Angling Trust England Ladies manager Dave Brooks has selected one of the strongest line ups of anglers ever assembled for the 2024 Ladies Coarse World Champs, following his assessment day at Makins last weekend.

Retaining their places from last year’s squad are reigning World Champion Helen Dagnall, plus Samantha Sim, Kayleigh Dowd, May Potter, and Leanne Knott.

They’ll be joined by two new anglers earning their first caps for their country in former Ladies National Champ Sarah Taylor, and 2023 National bronze medallist Chloe Raynor.

The England team will be heading over to Portugal in August to take on the searing heat and Mondego River where barbel-like borga, gudgeon, and barbel will be the target species. It’s a venue which has been good to England in the past with team legend Wendy Locker winning individual gold there in the 90s to kick off a medal-laden career.

“The attitude of all the ladies who took part in the assessment day was superb,” revealed Dave, who was assisted on the bank by coach Jason Kirk. “We’ve been keeping an eye on several of the anglers over the winter and it’s clear they have been working hard on silverfish matches and leagues to get themselves the skills to get into the squad.”

Dave revealed that it was also great to see young anglers coming through with 14-year-old Elle Pedrick the standout performer with the best catch of the day with 31lb of silvers.

“The future is certainly strong, and we’ll be working with the younger ones over the next few years to help them make the huge step up from domestic fishing to international level,” added Dave.


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