This year’s Angling Times Team Championships Final will be fished on a new venue following discussions between Angling Times and event organiser Ken Wade.
The fish-packed Willen and Furzton Lakes in Milton Keynes will be the new hosts for the prestigious match on September 11, replacing the River Nene through Peterborough that in recent years has suffered badly from clear water, weed and lack of flow.
That bad form brought dissention from teams fishing the event, with some having threatened to not fish the final itself due to the problems, and as reticent as he is to make the decision, Ken feels the Nene has run its course as a final venue and the time is right to make the move to the lakes.
“The work that Peterborough DAA has put into the river before finals has been tremendous, but I think it has now become too much for just a few to clear the river to give all anglers a chance to at least run their float through,” Ken said.
“It will be a sad day to see the match moved off the Nene because it’s my local river and I know how many fish are in the place, but it does look as if it’s run its course and a fresh new venue like the Milton Keynes Lakes will give the event a boost.”
The two lakes hold plenty of roach and skimmers, as proved in last year’s Veterans World Champs, as well as big bream, tench and carp, and Ken is confident that the change of venue will mean no team that makes the final will have a distinct advantage – unlike previous years.
“The lakes are something completely different, but are still a venue that will need a combination of angling skills to succeed, and we’ve decided to dispense with running open matches leading up to the big day, instead leaving the teams to work out the tactics they feel they will need to employ should they wish to practice,” Ken added.
“There are quite a few details to iron out, but I am genuinely excited about the move and hope our link-up with such a big and well run club as Milton Keynes is as successful as the one we enjoyed with the Peterborough DAA.”