See Steve Ringer's fishing masterclass at Tacklefest 2009

If you’re looking to improve your ability on commercial waters, then Steve Ringer’s in-depth displays on the demo pool at this year’s Tacklefest should not be missed.

The former Fish O’Mania and Parkdean Masters champion, who is renowned for his phenomenal success rate on commercial carp waters, will be explaining how to fish a variety of float and feeder techniques over the weekend.

Hot tactics including long pole fishing and pellet waggler will be displayed by the Shimano-backed ace on the Sunday of the big weekend.

“The methods needed to compete on commercials are changing rapidly, so it is a matter of staying one step ahead of the person on the next peg.

“That applies to both match and pleasure anglers. I’ve been fortunate to learn a lot from some fantastic anglers, and I’m keen to pass on some of these deadly tips to Tacklefest visitors,” said Steve.

If running waters are more to your liking then Des Taylor’s demonstrations are a ‘must see’. The likeable AT columnist has landed countless numbers of huge specimens from the nation’s rivers and will be passing on a whole host of deadly tips to help you increase your personal bests. Whether it’s barbel, chub, bream or carp, Des is guaranteed to give you a clearer idea of how to put big fish in your net – and he’ll bring a smile to your face.

Newcomers to the sport are almost certain to learn lots regarding the basics of angling via Bob Roberts’ informative displays.

The Daiwa-backed ace will show you how to fish the feeder and waggler effectively and will then be on hand to answer any troubling queries you may have.

Tacklefest truly is the best place to improve your knowledge of our great sport, so make sure you don’t miss out on this fascinating event!

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See the top match stars

The Angling Times Team Champs Final is the biggest event in the matchfishing calendar, and it is set to take place at this year’s Tacklefest.

Top teams from all over the country including Daiwa Dorking, Maver Barnsley and Kamasan Starlets will all take part in the huge event, to be held on the Peterborough Embankment of the River Nene on July 12.

England Internationals Alan Scotthorne, Will Raison and Des Shipp will be among the stars taking part, making this an incredible chance for you to see your heroes in big match action.

Experts have already claimed weights could be impressive if the conditions fall into place, and event organiser and AT match editor Richard Grange said: “If we get a bit of rain before the event then it will add a bit of colour to the river and lead to some great weights.

“Under the right conditions the winner could have over 50lb of bream, and there will be plenty of double-figure back-up weights.”

Speculation has already arisen as to which team will lift the prestigious trophy, with many pundits tipping the highly successful Daiwa Dorking to add it to their already bulging silverware cabinet.

The rest of the field will be made up of Maver Barnsley, Kamasan Starlets, Daiwa Trentmen, Shakespeare Superteam, Browning Quaker, Chester Tackle Locker, Daiwa Gordon League, Drennan Oxford, Garbolino Blackmore Vale, Leicester Sensas, Maver Midlands, Milo Bordon Angling Centre, Preston Innovations Delcac, Preston Innovations Thatcher’s, Sensas Wibsey and Ted Carter Southport.


Team Champs contenders

Maver Barnsley

Skipper: Andy Oldham
Big three titles since 2000: Team Champs winners 2005, Division 1 National winners 2004
Chances: Giants of the north, Barnsley had a glorious spell in the mid 1990s with the Team Champs and Division 1 titles but it’s gone a bit off the boil since then. New captain Andy Oldham has said he’s fed up with coming second, so expect great things from the Yorkshiremen. Five-times World Champ Alan Scotthorne leads the experienced part of the team, backed by prolific young guns like Lee Kerry, triple Under 18 World Champion Matt Godfrey, Joe Carrass and Adam Richards.


Kamasan Starlets

Skipper: Mark Downes
Big three titles since 2000: Team Championships winners 2004 and 2007, Division 1 National winners 2005 and 2008
Star men: Darren Cox, Sean Ashby, Mark Downes
Chances: Starlets will be back from World Club Champs duty and some of their men will have fished the Euro Champs for England, but there’s no doubting that under the guidance of England boss Mark Downes they are trophy winners. To win two Division 1 titles in four years shows their calibre on natural venues, and the Nene will be right up their street. Could run Dorking very close.


Daiwa Trentmen

Skipper: Mark Godfrey
Big three titles since 2000: None
Star men: Darran Bickerton, Mark Godfrey, Sam Perkins
Chances: They’ve found it hard to break the Barnsley/Dorking/Starlets dominance but a run of top three finishes in the Team Champs shows that Trentmen are heading in the right direction – could this be their year? The venue won’t faze them and skipper Mark Godfrey has assembled a side of youth and experience honed on bloodworm fishing.


Shakespeare Superteam

Skipper: Mick Hatchard
Big three titles since 2000: None
Star men: Jon Arthur, Rob Middleton, Paul Bick
Chances: A famous name in matchfishing, Shakespeare have bounced back from the doldrums in the early 1990s to rightly take their place in the big five. A team that continues to improve, and this could be their golden chance if the big teams slip up.