Feeder National de­tails an­nounced

National event could see 200 com­pete

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME - MARK PECK Se­nior re­porter

FEEDER fish­ing is set to be­come even more pop­u­lar, fol­low­ing talks of the launch of a huge national event to cel­e­brate the tac­tic.

In the wake of big com­pe­ti­tions like the Feeder Masters and the tri­umphs of the England Feeder team man­aged by Tommy Pick­er­ing, bosses at the Angling Trust are draw­ing up plans to cre­ate an event which could be on par with the cur­rent National Angling Cham­pi­onships.

Team England Veter­ans squad man Joe Roberts and former England In­ter­na­tional man­ager Dick Clegg are two big names who have been dis­cussing the plans after in­creas­ing de­mands by an­glers and clubs that wish to see the cre­ation of such an event.

Said Joe: “It’s still early days but we hope to cre­ate an event that could see as many as 200 an­glers in 40 teams on the bank.

“The re­cent launch of the World Club Feeder Cham­pi­onship means ev­ery na­tion has to find two clubs to rep­re­sent them, and we think this would be a bet­ter way of qual­i­fy­ing for it than the sys­tem we have at present.”

This year’s qual­i­fier for the World Club Feeder Cham­pi­onship was held last weekend and was won by Pre­ston In­no­va­tions Telford, with Dren­nan Barns­ley Blacks run­ners-up. Both qual­ify for the 2017 World fi­nal in Spain.

The event was held at Barston Lakes in the West Mid­lands, but Joe be­lieves the new ver­sion would re­quire a much big­ger venue if it was to go ahead: “Ma­jor events are quite dif­fi­cult to or­gan­ise in the UK be­cause of the lack of venues able to cope with that num­ber of an­glers. The River Trent would meet all the re­quire­ments, and re­ally suits feeder an­glers,” he added.

New of the new event has been wel­comed in the match fish­ing fra­ter­nity, and England In­ter­na­tional Feeder Team man­ager Tommy Pick­er­ing who said: “All the other na­tions who en­ter the World Club Feeder Champs have their own feeder national events, so it’s only right we should have one two. It would be a great spec­ta­cle,” he added.

World Club Feeder Champs qual­i­fier – full re­port on Page 53.

Feeder fish­ing is the method of the mo­ment.

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