With just a few weeks left until the start of the new river season anglers are being urged to book their places for the Evesham Angling Festival qualifiers quickly to avoid disappointment.

The four bloodworm and joker allowed qualifiers in August are already sold out with a waiting list and only a few places remain for the June and July qualifiers.
Match bookings can be made through Diana Raphael who said: “Since the dates were released the phone hasn’t stopped ringing and demand for tickets has been incredible. A lot of people who have left it late are going to be disappointed this year.”  
The qualifiers start with a Shakespeare Championship qualifier on Saturday, June 19th and an Abu Garcia Wychavon Championship qualifier on Sunday, June 20th. 
There are nine Shakespeare and eight Abu Garcia Wychavon qualifiers and all the matches are 70-peg events, at Hampton Ferry and Evesham Town Water. The finals run from Saturday, August 28th to Monday, August 30th. 
This year’s festival will see the use of bloodworm and joker trialled for all three final days and in four matches on two of the qualifying weekends.
Anglers can fish as many qualifiers as they like, even if they have qualified or been invited to the Festival weekend.

Qualifiers (three anglers to qualify for finals from each match)
Shakespeare Championship
June 19th
June 27th
July 3rd
July 11th
July 18th
July 24th
August 1st
August 7th (bloodworm and joker allowed)
August 15th (bloodworm and joker allowed) 

Abu Garcia Wychavon Championship
June 20th
June 26th
July 4th
July 17th
July 25th
July 31st
August 8th (bloodworm and joker allowed)
August 14th (bloodworm and joker allowed)

All matches draw 10am at Hampton Ferry
Fishing from 12pm to 5pm
Bloodworm and joker barred
Pike and zander do not count
Entry £20 per match

Enquiries and bookings:
Diana Raphael
Hampton Ferry
19 Boat Lane
WR11 4BP
Tel 01386 442458