Watching the big match on Arena Lake is just part of the draw at Cudmore in July. There will now be all sort of demonstrations for pleasure, match and - especially - carp addicts too!

THIS week’s Angler’s Mail reports on a new show, “replacing” the old Go Fishing event that was for many years at Birmingham’s NEC, before switching to Cudmore in north Staffordshire.

The new public show format will be at Cudmore, organised the venue, and will be near the two prestigious matches it is hosting – big money Fish “O” Mania final  on the July 16, and the Home Internationals event on the July 17.

Cudmore Fishery’s Cyril Crewster has had vast experience of running all manner of shows and events over the last 30 years. Cyril has now added a new dimension to the show attached to Fish’O’Mania… with massive areas earmarked for carp exhibitor/retailers to be present, providing a full representation of the fastest growing area in fishing.

The entrance fees are as follows; adults £6 and children £4.

Cyril said: ‘Cudmore offers everything a show site could ever wish for. We have a fantastic match scene, specimen carp  to 30 lb and unbelievable predator fishing with 60 lb-plus catfish for any aspiring predator angler to aim at. Not to mention the pike which have been stock to 20lb – creating a truly diverse fishery.

‘The site has undergone extensive redevelopment in the past few years to gear the site up specifically for shows with hard roads and paths being laid. This will ensure spectators will not be trudging through the mud, heaven forbid we have the bad weather again this year.

‘Not only has Cudmore under taken a change in appearance we have also taken a change in direction for the fishery with the new National School Of Angling being set up on site to provide a way into our fantastic sport. You could say at Cudmore we are trying to secure the future of this fantastic sport but couldn’t achieve a thing without the help from the trade, media and Get Hooked on Fishing.’

The list of star firms and activities is being added to - and it looks busy!


AREA 1: Day One sees the famous doughtnut-shaped Arena Lake will again host the final of Fish”O”Mania 2011. It will be televised by Sky Sports for five hours or you can watch from the Arena banks watching all the events of the day unfold. Day Two will see the Home Internationals – including all-conquering home nation, Drennan Team England – and this again will be televised for five hours.

AREA 2: Watch the Celebrity Fishing match with well known celebrities taking part alongside, ladies and junior events.

Zone 1

Preston /Korum Pole and match fishing demonstrations on Brewster Canal.

Fox will be providing demonstrations of all the fishing disciplines within there range on Drumble lake.

Zone 2

Leeda, MAP, Pure Fishing (eg. Shakespeare) and Shimano are based here and will be delivering demonstrations into prolific match water Pool 1.

Zone 3

Celebrity, fly and school demonstration area at the heart of the show this is sure to be a major draw to those wishing to see their heroes and future stars in action.

Zone 4

Nash Tackle, Wychwood, Catfish Pro’s Simon Clarke with demonstrations taking place on Avoca Lake. Last year during demonstrations massive catfish were caught and over 100 carp to 26 lb were tempted.

Zone 5

This is where the Angling Trust will be situated offering all anglers the opportunity to find out more about the governing body. This will also be an area having competitions for spectators to view.

Zone 6

Carpfest with Korda, Daiwa, Trakker, Guru and Mainline Baits – all providing demonstrations on Adelaide Lake for the duration of the show.

Zone 9

This is the base of the National School of Angling where youngsters get to experience the fantastic coaching offered through the school.

Zone 10

For all the predator anglers out there this will be the place to be with catfish angling demonstrations and there will be pike/perch demonstrations in this area.

Cyril added: ‘All in all this is just a snap shot of the new show but what we are aiming at with this show is to provide value for money, a fantastic experience on the day with lots of attractions to view and lots of choice to tackle to buy.

‘We want to create a fantastic environment for all who frequent this show whether it is the exhibitors or spectators we want to raise the profile of angling and quality of the shows for our sport on a whole.’