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Scottish sea angling bosses yesterday launched a recruiting drive.

They are looking for fresh faces to build a strong pool for matches later this summer.

Kirkcaldy-based Mike Horn, president of the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers, said they have coaches and equipment in place.

And they would be pleased to hear from experienced anglers and also beginners who want to learn a new sport at to take it to the highest level.

The home internationals against Wales, England and Ireland are later this summer in Ireland and Horn said that beginners would be developed at a steady pace.

The national coach is Kevin Lewis from Dundee who is currently in South Africa fishing for Scotland in the world championships against 18 other countries.

Horn said “We are recruiting for the Scotland ladies team and we have a few in the squad from Glasgow, the West of Scotland, two from Edinburgh and several from Kirkcudbright and even a lady from Cumbria who qualifies as a Scot.
“However, need to build a stronger pool to allow for team members that can’t travel for any reason.
“We have a couple of top senior internationalists who have taken over the team so coaching will be of the highest order. 
“The aim is to get a team in Ireland for the Home internationals this summer.”

He added “Experience is not important, it is enthusiasm and the willingness to learn that is.
“The fishing this year in Ireland will be mainly flounders so fishing will be only 30 to 40 yards out.
“We can teach that cast really quickly then its all about the rigs and bait techniques.”

Anybody interested should contact Ian Napier, the secretary/administrator of the Scottish Federation of Sea Anglers, 22 Pitreavie Place, Kirkcaldy, KY2 6JX or call 01592 591882 or 07905 501283.

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