The sport’s governing body, The Angling Trust, is to take over the running of one of the country’s highest-profile match leagues, it has been announced.
The Trust has revealed that it will be taking over responsibility for the Winter League from its current organiser, Angling Times, when the competition starts this October.
The news follows weeks of speculation over the future of the competition, and will come as a big relief to many match angler planning to compete in the league starting in just a few weeks.
Looking after the league from within the Angling Trust is competition committee and board member Bob Dyer who spoke to Match Fishing about the change.
“We’ve been in discussions about taking over the Winter League for over a month now. Angling Times wanted to give it up and so approached the Trust to see if we would take it on,” said Bob. “It’s a great opportunity for the Trust to take charge of another high-profile competition and to further promote competition fishing.
“We do have some changes planned, but not many for this year’s competition,” continued Bob. “These will include changes to squad sizes, which I think at present are too large. These will be reduced to around 16 or 17 anglers to encourage more teams to take part. We’re also very pleased to a have Partridge Lakes Fisheries sponsoring the league, and the final will be held at its waters in Cheshire.”
Owner of Partridge Lakes Fisheries, Dave Ikin told us he’s excited about holding the final and is glad to be involved with the competition.
“The trust contacted us because of how well the Fish ’O’ Mania qualifiers we held went. They asked us if we were interested in sponsoring the event and we jumped at the chance,” said Dave. “There’s such a good demand for this competition from anglers, despite the hard winters of the last few years and the Trust run such a good match, it’ll be good to be involved and put something back into the sport.”