Hooter robs team of valuable fish and a possible third place.
At the end of the first day of the World Feeder Champs 2012 it’s been revealed that England could well have been sitting in third place had it not been for terrible luck for one of the team members.
Darren Cox, fishing in ultra-tough E Section, spent nearly four hours desperately looking to find the bream he needed for good points.
With just 32 seconds of the match to go he managed it, hooking into his first and only bream of the day. However, international rules dictate that hooking the fish within the match times is not enough; the fish must be clear of the water before the hooter sounds for it to count.
Although trying his best to get the fish to his waiting landing net, just before the bream hit the rim the hooter went, voiding the catch and robbing England of an estimated seven points on the scoreboard and a top-three place after Day One. Instead, a distraught Darren finished 19th in section and his England team fifth overall. It's all to play for tomorrow!