Q: At the presentation, will I have to pay to get in to the Eden Project?
A: No, the presentation is likely being held in the Gallery, which is accessible before reaching the main gates.
Q: I have never fished in Cornwall before and am travelling down from further afield. Will I be having to compete against local anglers who know the area very well?
A: Each year, visiting anglers place very well in the overall prizes. However, we have an extra prize in each category just for the highest place visiting angler outside of the overall top three. Visiting anglers placed within the overall top three will obviously win that prize!
Q: I want to fish a members only/club/staff area on the coast. Can I fish it during the Festival?
A: Sadly not. In the interests of maintaining a fair event for all entrants, members only/club/staff areas are out of bounds. To qualify, an area must be free for the general public to fish. This is good for the competition.
Q: should I place my tape measure on top of or under the fish I catch and photograph?
A: Under, or very slightly to the side. Apart from being very hard to take photos while both hands are holding a tape, if we keep tapes flat the it is easier for us all to be consistent.
Q: Can I also sign my friends in when I reach one of the registration points?
A: No. It is really important for us that we can gain the signatures of all entrants to insure ourselves against any personal accidents that may occur during the weekend.
Q: will there be food and drink available at the presentation?
A: Yes! One of the benefits of booking the Eden Project was not only the cover provided in case of bad weather, but also that all facilities, including food and drink are available.
Q: Will there be any cheap tackle available to buy at the presentation?
A: Yes! The sponsors and The Art of Fishing will have many “Festival only” deals in place! Come prepared! This year we are also suggesting that entrants or visitors bring along any second hand tackle they may wish to sell. Bringing cash is obviously advisable for this purpose, although The Art of Fishing will have a card machine.
Q: Can I pay for my ticket when I sign in?
A: Sadly not this year. With the costs incurred for me (the organiser) being accountable for before the festival weekend, regrettably you can no longer pay on the day. For general peace of mind, it is also essential that we know how many are fishing the event prior to it taking place. Those waiting to see what the weather is going to do should man-up a bit. All entrants must be fully paid up by midnight on July 17th. See HERE.