Korda BYCAC final kicks off!

The Korda British Young Carp Angling Championship final is underway at Linear’s Oxlease water, where the remaining youngsters will spend 48 hours trying to become the new champion and win the almighty £500 cheque.

With Oxlease containing around 1800 carp, the finalists will be looking to get amongst the bigger fish, which could be key to becoming the next BYCAC title holder. Anglers Alfie Drew and Lewis Phillips managed to land two fantastic 30s in their eliminators and will be looking to replicate this in the final.

With sunny weather predicted over Oxfordshire this weekend, firing out the floaters and spodding a cloud over zigs may be the winning formula, however the versatile anglers willing to change onto other methods, such as solid bags, which have succeed in previous years, could be on the path to success.

After making it through the difficult eliminators, there is a great array of talent in this year’s final with the likes of Kieran Patel, Liam Morgan, Lewis Smith-Neale, Nick Longpre, Ryan Barnett, Sam Ribano, Steven Coe, Tyler O’Flynn, 2013 BYCAC winner Josh Jones and big fish angler Dave Lane’s nephew, Tyler Lane also making the final.

Since 2008, BYCAC has taken place on Linear Fisheries vast complex with Brasenose 1 and 2 and Oxlease being the lakes involved. This year’s venue Oxlease has some brilliant carp to target with fish weighing up to 52lb!

As with previous years, Korda will be filming the final with Ali Hamidi presenting for a special show which is to be broadcasted next year. Hopefully, there will be plenty of stunning Oxlease carp to be held up for the camera!

This year’s event sponsors include magazines Carp Talk and Crafty Carper along with Cygnet, Trakker, Mainline and headline sponsor Korda. To follow and keep up to date with all of the captures, updates will be available on the official BYCAC social media accounts on Facebook and Twitter.

Thank you to James Turner at Crafty Carper magazine for some of the photos used in this article. Korda wishes all the competitors tight lines and wet nets for the final - and look out for a full report on the final on Monday.