CHAMPION EFFORT: Kingaroy angler Matthew Langford celebrates after a hard day on the water Lake Hartwell, South Carolina in the USA. Picture: Contributed
CHAMPION EFFORT: Kingaroy angler Matthew Langford celebrates after a hard day on the water Lake Hartwell, South Carolina in the USA. Picture: Contributed

Angler hooks place in top 10 at world championships

FISHING:KINGAROY angler Matthew Langford said it was bitter sweet to return home after he came so close to achieving a podium finish at a championship in the USA.

Last year Langford qualified for the Bass National World Fishing Championship held at South Carolina after he hooked the title of Australian Angler of the Year.

“There were more than 11 nations who travelled to the competition,” Langford said.

“It was very, very close, so it was really awesome to get as far as I did.

Langford said the ultimate goal was to make the top three because they qualify would for another global tournament.

“It’s like the Superbowl of fishing,” Langford said.

“By the end of day two I was coming third overall.

“Then in the last day I ended up coming 8th out of 116 competitors.

“For an aussie to make it to the top 10 is huge considering we only have Australian Bass Fish here.

“As I got so close to the top, it only makes me more hungry to go back again and have another crack at it,” he said.

It was Langford’s first time competing professionally in the USA and said that fishing was quite similar all around the world.

“It’s pretty serious through out the day but then when you get off the water, everyone wants to have a beer and a catch up about the day,” he said.

Matthew and Annette Langford are patiently waiting for the arrival of their first baby in January. Picture: Will Hunter
Matthew and Annette Langford are patiently waiting for the arrival of their first baby in January. Picture: Will Hunter

Away from fishing, it is also an exciting time for Langford and his wife, Annette Lanford, who will be welcoming a new baby in the new year in January.

He said his main priority would be making sure his family was healthy and then would start plan his next steps in the world of professional fishing.

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