Angling Times (UK) - - THIS WEEK -

IN 1953 open matches were un­heard of: there were club con­tests, river cham­pi­onships and the Na­tional – just the one.

Nowa­days team fish­ing has all-but gone out the win­dow and there are at least five events on the cal­en­dar where the win­ner could get be­tween £10,000 and up to £70,000.

I re­call my first £10 a ticket match – it seemed a for­tune in the 1980s and the amount put some an­glers off.

Now plenty are pre­pared to pay £70 and some don’t even go to their peg if they don’t fancy it. The first open match I fished, in 1969, cost £1!

Com­mer­cials have changed the face of match fish­ing.

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