Angling Times can this week reveal one of the biggest match fishing competitions ever created in the history of competetive angling.
The all-new County Championships will see every matchman in the UK awarded weekly points for open competitions they fish.
In turn, this will lead to the publication of weekly county league tables of individual anglers, effectively ranking every match fisherman in his home region.
At the end of the league season, the top anglers in each division will compete in a fish-off to determine the five-man county squad. In turn, they will all earn their prestigious county cap and represent their area in the £10,000 All England Final.
Angling Times editor Richard Lee said: “I’ve been in discussions over creating something all-encompassing for almost 12 months.
“This system is simple – virtually every match counts, the sliding points scale for pegs is fair, and over time it gives us an up-to-date weekly league table that pretty much includes every UK matchman. This isn’t a league for the same faces.
“After that, the pride of representing your county takes over and the individual tables take on a team flavour as matchman battle it out in the All England Final. This is a new concept that instills local pride and excitement into competitive fishing.”
The weekly points will automatically be awarded to the top eight finishers in every open event over 10 pegs, but the bigger the match, the more points will be given for finishing in the frame.
Only matches collected by Angling Times’ regional correspondents, or those sent direct to the paper, will be counted.
The event sponsor, regional final venues, and the All England Grand Final are yet to be finalised, although the first national County Champs Lleague Tables will appear in the March 30 edition of Angling Times, which also features UK Match – a FREE monthly magazine dedicated to match angling. Don’t miss it!
“With a team dedicated to running the County Champs, a new free magazine, and a revamped Clubman competition that will see competitors sponsor the England teams, it is quite clear there is only one weekly title that is up to date and takes match angling seriously,” said Richard.
Check out next week’s AT for further details - out March 2nd.