Meeting the England Ladies Squad

England Ladies Squad day

It was not without fear and trepidation that I met up with various members of the England Sea Angling Ladies squad on Southbourne beach for some casting tuition together with a spot of fishing.

The first issue when trying to arrange a meet were the logistics. The Squad comes from all over the UK and there is really no central point to meet that suits everybody. Together with the fact that these talented lady anglers spent a lot of time fishing matches home and abroad

What is not widely known is that these ladies receive no funding to fish for their country and have to rely on their own efforts to raise funds as do all the squads that fish for the country.

 

The first thing you notice about these ladies is their team spirit and the professional way they go about their business.  They all fish matches on different types of venues over different types of ground and have built up a good knowledge on how to fish many of these.

 

Perhaps if they could improve one aspect of their fishing maybe their casting needed a bit of work on.  So this Squad Day was designed to help improve their distance although these ladies are very adept at catching fish in the surf it is nice if they have a distance option.

 

Talking to the squad they all had problems with direction and were worried about crossed lines in matches when anglers are pegged close. I also didn’t realise how at some of the matches these ladies are “psych “out by the male anglers around them which I suspect spurs them on to greater things.

 

I see my role as manager to motivate and make sure that everything is in place for the Home internationals which this year are in North Wales in July which then leaves the ladies to do what they do best and that is catch fish !!   

England Ladies Squad day

 

It was not without fear and trepidation that I met up with various members of the England Sea Angling Ladies squad on Southbourne beach for some casting tuition together with a spot of fishing.

 

The first issue when trying to arrange a meet were the logistics. The Squad comes from all over the UK and there is really no central point to meet that suits everybody. Together with the fact that these talented lady anglers spent a lot of time fishing matches home and abroad

 

What is not widely known is that these ladies receive no funding to fish for their country and have to rely on their own efforts to raise funds as do all the squads that fish for the country.

 

 

 

The first thing you notice about these ladies is their team spirit and the professional way they go about their business.  They all fish matches on different types of venues over different types of ground and have built up a good knowledge on how to fish many of these.

 

 

 

Perhaps if they could improve one aspect of their fishing maybe their casting needed a bit of work on.  So this Squad Day was designed to help improve their distance although these ladies are very adept at catching fish in the surf it is nice if they have a distance option.

 

 

 

Talking to the squad they all had problems with direction and were worried about crossed lines in matches when anglers are pegged close. I also didn’t realise how at some of the matches these ladies are “psych “out by the male anglers around them which I suspect spurs them on to greater things.

 

 

 

I see my role as manager to motivate and make sure that everything is in place for the Home internationals which this year are in North Wales in July which then leaves the ladies to do what they do best and that is catch fish !!   

 

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