Home Internationals Holyhead 2012
Jonathan Law Reflects.
Well, What can I say except that a lot of preparation and hard work went into these championships. Special Thanks must Go to Our Manager, the Skippers and the Stewards who gave up their precious time, thank you.
The Team , it was a complete pleasure to fish with and from a personal point of view it was thrilling to see that every single member came together with valuable input, assistance,support and experience, with one mission in mind. As far as teams go and bear in mind this should always be the case, everything ran clockwork and every one gave 100%.
The Fishing, sadly Holyhead was unable to show its full repertoire and the match was run as two hours on anchor in Church bay, followed by two hours again on anchor on the Mussel beds for both days. From my humble experience there, I can say that maintaining a high catch rate was surprisingly difficult for those tides, the fish were a little shy lol ... The Whiting fishing was not as consistent as it has been but the reason for that soon became apparent when the first Spurdog was caught followed by the no longer mysterious bite offs ! Yes Spurs in the bay !!! I'd certainly never seen that before lol.
So the fishing was hard, even the Dogfish were hard to please, fortunately the hard work on tactics and rig selection paid off and at the end of the first day we were in a pretty commanding position, with a good percentage lead and two boat winners out of three. The third boat win being taken by the Irish ... Or should I say their exceptional Irishman, The fella could certainly fish a bit ! :)
Going into day two, we just had to maintain our form and fish hard. Of course we did,no bottlers here lol :) and it was nice to see that we again had two boat wins .... that Irishman again doing the business again on the other boat lol but even he couldn't spoil the party with all of us putting in good percentages.
I only managed a brief look at the final results but it made impressive reading, with a very high total score for Team Wales :) The Irish team (great bunch of lads ), we were really pleased to see them, come in Silver medal position :) .... The English some how managed to sneak into third and the surprising Scots result, 4th a bit of a shock !!! I personally put that down to them spending too much time playing with their electric blenders and stockings on the boat ....... I kid you not !!! lololol :)
To sum up. An excellent result for the whole of Wales, its been a difficult time recently for lots of reasons and if I can speak for the team, I think I can ... We did this thing mainly, For Welsh boat match anglings, greatest asset and friend .. Rob Roberts our Manager, who it would be fair to say has had an awful couple of years on a personal level and as always, wishing him and his family all the best into the future ... (This ones for you Robbie :)
Lastly, I really hope we can use this as a point in time to work from towards a successful future, for both our teams and for Welsh boat match fishing in general ... I believe we have the quality here and the potential to become feared as a nation, in competition ... by every one .. not just the Italians ha ha :)
I'm going to have the WFSA North region Match league information available to you before the end of July. Will be good to keep every ones hand in over the winter months (Nov-March) and also a great opportunity to hopefully bring some new blood onto the match circuit :)
At squad level, in these difficult financial times, any help stroke sponsorship for the nationals teams is invaluable. So if any one knows of any person or organisation, retailer, etc who would be interested in helping the squad in any way, please let some one know ????? Approaches will then be made officially by our manager :) We do already have some good leads ;) and for the future I'm proposing that all Sponsors receive a framed Photo of the Squad, a team polo shirt and a 6 monthly news letter and report, keeping them in 'the loop' for a mutually satisfying and rewarding future.