The anxiously awaited dates for the British Carp Angling Championships 2005 are now available and on this page you’ll find all the venues for the eliminators of the 2005 tournament.

Top tackle company Korda Developments is once again the title sponsors in the event that is classed not only by the Brits but also by many carp angling nations around the globe as the competition to win.

Kev Reynolds and Andy Maker dominated the final last year and are the current champions holding the crown. Automatically through to the final again this year, they will be defending and aiming to land for a second time the biggest title in UK competition carping plus a cheque for £6000. However, as the tournament has matured over its six-year history, the competition has become very stiff indeed with individual venue regulars and some of the top names in the sport making it a tough one to win. The format this year is the same as usual with twelve pairs fishing each eliminator with the top two pairs qualifying for the final.

As is usually the case, we change the final venue every two years, and this year we see a move away from the prolific Nickolls Leisure in Kent , the venue that hosted the final over the last two years, to a new venue that already has a pedigree in international fishing competitions. Furzton Lake in Milton Keynes is the venue that all the eliminator competitors will want to get to as the final this year will be held there over the weekend of 2nd-4th September.

There are fourteen eliminator rounds over six weekends so put the dates in your diaries and line up. The Korda British Carp Angling Championships is a unique event in that it gives everyday club anglers the chance of mixing it with the big boys who, despite their reputations, don’t always end up at the top of the tree. If you like competition, want to take on the big boys, and would like an intense weekend of angling in which everyone feels is a really good atmosphere, then get your names down on the entry list. You’ve got to be in it to win it!

Round 1 – 8th-10th April

RMC Sandhurst, Surrey
We kick off the tournament this year at RMC Angling’s day-ticket venue Sandhurst Lake , Surrey , which is a real favourite of the competition. Sandhurst is clear and weedy with the potential of big fish from the moderately difficult 12-acre water, which attracts a few of the big names, making it that little bit more of a challenge. See or call 01932 583630 for more info.

Berners Hall, Essex
A new fishery to the tournament, Berners Hall is in that hotbed of carp fishing that is the county of Essex . An irrigation reservoir of 20 acres and a new syndicate water to the area, Berners is opening its doors to us. It has a good head of carp in the upper double-figure category and will be an eye-opener as no one really knows too much about it. Syndicate places are still available, we believe. Call 01708 454882 for more info.

Round 2 – 6th-8th May

Chilham Mill, Kent
Chilham Mill is one of the all-time favourites of the BCAC and comes into its own in May. Run by Mid Kent Fisheries, it is almost the model of what a carp lake should be. Gravel features, clear water, weed, islands, bars and bays all make it an interesting one, and the fish average a good size with most of them over 20lb. See or call 01227 730668 for more info.

RMC South Lake, Surrey
We return to the famous Yateley South Lake , which has hosted the BCAC in years gone by and also hosts other charity competitions in the course of the year. A good head of fish consisting mainly of upper doubles with a few twenties and the odd thirty mean that this is another venue that anglers will want to fish. See or call 01932 583630 for more info.

Kingsbury Water Park, Warwickshire
Kingsbury’s Pine Pool has been part of the BCAC since day one and is a favourite action water with Midlanders and northern anglers alike. Normally no night fishing but the BCAC gets a special dispensation. Usually held at the end of the BCAC season, we have switched the competition to the early part of the year to keep you on your toes; the fish should be in different areas to the usual July dates. See or call 01827 872660 for more info.

Round 3 – 20th-22nd May

Chilham Mill, Kent
Such is the popularity of this venue with the competition boys that we have to hold two eliminators here to keep up with demand. Fishing exceptionally well as the weather gets warmer, last year’s May events here produced a good number of 30lb fish. Always in with a chance of producing the biggest carp of the tournament, Chilham is a quality match water with good sized carp. See or call 01227 730668 for more info.

Elphicks Lake, Kent
One of Kent ’s prime day-ticket waters Elphicks Lake is new to the BCAC portfolio this year. At only 6½ acres it will be very tight, but the venue sees fifteen anglers a weekend under normal fishing conditions and is always productive. With a good head of doubles and twenties, a reasonable number of thirties and a couple of forties to go for, this is another venue where a big fish could well be on the cards. See www.elphicksfisheries. or call 01580 212512 for more info.

Cromwell Lake, Nottinghamshire
Another new venue for this year, Cromwell is our North Midlands eliminator. Situated near Newark in Nottinghamshire, Cromwell is one of the top day-ticket waters in the area ,holding a good head of doubles, twenties and a few over thirty. At 17 acres this former trout lake is spring fed and will be a cracking competition venue when it is used for the first time by the BCAC this year. See or call 01636 822425 for more info.

Round 4 – 17th-19th June

Boyer Leisure Farlows Lake, Buckinghamshire

Farlows has for years been a top quality day-ticket water and the fish are growing well with a very good head of twenties and thirties present. A further stocking of fish earlier this year has meant that the lake is very prolific and the 2004 summer eliminator was a cracker with a lot of twenties caught. Always a favourite with BCAC competitors, you’ll have to be quick to get into this one. See for more info.

St George’s , Surrey
This nine-acre gravel pit joined the BCAC line-up two years ago and has proved to be a very popular water. Situated not far from Kempton Park race course it is an open access syndicate lake that is stuffed with carp. Action comes from upper doubles and the odd twenty but there is a big upper thirty in there for the taking. The small fished stocked three years ago are now upper doubles and they really add to the action. See www.stillwater or call 07763 281966 for more info.

Round 5 – 8th-10th July

Penns Hall, Birmingham
Run by Foster’s of Birmingham, Penns is always a favourite with both Midlanders and travelling anglers. Fishing from one side only, the lake is a floater angler’s and bagger’s delight. The average size of fish is double figures with a few twenties to go for. A mature estate lake is the grounds of a posh hotel, Penns always produces a few fish and is classed as one of our action waters. See or call 0121344 3333 for more info.

Walthamstow No. 1 Reservoir Walthamstow
No. 1 held the match record for a number of years but management changes decided that carp should be removed from the lake. Now re-stocked and firing on all cylinders again, this prolific Thames Water lake is back on track to being a top day-ticket carp water and a classic match venue. Normally no night fishing but Thames Water gives the BCAC a special dispensation. See for more info.

Round 6 – 29th-31st July

Tyram Hall, South Yorkshire
The immaculate Tyram Hall hosts one of the final rounds of this year’s BCAC and is one of the last chances to get through to the finals. At 6½ acres this Doncaster syndicate lake holds a very good head of 20lb carp with a few thirties, and the big fish generally make a show for the BCAC eliminator. A cracking social event this one as owner Phil Johnson puts on a good spread the night before the match. See or call 01302 840886 for more info.

Walthamstow No. 2 & 3 Reservoir
The big fish water on the BCAC circuit, full of twenties and thirties, the No. 2 & 3 has produced the biggest fish of the year on three occasions now topped by the 42lb common caught by Will O Flynn in last year’s event. There is normally no night fishing at this venue but Thames Water gives the BCAC a special dispensation. A really exciting event which has been a favourite with BCAC competitors for the last three years.
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