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Ramsey Angling Festival 11 April 2005

Entries are building up for next month’s Ramsey Angling Festival when visitors and locals will be competing for a prize fund of £7,000. Beach competitions are held over the period from 19th to 22nd May with the overall winner assured of taking home a cheque for more than £1,000.

Last year around 85 anglers took part and Chris Culshaw, chairman of the Ramsey Club which organises the event, is hoping for at least the same number this time. Said Mr.Culshaw:

“We have already received entries from all over the UK including Essex, Suffolk, Kent, North and South Wales, Blackpool and Newcastle.

"The club recently established its own website, from where festival entry forms can be downloaded. Within the last six weeks it has received over 1,000 hits which show not only the popularity of angling in general but the festival in particular. We look forward to welcoming many old friends and some new ones as well."

One of the first entries received was that of Essex angler Richard Burt. Richard made his debut in 2004 and after finishing third overall, and best visitor, lost no time in booking for this year. Festival winner last year was Ramsey Club member Mark Quirk who pocketed £1,400, making up for some near misses after having been runner-up in 2001 and third in both of the following two years.

The Festival, which is supported by the Department of Tourism and Leisure, gets underway on Thursday 19th May with a competition at the Dog Mills from 7-11pm. The following day sees fishing at the Vollan from 8pm-midnight and on Saturday the scene moves to the Manx Match venue at the Point of Ayre from 2-6pm. There is a separate competition on the Sunday where anglers can win points as part of the UK Penn Sea League event. The venue for this has not yet been decided.

Four zones will be in operation at each of the three competitions with the first three in each zone winning points towards their overall total. There are also prizes for the heaviest species, so up to 16 people could be in the money each night. Festival champion is the competitor with the most points at the end of the three competitions and while certain to receive the winner's cheque for £1,000 he will also have picked up additional rewards throughout the weekend. Prize fund for the overall contest goes down to 10th place.

Tourism Minister David Cretney said:

"The Ramsey Angling Festival is now approaching its quarter century and while the event has always been popular it has really taken off in the last three years following a switch of dates from July to May.

"Many of the anglers bring their partners with them for a weekend break in the Island and it has turned into a real family occasion. While the competitors enjoy traditionally excellent fishing at this time of the year their families can explore the Manx countryside and our other attractions."

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