More success with Gold for Carp Team England

In-form Carp Team England secured another victory this weekend at the ICFA Home Nations International. England secured the win against at new Celtic Lakes near Lampeter in Wales. Scotland took silver and Wales bronze. The win was made even more significant as the England line up was completely different to the medal winning squad from the World Championships in Serbia.

Manager Rob Hughes announced ‘Celtic Lakes offered a completely different challenge to the World Champs so I decided upon a complete change of personnel for this event. The fishing is quite specific and once I had considered tactics I knew exactly who could do the job.2 x British Champions Mark Bartlett and Kev Hewitt were recalled, but the other six lads were England debutantes. They all rose to the occasion perfectly and fished brilliantly as the score sheet will confirm’.

Fished to FIPSEd international rules, the team event is decided on points as opposed to total weight. It was a close finish, as although England had a massive weight advantage, they were only 1 point ahead of Scotland. England won three of their sections with a giving them 7 points in total. Scotland ran England very close with 8 points and Wales took bronze with 13. 

This event was the final International fixture in the match calendar and caps what is been an incredible year for carp team England who have secured international wins in the Anglo/Welsh, the European tri-nations, the Home Nations and double bronze in the World Championships. 

Line up
Manager – Rob Hughes
Mark Bartlett / Kev Hewitt
Lee Simms / Sean Dulson
Jack Meyer / Lewis Swift
Kev Grout / Luke Church
England 7  = 1-1-1-4
Scotland 8 = 2-2-1-3
Wales 13 = 3-4-4-2
England’s next event is The World Games in South Africa, February 2019. 

Carp Team England Press Release


Carp Team England Ladies completed their summer season of fixtures victorious once again taking gold with another magnificent international win.

Hosted at Thorpe Lea fishery in Surrey, the cream of European Ladies carp angling descended on the UK in hot and bright conditions to compete for the title of International Carp Fishing Association European Tri-Nations Champions.

Run to FIPS Ed International rules, which are significantly more stringent and complex than our own domestic rules, the lake was a split into three sections with a pair from each nation competing in each section. The teams then battle it out in three mini matches with 1 point for the winner, 2 for second, 3 for third and 4 for a no-score.

A dominant England took the win in two sections with a second in the final section for an unassailable 4 point result. Wales came in second with 7 and Holland took third with 11 point.

“It was a tough match in difficult conditions but we really wanted this win” announced England ladies Player Manager Miranda Brown. “Although on home turf, we hadn’t fished this venue before so we had to be on our toes with both tactics and tactical changes. We brought our A game and it worked. We’re over the moon”.

This victory makes it a double whammy for England ladies who earlier in the year won the Anglo Welsh Cup for a record third time in a row.

“It’s an incredible feeling representing your country and hearing the national anthem playing, but to win is like nothing else. We all fish hard and the pressure is immense but it paid off and we’re now double Champions this year” announced Captain Tania Williams from Sawbridgeworth, Herts. “I’m really looking forward to our next challenge and I’d like to thank everyone for all of the support that they give me in allowing me to compete at top level.” 

Female participation in carp angling is one of the biggest success stories and growth areas in modern day angling attracting widespread press and national television coverage. England ladies are at the forefront of the drive and are respected as No 1 in the world.

In June 2019 France will host the inaugural FIPS ed (International Sport Fishing Federation) World Championships. Head coach and Carp Team England Boss Rob Hughes added, ‘The girls are brilliant anglers, ambassadors and representatives for our country and our sport.

They are a formidable team that fished hard and tactically. They deserved the victory”.

England ladies are now looking forward to developing even further as a squad across the rest of the summer with a number of exhibition events followed by training through the winter break”.

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The Lions Roar again

England’s lady lions added another significant international victory to their list of honours with a win in the Home International Anglo-Welsh Cup.

Hosted at CRT Drayton reservoir in Daventry the competition saw carp team England’s lionesses once again prove victorious lifting The Clifford Cup for the third time in a row. Unlike domestic competitions, the event is fished under FIPS Ed international regulations in preparation for full world championship status next year,

Three pairs from each nation took to the field at Drayton to fish head to head across three sections. England dominated two with Wales taking victory in the third. A total of 81 fish were caught by the ladies with the biggest a 20.02 oz mirror for England Lyn Worster and Kellie Margerrison.

‘This fixture is absolutely brilliant and is where women’s international competitive carp fishing all started. It’s a historic event now and I’m pleased to say that once again England proved the strongest nation. They have been training well and their tenacity and hard work paid off. The girls were amazing and a credit has to go to the Welsh for their section win on our turf’ announced Carp Team England manager Rob Hughes.

Spodding over zigs during the day and small bags on the deck at night were the successful tactics for both teams but it was England that proved the stronger team winning two of the three sections convincingly to win with 5pts against Wales 4.


A England Kellie Margerrison / Lyn Worster 

Wales Emma Dyer / Jackie Potts

B England Tanya / Sam Hoskins

Wales Natalie Chapman / Amy Jenkins

C Wales Sioned Weeks / Sam Roberts

England Miranda Brown / Ellen Beedham


England 2.2.1 5 pts

Wales 1.1.2 4pts


Three new ladies join the squad for the 2018 season as Carp Team England look to win the Clifford Cup for the third time. Becky Sharman, Jane Henthorn and Paula Marriott replace Debbie and Elaine Taylor, and Emily Blake. Our very best wishes go out to Debbie Elaine and Emily for the future and good luck Jane Paula and Becky. The ladies will also be going for Gold in June in the Tri Nations event which will see Holland and Wales compete against England.Rob Hughes

Managing Director

England Ladies Secure Silver

England Ladies secured a silver medal in the women’s ICFA International on home soil at Wraysbury Lake, Berkshire.

The match, which was the historic first multi nation female international for carp fishing, was hotly contested and incredibly close. England took an early lead but were overtaken by a Welsh team that was absolutely on form.

England scored a win and three section sections but it wasn’t enough to secure the victory. England ladies have a had an unbeaten run over the last two years with two golds to their name but had to settle for silver on this occasion.

“It was a brilliant and very close competition with only two points the difference between gold and silver. The England lionesses were valiant but the Welsh Dragons were quite simply too powerful on this occasion. They fished impeccably and deserved the win” announced England manager Rob Hughes.

The ladies season is now over other than an exhibition competition later in the year.

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The Scores

Gold Wales 5

Silver England 7

Bronze Netherlands 12

Squad announced for Tri-Nations International

Following practice sessions and a squad meeting at RK Leisure’s England HQ, Carp Team England manager Rob Hughes has now announced the starting line-up for the forthcoming tri-nations ladies International at Wraysbury at the end of June. 

The event, which is the first ever multi-nation all female international, is backed by Fosters of Birmingham and will be hosted by England at their home venue of Wraysbury between the 22nd and the 25th June. England Wales and Holland will participate in the event which is run closely to international rules and which will be an annual fixture in future years travelling around different host countries.

We’re proud to be hosting the inaugural women’s international in England and expect a good performance. The venue is in great form and there should be a decent number of fish caught. From a team point of view, our training and practice sessions have gone very well and the squad are also on form. The recent Anglo Welsh International was a close run thing and Wales have got a point to prove. In addition we know the new Dutch ladies team is strong and this venue is likely to suit their style so it will be a tough event that’s for sure.” announced Hughes.

Unlike domestic events, the International event runs for 72 hours and will be the fore – runner to a full ladies World Championships in years to come. Four pairs of anglers will compete in sections under international rules for points towards their team total. The team with the lowest number of points will be deemed to be the winner.

Female participation is on the increase and the number of lady anglers in both the UK and abroad is growing rapidly.  Both France and Italy have already expressed an interest in fielding teams in future years and it is hoped that other nations will follow suit and that the event will become a fully ratified FIPS championships in the near future.

Ladies Anglo / Welsh Cup Wales

Ladies Carp Team England successfully defended their Anglo-Welsh Carp Cup title with a narrow victory over the Welsh at White Springs Fishery near Swansea

The match produced just five carp in total, with the four caught by Tania Williams and Sam Hoskins in section A proving to be decisive at the final hooter. A last-minute 40lb common by Natalie Chapman gave the Welsh the win in section B, meaning the match finished tied on seven points apiece (one point for a section win and three points for a blank), but England took the win thanks to their greater combined weight, giving them their second successive Clifford Cup.

Following a slow start to the match, Tania landed the first fish, a 12¼-pounder, on the Saturday morning to give England the lead, followed a few hours later by the capture of Hobhob at 38lb for Sam, which was also a new personal best. Later that afternoon, Tania added a second fish of 15lb 14oz to increase England’s advantage in the section to 66lb 2oz, which was increased with another fish for Sam later in the day.

With no further action in the night and the majority of the Sunday morning, it looked as though England were set to retain their title unopposed, but with seconds of the match remaining, Natalie’s buzzer sounded. With FIPS rules allowing 15 minutes for a fish to be landed after the hooter, Natalie guided the venue’s biggest common, Bruno, and a new personal best, to the net with minutes to spare.

Carp Team England manager Rob Hughes was present throughout the weekend. He said: “England deserved their win with a brilliant performance in the Welsh backyard, but without any shadow of doubt, once again, the greatest victor was women’s carp fishing. The support across social media was immense, and both teams represented their countries with the passion, dignity and respect you would expect from international sportsmen and women in any sport. Friendship and camaraderie within and between the teams shows that carp fishing is something that has great appeal to ladies out there. More and more women are taking up carp fishing in particular, and that is something to be celebrated.”

England will defend their title on home soil next year, but before then, both they and Wales will compete in a tri-nations event, alongside the Netherlands, at Wraysbury in June.