County Champs - let the battle commence

Angling Times can this week reveal that the Shimano County Championships, a smash hit in its first year, will run again for 2010/11...and it all starts this week!

Rewarding every UK open match angler who frames in matches of 10 pegs and above, the event went down a storm in its short six-month run earlier this year. And with matches from the weekend just gone marking the start of the new event, the point scoring will continue until the end of July 2011, taking in open matches, qualifiers and league events.

Shimano is once again pledging its backing and Angling Times will be publishing league tables every week so you can chart your progress, coupled with Go Fishing which each month will break down the scoring. There, you can see at a glance who scored their points in which week of action.

“The event was a bit of a leap of faith for both anglers and ourselves as nothing of its kind had ever been attempted before,” said AT editor Richard Lee. “Once people got to grips with how things ran, the excitement and interest grew and grew and so many anglers said they loved the competition ¬ in fact, we’ve had stacks of calls and emails asking when it’s all going to start again!

“Last weekend was the first for scoring in the new event and that will go all the way into July next year and include Nationals, Fish O’Mania qualifiers and run-of-the-mill open events, meaning whatever you’re fishing, you’ve got the chance to score points,” Richard continued.

“We’ve also got lots of interesting new innovations and improvements for the event as the weeks go by and we’ll be unveiling those over the next month as the final touches are completed.”