THIS long August Bank Holiday weekend (August 25-27) sees the biggest angling event in the midlands, the Evesham Festival on the Warwickshire Avon at Evesham, Worcestershire.

Tom Scholey from the organisers has been telling Angler’s Mail has it’s all shaping up, and match fishing fans are in for a treat for the 2012 contest…

Crowds will gather here on the Warwickshire Avon.

Tom said: ‘With the qualifying matches now finished, we can confirm that the line up for this years Evesham Festival has never been stronger. With no fewer than ten Internationals taking part on each day of the competition, spectators can be assured of a match fishing masterclass of a standard rarely witnessed on British soil.

‘Alongside the fantastic sport on the river, visitors can also enjoy a vast array of stalls, including a craft fair, displays by fishing tackle manufacturers and retailers, food stalls, and plenty of fun and entertainment for the kids.

‘Visitors on the Saturday can look forward to watching the Shakespeare Championship, where the winner will walk away with a cool £6,000 for their efforts. Sundays Wychavon Championship is another big money final, and a good match is always guaranteed.

‘On Monday, fourteen of the countries strongest match fishing teams line up for the prestigious Match Fishing Team Championship. This is always a tense affair, where every fish counts as anglers do everything they can to guarantee good section points for their team.

‘The main hub of the event takes place on the Crown Meadow at Evesham, with gates opening at 9am and closing at 5.30pm.’

Leigh Gardner, with one of this season’s best Evesham catches, 84 lb of bream.

Below is a list of just some of the anglers you can expect to see:

Darran Bickerton

Jon Arthur

Sam Wildsmith

Hadrian Whittle

Alan Scotthorne

Will Raison

Des Shipp

Sean Ashby

Stu Conroy

Dave Harrell

Joe Carass

Lee Kerry

Paul Hughes

Steve Hemingray

Chris Vandervleit

Gary Miller

Dave Roberts

Michael Buchwalder

Darren Cox

Mark Downes

Darren Davies

Simon Willsmore

Ian Didcote

Wayne Swinscoe

Richie Reynolds

Stephen Ashmore

Denis White

Dean Barlow

Leigh Gardner

Matt Godfrey

Keith Hobson


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