Fancy getting into match fishing this season? It’s brilliant fun, not to mention a great way of improving your skills. Dom Garnett is your guide to starting match fishing or making a return to the fray.

For those who make it a regular thing, competitions can add a whole new level of enjoyment to your fishing. Aside from the social element and buzz of matchday, it’s a sure way to improve your angling in general.

Contrary to some of the cliches, you don’t need to be an elite level angler, or to spend a fortune on gear or entry fees. The chances are, there’s an event where you live to suit your favourite fishing styles- and your wallet!

One of the great things about current match fishing is the sheer variety of events, regardless of your age, sex or angling ability. Just take a look at our competition section and you’ll find matches from the Canal Pairs and RiverFest, through to big money qualifiers such as Fish’o’Mania. But beyond this, there are also thousands of smaller club and open matches to get your teeth into…

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