England’s women’s team came third in the inaugural Women’s World Carp Cup.
The tense 72-hour event at Villeneuve de la Rhao saw hosts France take top spot ahead of Romania, who finished level on points with England but beat the Lionesses on combined weight.
In all, England’s three pairs caught 28 fish for 613lb and had two third places and a second place in their sections.
Winners France had two section wins and a second place, catching 80 fish for over 1,500lb.
England manager Rob Hughes said: “France were outstanding in every way and made the most of their home advantage. They absolutely deserved gold.
“Romania and England were very evenly matched and it was virtually impossible to call who would win between the two teams.
“In the end it was Romania who won, but a couple of extra fish for us and it would have gone the other way.
“We certainly can’t grumble with the result and it shows how good also how even the level of competition is.
“All of the teams from all of the showed a fantastic spirit of fair play and battle hard for their countries.”
England were captained by Bev Clifford and the squad included Ellen Beedham, Theresa Biggs, Sam Hoskins, Kellie Margerisson, Becky Sharman, Tania Williams and Lyn Worster. Miranda Brown and Jane Henthorn completed the management team.