The 20 fun-loving sportsmen armed with their trusty rods and bait descended on Lamby Lake, Cardiff for the two-day Carp Nations competition. Over a 48-hour period the fishing fanatics split into two teams of 10 English anglers and 10 Welsh angels to see who could catch the most carp.
All monies raised were present to LATCH, a voluntary organisation that supports the special requirements of the Children's Oncology Centre in Wales that is based at the Children’s Hospital for Wales. The funds will be used to help affected families and to promote continued research into childhood cancer.
This exciting new event generated a great deal of interest and support. As well as local anglers, representatives from across the UK including both the Carp Society and Angling publications were delighted to attend.
For the competitors the weekend started early with a chance to meet up before the event at The Wharf public house in Cardiff Bay on the eve of the competition and raised £200 with a charity raffle. This was just an appertiser for the main event of their fishing marathon. Each angler raised money through sponsorship, to fish the event and a massive £3,000 was raised for LATCH.
Lamby Lake Manager Richard Bennewith of Llantrisant said: “The first Carp Nations tournament was a huge success not only in the money raised but also in the event itself with all the anglers having an enjoyable weekend with Lamby lake. The lake produced over 500lb of carp with twelve fish over the 20lb mark and one fish just falling short of 30lb.”
The biggest fish was a mirror carp named Halfmoon at 29.07lb to Peter Battiscombe. After his great start out of the blocks for Wales it left England playing catch up for the rest of the match. Even with Matthew Burnett for England trying his best to beat his good friend Battiscombe landing Frodo a stunning common carp at 28.12lb it was not enough to secure England a win.
So when the match finished at 12noon on Sunday, Wales had secured a triumphant win over the English team. Wales having caught 19 carp weighing in at 322.01lb and England managing a total of 14 fish with a total weight of 224.02lb.
Denise Henderson, LATCH co-ordinator, visited the lake to thank the anglers for their outstanding contribution to the organisation. Ms Henderson was presented with a cheque from Richard Bennewith, who organised the The Carp Nations tournament and congratulated all those that had contributed and given up their time to make the event the success it was.
After huge thanks was given to all the anglers and also to the companies involved: Lamby Lake, BM Baits, Gary Evans tackle, First4leisure, The Carp Society and Carp angling publications and to Cardiff City Council for kindly allowing fishing on the lake out of season.