North Yorkshire's Oaks Fishery unveils £10,000 angling festival

Plans are afoot for the richest festival the matchfishing world has ever seen following news that North Yorkshire complex the Oaks Fishery is planning to run a three-day festival with a top prize of £10,000.

Aimed to be held over the August Bank Holiday weekend, that huge prize would eclipse any on offer for the raft of festivals that run from spring through to autumn in the UK, putting the event alongside Fish O’Mania, the Parkdean Masters and Maver’s Match This event as one of the cash-richest individual matchfishing events in the calendar.

“It would be absolutely fantastic to run a festival with such a big prize fund and I’m in the process of finalising plans with the festival sponsor,” said Oaks Fishery manager Tom Kay.

“Stuart Porter, of HV Power Electrical Systems, who sponsored a couple of the England teams last year, fishes regularly with us and he put up £2,000 for the same festival last year. Our goal for 2011 is to make this the biggest festival in matchfishing.”

“If all goes to plan we hope to get over 100 anglers competing over the three days’ fishing on the Maple and Cedar lakes as well as our three new lakes, Ash, Beech and Sycamore. Anglers will fish sections of 10 and the overall winner will be decided on section points.”

Browning-backed Adam Richards has fished festivals at White Acres competing for top prizes of up to £5,000 and took part in last year’s festival at The Oaks. He reckons the event would be a big hit.

“There is no other festival that you can compete in for such a high prize fund at the moment. I will definitely be interested in fishing the festival if everything goes to plan,” said former Kamasan Matchman of the Year Adam.

“It pushes fishing towards other sports like darts and snooker which have several events with lots of money up-for-grabs. It’s not every day that you find a sponsor willing to put up £10,000 for a three-day festival!”