The race is on to be crowned Europe’s best feeder angler! Next year sees the first-ever Feeder Master event, and this week details of the 20 qualifiers have been unveiled by the man behind the series.
Mick Vials, a member of the all-conquering Preston Innovations Engand team from this year’s World Feeder Champs, also revealed that qualifiers will take place in Holland and Ireland as well as England.
The Preston Innovations-sponsored competition will see eliminators in spring and summer 2016, culminating in the weekend final in late September on Kent’s Bough Beech Reservoir where a guaranteed prize pot of £25,000 will be up for grabs.
“This competition really gives anglers a chance to get into feeder fishing,” said Mick. “Qualification will be via 20-peg sections, giving plenty of opportunities to make the final. When it came to choosing qualifier venues, we’ve been open to suggestions and have picked waters with a good proven track record for feeder fishing”
It all begins in late April on Barston Lakes before famous venues including Larford Lakes, the River Trent and Ferry Meadows take their turn for the 60-peg matches. Those Irish events on Loughs Erne and Muckno and the Dutch match will see 90 anglers taking part. Three anglers from each qualifier will then progress to the two-day final on September 24 and 25.
“We were looking for a final venue that offered something special to the competition,” said event organiser Lee Kerry. “In Bough Beech Reservoir I believe we have found that. Having fished the water myself I know the potential it has to offer and following a recent visit we knew we had the right venue for the final. The final will be a two-day competition based on weight so it really is anyone’s to win!”
Entry for qualifiers will be via the Angling Trust website from January 1 2016.