Big-money carp comp folds but new one emerges

Big-money carp comp folds but new one emerges

A long-running carp match series has folded due to lack of entrants after just one 2018 qualifier.

The UK Carp Championships, formerly known as the Eric’s Carp Cup, will not complete this year’s schedule and competitors will be refunded.

The news comes in the same week a new singles competition was announced for 2019.

A statement from UK Carp Championships organisers said: “Unfortunately due to lack of entrants it's just not a viable option, we only got involved in this to try and save a sinking ship; in hindsight it was already too late as people had committed time and money elsewhere.

“We would like to apologise to anyone that took the time in entering, as well as the one qualifier that did go ahead.”

Entry for the pairs event cost £420 with a first prize of £20,000 and a total prize pool of £29,000.

The statement continued: “All of the people that actually fished a round will receive a voucher as compensation as well as a refund.

“All competitors who entered will receive a full refund by Tuesday [July 3].”

New singles event for 2019

Meanwhile, the team behind British Carp Cups announced a new singles event to join its roster of competitions in 2019.

Organiser Mick Coxon told Carpfeed details had yet to be finalised but entry will be around £250 each with eight rounds of qualifiers each filled with a maximum of 12 anglers.

Mick Coxon with the trophy for next year's event

Mick Coxon with the trophy for next year's event

Three anglers from each round will qualify for the final, with a top prize of £5,000.

Mick said he is weighing up whether or not to stage the final under ‘three best fish’ rules, which will debut in this year’s British Carp Cups pairs finale.

Entries are expected to open in late October.