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THE REAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS OF FISHING

The biggest and most important sport fishing event on the
planet took place last week in Portugal. More than twenty
different world championship titles were disputed during the
weeklong fishing competitions in Portugal, the host country
for the world championships last week.

The best fishermen in the world, about 2,000 champion
anglers from over sixty countries competed, representing the
nations of Andorra, Angola, Australia, Austria, Belgium,
Belorussia, Bosnia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Channel
Islands, Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark,
Egypt, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Gibraltar, Greece, Holland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy,
Macedonia, Japan, Latvia, Lettonie, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malaysia, Mexico, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand,
Norway, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino,
Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa,
Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tahiti, Tunisia, Ukraine, United
States, Venezuela and Wales finest fishers.

The 2,000 anglers from every continent were vying for the
undisputed world championship titles in freshwater, trout
fishing with artificial bait, trout fishing with natural
bait, bass fishing, carp fishing, flyfishing, shore angling,
boat angling, ocean big game trolling, even scuba hunting
(spearfishing) and surfcasting distance competitions were
disputed in Portugal last week. Most events tended to be
open to all anglers regardless of age or sex, but there were
also events specific to senior anglers, women anglers and
youth world championships too.

The offshore ocean, inshore coastal estuaries, beautiful
sand beaches, rushing rivers, streams, natural lakes and
"barragems" (dams or barraged reservoirs) of Portugal were
the fish-filled playing fields, transforming the maritime
and pastoral expanses of Portugal into the world's largest
fishing arena.

The seven days of ichthyological competition were endcapped
by opening and closing ceremonies rivaling the Olympic
Games. Anglers from every country marched into a fan-filled
stadium in Lisbon, carrying their country's flags, proudly
wearing their national fishing uniforms.

To say this event is the acme of halieutics is an inadequate
understatement. Any competition in the art of angling we
have in North America (or anywhere else) is feeble in
comparison.

So it stands to reason Gary Yamamoto's Team USA was there to
represent us all at the world championships of bass fishing
in Portugal last week. Gary and Beverly Yamamoto, Roland and
Judy Martin, Ron Colby and Joe Jones took on the globe - and
adeptly came in third.

Ron and Joe, Gary and Beverly, Roland and Judy fished as
three two-person teams vying against three other two-person
teams from each other country (a total of 8 countries or 24
teams) who competed for the world bass title. The nations
finished the world bass fishing competition in the following
order: 1) Italy, 2) Portugal, 3) USA, 4) Spain, 5) Mexico,
6) Poland, 7) Russia and 8) Latvia finished the event in
that order.

Ron Colby and Inside Line Assistant Editor Heidi Roth have
constructed a website commemorating the week's events in
Portugal.

http://www.baits.com/team-usa/index.htm

http://www.slideshows.baits.com/cgi-bin/emAlbum2/emAlbum.pl?subfldr=2006-Portugal
 
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