(Full version of a story which first appeared in The Herald in March 2008)

THE organisers of sea angling in Scotland are struggling to land a team of youngsters to fish for their country against world champions England and the other home nations. Just four juniors, aged 12-16 have been recruited for the Scottish team of six to face England, Ireland and Wales at Samphire Hoe near Dover this summer.

Mike Horn, president of the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers, said today:

“We have only about three weeks before we start preparations and seeking sponsorship. It is very disappointing that only four candidates have come forward so far.

“Ireland selects from 300 children, Wales has about 40 vying for a place while England take a team of eight away for specialist coaching weekends and as a result are world champions.

“We have to cobble something together yet manage to turn in respectable results. But it does seem to be indicative of how we approach sport in this country.”

Horn said the Federation was looking for youngsters who were already able to fish on their own initiative and possessed their own tackle. “We will provide some tackle, tuition on style, rigs and bait presentation.

“It is a unique opportunity to travel away to represent your country and the status of being a junior international angler should not be forgotten,” he added.

Budding anglers should contact Mike Horn at the Federation office on 01592 657520.