Angling: Oaks festival looks set to be another winner

TOP MAN: Matt Hall celebrates his Fish O'Mania title success.

TOP MAN: Matt Hall celebrates his Fish O'Mania title success.

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THE Oaks Fishery, near Boroughbridge, is the biggest commercial complex in the country with no less than 10 fish-filled lakes.

The owner, Tom Kay, has invested a vast amount of money in the property over the past few years for in that time he has constructed four lakes aptly named after trees – Cedar, Beech, Sycamore and Ash – and can now cater for over 400 match anglers at any one time.

He has also built a state-of-the-art restaurant which includes toilet facilities for both sexes plus the disabled and also a fully-stocked tackle shop.

Kay is a very forward-thinking man and is always coming up with innovations.

Last year he ran a summer festival sponsored by Stuart Porter on behalf of HV Electrical Power Systems to the tune of £2,000 and it was a sell-out. It was so popular that the company decided to back the festival again this year and very generously upped the ante to a whopping £10,000.

This festival will be run over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It was originally planned for the three days but could now be extended to four days after consultation with the competitors.

There is no limit to the number of anglers competing, but with a prize fund of £10,000 there is certain to be a rush for places. The full details have yet to be finalised but the suggested entry fees are £90 if the festival is over three days or £120 over four days – a final decision will be revealed shortly and these suggested fees include all pools and pegging fees.

There will also be a two-day Easter Festival which will still carry the sponsors’ £2,000 prize fund and this will take place over the weekend of April 22 and 23 with the pegs well spread over the various lakes. The entry fee for this is £60.

Both of these contests will be run on a points system based on 10 peg sections and in the event of a tie then total weight will be taken into consideration.

In these difficult times it is unusual to find a sponsor willing to part with £12,000 for angling and Mr Porter and the company deserve our thanks. If anyone is interested in either of these contests give Kay a call on 07730 531899 or 01845 501321 for further information or to book a place.

Fish O’Mania remains the richest contest in the country after it upped the prize money to the winner from £25,000 to £30,000 for this year’s event.

There is the usual format of 16 qualifying rounds with the winner of each going forward to the final which will be held as usual at Staffordshire Cudmore Fishery and the latest news is that the event is a sell-out.

There have been complaints from anglers in the Southern Region that they have only been given three qualifiers, the same as the North with the other 10 being in the Midlands.

This means a lot of travelling for those outside the area but that is the luck of the draw for it is impossible to please every one.

● Bookings are being taken for the Lindholme discount caravans at £100 a week. Ring 01427 872905 for details.

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