Best of the Best

Best of the Best

The £2000 Best of the Best trout competition should be on every angler’s radar. Whether you are a pleasure angler, or a competitive angler, everyone has a chance to win big and claim the reputation as the best around. It is without doubt the biggest prize fund in the trout angling calendar!

1st Prize – £1000 cash
2nd Prize – £400 cash
3rd Prize – £250 cash
Biggest Fish (not finishing in top 3) – £200 cash
1st Blind Pairs (drawn on the day) – £100 cash
2nd Blind Pairs (drawn on the day) – £50 cash

Qualifying for the final could not be easier, simply catch the heaviest or second heaviest Rainbow trout in any one week from the following South West Lakes Trust venues, Kennick, Siblyback, Stithians or Burrator.

Fish must be witnessed and weighed by a member of staff or another angler. 2 people can qualify from each venue per week!  With unlimited entries, this is your chance to get your name etched onto the Honours board and claim the title of ‘The Best of the Best’

Past qualifying fish have varied from 1.5lb up to 6lb. You really have to be in it to win it!

2019 will be the sixth year of this big money competition which has attracted anglers from all over the country.

Click here to read the 2018 Best of the Best results.

Click here to read the 2017 Best of the Best results.

Click here to read the 2016 Best of the Best results.

Bank fishing only on 29 September 2019, at Kennick Reservoir, Devon.

We are delighted to announce that the new sponsor for the Best of the Best competition is Snowbee. Simon Kidd, Sales and Marketing Manager at Snowbee had this to say;

Snowbee to Sponsor SWLT ‘Best of the Best’ throughout 2019.

With Snowbee UK being based in the South West of England and surrounded on all sides by superb scenery and fishing, we are delighted to be supporting the SWLT ‘Best of the Best’ Competition for 2019. With the best fish caught every week, from the start of the season, on all the Trusts premier waters qualifying their captors for the final, this is indeed the country’s premier ‘season long’, open fly fishing event. With the nation’s biggest prize fund too, then in addition to the great fishing across the range of the West country’s most spectacular venues, there is a real chance of any angler sharing a substantial prize especially with the new format. We are really keen to help as many anglers as possible enjoy and be more successful in their fishing all season long also, whatever their experience, so this makes for a great association for us too. ”

There will be some fantastic prizes with as many as 20 people guaranteed a prize at the final! There will also be prizes for the largest fish in qualifying from each lake.

1st Prize – £1000
2nd Prize – £400
3rd Prize – £250

Biggest Fish in the final (not finishing in top 3) – £200
Blind pairs (drawn on the morning of the final) £100
Second Blind pairs (drawn on morning of the final) £50

Qualifying Period: 16 February – 23 September 2019
Final: Bank fishing only on 29 September
2019 at Kennick Reservoir, Devon.

Ben Smeeth, Angling Lead for South West Lakes Trust commented ‘the Best of the Best is an outstanding competition which is gaining in popularity. Not only is it the biggest in prize money but it provides a chance for anglers of all abilities to win some serious money at our final. There will be potentially 8 anglers winning from £100 to £1000 at this years final and at least another 10 anglers winning prizes! The final itself, at Kennick, is a fantastic venue for the event and I am really looking forward to it.

For more information, please contact Ben Smeeth on 01566 771930 or email

Name Fish Size Lake
Michael Peppitt 3lb 10oz Kennick
Mr M Boston 3lb 12.5oz Kennick
Richard Mason 3lb 8oz Kennick
Darren Penfold 3lb 6oz Kennick
Steve Cook 1lb 4oz Stithians
John Hern 2lb 15.5oz Kennick
Ron Wilday 4lb 2oz Siblyback
Joe Darlington 3lb 6oz Siblyback
Andy Watson 2lb 4oz Kennick
Steve Jones 4lb 2oz Siblyback
Alec Hoare 12lb 15oz Siblyback
Duncan Kier 1lb 15oz Siblyback
Peter Williams 1lb 3oz Siblyback
Ian Hicks 13lb 7oz Siblyback
Phil Sharpe 12lb 7.5oz Kennick
Bill Thomas 5lb 11oz Stithians
Paul Davies 3lb 4oz Kennick
Mark Cheriton 13lb 10.5oz Kennick
Warren Chegwidden 1lb 12oz Stithians
Don Corryman 4lb 4oz Siblyback
G Watts 4lb 1oz Siblyback
Barrie Christian 4lb Siblyback
Barry Ware 3lb 9oz Kennick
M Sanders 3lb 2oz Kennick
Alan Riddell 11lb 4oz Stithians
Paul Wicks 1lb 10oz Kennick
A Gooding 1lb 14oz Kennick
Malcolm Ure 3lb Kennick
Tom Hendy 3lb Kennick
Richard Buckingham 2lb 12oz Stithians
Simon Stokes 2lb 9oz Kennick
Barry Ware Jnr 2lb 11oz Kennick
Mike Stone 2lb 5oz Kennick
Nick Thompkins 3lb 4oz Burrator
Mike Steer 1lb 9oz Kennick
Mr A Alger 3lb 12oz Kennick
Mr S Glanville 1lb 6oz Stithians
John Dolley 4lb 8oz Stithians
Chris Bolt 1lb 8oz Kennick
Allan Lawson 2lb 8oz Kennick
Ray Butler 1lb 6oz Kennick
Alan Brown 1lb 8oz Kennick
Don Brown (Facebook Comp Winner) N/A N/A
Steven Dean 4lbs 9oz Siblyback
Dave Perks 1lb 8oz Kennick
Paul Lingham 2lb 15oz Burrator
Matt Kingdon 2lb 2oz Kennick
John Huckings 1lb 12oz Kennick
Paul Jones 1lb 9oz Siblyback
Paul Wallace 11lb 4oz Stithians

To see the competition rules please click here