THE Evesham Fishing Festival is the biggest angling event, spectator wise, in the calendar and it's over the August Bank Holiday weekend. Angler's Mail has been finding out more about the 2016 festival...

Organisers of the Evesham Angling Festival are celebrating a new partnership for match fishing’s showpiece event, as the 2016 weekender looms large.

Hobgoblin – Wychwood Brewery’s flagship beer brand – has agreed to become title sponsor for The Hobgoblin Evesham Championship – the headline event of the Evesham Angling Festival.

Last year it was won with the aid of a big barbel for Andrew ‘Spud’ Murphy – pictured above. And all sorts of match-style tactics, plus a few more associated with specialist angling, will be used by talent matchmen.

The match – which invites 35 of the nation’s top anglers and pits them against 35 qualifiers – carries a top prize of £3,000 and kicks off the biggest spectator angling event in the calendar.

Beer brand Hobgoblin has been cheered for its supprt of the event that for many year was known at all as 'The John Smiths', due to its long association with Courage.

Beer brand Hobgoblin has been cheered for its supprt of the event that for many years was known to all as ‘The John Smiths’, due to its long association with Courage.

“It’s great news,” said festival director Roger Mortimer. “Three years ago we added a beer and cider festival to the weekend’s attractions so getting a headliner from that field to support the angling action is a real coup.”

“This year’s event will see all the members of the England national sides taking part on a river that’s been fishing very well during the qualifying events.”

The brewery have agreed an initial one-match sponsorship package that will see winners walk away with samples of its legendary beer and commemorative Hobgoblin tankards as well as the cash and trophies.

It's a busy weekend ahead for Evesham action.

It’s a busy weekend ahead for Evesham action.

The Evesham Angling Festival takes place on bank holiday weekend – August 27th to 29th – on the Warwickshire Avon in Evesham Worcestershire.

It features the finals of three top events – The Hobgoblin Evesham Championship (Saturday 27th), The Wychavon Championship (Sunday 28th) and The Match Fishing Team Championship (Monday 29th) – and regularly attracts bumper crowds of spectators.

Saturday August 27th, Hobgoblin Evesham Championship
The best take on the best… qualifiers and big names.
70 pegs, draw at 8.30am, fishing from 11am to 4pm

Sunday August 28th – Wychavon Championship
Where the cream of Evesham’s local anglers take on the best.
70 pegs, draw at 8.30am, fishing from 11am to 4pm

Monday August 29th – Match Fishing Team Championship
14 teams compete for this prestigious title.
70 pegs (14 teams of five), draw at 8.30am, fishing from 11am to 4pm

Visit www.eveshamfestival.com for further details, and follow Angler’s Mail print magazine for the inside track on this event, and other match fishing majors.