Three of the UK’s top match waters will host the semi-finals of this year’s Angling Times/Bait-Tech Supercup.
Southern teams will do battle at Hampshire’s Gold Valley Lakes on Saturday, July 25 across the Gold, Middle and Syndicate Lakes. These waters are all packed with hard-fighting carp plus a big mix of silverfish.
Saturday, August 1 sees a return to Tunnel Barn Farm in Warwickshire for the Midlands semi. Five lakes are in use to ensure plenty of room and guaranteed impressive weights from F1 hybrids, carp and barbel.
The quest for the final is rounded off on Saturday, August 8 in North Yorkshire as Thirsk fishery Oaks Lakes sees the northern lads slug it out. The established Maple and Alders Lakes will be the host, and after recent stockings, bites are assured across all pegs.
Tunnel Barn match organiser Les Whetton was delighted to be hosting a semi-final again. “When we’ve hosted semis and the final in the past, every angler has enjoyed a brilliant day and only wished they lived a bit nearer so they could keep coming back!” he said.
“New for this year is the High Pool, a snake lake that’s our most recent addition, and it’s crammed with small carp, F1 hybrids, barbel and tench.
"There won’t be a blank, and you’ll need well over 60lb to do any good in most sections.”
Oaks boss Tom Kay was equally enthusiastic. “We’ve put thousands of F1 hybrids into the Alders Lake in the past few years so it’s no longer a case of fishing very long to the island after ide,” he said.
“The margins will be just as important, and match weights last summer were regularly over 100lb with lots of 40lb and 50lb back-up weights.
"With plenty of room, this match should be a cracker.”
SEMI FINAL DETAILS
SOUTHERN SEMI FINAL
When? Saturday, July 25
Where? Gold Valley Lakes, Aldershot, Hampshire
Which lakes? Two sections on the Gold Lake, two sections on the Middle Lake and two sections on the Syndicate Lake
MIDLANDS SEMI FINAL
When? Saturday, August 1
Where? Tunnel Barn Farm, Shrewley, Warwickshire
Which lakes? Two sections on the High Pool and one section each on the Top, Jenny’s, Club and Canal Pools
NORTHERN SEMI FINAL
When? Saturday, August 8
Where? The Oaks Lakes, Sessay, North Yorkshire
Which lakes? Three sections on Maple Lake, three sections on Alders Lake
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