A brand new competition has been launched in a bid to find the country’s greatest lure angler.
The popularity of species such as pike, perch and zander has hit an all-time high in recent months and the industry has now reacted to the upsurge in popularity by creating the Fox Rage British Lure Angling Championships.
Nine qualifiers will be staged at venues across the nation, with entrants fishing in a blind pairs format where they will be teamed up with their partner via a random draw.
The contest is the brainchild of predator expert Julian Chidgey, and he is confident it will be a major success. “This is an exciting new concept and we have selected a variety of venues including canals, rivers and stillwaters to meet everyone’s needs,” he told Angling Times.
“It’s a really exciting time for lure fishing, and we are confident we have a line-up of events and prizes that will attract a large field. The blind pairs element not only makes it fairer but also gives people the chance to fish with other like-minded lure anglers. We are still working on a couple of additional opportunities that have the potential to turn the inaugural event into a real blockbuster!” he added.
Heats commence on April 6 on the Exeter Canal and conclude at Peterborough’s Ferry Meadows on September 21. A decision on where and when the final will be held is yet to be made although it has been revealed that the victors will walk away with a £1,000 cash prize and Sky Sports will also be on hand to film all the action.
Tackle company Fox International have been named official sponsors and the brand’s media manager Lewis Porter said: “With so many people out there lure fishing, it’s a great time to launch the competition and we are very proud to support what will almost certainly be a memorable event.’
Tickets are priced at £25 per qualifier (£5 discount for Lure Angling Society members) and you can find out more details or request an application form by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
April 6 - Exeter Canal
April 13 - Kennet and Avon Canal
May 11 - Grand Union Canal (Midlands)
July 5 - River Thames, Oxford
September 6 - Regents Canal
September 13 - Stainforth and Keadby Canal
September 14 Leeds/Liverpool Canal
September 21 - Ferry Meadows