The World Freshwater Angling Championships is a freshwater angling competition. Participating countries fish in teams of six with titles awarded to the team with the highest aggregate weight and for the highest individual weight. Since its inception in 1954, the competition has been staged on rivers, canals and still waters. Currently (2019), the championships have not been held outside Europe. In 1992, Dave Wesson, an Australian, became the only non-European to win the title.For a video history of this major angling event, see External links at the bottom of this page.
Angling is a method of fishing by means of an "angle". The hook is usually attached to a fishing line and the line is often attached to a fishing rod. Modern fishing rods are usually fitted with a fishing reel that functions as a mechanism for storing, retrieving and paying out the line. Tenkara fishing and cane pole fishing are two techniques that do not use a reel. The hook itself can be dressed with bait, but sometimes a lure, with hooks attached to it, is used in place of a hook and bait. A bite indicator such as a float, and a weight or sinker are sometimes used.
A fishing tournament, or derby, is an organised competition among anglers. Fishing tournaments typically take place as a series of competitive events around or on a clearly defined body of water with specific rules applying to each event. They can take place on or along the edge of oceans, lakes, rivers, including ice covered bodies of water.
A river is a natural flowing watercourse, usually freshwater, flowing towards an ocean, sea, lake or another river. In some cases a river flows into the ground and becomes dry at the end of its course without reaching another body of water. Small rivers can be referred to using names such as stream, creek, brook, rivulet, and rill. There are no official definitions for the generic term river as applied to geographic features, although in some countries or communities a stream is defined by its size. Many names for small rivers are specific to geographic location; examples are "run" in some parts of the United States, "burn" in Scotland and northeast England, and "beck" in northern England. Sometimes a river is defined as being larger than a creek, but not always: the language is vague.
|Year||Venue||Individual Champion||kg/lbs||Team Champions||Points|
|1954||2.467 kilograms (5.44 lb)||50|
|1955||2.448 kilograms (5.40 lb)||69|
|1956||1.541 kilograms (3.40 lb)||39|
|1957||8.780 kilograms (19.36 lb)||23|
|1958||8.780 kilograms (19.36 lb)||29|
|1959||6.386 kilograms (14.08 lb)||71|
|1960||2.000 kilograms (4.409 lb)||36|
|1961||3.120 kilograms (6.88 lb)||44|
|1962||3.615 kilograms (7.97 lb)||21|
|1963||4.570 kilograms (10.08 lb)||57|
|1964||5.395 kilograms (11.89 lb)||6|
|1965||3.227 kilograms (7.11 lb)||22|
|1966||5.742 kilograms (12.66 lb)||8|
|1967||9.880 kilograms (21.78 lb)||12|
|1968||3.218 kilograms (7.09 lb)||18|
|1969||4.462 kilograms (9.84 lb)||17|
|1970||4.084 kilograms (9.00 lb)||8|
|1971||3.913 kilograms (8.63 lb)||6|
|1972||9.310 kilograms (20.53 lb)||12|
|1973||3.681 kilograms (8.12 lb)||10|
|1974||5.016 kilograms (11.06 lb)||18|
|1975||10.234 kilograms (22.56 lb)||23|
|1976||8.296 kilograms (18.29 lb)||7|
|1977||3.941 kilograms (8.69 lb)||16|
|1978||1.561 kilograms (3.44 lb)||14|
|1979||2.155 kilograms (4.75 lb)||14|
|1980||16.990 kilograms (37.46 lb)||7|
|1981||1.190 kilograms (2.62 lb)||25|
|1982||0.820 kilograms (1.81 lb)||20|
|1983||0.820 kilograms (1.81 lb)||9|
|1984||0.820 kilograms (1.81 lb)||28|
|1985||6.405 kilograms (14.12 lb)||16|
|1986||3.940 kilograms (8.69 lb)||27|
|1987||2.500 kilograms (5.51 lb)||9|
|1988||7.060 kilograms (15.56 lb)||50|
|1989||15.450 kilograms (34.06 lb)||48|
|1990||2.665 kilograms (5.88 lb)||6|
|1991||12.215 kilograms (26.93 lb)||44|
|1992||8.820 kilograms (19.44 lb)||94|
|1993||6.945 kilograms (15.31 lb)||49|
|1994||8.500 kilograms (18.74 lb)||92|
|1995||6.405 kilograms (14.12 lb)||23|
|1996||3.940 kilograms (8.69 lb)||36|
|1997||19.711 kilograms (43.46 lb)||56.5|
|1998||9.726 kilograms (21.44 lb)||61|
|1999||54.110 kilograms (119.29 lb)||34|
|2006||10.105 kilograms (22.28 lb)||61|
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