That is the question everyone is asking following last year’s triumphant return to the match calendar where one of the greatest Thames match weights 170-11-0 was produced by Suffolk angler Mick Hanks who has already entered the 2009 event. He could find reigning World Champion Will Raison trying to snatch the title from him though!
Once again Warlingham & District Anglers’ Society will be promoting the Lower Thames Championship but a week earlier than 2008 with Drywall Ceilings & Partitions Ltd returning to back the event to the tune of £3,000. This year’s event takes place on Saturday, September 19 to ensure that as many people as possible can take part by avoiding other major festivals.
“We had 160 last year but I believe we can get close to 200 as it is a pretty free date in the match calendar,” said organiser and WADAS Chairman Dave Harper. Last year we missed out cracking weights everywhere by just a few days as the colour vanished with many agreeing that the clear conditions and high pressure made the going tough”.
Chris Dulley, MD of Drywall Ceilings & Partitions said: “Despite the recession, I am very pleased that we can support this competition because it is one of the great events in the south and I know the Thames can provide some superb fishing. I might even have a go myself !”
This year the pools will be re-structured and subject to the number taking part, the winner can expect to clear £1,500 with £1,200 for the runner up plus numerous other prizes including £100 every ten pegs. Entry will be just £25 (payable to Warlingham & District AS) with the draw taking place at 08.00 and fishing between 10.00 and 15.00.
Entries to: 27 Queen’s Court, Kempton Walk, Shirley CR0 7XG and include a SAE.
Enquiries to:  Dave Harper on 020 8777 9875 or 07956 163414.

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