Best of the Best

Best of the Best – Cancelled

Unfortunately we have made the difficult decision to cancel this years event

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

How to qualify for the final:
There are 6 bank fishing heats with a maximum of 12 anglers per heat – the top 6 anglers in each heat qualify for the final.

Heat Dates:
Siblyback – 28 March
Kennick – 11 April
Burrator – 25 April
Stithians – 9 May
Siblyback – 26 September
Kennick – 3 October

There will be 36 anglers in the bank fishing final at Kennick Reservoir, Devon on 11 October 2020.

Click here to read the 2019 Best of the Best results.

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.

Snowbee to Sponsor SWLT ‘Best of the Best’ again in 2020.

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 2020. The changes to this years competition and having 6 heats on all the Trusts premier waters will make for a really great competition. This fantastic event is the premier competition in the UK and with £2000 in prize money generously donated by the Trust as well as all the prizes we sponsor it’s the biggest and best around! Its fished 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, whatever their experience, so this makes for a great association for us too.”

Simon Kidd, Sales and Marketing Manager at Snowbee 

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 details contact Ben on 01566 771930 or email

Name Fish Size Lake
Andrew Alger 2lb 8.5oz Kennick
Paul Davis 2lb 12oz Kennick
Peter Phillips 3lb Burrator
Andy Lobb 3lb 7oz Kennick
Richard Peel 3lb 1oz Burrator
Malcolme Ure 3lb 5oz Kennick
Alan Behan 3lb 6oz Burrator
Jim Heathcote 3lb 11oz Kennick
Tony Chipman 3lb 5oz Siblyback
Neil Barron 3lb 9oz Siblyback
Ian Elford 3lb 1oz Siblyback
Graham Watts 3lb 1oz Siblyback
Ron Wilday 3lb 14oz Siblyback
Andy Gooding 4lb 7oz Kennick
Allan Lawson 3lb 6oz Burrator
John Hern 4lb 0oz Kennick
Mark Sinclair 3lb 11oz Burrator
Warren Chegwidder 1lb 15oz Stithians
Paul Lingham 3lb 5oz Burrator
John Rumbold 3lb 8oz Siblyback
Terry Diamond 2lb 4oz Kennick
Steven Dean 3lb 6oz Burrator
S McCullough 3lb 5oz Burrator
Tony Hendy 3lb 8oz Kennick
Chris Bolt 2lb 4oz Kennick
Paul Jones 2lb 15 1/2oz Kennick
Paul Wicks 3lb 7oz Kennick
Duncan Kier 2lb 11oz Kennick
Allan Brown 2lb 7oz Kennick
Barry Ware snr 2lb 5oz Kennick
Alec Hoare 2lb 5oz Kennick
D Perks 3lb 5oz Kennick
Andy Lawson 3lb 8oz Burrator
Anthony Waldren 3lb 13oz Burrator
Janet Till 4lb 8oz Kennick
Chris Bee 3lb 11oz Kennick
Alex Venn 2lb 4oz Kennick
P Brown 2lb 10oz Kennick
Roger Truscott 1lb 14oz Siblyback
John Huckings 2lb 10oz Siblyback
Paul Lee 3lb 4oz Burrator
Darren Everitt 3lb 12oz Kennick

To see the competition rules please click here