Korda British Young Carp Angling Championship kicks off!

The Korda British Young Carp Angling Championship final hits Oxlease at Linear Fisheries this weekend with dozens of young anglers vying to take home the prestigious title and a £500 cheque.

A series of eliminators over the course of this week will decide who contests the final session at the weekend at the Oxfordshire venue, a favourite amongst the Korda team for its good stock of carp and prolific sport.

Already through the to final is Sam McMurray, who joins seven other competitors, including Lewis Phillips and Korda fan Tyler O’Flynn, from the first heat after catching a 23lb 2oz mirror. Eight other contestants from each of the next three heats will join them in the final, which starts on Friday.

The Korda team will be covering the final with Ali Hamidi presenting a special show for broadcast at a later date, covering the highs and lows of this exciting event as the cream of young British carping talent do battle.

Previous years have seen a variety of tactics succeeding with zig rigs the go-to method in 2014 and solid bags in previous years, but with changeable conditions forecast, it could be down to the versatility of the anglers, with those who adapt their tactics to the ever-changing wind and temperature likely to do well.

Now in its 12th year, following its inception in 2003, the BYCAC has grown in stature to become the title many ambitious young carp anglers want to win. Previous winners include Tom Dove in 2005, Jake Wildbore in 2008, Jake Taylor in 2010 and Brad Greening in 2011 – a veritable who’s who of young carp angling talent.

Event sponsors include Carp Talk and Crafty Carper magazines, Trakker, Mainline and Cygnet, plus, of course, headline sponsor Korda. Look out for updates on the official BYCAC social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook and the various Korda channels to see who triumphs this coming weekend and look out for the highlights show on TV in the coming months.