6th Anglesey Boat Angling Festival

by David Proudfoot

Following a 3 year break 2010 will see the welcome return of the Anglesey Boat Angling Festival. This ever popular event has been missed by many of the participants over the years. Now with a new venue at Holyhead on Anglesey  and a tweak to the format, the festival returns on Bank Holiday Monday 31st  May and Tuesday 01st June and looks set to continue for years to come.

As the premier charter boat festival in the whole of Wales, this highly successful event draws in anglers from all 4 corners of the United Kingdom. Run by GO Angling Charter Services, details have recently been released for the 2010 event. Fishing will see the anglers set sail from Holyhead Marina for a variety of species in the hope of being in the running for the cash prize fund exceeding £1200 (all prizes are dependant on entry).

The Anglesey Festival has proved to be an overwhelming success. When it all started a few years ago GO Angling was hoping to attract 30 or so anglers, to attract far greater numbers every year was always beyond the wildest dreams. With entries averaging 70 anglers, the 2010 event is hoped to continue the success. What’s pleasing for the organisers is that the re-bookings over the years have come from anglers that finished at either end of the table, showing what a good friendly couple days we all have here. This year’s format has changed slightly from the 1 point per fish. Now anglers will strive to catch fish awarded 1, 2 or 3 points. Once again though, the event is being fished on a catch & release basis.

The prize structure offers more anglers the opportunity to ‘catch’ a prize. With a maximum entry the 1st prize in the event is a cool £300, with £200 & £100 for 2nd and 3rd respectively. Each day the league will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd prizes of £70, £50 and £30. Boat winner’s prizes of £25 are also on offer.

You can download a pdf of the entry form, rules etc here.

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