Do you think you could fish your way to the final? Would you like to put your skills to the test against other club members? Would you enjoy joining the new club carp series for a chance to win the top prize worth nearly  £400?


If so, read on. We're hoping to launch our first carp series this year, pitting 18 anglers against each other for the title of 'WDAC Carp Series Champion 2018'.

Keith 'tealeaf' Henley

Hybrid Consultant and team member

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*** PLEASE NOTE*** All 24hr matches now commence on a Saturday and conclude on a Sunday.

The 2018 Carp series will be supported and in association with Wessex Tackle and Purbeck Angling

1st Prize

£250 in tackle vouchers

1 years free membership

Worth nearly £400

2nd Prize

£150 in tackle vouchers

1 years free membership

Worth nearly £300

3rd Prize

£50 in tackle vouchers

1 years free membership

Worth nearly £200

£100 prize to the captor of the series' largest fish

  • 5 matches held between March and October 2018
  • £60 entry per angler (£12/match) payable on entry
  • 18 anglers split into three pools of 6
  • Points (1-6) allocated according to the weight of fish caught in each match
  • Your 4 best results from 5 matches count towards your points total
  • Highest points scorer from each pool of 6 to progress to the final
  • 3 pool winners to battle it out in a 48hr final, each guaranteed a prize
  • Tackle vouchers redeemable at Wessex Tackle and Purbeck Angling
  • All matches adjudicated by a club committee member
  • Have a laugh, get out on the bank and enjoy the competition!

The above prizes are based on 18 entrants. if we receive less than 18 entrants, the prizes will reduce accordingly. If we receive less than 12 entrants we may be forced to further adjust or cancel the series.

The 2018 series in more detail

Particulars, format & rules

Having expanded the Club portfolio last year, to include more carp waters, we're thinking it's about time we started a match series, allowing our members to battle it out for the chance to win some pretty decent prizes.

We've designed the series so that each angler has a great chance to progress to the final, also ensuring that we do not occupy Club waters for an unreasonable amount of time. The idea is that each of the 18 entrants has a schedule of 5 matches over the course of the year. In each match entrants are awarded points (1-6) based on the weight caught in that match. So 6pts for 1st place and 1pt for 6th place. The points from each heat are then tallied, providing each of the three heats with a winner. The three winners then compete for the 3 prizes on offer in a 48hr final.

The format

The prizes

  • Entrants will each fish 5 matches held between March and October 2018
  • Hatch Pond, Alder Hills, Creekmoor main lake, Longham and Edmondsham are the chosen venues
  • Matches on Hatch Pond, Alder Hills and Creekmoor will be 24 hours in duration
  • Matches on Longham and Edmondsham will be 12 hours and day only.
  • £60 entry per angler (£12/match) payable on entry
  • 18 anglers will be drawn into three pools of 6. The draw will take place prior to the first heat and will be done with one of the local tackle dealers.
  • Points (1-6) allocated according to the weight of fish caught in each match (1st place will receive 6pts and 6th place will receive 1pt)
  • Your 4 best results from 5 matches count towards your points total
  • Running scores of the series will be published on the club website and on Facebook after each event
  • Highest points scorer from each pool of 6 to progress to the final
  • In the event a pool has a tie on points, the biggest fish will count.
  • 3 pool winners to battle it out in a 48hr final, each being guaranteed a prize
  • All matches adjudicated by a club committee member who will be present for the entire match.
  • Junior members are very welcome to participate with an accompanying adult present
  • The three finalists will have the opportunity to choose the venue for their final 48hr session. In the event a common venue cannot be decided, the event organiser will decide on their behalf.
  • Entrants will be permitted to change heats with another entrant if the dates below prove to be difficult. This must firstly be agreed with the other entrant and then confirmed with the Series organiser. Any changes must take place before any of the heats commence.


  • Free membership runs for 12 months from the point at which your current membership expires or from the point at which the final has been completed
  • Free membership includes a night permit if required
  • Tackle vouchers are split 50/50 between Wessex Tackle and Purbeck Angling. For example, the winner will have £250 to spend, £125 in each shop.
  • Vouchers will be at face value, meaning a voucher for £125 will be worth the equivalent in cash.
  • Prizes will be awarded to the winners in November 2018

Points (During the heats)

  • The winner of a match, i.e. the entrant who scores the highest combined weight of fish, will be awarded 6pts, 2nd 5pts and so on.
  • Should 2 entrants amass the same weight of fish, the entrant with the largest individual fish will be awarded the higher points. Should both entrants submit the same largest fish, the entrant whose largest fish was caught first will be awarded the higher points.
  • Should multiple entrants register a zero weight, these entrants will all be awarded 1pt.
  • If all entrants record zero scores, all entrants will be awarded 2pts.

The final

  • The draw for the final will be a 'watercraft' draw meaning that names out of the hat will be able to choose their peg in the order that they are drawn.
  • Finalists will be able to move swims at any point over the 48 hour period.
  • The highest weight over the final will win the series, with the biggest fish caught determining the winner in the event of a draw on total weight.

The rules


  • Two rods are permitted at all venues.
  • All matches will commence at 9.00am on the dates listed above
  • Entrants will meet the match official at 7.00am to draw swims and will be permitted 2 hours to rake swims, marker and spod/spomb their section of water.
  • The draw will be numbers out of a hat, drawn alphabetically by name.
  • Bait boats and echo sounders will NOT be permitted.
  • A whistle at 9.00am will signal the start of the match
  • A whistle will signal the end of the match. Entrants will be permitted 15 minutes to land any fish, after which they will not count.
  • Prior to the commencement of the series, each venue will be allocated swim numbers 1-8 so entrants are clear on which swims each draw refers to (thus 2 pegs will be unused)
  • Once the match starts at 9.00am no further marker work or raking will be permitted for the remainder of the match.
  • Catapults and throwing sticks are permitted for the entire duration of the match.
  • Each carp caught will be weighed by the match official on a set of calibrated club scales. The official will then log your fish and its weight.
  • The mobile number(s) of the official(s) of each match will be provided to each entrant to enable them to remain in their swim whilst awaiting the weighing of a caught fish.
  • Fish caught overnight need to be looked after correctly, please see the fish care section
  • Only carp caught in a match will count towards an entrants final weight. Other species will not be accounted for.
  • All entrants MUST provide a valid EA licence.
  • The decision of the match official will be final. Any disrespectful behaviour towards the official will result in immediate expulsion from the series and may result in disciplinary action in front of the clubs committee.
  • In the event of an entrant being disqualified from the series, no refund will be given.
  • WDAC reserve the right to use photography and film from the event to promote the club
  • All entrants MUST possess a thick unhooking mat/cradle, a 42'' landing net, a retention sling and a form of carp care solution. Anyone who arrives without all of the above items will not be permitted to fish until they have these items. There will be NO exceptions.
  • Entrants are encouraged to contact the series organiser to confirm their equipment is appropriate before the start of the series to avoid any potential issues.
  • If a lake displays ANY sign that the present carp are spawning, the match will cease immediately. In this instance, we will provide an alternative date for a rematch based on the feedback of availability of the entrants.
  • In this instance fish caught will not contribute towards the series score, however large fish will still be eligible for the largest fish of the series prize.
  • Fish will need to be safely retained whilst awaiting the arrival of a match official. For those who are unsure on best practices, the match official will brief entrants at the start of each match
  • Any instances of serious lack of care towards the fish will result in disqualification from the series.
  • We will be introducing a limit on the amount of bait an entrant will be permitted to use. This will be made clear at least a week before any of the heats, after consultation with the entrants.


  • If any entrant to the series has a disability, we ask that you contact us before the first event.
  • We will offer any assistance that is required in this instance and will look at potential venue alternatives for those who would be unable to gain access to a venue.
  • This event is open to ALL members of the club and we will facilitate the needs of each and every angler.

Last but certainly not least

Whilst it's important we have guidelines and rules for the series, especially as far as fish care is concerned, it's also important the series is enjoyed by all who attend. We would therefore ask all entrants to embrace the participation of juniors (if present) and to join us in the ethos of a friendly, welcoming competition.


We have deliberately capped the size of this years series to ensure we are not blocking water access to other Club members and to gauge the popularity of the event for a 2nd series in 2019. Should the event be fully booked, with anglers missing out this year, we will extend the competition next year (which may then include non-club waters) to accommodate more entrants. The way the series has been structured means we are only occupying each venue for 3 days of the year in total (so there are 362 days left free for other members)


We have consciously not included Kingsbridge within the series, mainly as this is the Club's busiest water and we don't wish to cause access issues for members who are not in the series. There are currently matches already on Packhorse and the other lakes cannot accommodate 8 anglers at once, we therefore felt it best to exclude Kingsbridge, at least for 2018.


It's the first series we've held, whilst we have diligently gone through the mechanics of the competition, there may well be further points that require consideration. We will look at these if required and make decisions on such matters before the series commences. We will welcome any comments and feedback - please email James website@wimborneanddistrictanglingclub.co.uk if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.


Lastly the above prizes are based on 18 entrants. if we receive less than 18 entrants, the prizes will reduce accordingly. If we receive less than 12 entrants we may be forced to cancel the series.


We hope that the event is welcomed by the membership and proves popular. Entries will be on a first come first serve basis via the form and Paypal button below:

Series entry form and payment section

Entries will be on a first come, first serve basis

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If the event becomes full before we have chance to remove this section, any monies received will be returned to you as soon as possible.


The series organiser is James Nash, who will be accompanied by Stuart Hitchman, Steve Neale and George Frost in adjudicating the matches.


James can be contacted on website@wimborneanddistrictanglingclub.co.uk regarding entry and registration. Once registered we will provide you with phone numbers for the above persons to ensure communication prior, during and post each match is accessible.

Your entry will cost £60.00 and can be paid using the Paypal button below


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