The prestigious Angling Times National Angling Awards are back, and the power is in your hands to decide the winners for 2016.
It’s been a great year, with countless incredible catches, huge match fishing achievements and historic TV moments.
In a bid to reward the best in the business for their sterling contribution to fishing in 2016, Angling Times is now calling on every reader to vote for their favourites in 28 categories.
It’s been a tough job to decide the shortlists in each fiercely-contested category, which include Match Angler of the Year, Specimen Angler of the Year and River of the Year – but now it’s up to you to decide.
Editor-in-chief Steve Fitzpatrick said: “I’ve been blown away by how good this year has been for our sport. Every day I come into the office I find out that something new and exciting has happened.
“Sometimes it’s a giant fish that’s been landed, or a brilliant TV show that’s been released.
“So much hard work has been put in by people, but now’s the time for you to vote and give them the national recognition they deserve.
“The National Angling Awards has been running for several years and, while there are other similar schemes, none of them has the prestige that this one has.
“All the nominees are excited to be in with a chance, but now it’s all down to our readers to make them the winners.”
It’s been an equally impressive year in the tackle market as well. Hundreds of innovative products have hit the shelves, with new poles, rods, terminal tackle and baits from the biggest names within the industry.
Tackle editor Mark Sawyer has been gauging the mood within the industry ahead of the awards, and said: “I have been incredibly impressed by the quality of tackle released by the top manufacturers this year and now is the time to reward those who have gone above and beyond with their innovations.
“I have spent a lot of time talking to staff from each company in recent weeks and there is a lot of excitement about the National Angling Awards. They are all determined to win and gain the trophies that go with that success.
“If you’ve bought a piece of tackle this year that has transformed your fishing, make sure you vote to give it a great chance of becoming a 2016 champion.”
Readers who register to vote will be instantly entered into a draw that will provide them with a chance of winning one of four £100 vouchers to spend with tackle shop giant Chapmans Angling.
Have your say below!