WOODLAND View owner Mike Mason (pictured) has promised great catches in next weekend’s club Champion of Champions final, despite SVC being confirmed at his Hagley water.

Tests by the Environment Agency confirmed that some of the 400 or so fish that have died at the popular venue were carrying a mild case of SVC. However, Mike insists this will have no impact on the sport come the big day.

“I have to admit to being surprised that there were some traces of SVC in some of the fish that died. However, the EA have also confirmed that the incident appears to have passed now,” he said.

“I can assure the anglers taking part that all the lost fish have been replaced with interest. We have been taking extra care with dips but the bottom line is that the fish deaths seem to have stopped and the anglers are still catching really well.”

The second Champion of Champions final takes place on Saturday June 28th and once again it will take the format of two three hours matches on the same day across the venue’s pools, with the winner decided first on section points and then on weight.

Already the biggest individual club championship event in the country, it will see a new record of over 140 Midland clubs champions going head to head for the title and silver trophy.

Once again Preston Innovations have stepped in with a generous sponsorship package, which will see the winner walk away with a fantastic 16m RS80 pole valued at over £1000. In addition the second and third placed anglers will walk away with rods from the excellent Carbon Active range, and the top three will all receive stylish glass trophies to keep. Spectators are welcome.

 “The venue will be fishing its head off come June 28th, and I am really looking forward to the final. Last year’s match was one of my favourite days of the year,” promised Mike.