Carp Team England finished 11th in the world championships after an early gamble didn’t pay off, according to team boss Rob Hughes.
The 2015 winners finished well down the field at the 19th World Carp Fishing Championships on Lade Deseda in Hungary, but Rob hailed it as the “strongest performance” of his three-year tenure.
Ukraine ran away with the event, winning two sections and finishing second in the third.
England had trained on the venue but temperatures during the three-day, 26-team competition were a lot lower and the Three Lions had to adapt.
“We took a gamble at the beginning of the match,” said Rob Hughes.
“It was a brave decision that I stand by, as we fish for gold and anything less is a consolation.
“I knew some of the teams would be incredibly strong following two events that have been fished at Deseda this year, so we developed a tactic that worked very well for big fish.
“In practice we caught consistently. However, in the two weeks between our practice and the event itself the weather dropped by 15 degrees making us question whether to use it.
“We had to try it for the first day, but it didn't work so a change to plan B was required. Our match effectively started on Saturday at midday.”
England regrouped and stormed back up the table, lying 7th at one point, but they couldn’t catch third-placed France or silver medallists Romania.
“Although on paper this is the lowest score we have had since I was appointed manager, I feel that it has been our strongest performance,” said Rob.
“The lads fought with maturity and tenacity, which is exactly what we need.
“Ukraine were outstanding and untouchable, and we knew that both France and Romania would be powerful forces, hence the initial gamble.”
England are next in action in the inaugural Home Nations event next month.