Fish O'Mania is set to receive a record number of entries this year after the tournament received over 3,000 applications in the opening week.
The big money competition is widely considered as the most prestigious fixture on the match fishing calendar and officials have proved why after anglers across the UK applied for coveted places at the 2015 qualifying events for the £30,000 grand final.
Angling Trust staff have admitted to being inundated with entries and although a high number of applications were anticipated, the early surge has surpassed even their lofty expectations.
“The figures are a lot higher than they were at this point last year and we on course to break records again,” said Sandra Drew, Competitions and Events Manager at the Angling Trust.
“Since its inception in 1994 Fish 0’ Mania has gone from strength to strength and these figures show there are no signs of this positive trend letting up,” she added.
With 2,450 places available, it is almost guaranteed to be oversubscribed, with the total number of individual entries set to beat the 5,700 that were registered for the 2014 campaign.
Matchroom Sport own the rights to the competition and Media Director Luke Riches was equally enthusiastic about the latest development and he told Angling Times: “It’s great news and a testimony to the enduring pulling power of Fish O’Mania.
“Everyone who enters has a chance of getting a ticket and we’re looking forward to a record number of entries this time round.”
Qualifiers will be held at 16 venues throughout the land between April and June, with the winners of each competing in the July 18 final at Staffordshire’s Cudmore Fisheries for the coveted silverware and the huge cash prize.
Anyone wishing to compete has until 4pm on February 3 to launch their submissions, with a computer then randomly selecting the final lists for each heat.
All applicants must be a member of the Angling Trust and you can sign up or apply for tickets by visiting www.anglingtrust.net