Female duo hours away from taking carp fishing's richest prize.
With less than 24 hours to go in the world’s biggest carp match the excitement level couldn’t be higher, as anglers speculate over this year’s winning pair. In the hot seat this year are Netherlands pair Bianca Venema and Lizette Beunders, who could just be hours away from taking home the biggest prize in carp fishing. Lizette and Bianca have been in first position for virtually the entire match, with their unique baiting strategy and hard work paying dividends from the very start, the duo have been catching consistently throughout.
Nic Brown, the events official media partner, commented: "It has certainly been impressive to watch as they go about their task with such determination. In all the conditions that this incredible lake has thrown at them they have stayed resolute and now they are within touching distance of making history.
"As a journalist out on the bank my fingers and toes are permantly crossed. As the sport of carp fishing evolves it seems to have left behind the fairer sex and is still almost 100 per cent a male-dominated sport. This incredible performance should and will catapult female angling into the limelight, give it the coverage it deserves and show potential and current lady carpers what can be achieved; in short it is great for angling and I am thoroughly enjoying being here to witness it.
"The Dutch lady pairing are sponsored by Dynamite Baits and I asked European Marketing and Sales Manager Daryll Hodges what his feelings were about his all-female pairing taking home the trophy:
'I am hugely excited about what these two ladies are on the brink of achieving and 100 per cent feel that this will be a turning point for carp angling, by doing what they are doing on such an incredibly demanding lake is proof enough that there is room for women to enjoy this great sport and that there are no limitations on what they can achieve.'
"Only time will tell if Lizette and Bianca can hold on and keep those fish coming, we all know how cruel carp fishing can be at times. Wherever they finish though it will be very close to top spot and the Dynamite pairing will certainly have made a powerful statement, female anglers can match the men, they have no limitations and they should be taken seriously".