WHY THE EVENT IS SO POPULAR
Winner of the first festival was Sea Angler’s former contributing editor Alan Yates, who was a regular visitor for many years because it ticked all his match-fishing boxes.
“It’s very competitive but friendly, whereas some events lose their attraction because of elitist attitudes and overburdening rules. The prize structure is popular with anglers able to win prizes for biggest fish, section placings, teams of four and pairs,” said Alan, who was unable to fish this year.
It’s a view shared by many, including Gordon Thornes, of Connah’s Quay, who was part of this year’s fourth-placed team quartet. He rates the event’s great atmosphere.
“Match fishing has opened many doors. I have made dozens of new friendships on the open circuit, particularly in Ireland,” he said.