£50,000 match is off to a fly­ing start

Sell­out pre­dicted for new £50,000 win­ner-takes-all se­ries

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - TONY GRIGORJEVS Se­nior re­porter

THE CRE­ATOR of a big-money match se­ries has set his sights on a sell­out af­ter hun­dreds of tick­ets were snapped up within days of the of­fi­cial launch.

Angling en­tre­pre­neur Phil Briscoe gave the angling cal­en­dar a ma­jor boost last month when he un­veiled the brand new Golden Reel tour­na­ment, promis­ing that the cham­pion would walk away with a min­i­mum £50,000 first prize.

With sev­eral other es­tab­lished big-money events such as Fish O’Ma­nia and Maver Match This al­ready on the agenda, ques­tion marks arose as to whether there was room for another com­peti­tor – but those doubts have been in­stantly quashed.

Early ticket sales have shocked the or­gan­is­ers, and Lar­ford Lakes boss Phil told Angling Times: “We al­ways ex­pected the event to be pop­u­lar but we never thought we’d sell as many tick­ets as we have in the first few days.

“The re­sponse has been fan­tas­tic and it’s clear that the Golden Reel has cre­ated a lot of ex­cite­ment.

“I think we can sur­prise a few peo­ple and quickly be­come the num­ber one tour­na­ment on of­fer in the UK.

“It’s early days yet, but I see no rea­son why the com­pe­ti­tion won’t be a sell­out.”

The grand fi­nal will be staged at Lar­ford Lakes on Satur­day, Au­gust 19, 2017, with the win­ners of the 24 qual­i­fiers bat­tling it out for the ti­tle. Plans have also sur­faced for a sep­a­rate one-off con­test to take place on the Sun­day of the same week­end.

“We are plan­ning a tackle vil­lage where the top man­u­fac­tur­ers can dis­play their lat­est gear, and those ex­hibitors will have the chance to en­ter a spe­cial four-man team event,” added Phil.

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