2015 Bank Home International, Woodford, Carrickfergus, N. Ireland
Scotland win a close contest
- Scotland – 14 fish – 133 place pts – 15140 fish pts
- England – 13 fish – 152 place pts – 13180 fish pts
- Ireland – 12 fish – 163 place pts – 11760 fish pts
- Wales – 5 fish – 235 place pts – 5060 fish pts
Top Individual: James Stephenson (England) 4 fish – 5 place pts – 4400 fish pts
The 2015 Bank Home International was fished at Woodford Fly Fishery, Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland between Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales on Wednesday 14th October.
This event was hosted by the Trout Anglers Federation of Ireland (TAFI), with support from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL), Stena Line, and the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.
Sunday 11th October – Arrival and Registration of Teams at The Loughshore Hotel, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim
Monday 12th October – Official Morning & Afternoon Practice Sessions
Tuesday 13th October – Official Morning Practice Session
Wednesday 14th October – Morning Session (3 hours) + Afternoon Session (3 hours), followed by International Dinner & Presentations
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AT Team England FF was represented by Simon Robinson (Captain), Craig Barr, Phil Dixon, Conor Metcalf, James Stephenson, Richard Slater, Ed Foster (Reserve) & Alan Jenkins (Manager).
Manager Alan Jenkins reports: England got off to a fast start in the afternoon, with eventual individual winner James Stevenson, into 2 fish quickly. It was going to be tight with every fish so valuable. However Ireland had a better afternoon but the morning lead was enough to see Scotland home. The results were announced after what seemed a long wait and then it was official, Scotland first with 14 fish, England 13 fish, Ireland 12 fish and Wales 5 fish. John Brown had longest fish at 57.1 cms, top individual was James Stephenson followed by Alan Hill and Phil Dixon England. Fewer blanks and a superb size of fish helped Scotland achieve its 3rd Gold medal in 6 years at these Championships. Team plan of sticking to flies in the team box ensured all team members contributed to result. Next year we go back to Garnffrwd Fishery in South Wales.
Team England would like to thank our sponser John Grantz www. Grantz .co.uk for providing the team clothing.
Full Match Report by Alan Jenkins: Angling Trust Report template for Competitions
2014 Bank Home International, Chatton, Northumberland
Ireland won the recent 2014 Bank International fished on Ross and Dunnydeer Lakes at Chatton Trout Fishery, Alnwick, Northumberland, just nine placing points ahead of England. A good start by Ireland in the morning session was followed by England narrowing the gap in the afternoon. Top individual and captor of the largest fish at 63cms was AT Team England FF’s Ryan Matthews.
1. Ireland 111 placing pts 36 fish 58.0 longest fish 37340 fish pts
2. England 120 placing pts 39 fish 63.0 longest fish 39740 fish pts
3. Wales 176 placing pts 23 fish 56.4 longest fish 23540 fish pts
4. Scotland 193 placing pts 22 fish 59.0 longest fish 22500 fish pts
Full Results: 2014 Bank International Results
The AT Team England FF Bank Team was:
Chris Micallef (Captain); Rob Frame; Ryan Matthews, Bernie Maher; Mark Harrison; Steve Cochrane; and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
The team was supported by Team Clothing sponsor John Grant of Grantz Custom Fishing Clothing http://www.Grantz.co.uk
AT TEFF Manager Alan Jenkins reports:
Teams had been practising since the weekend at the superb Chatton fishery. Using Dunnydeer and Ross Lakes the fishing was very consistent and challenging. 120 fish were caught in total on competition day, rod average 5 fish per rod. Weather had been blustery during practice and the fishing challenging, until competition day and the wind dropped, temperatures rose and the teams targeted rising fish. After the morning session Ireland had a narrow lead over England with Scotland and Wales a little distance behind. A consistent team effort saw Ireland maintain their lead to secure the ‘Founding Nations Cup’.
Team Ireland Campbell Baird (Captain) Brian Kerr, Harry McAteer, Joe Quinn, Conor Cunningham, Hubert Smith and Manager Darren Wallace. Individual Winner Ryan Matthews England – 10 fish – 5 Place Points – 10,640 Fish Points Longest Fish: Ryan Matthews England with a fish of 63cms
Chatton fishery proved to be excellent hosts with superb facilities complimenting the close competition, and my sincere thanks to Roger and his wife Ali.
2014 Bank International Team
Terry Phillips (Captain); Rob Frame; Ryan Matthews, Bernie Maher; Mark Harrison, Chris Micallef; Steve Cochrane; and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
They will represent AT Team England FF at the Bank International in October at Chatton Trout Fishery, Alnwick, Northumberland.
In preparation for the International a squad day was held at Chatton on Saturday 29th March. Roger Brown, owner and host of Chatton Fishery, and his wife Ali, hosted the day and kept us supplied with bacon & egg sandwiches, team & coffee. The Team fished Ross lake and Dunnydeer lake, with all the team catching. The biggest fish was caught by Graham Robinson, who accompanied the team and supplied the photographs.
2013 Bank Home International
23rd October, Lochter fishery, Inveruie, Aberdeenshire
1st Scotland – 100 total placings – 56 fish – 64.0 longest fish – 53740 fish points
2nd England – 111 total placings – 51 fish – 68.8 longest fish – 48460 fish points
3rd Ireland – 193 total placings – 24 fish – 51.5 longest fish – 23180 fish points
4th Wales – 199 total placings – 24 fish – 46.1 longest fish – 21840 fish points
Top rod: Steve Corsar (Scotland) 12 fish – 10920 fish points
Team England FF were represented by: Phil Dixon (Captain); Glen Appleby; Howard Croston; Rob Frame; Tim Gilchrist (Reserve); Gordon Swain; Andy Taylor; and Alan Jenkins (Manager).
Team outfits were supplied by clothing sponsor John Grant of Grantz Clothing.
Congratulations once again to Scotland for another Home International victory.
Report by Manager Alan Jenkins: Stillwater Bank International 23rd October 2013
Full Results: 2013 International Bank Results
The Team England FF Bank Team for 2013 will be (right):
They will represent Team England FF at the Bank International in October at Lochter fishery, Inveruie, Aberdeenshire. Here they are (below) at a recent team squad day at Seighford Lakes, along with Jim Tuck, Bank Organiser, and Clothing Sponsor John Grant from Grantz Clothing, who supplied the team outfits.
England win 2012 Bank International in Wales
England convincingly won the Bank International at Garnffrwd fishery in South Wales by a record margin with a tremendously consistent team performance over two sessions. The team consisted of Simon Robinson as captain with team members Terry Phillips, Dean Appleby, Phil Dixon, Jim Tuck and Mark Harrison, with Andy Taylor as reserve and Alan Jenkins as team manager.
Full report: Bank International 2012
Full results: 2012 Bank International Results
1st England total placings – 88 (76 fish)
2nd Scotland total placings – 158 (51 fish)
3rd Wales total placings – 163 (50 fish)
4th Ireland total placings – 194 (41 fish)
1st Terry Phillips (England) – total placings – 3 (19 fish)
2nd Dean Appleby (England) – total placings – 3 (17 fish)
3rd Stephen Corsar (Scotland) – total placings – 9 (13 fish)
4th Brian Kerr (Ireland) – total placings – 10 (14 fish)
5th Matthew Jones (Wales) – total placings – 12 (13 fish)
6th Simon Robinson (England) – total placings – 12 (12 fish)
7th Phil Dixon (England) – total placings – 14 (12 fish)
8th Jim Tuck (England) – total placings – 14 (11 fish)
2012 Bank International Team
Alan Jenkins (Manager); Simon Robinson (Captain) from Whickham, Tyne & Wear; Dean Appleby, Peterlee, Co Durham; Terry Phillips, Bursclough, Lancashire; Jim Tuck, Ashington, Northumberland; Phil Dixon, Seighford, Staffordshire; Mark Harrison, Walsall, West Midlands; and Andy Taylor (Reserve), Stafford, Staffordshire.
2011 Bank International, Barfinnihy Lake, Kenmare, Ireland
Final results are:
1. Scotland 146 placing points
2. Ireland 179
3. England 190
4. Wales 203
Total Fish caught: 45
Top Individual: Terry Kelly (Ireland) 8 place points
Best Fish: Lee Patten (Wales) 50cms
Top England rod: Davey Parker 6th (25 placing points)
Team England Bank Squad Day
Ed Foster, a late replacement to the team, was unable to join us, as was Dave Parker who was representing England in the Czech Republic.
Soon we all set out to try for the hard-fighting brown trout stocked in the reservoirs. First to find a good fish of a pound and a half was Mike Dixon, who had travelled up from Crewe that morning.
At lunch time we all headed off to the Moorcock Inn, where we were greeted by the welcome sight of juicy bacon rolls and thick homemade chips. After the excellent lunch a brief team talk as given by Team Manager Alan Jenkins, followed by a presentation of Team England shirts and badges to the new Internationals Bart Farmer and Rob Frame.
Smiddyshaw Reservoir was our afternoon venue, when we were again greeted with strong sunshine and even stronger winds. However, we persevered for a few hours longer before deciding to call it a day.
Preparations are now well in hand for the second Bank International, which will be held on the 19th October 2011 in Ireland. The organisers are the Trout Anglers Federation Ireland (TAFI), who will be our hosts for this event.
22 years old, from Peterlee in the North East of England, Glen’s interest in fly fishing began when he was 10, and he has always received encouragement from his father Peter. He qualified for the England bank team last year for the first Bank International, and is back in the side again for 2011. “I love all types of fly-fishing methods and my tip is to try to find the depth the fish are at, and to adapt.”
Since he started fishing in 2000, Mike has belonged to the same 6-man team, qualifying for the finals of every competition bar three! He’s also represented England in Loch Style Internationals 5 times, and made it to two Rivers Nationals. “As you know, we won the Airflo Team final last year, and I finished as the top individual. I’ve also won the Hanningfield Masters.”
Ed is well known for owning and operating Elinor Trout Fishery, voted in Trout Fisherman as the best medium-sized water in the UK, and a regular venue for the Airflo Classic Final. He has represented his country four times in Loch-style Internationals (at Lough Owel, Trawsfyndd – twice – and Loch Leven), and will be captaining the side in the Autumn International at Grafham.
In Bart’s own words, he “Never stops fishing”. Despite only starting in 2004, he’s put the hours in, getting out at least twice a week, on the small waters through the winter and the reservoirs the rest of the time. A member of the Rib Valley and Hanningfield clubs, he is usually well placed in most of their competitions. As for international experience, “From 1988 to 1998 I competed at the highest level in the sport of pro paintball”.
An electrical estimator from Newcastle upon Tyne, Rob has 41 years’ experience to call on, and is currently a member of the 3-man North East Fly Fishers Team. His ambition has always been to fish for England with some of the top anglers in the country, to learn and become a better angler. “My favourite style of fishing? Top of the water with dries or straight lining a team of buzzers or nymphs.”
Dave started competition fishing in 1991, winning lots of local events before landing the team gold in the 2001 Airflo Classic. In the same year he won team gold in the European and team silver at Loch Leven. He’s since followed this by winning the Rivers National, along with more appearances in Rivers Internationals, Europeans, and his first World Championships in Finland 2007. “I started with my Dad and Uncle, at the age of 6, fishing my local rivers – Tweed, Till, Teviot, Coquet and Pont.”
(Images supplied courtesy of Graham Robinson of GRP)