classic individual title! Cathy Bell, now Cathy Hughes, caught a 30lb+ carp and would have walked away with the Ladies’ title, if there had been one on offer. The biggest carp of the competition was caught by the Welsh guys from the beach with the end of season bathing in full flow. The captor, Martin Cronin, was actually cursing his luck when the bobbin flew because he thought he was attached to a bather. The reality was even better than a bather, or Deborah Kerr; he had a big mirror on the end! For me there was a totally unexpected by-product of the first Madine match: I found I was excited and captured by the prospect of fishing big carp waters. Bearing in mind that at that time the biggest known carp water in England was Wraysbury at around 125 acres and you will understand that the 2,500-acre Madine was in a different league in terms of size, space, and


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certainly mystery. I’d always thought that I would find big waters daunting. I didn’t: I found Madine exciting and since that first event in 1998 I have had no fear of big-water fishing. Yes, in matches you fish where you draw, but that is part of the excitement and mystery. I’ve since enjoyed sessions at Madine, Cassien, Raduta, and the Orient, and while I haven’t caught on every session I’ve had more than my share of good fortune and been enthralled by the air of freedom of having all that space, sky and water in front of me and all around me. One of the great attractions of carp fishing which drew me to the pursuit of carp in the first place was in not knowing: in the early days I fished waters that I wasn’t even sure held carp. Frustration is part of the game, and that frustration is heightened tenfold by the participation in big-water sessions, and especially big-water matches. It’s no good entering one and being fazed by not catching, or not succeeding. Trying to win a big match is a lifetime commitment, and while Steve Briggs and I have been fortunate enough to win two world championships (out of three) the World Carp Classic is proving a different proposition altogether. Every year is a frustrating ‘never again’

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a carp from any of the pegs within two miles of your spot for years! I fished with Simon Crow the second year, on the back of the main island again, and we fter the first year memories of blanked. the other two Madine events The third year our Pip and Jemima become a blur. The second caught a carp from the back of the small year the event was won from island near HQ and won the ladies title. a swim no one wanted which I fished with Briggsy. This was a couple was pegged at the far end of the little of months after we had won the World dam wall which separates Madine 2 from Cup at Fishabil, and we were drawn the main lake. next to the previous year’s WCC winners The winners were Dave Poxon and on the back of the main island. We all Mark Redding. This was the year we won blanked. Well that’s not quite true. By this the team title for the first time on the time the Madine bream were starting to strength of a carp caught by John Lilley understand that carp baits were food so from a peg half way along the back of we had plenty of indicator activity of a the main island. It was the same carp I very frustrating nature. It rained for most caught the previous year from the other of the event, too. side of the island! (What do you mean, The infrastructure at Madine was it must have been a mug fish then?) It great, but there were drawbacks. During has to be said that the back of the main the first three years the use of boats was island seemed to be a much better not allowed in the event, nor was the draw back then that it has been since lake closed down to the normal resort the event returned to Madine in the last activities like boating and swimming. two years. It is due for a return to form, There was an air of hostility at times, so don’t hang yourself if you get drawn which I think was extended towards the there just because no one has caught organisers. Ross was three years in

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and the vision wasn’t really materialising. In fact at times it must have seemed more like a nightmare than a dream! The event moved to Lac d’Amance. The nicest thing I can say about Amance is that the infrastructure was almost as good as Madine, and the pre-event social scene was epic. In fact it was at Amance that I suffered a lost few hours. I think it was in 2003. We arrived early afternoon, and the bar was open. We had a drink. I was very tired from getting up early and travelling all that way so early evening I retired to the car for an hour’s nap (friends suggest it was to sober up, but I can’t recall that aspect). I woke refreshed and launched myself on the anticipated party scene with some enthusiasm. There wasn’t one. Everyone had gone to bed – because it was 1.00 a.m.! Well I say ‘everyone had gone to bed’ but that isn’t quite accurate because the mercurial Ray Dale-Smith accidentally finished up sleeping in a ditch he happened to stumble across in the very early hours. The other highlight from Amance was Simeon Bond and Martin Ford getting lost when they went to locate their peg. And I mean lost. (If you are getting the impression that these events are largely fished by grown-ups who never grew up then so be it. Collectively normally responsible people can act quite uncharacteristically, particularly when alcohol is thrown into the occasion.) Ross used to ring me fairly frequently during the Amance years. The event was losing momentum. Amance was too peggy, and there weren’t enough productive swims. It was Blanksville for most competitors. In addition to which in the run up to the event. Ross wasn’t entirely sure that he was That year Ross was badly let down holding the event at the right time of by the pegging and some other aspects year, which was why it was moved to of the organisation of the event and spring one year. Moving to the spring the impetus that had been gained by meant it was still too peggy, but at least the move to Orient was diluted by the the fish were caught from different pegs. shortcomings. This was the year Lil and It’s worth recording that John Lilley and I were drawn on the beach by the I came third in 2005 on the strength of a harbour. We didn’t see any carp but fish Lil caught, although for some reason some of the other sights we saw almost there were no second and third place made that a minor detail! prizes, or even mentions, that year. Still, I This was also the year of the Wheel of got to see a WCC carp, and as it was the Misfortune, an extraordinary brainwave year Briggsy and I won our second World someone had (presumably someone Cup I was pretty proud of the third place who had had a lobotomy – apologies finish. Still am. if it was you Ross!) to dispense with the During the 2005 Amance event Ross tension and excitement of the draw and came up to me with the news that he replace all that with a simple flick of the had secured the Orient for the following wrist. Unfortunately it was a limp-wristed year’s event. That was exciting, and I felt flick, the wheel slowly stuttered through Magazine sponsored bybreathe Pescalis www.pescalis.com it would much-needed interest one revolution, and when it came to a into the event. Not only that, but boats were to be used in the event for the first time. The buzz was terrific, as was the ‘Andy Chambers venue and the infrastructure... I’ve had to and joined the team on stop and think there because the Orient infrastructure wasn’t quite in place for suddenly the visi and k the first event. The main hall at Mesnil was was back on trac ing being completed, and was still being m o ec nearer to b completed as the event got under way. This caused the organisers no little anxiety reality’

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stop very few people were any the wiser about where they were fishing, or where their swim was! I think Ross and his team now accept that the peg-by-peg draw is one of the highlights of a carp match and the reversion to a ‘proper’ draw at Madine – including the innovative ‘second chance’ aspect – over the last two years has added an enormous amount to the frisson of the event in the lead up to the match itself. The Orient was a great venue but the WCC 2006 event was not the organisers’ finest hour. Then Andy Chambers joined the team and suddenly the vision was back on track and nearer to becoming reality. Now I’m sorry if singling out Andy treads on anyone’s toes but the upturn in the quality of the running of the event coincided with his arrival, and the professionalism has continued onwards and upwards with the move back to the original venue, Lac de Madine. Andy is a big-water specialist, and an ex-bank manager, which means he is familiar with the needs of anglers, and has the ability to organise. He is just one member of a well-organised team but for a number of years the main gripe about the WCC was the pegging. We now know that the organisers will have pegged the event to the best of their ability, which makes a huge difference to the attitude of the


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‘The World Carp Classics are occasions, a gathering of the clans .. family gatherings if you like, because I have always felt that carp anglers are family’ anglers. Matches are always going to be peggy but the more people who feel they have a chance prior to the draw being made the more support an event is going to get.

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he second Orient event was a good one. Although only a handful of carp were caught they came from different parts of the lake and all the competitors felt they were in with a chance right up to the death. I was non-fishing captain of our team that year because I was suffering from an agonising (slightly painful to most of you) tooth abscess that sidelined me. The fact that two of our three pairs caught and we won the team title suggested that my being non-fishing captain wasn’t such a bad thing. George Csonka, my substitute, caught: need I say more? I think we came away from the Orient feeling that the event was definitely headed in the right direction. OK there were very few carp caught, but that’s big-water carping. The French call these events ‘enduros’, which I feel is a good name for them. They are an endurance test, not a bleak-bashing contest. ‘What is your biggest thrill to date?’ was one of the questions Ross included in his brief. Well winning the team title

at Orient in 2007 was a thrill and a real feather in our cap. To follow that up by winning the team event at Madine in 2008, and then again in 2009 has been exciting in the extreme. Not only that but team members Mark Bartlett and Kevin Hewitt came second in 2008, and Tom Duncan-Dunlop and Rob Tough capped this with their runaway win it in 2009! Each successive team triumph has seemed more unlikely than the last, which has made each year’s win a real source of pride to all the Carpworld team involved in the event, and their sponsors, Mainline Baits. But to me the fishing side of the match has always been just a part of the whole. The World Carp Classics are occasions, a gathering of the clans not just from Europe but from all over the World: family gatherings if you like, because I have always felt that carp anglers are family. We are not normal in the every day sense of the word, but collectively we are because we are all fuelled by the same energy, the love of carp. We are normal in each other’s eyes and the World Carp Classic meetings are a celebration of that normality. My partner Lee Jackson and I both caught our only WCC carp on the

first night of the first event in 1998, but we keep coming back for more, and looking forward to it, too! Normal? I rest my case... Anyone looking in from the outside and thinking of these occasions as mere matches is missing the point. The return to Lac de Madine has meant that the WCC has come of age. There have been a number of major changes since the event was last fished at Madine in 2000. The organisation has got better, far more bank space is now being pegged, boats are now being used there, and the water is shut to other water-using pursuits for the duration of the event. The fact that there are now qualifying events in a number of countries speaks for itself and emphasises how much the support for the event has expanded over the last three years. If Ross’s original dream was to create an event which is the equivalent of his global golf pairs’ competition then he must be fast approaching achieving that as a reality. It is by far the biggest annual event on the carp fishing calendar, and long may it continue. One man has been responsible for making that happen: well done Ross Honey, the man with a twentieth century vision which has become a twenty-first century reality.

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STEVE Hi Val, can you please tell us a bit about yourself and your business partner, and how you came together to create your business? VAL We met each other over a year ago and, after graduation from business school, we spent some time working together. It was then that we discovered that we both shared the same desire to create our own business, and we also shared an interest in nature and the great outdoors. While we were fishing we discussed fishing tackle, and he was amazed by the huge amount of tackle we carp anglers use. The conversation soon got around to my rods, which were custom built to my specification in England. I told him how difficult that had proven to be, and how the experience was fraught with difficulty and a nightmare trying to get what

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I wanted. Although I got what I wanted, I realised that for anyone who does not speak English it would have been almost impossible to have custom rods built. It was bad enough for me, and my English is pretty good! We talked about this factor and decided that it was worth following up our discussions with research to assess the viability of a European-based business producing custom built tackle. Knowing the sort of profit one can make with rods made in the Far East, it drove us mad. That’s why all of our products will be 100% made in England, with superior quality and expensive components. We believe it’s time to go back to quality tackle. We decided to push ahead with the forming of the company, and we obviously needed a name for it. We came up with the name ‘banana rods’, however it wasn’t until much later - after many more names had been suggested - that we both agreed that the name Banana Rods was catchy and certainly one that will be easily remembered. STEVE Okay, can you perhaps tell us what the captor of the biggest fish in the 2010 WCC can expect to receive as the prize? VAL Basically, we want the winner to enjoy the benefits of owning custom built rods, designed to their exact requirements and specification. We believe that every angler who goes into to a

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and my first fish that day was a small uring my 10 year career as a skimmer bream of about 8oz. Not big, but big enough to get me hooked on professional Decathlete, no the sport for life. I spent many years stone was left unturned just pleasure angling before starting when it came to preparing to enter a few club/open matches in for major events such as and around Essex where I’m based. I World Championships, enjoyed the competitive side of match Commonwealth Games and fishing but always felt that my real Olympics. passion lay in specimen fishing, so, one On average I would be training for day I went down to my local tackle five hours a day six days a week with shop and invested in a cheap two rod medical treatment three-four times a carp kit. week, even if I was healthy. It sounds My first real session, which was 24 tough but in reality, it was so much hours, I landed 16 fish up to a lake harder than words can describe, but I loved it! During the 48 hours of competing in ‘Now I have the the Decathlon, every athlete questions ne themselves. With the mental torture opportunity to combi and, of course, the physical demands ve my love for competiti of 10 gruelling events, I managed to g push myself to the limit and beyond, sports and anglin eventually bringing home two World all in one’ medals, two Olympics 4th places and winning the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Fishing came as a rest from the intense TEAM FRANCE nature of my athletics, Michael Reugny even though I fish with Mr Eric Serrano Magazine sponsored by Pescalis www.pescalis.com just as much effort as I TEAM JRC EUROPE competed. TEAM PF EMEA I first wet a line in Jan Mertens a local caravan park Heiko Bruning lake when I was TEAM JRC WORLD 11 years old

record 22.8lb common and a 29lb wells catfish. The seed had been planted, and for a few years I targeted only carp, upping my pb every year to a current 43.3lb. Now, however, I fish for anything that swims that is of a larger than average size and my luck has followed me with Roach to 3.2lb, Bream to 13.14lb, Tench to 10.12lb and Chub to 7lb all gracing my net. In more recent years I’ve started travelling aboard to fuel my obsession and I have enjoyed some awesome results topped by my largest freshwater fish, an Arapaima of 280lb. Now, with the WCC, I have the opportunity to combine my love for completive sports and angling all in one. In Rob, I have a good partner and I’m sure that if we are lucky enough to draw a swim that puts us on the fish, we can do ourselves proud. For me, this is the highlight of the year and I can’t wait to get started!

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I have always been fascinated by nature and fishing, it has been a growing passion of mine since I started fishing for carp 15 years ago. The pleasure of being by the waters edge, lost in the wilderness with my friends, is a way for me to

recharge my batteries. Carp fishing gives me so much pleasure and magical moments that whenever I get the chance, I find myself back on the bankside. The site at Pescalis is a perfect place for our passion, a modern fishery designed to meet all the needs of the angler. Pescalis combines the preservation of the environment with the needs of a sport fishing venue. The practice of fishing is enriched by the installation of many nice features around the site (granite blocks, boulders, trees and hedges, and aquatic plants) which allow the practice of fishing in all its diversity, with the pleasure of catchng some very pretty fish.

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êcheur dans l’âme depuis mon plus jeune âge, la traque de la carpe rythme nombreux de mes week-end depuis une dizaine d’années. Cette pêche nous permet de vivre des moments privilégiés au rythme de la nature, ce retour aux sources est essentiel à mes yeux. Ces moments atteignent leur apogée lorsqu’ils sont partagés avec des amis, pour cela le site de Pescalis

permet des sessions inoubliables avec un cadre magnifique, un accueil des plus chaleureux et un cheptel de poissons permettant tous les records ! I have always been a fisherman, it has been in my heart ever since my youngest age. Stalking carp has taken up many of my weekends over the last ten years. Carp fishing allows us to live at the rythym of nature, and this return to a basic source is essential to my eyes. These most pleasant moments are at their peak when shared with friends, and Pescalis provides the perfect place to enjoy an unforgettable session in a beautiful setting, with a warm welcome and a stock of fish to break all records!

Team Pescalis

moureux de la nature et de la peche depuis toujours, j ai commençe à pêcher la carpe il y a maintenant 15 ans et c est aujourd hui une passion toujours aussi grandissante. Le plaisir de se retrouver au bord de l eau, seul perdu en pleine nature ou avec mes amis, est pour moi un moyen de me ressourcer. La peche de la carpe m offre tellement de sensations et de moments magiques que des que j en ai l occasion je me retrouve au bord de l eau. Le site de Pescalis est un endroit rever pour se donner a notre passions, conçus pour répondre à tous les besoins de la pêche moderne, Pescalis marie la préservation de l’environnement et des milieux avec les besoins d’une pêche sportive et active. Une pratique de la pêche enrichie : la mise en place de postes à poissons (blocs de granits, éboulis, haies et arbres noyés, herbiers aquatiques.) permettent la pratique de la pêche dans toute sa diversité. Et offrant le plaisir de prendre de tres jolis poissons record.

This year, and for the fifth time running, Pescalis will be represented at the World Carp Classic. Pescalis team: Anthony Gautreau Nicolas Mouchard &

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Navicom Communication

A good communication system is vital to ensure the success and smooth running of the event. Since our association in 2006, Navicom has offered a second-to-none system which has proven reliable even in the most challenging situations. We have been praised by Emergency teams many times for the quality of our equipment, which comprises of about 50 radio stations with PC radio boosters and relays to ensure full coordination throughout the 114 hours. You can see it in action at Madine, and you can also buy our favourite model, the RT 320, to see for yourself.

This is extremely good news for the captor of the first fish in the competition, as catching that fish will be rewarded with Indyline product and a trophy!

P&O Ferries

The WCC’s association with P&O Ferries as preferred travel partners continues to provide the option of extremely competitive, special rates on all crossings. The offer is available to all competitors, and anyone who is able to take advantage of these rates will benefit greatly.

www.poferries.com/tourist

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Reuben Heaton Scales & Signage

Since its inception, Reuben Heaton has been the Official Scales and signage sponsor for the World Carp Classic. Scales - The World Carp Classic Champions of each year are awarded a much coveted and unique set of “Golden” scales. It is not by chance that Reuben Heaton have remained at the very top of the pile, producing scales that are the choice of champions. Signage – It may be easy to perhaps overlook the importance of the signage used at an event such as the WCC, but its value to the competition certainly doesn’t escape our appreciation. The provision of quality signage, giving a much more professional appearance, is something that we feel is priceless.

www.reubenheaton.co.uk

IndyLine Magazine sponsored byFish Pescalis First of Competition

Firmly established as a leading company and sponsor of the WCC, Indyline products are considered by discerning anglers to be among the very best available.

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Banana Rods Biggest Fish of Event Sponsor

A new sponsor takes the opportunity to support the event for 2010 with a fantastic new prize. French based Banana Rods build and supply custom built rods to Europe and beyond. Using only the very best components available and only from top companies, the angler no longer has to compromise on design features. Built on quality blanks from highly respected UK rod manufacturers, and fitted with only the best rod furniture available, your choice is made easy. Don’t slip up, buy a Banana!

WCC Qualification events 2010

2010 WCC Support Partners

Reigning Spain.. Jorge Sacristian and Fran Granados

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SBS Hungary First Fish of Competition

Bait Company, SBS will sponsor www.pescalis.com the First Fish competition for 2010. SBS products are considered by discerning anglers to be among the very best available. This is extremely good news for the captor of the first fish in the competition, as catching that fish will be rewarded with SBS products and a trophy!

www.sbsbaits.com

Magazine sponsored by Pescalis

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Going Dutch.. Qualifiers Chris Couter & Rob Roben

WCC DUTCH QUALIFIER 13th-16st MAY The Dutch qualifying event at Sloterplas, Amsterdam, was a huge success although it proved to be a very tough test for the competitors. The prize table of over 15,000€ drew an impressive number of contestants. Congratulations go to Chris Couter & Rob Roben, who ran out worthy winners of the event with 16.4kgs and will go through to fish in the final at Lac de Madine in September.

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Poles apart .. Polish qualifiers Karol Olejnik and Pawel Kalbarczyk

WCC POLISH QUALIFIER 26th-30th MAY

Everyone a winner A huge congratulations go to all the organisers of the WCC Qualification Matches, we know just what it takes to run a successful Event!

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e are extremely pleased to introduce to you the anglers who have won a place here at Madine from their respective Qualifying matches. The first ever World Carp Classic Qualifying Events took place this year and they were each deemed to be a great success by the organisers. It is envisaged that there

will be many more and in a greater number of countries in 2011. I hope that you all enjoyed participating in the World Carp Classic Qualifying events and I look forward to seeing you in person at an event or show in the near future. Congratulations to the winners and the organisers Ross Honey

The WCC Polish qualifier took place on Dobro Klasztorne Lake and it was a great success. With 18 teams taking part, and 76 carp being caught, it produced an average of over four carp per angler for a total of 446 kg. The winners of the trophy and qualifiers for the final at Lac de Madine this September were Karol Olejnik and Pawel Kalbarczyk with 20 carp for a total of 85.6 kg and were well clear of the rest of the field.

WCC GIBRALTAR QUALIFIER 8th-11th JUNE

The very first Gibralta World Carp Classic Qualifier took place at Lac da Alfarofia, Alvas, Portugal and was greatly enjoyed by all competitors. The eventual winners, Graham Noon and John Tattersall lifted the Gibyellow trophy as they claimed top spot and entry into ww Carp Classic final at the World Lac de Madine with a weight close to 50lb.

WCC SPANISH QUALIFIER 28th-31st MAY The first ever Spanish qualifying event took place on Lake Orellana, Extremadura, in Spain. The heat soared abov e 35C, but those who fished the event still caught an amazing

Madine here we come!

Graham Noon and John Tattersall

1,595lbs of carp, with more than 85% of the anglers catching fish. The winning pair Jorge Sacristian and Fran Granados, who caught a staggering 816lb of carp, were delighted with their result and are looking forward to the final on Lake Madine

Magazine sponsored by Pescalis

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Qualification events

WCC HUNGARY QUALIFIER 16th-19th JUNE

The first ever Hungarian World Carp Classic Qualifier held on Lake Palotas, had to be reduced to 45 hours due to exceptionally bad weather. A good number of fish had been caught up until that point, so it was possible to identify the three pairs who would go forward to the World Carp Classic Final at Madine. The qualifying pairs were: 1ST Ferenc Kovacs & Zoltan Scheiber with 116.10kg 2ND Laszlo Jarai & Norbert Csorba with 104.80kg 3RD Sandor Csizmadia & Roland Nagy with 59.20kg

Hungary for success .. Laszlo

Jarai, above, Roland Nagy, right and Zoltan Scheiber, far right

Banana Rods was born in early 2010 as a result of a passion for angling. The business was formed by two friends who share a passion for quality tackle and whom shared the will of starting a cool business. It was natural for us to buy our rods in England, where quality craftsmen make some exceptional carp rods, and it was as a result of this that the idea grew and we decided to form Banana Rods, a company that would offer exceptional craftsmanship, meaning 100% handmade rods, using only the best components available in the industry.

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Graham Noon and John Tattersall

We didn’t want to simply produce rods, we wanted Banana Rods to provide European Anglers with the Rolls Royce of Carp Rods. Our company was created to provide the service we were looking for ourselves as anglers and never found. Thanks to our very personalized service, within just a few weeks our clients are sure to receive the uniquely personal rods that they desire. Choosing from a vast number of options - blanks, reel seats, colours, whippings, handles and butt caps – the angler can count on us to provide professional advice, quick and reactive service, trust and fun. Banana Rods are custom built rods, constructed from Harrison, Century and Daiwa blanks, with only the best quality components available. Designed and finished to last, and to last long, like no other.

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Introducing new changes to the competition is very easy... It’s planning them thoroughly that takes the time and effort. For the WCC Final, a limited number of Open entries per country will be made available to competitors who have participated previously, with anglers who have participated most, being given priority. Open entry places

will be made available immediately after the 2011 competition by payment of a ÂŁ200 deposit. If anglers are unsuccessful in getting a place they will be given a full refund and offered a guaranteed place in their appropriate National Qualifying Event. The criteria to participate in a National Qualifying Event, is, that you have to be a resident in that country. Entry by anglers into a national qualifier will be refused if they do not meet the criteria. For 2010, all

countries were allocated a minimum of three places, and this will again be the case for 2011. If for any reason these places are not taken up either by a Qualifying event or Open entry within eight weeks of being made available, they will be reallocated to the country with the highest demand. The place will go to the anglers at the top of the waiting list. The number of places allocated per country has been based on historical participation to date. We feel extremely proud of what has been achieved in setting this event up, and we are able to confidently predict that its success is assured. I am looking forward to whatever the next challenge may be, and we will keep moving forward, rising to each one as it presents itself.

2011 and beyond . . .

e are certain that most of you will be aware of the World Carp Classic Qualifying events that have taken place for the very first time during the course of 2010. The Qualifying events were introduced out of necessity to maintain a balanced national representation, and as a means to further encourage new participating countries into the competition. Also, as the Qualifying events are open to all residents of a country, it maintains the ethic that the WCC is inclusive, not exclusive. In 2011 there will be even more Qualifying events held, with events in Romania, Denmark, South Africa, Hungary and possibly Japan amongst others. These events will further augment the current list of countries running Qualifiers. As momentum continues to build it is impossible to predict anything, so you would be well advised to check the WCC website regularly for any new additions to Qualifying events taking place in your country. All dates and locations will be announced as and when we receive confirmation with the information being made available on the WCC website.

Event Founder Ross Honey

BREAKING NEWS...BREAKING NEWS...BREAKING NEWS Many of you will have heard the breaking news released in June of this year about the launch of World Catfish Classic. The launch, held at event host town Chiprana, was spectacularly well received and attended by a host of media, local dignitaries and a large

entourage from Title Sponsor Berkley. The Catfish Classic will take place between 31st May and 3rd of June 2011 on the upper Ebro at Caspe, and is set to be the very first truly worldwide catfish competition. Fishing days-only, the 81 pairs will return to Chiprana each

evening for a banquet consisting of local cuisine and they will be informed of the daily results. To enter go to www. worldcatfishclassic.com. See page 29 for details.

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