A £30,000 knockout competition, the biggest prize in UK fishing, is set to rock the world of match angling in 2010.
The PegMasters UK Open Championship will be unlimited in terms of numbers of anglers and venues participating, with qualifiers progressing to quarter-finals, semi-finals and a 25-peg grand finale. It’s being organised by Delta-Echo, producer of The Casting Couch, angling’s new chat show, and also includes plans for a 48-hour carp match, with £10,000 going to the winner.
Anglers are being asked to urge their local fisheries to register for free to host qualifiers for the tournament, which can be integrated into normal open matches at venues, provided at least 10 anglers have paid their PegMasters entry fee of £13.
Highlights from the quarter-finals, semi-finals and £30,000 final are to be screened on Setanta Sports as anglers pit their wits against each other for the richest prize in fishing in Britain, an accolade currently held jointly by the £25,000 on offer at Fish O’ Mania and the Parkdean Masters final at White Acres.
The brains behind PegMasters are Ashley Sims, producer of The Casting Couch, and Scottish international angler Jamie Masson, himself a twice UK individual champion. Jamie believes the concept of the knockout competition makes it accessible for all anglers.
“Fisheries don’t have to run separate PegMasters qualifiers as they run as open matches. For every 10 people who fish, one person will qualify for the next stage and get a step closer to that big cheque. It’s very cost effective, with anglers paying £13 for a month’s unlimited entry to any qualifiers and fisheries will receive promotion for the matches through the angling press and The Casting Couch on Setanta Sports,” said Jamie.
Steve Ringer has scooped £25,000 in both the Fish O’ Mania and Parkdean Finals, but remains sceptical about new competitions like this.
“Sometimes they can be too good to be true, look at how quickly goldenpeg.com was suspended. Fish O’ Mania has an Angling Trust official at every match, but PegMasters relies very much on honesty for fisheries to give the correct attendance figures and they will have to police and organise the qualifiers themselves,” he said.
How it works
Anglers pay £13 for a month’s subscription to PegMasters, entitling them to enter unlimited qualifiers in that month.
A match at a fishery will be compatible for the competition if a) The fishery has registered and b) at least 10 PegMasters’ subscribers are fishing.
One person goes through to the quarter-finals per 10 anglers. So if the match has 19 competitors, the winner qualifies but if 20 fish, the top two go through and so on.
The number of anglers
getting though in the quarter-final and semi-final stages will be finalised when entries have been received, but is expected to be around 10 per cent.
The number of finalists has been set at 25.
Results and qualifiers will be updated to a software programme on the PegMasters website which is being constructed.