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2014 World Carp Championships, Romania

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The USAngling group & The United States Freshwater Fishing Federation (USF3) are proud to announce the 2014 USA Team for 16th World Carp Fishing Championships!

Tony Forte of USAngling/USF3 expains, "This is our first ever carp team. We are very excited to compete with the world's best carp anglers this fall in Romania. Carp angling interest has exploded in recent years here in the U.S. This team will be our opportunity to show off our best carp anglers on the world stage. One of our short term goals for USAngling and USF3 is to host the Carp World Championship event here in the U.S. We have some truly amazing carp fisheries in the U.S. that anglers from across the globe are wanting to fish. Bear in mind that we are referring to Common Carp, not the invasive Asian species that are causing trouble in the Mississippi watershed. These invasive asian species are not allowed in these championships. Common Carp are truly one of the world's greatest sportfish, combining size, strength, stamina, and a wary nature. Catching large Carp is a challenge that Team USA is looking forward to. We hope that we can surprise the other nations at this championships, and Team USA is preparing to do just that! We would love to see some medals hanging from our carper's necks..."

Team USA will comprise of six anglers at the 2014 World Carp Championships, to be held in mid-October in Romania.

The 2014 US Team has been selected using a Trials process, and the Anglers are:

August Wells

Kevin Olivier

Sean Lehrer

Ivelin Petrov

Mihai Aciu

Lee Young (Captain)

The Trials selection process covered a rigorous series of tests, designed to ensure that the Anglers selected would be able to compete against the very best Carp Fishing Teams in the World. As Lee Young (USF3 Carp Program Manager and Captain of the Team USA Carp Squad) explained, "The Anglers need to be able to cast very long distances, with extreme accuracy, over the 72 hours of this Endurance Event. So, the tests were designed to not only confirm that the Anglers who qualified could cast a minimum of 150 yds, but that they could hit the same spot at the beginning and end of the trials."

"During the event, each Angler will need to take rest breaks, so training for muscle memory is a key part of each Anglers follow-up training. Everyone who passed the trials had to practice and work hard to complete the tests with a high score, but we all know that the Trials were just the start; training will be harder, as the Championship itself will be a tough test of both skills and endurance!"

Young has spent many weeks and traveled thousands of miles each year since 2011, scouting likely Anglers as they competed in US Carp Tournaments, then following up with interviews, and culminating in the Trials themselves. "I originally started trying to hold Qualifier Events, but there wasn't much interest from the US Carp Tournament Anglers, and I couldn't fill a single Qualifier with enough entries to make it a "fair Test", Young explained. "It's understandable; why should Anglers change from money-winning US methods, to fish a Qualifier geared around different rules and methods, in order to qualify for a World Championship with no cash prizes? I think attitudes will slowly change, as the first US Carp Team travels to Romania later this year. People here have no concept of how BIG the World Carp Championship is in other Countries. Once we've taken the first US Team to a World Carp Championship, I think the interest will grow, and hopefully we will be able to attract more Sponsors to help cover our costs for future years."

Each Angler is required to raise money towards their travel costs, while Young and the USF3 is working with potential Sponsors to secure financial aid, bait, and the specialist fishing gear needed to compete at the highest level. In addition, Young confirmed that each of the selected Anglers has already made significant financial contributions, just to travel to the Trials and Training Sessions already held, with more planned for this year. "The most exciting part of the selection process was seeing the Team Commitment", commented Young. "Every Angler has demonstrated his willingness to learn new skills, or retrain old skills, as everyone is very eager for TeamUSA to succeed. There's no talk about what an individual wants, everyone is concerned about what's best for the Team. We've had one of the guys travel to Romania, to test rigs and baits, and everyone involved has already put in hundreds of hours and thousands of miles to prepare for the World Championship. This is the first US Team to fish this event, so we are trying to plan and prepare well in advance, to be as competitive as possible in Romania."

The USF3 will be making further announcements in the near future, as the Coaches, Reserves, Logistic Support Team, and Delegates are selected. Carp Anglers who are interested in the Qualification and Trials process for Team USA Carp Squads for 2015, please contact Lee Young (lee_s_young@yahoo.com). Please also see our Facebook page (facebook.com/usangling) for regular updates about all TeamUSA activities (Don't forget to "like" our page). Anyone interested in Sponsoring Team USA Carp Squad, please contact Lee Young, or select the Donate Button on the USF3 Website: www.usangling.org. All Donations are handled by the United Charitable Programs (UCP), a 501©3 management organization, as the charitable and fiscal host for the USF3.

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Good luck all. Fishing big events in Romania both in '99 and '02 were both great experiences. So not only do well, but enjoy the adventure as well. ;)

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Thanks, and anyone who is interested in discovering what it takes to be in the Team USA Carp Squad, please pm me, or email me at lee_s_young@yahoo.com. If I can ever figure out how to respond to Pm's on my iPad (I have one from yesterday, but now it's showing as deleted???), I'll get back to you individually there, or send you a link to the Facebook page where we are storing all the rules, etc.

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