Although putting any pole under this amount of pressure cannot be advised, we still feel that this striking image of Alan Scotthorne’s Acolyte Carp pole placed under immense strain shows why he rates it so highly!
The fish was a foul-hooked barbel, hooked with pink Carp Bungee elastic in six metres of raging flood water during the World Championship in Croatia. The fish sadly shed the hook, but the pole still came out of the fight completely unscathed, much to an astonished crowd’s disbelief!
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Picture courtesy of Practicni Ribolov magazine.
The conclusion of this three-part World Championship special looks back at the drama and celebrations from the final day.
Yet more unseasonal rain hampered this event as the watercourse continued to rise! Umbrellas were out in force in the morning, but it never dampened the spirits of the watching crowd. Home nation Croatia were lying joint second after Day One and stood a great chance of being crowned champions on home soil. They had Serbia, the Netherlands and the Czech Republic to fend off if they were to achieve that feat…
Continuing our in-depth look at the 2014 World Championship, we move onto the action from Day One.
Yet more heavy overnight rain meant Croatia’s Dubrava Canal had risen at least another 30cm overnight, so the anglers were sat further back up the slope, with the prospect of it rising even further during the day.
An estimated 10,000 spectators turned out in force to watch this prestigious event. There would have been much more had the weather forecast been good! It shows just how popular fishing is in Croatia and it was great to witness.