30th August 3.30pm
Evesham Angling Festival is the biggest festival of it’s type in the UK. The festival is run over the bank holiday weekend and attracted 48,000 visitors this year. It is very important to our local economy and visitors come from all over the UK and the continent to take part, spectate and purchase anything and everything connected with angling, from the huge tented village, on Crown Meadow. There are 28 qualifying matches during the year and the places for the finals are hotly contested. The Festival gets underway on August 22nd with the Shakespeare Junior and Intermediate Championship on 55 pegs. On Sunday 23rd August the Match Fishing/Shakespeare Ladies Championship 35 pegs takes place see http://andydyke.wordpress.com/2009/08/26/wychavon-ladies-fishing-trophy/ and on Sunday 30th August I was invited to present the prize for the Abu Garcia Wychavon Championship, winning details below. You can find full details of the winners at http://www.anglersnet.co.uk/News/evesham-angling-festival-2009-results.html
The pictures mostly speak for themselves.
Unfortunately, even after much encouragement from the fishermen, the stress was too much for this fish
the presentation begins with a few words from me.
Wayne Swinscoe who added £3,000 to the £2,000 he’d won the day before. Wayne drew Peg 27 in an area where most people had spent all the previous day fishing for barbel. As a result he was one of the few who could get bites on the waggler all through from tiny dace and bleak. At the weigh in his 6-10-8 was way out in front with his nearest challenger Dave Kirk, at the next peg number 29, three pounds behind with 3-10-8 of waggler caught small fish.
Down at Hampton Ferry Simon Willsmore was amazed to learn that his 3-2-0 of eels was enough for third and another £1,000.
Tony Skinner picked up £500 for his waggler caught 2-13-8 of gudgeon and small dace from Peg 2 and the final main prize of £250 went to Alan Stephens with 2-12-4 of small fish from Peg 22.
1. Wayne Swinscoe (Trabucco) 6-10-8 (Peg 28)
2. Dave Kirk (Fox Match) 3-10-8 (Peg 29)
3. Simon Willsmore (Milo/ Daiwa Dorking) 3-2-0 (Peg 56)
4. Tony Skinner (Shakespeare) 2-13-8 (Peg 2)
5. Alan Stephens (Sports) 2-12-4 (Peg 22) Alcester