Na­tional Angling Awards launched

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

HE 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 fierce­ly­con­tested 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.

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