Fisherman representing England at world championships
Copyright: Archant 2019
Fisherman Roger Cunnington is living his dream by representing England at the fourth annual Sport Fishing World Championships.
The 57-year-old, from Cromer, started fishing when he was just five and owns so many rods, reels and rigs, which he keeps in his fishing shed, he does not know the exact number.
He is part of a six-man Master Shore fishing team, from Norfolk, including five fishermen and a manager, that will represent England in South Africa next week.
There are several categories of teams in the competition with about 30 members of the England men and ladies’ team. About 50 countries will be taking part.
The self-employed carpet fitter said: “We will be fishing for two weeks and hope to bring some medals back.
“The opening ceremony will be in Johannesburg.
“I started fishing at five. When we were at school we would go down to the beach and fish and have some fun, and then when we were a little bit older, we fished on Cromer pier.
“I’m very excited to represent my country but a little bit anxious. It’s a huge privilege.”
To qualify for the competition, he had to be a member of the Angling Trust, and complete a fishing CV, listing all the matches he has played in the last year. He has competed in Belgium and Holland but never in South Africa.
Asked to name his top 10 fishing tips, the grandfather-of-four said he could not, and added: “It’s all about attention to detail and using the right gear. I make my own rigs for competitions. And it depends on which beach you are fishing on. On the east coast we fish for whitings, dabs, flounders, and the odd cod and bass.
“I rarely fish on Cromer beach because it’s too rocky. My favourite beach to fish at is Trimingham. I fish twice a week and I also belong to several clubs, including my local, the Norfolk Angling Club at West Runton.
“It’s something I enjoy doing. I enjoy the solitude of being on the beach on my own. It’s beautiful, whether the sea’s rough or calm.”