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Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust Junior Canal Championship 2016 Going into its third year, the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust are delighted to announce they are organising the Junior Canal Championship for 2016.

AT & CRT Canal PAIRS Championship

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PAIRS Canal Championship


from 10.30am via the Angling Trust

You can apply for tickets by downloading an entry form HERE or ringing 0115 8224660.  Tickets are at a cost of £40.00 per pair per qualifier to book on.


Britain’s biggest canal angling competition, the Canal Pairs Championship, is once again being held along the nation's waterways.

Canal Pairs Championships 2015Canal Pairs Championships 2015

Organised by the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust in partnership, the Championship’s regional qualifying heats are being held in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as 13 heats across England. Once again competitors will score points based on the weight of fish they catch. Up to five pairs in each heat will go through to the grand final which, together with the National Junior Canal Championship, will be held on the Erewash Canal on Saturday 21 October 2017.

Prize money for the 2017 competition final, which is subject to entry and divided amongst the top four pairs.

John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager for the Canal & River Trust comments: "The aim of the competition is to inspire match anglers to experience the great fishing that can be found on their local canal.  

The 2016 event was a great success and proved really popular with anglers from across the country and I’m expecting 2017 event to be just as big a success."

David Kent, chair of Angling Trust Competitions said: "The 2016 event was our biggest yet and it was great to see club and open anglers from across the country of all ages taking part. Canal fishing is a great branch of the sport and I’m sure this year’s championship will help inspire even more people to get involved and give it a try."

Dates and venues for 2017

The dates, venues and host clubs for the qualifiers and the final are:

  • Saturday 1 July 2017 -  Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Liverpool & District Angling Society
  • Saturday 15 July 2017 - Forth & Clyde Canal, Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling
  • Sunday 16 July 2017 - Basingstoke Canal, Basingstoke Canal Angling Association
  • Saturday 29 July 2017 - Grand Union Canal (Aylesbury Arm), The Tring Anglers 
  • Sunday 30 July 2017 - Newry Canal, Edenderry Angling club
  • Saturday 5 August 2017 - Shropshire Union Canal Soudley, Hodnet Angling Club
  • Sunday 13 August 2017 – Shropshire Union Bretton to Audlem, Hodnet Angling Club
  • Sunday 20 August 2017 - Kennet & Avon Canal, Reading & District Angling Association
  • Monday 28 August 2017 - Aire & Calder Canal, Boothferry Joint Angling Committee
  • Saturday 2 September 2017 - New Junction Canal, Doncaster Angling Association
  • Sunday 3 September 2017 -Trent & Mersey Canal, Pride of Derby Angling Association
  • Sunday 10 September 2017 - Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Winget Angling Club  
  • Sunday 24 September 2017 - Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Wombourne Wolverhampton Angling Association
  • Saturday 30 September 2017 - Grand Union Canal, Northampton Nene Angling Club
  • Saturday 7 October 2017 - Llangollen Canal, Whixall Hodnet Angling Club
  • Sunday 8 October 2017 - Trent & Mersey Canal Middlewich, Middlewich Angling club  

Grand Final and National Junior Canal Championship:

Saturday 21 October 2017 – Erewash Canal, Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society

Click here for the AT/CRT Canal Pairs results for 2016

Click here for the AT/CRT Junior Championship results 2016

2016 Qualifier reports available here;

• Saturday 2nd July – Shropshire Union Canal, Hodnet Angling Club - Click Here for report

• Sunday 17th July – Rochdale Canal, Todmorden Angling Society - Click Here for report

• Saturday 23rd July – Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, Winget Angling Club - Click here for report

• Saturday 30th July - Grand Union Canal (Aylesbury Arm), Tring Anglers - Click here for report

• Sunday 31st July – Grand Canal, Irish Angling Development Alliance/ Edenderry Coarse Angling Club - Click here for report

• Sunday 7th August – New Junction Canal, Doncaster & District Angling Association - Click here for report

• Saturday 13th August – Birmingham & Fazeley Canal, Dams and Lock Angling Club

• Sunday 21st August – Erewash Canal, Long Eaton Victoria Angling Society - Click Here

• Saturday 27th August – Forth & Clyde, Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling/Scottish Canals

• Sunday 11th September – Trent & Mersey Canal, Coors Angling Club

• Saturday 24th September – Grand Union Canal, Milton Keynes Angling Association - Click Here

• Sunday 25th September – Basingstoke Canal, Basingstoke Canal Angling Association

• Saturday 1st October – Kennet & Avon Canal, Devizes Angling Association - Click Here

• Saturday 8th October – Llangollen Canal - Click Here

• Sunday 9th October – Leeds & Liverpool Canal, Wigan & District Angling Association - Click Here

Grand Final and Junior Championship:

• Saturday 29th October – Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Wolverhampton Angling Association

A look back at 2015.

Kevin Clarke and Dave Edgerley from Sam’s Tackle in Wigan have been crowned ‘Britain’s Best Canal Anglers’ at the recent National Canal Pairs Championship held along the Birmingham & Fazeley Canal in Minworth.

The final, which was organised by the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for 2,000 miles of waterways in England & Wales, and the Angling Trust was hosted by Dams & Locks Angling Club and saw 51 pairs of the country’s top anglers compete for the title.

Tom Clark, from West Sussex managed to catch an impressive 1.2kg of fish and took the title of ‘Britain’s Best Junior Canal Angler’ in the junior section of the competition.

Tom Clarke junior winner 2016 Canal Championship

John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager for the Canal & River Trust, said: “This year’s competition has reeled in some bumper catches and has really shown how packed with fish the canals are. 

“Angling is a great sport to get into as it’s open to people of all ages and abilities and, as most people live within five miles of their local waterway, accessible to millions of people.”

David Kent, from the Angling Trust said: “Saturdays Final saw some of the country's best canal anglers battling to win this inaugural Championship. 

“It was a successful first year in many ways clearly demonstrating just how passionate many anglers are about their canal fishing and also how well the collaboration between the Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust is progressing.

“We knew there was a gap in the big match calendar for both a top flight canal-based event and a pairs event. This Championship seems to have filled that gap perfectly. Long may it continue!”

The 2016 event will feature additional qualifying heats in Wales, Scotland, Northern and Southern Ireland.

Click here for full results of the Canal Pairs Championship final

Top 6 Junior results
1st Tom Clarke 1.210kg
2nd Jordan Holloway 0.930kg
3rd Lewis Roberts 0.870kg
4th Haydon Nicholls 0.860kg
5th David Smith 0.770kg
6th Josh Newman 0.670kg

Click here for full results of the Junior Canal Championship

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A look back at 2014


The first Canal Championship, a new event aimed at encouraging more people to fish on the nation’s historic canal network, has been declared a great success.

The event, which took place on Sunday 14 September at Soudley on the Shropshire Union Canal attracted over 150 anglers from across the country. The match was organised by the Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust, supported by Hodnet Angling Club, as a way of encouraging more people to fish on the nation’s historic canal network.

Canal Pairs

The prestigious new pairs trophy was won by Simon Preece, sponsored by Browning and Simon Mottram, sponsored by Drennan and ABC baits, who together scored 125 points out of a possible 136. Second place went to Kevin Clarke and Dave Edgeley with 118 points and in third place were Paul Andrews and Paul Denson with 117. The top individual catch of the day went to Gary Smith with a catch of 13.6kg.

As well as attracting renowned senior anglers the day also included a free junior match open to 12-16 year olds. The match was won by 14 year old Yestyn Sephton with a catch of 2.6kg and Yestyn went home with the top prize of a 14 metre Sensas pole donated jointly by the chairmen of both the Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust.

Alongside the matches there were also some fun taster sessions taking place with coaches from the Angling Trust showing budding anglers of the future how to choose the right bait, cast off and reel in their catch.

Junior Championship

John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager for the Canal & River Trust said; “The first ever Canal Championship was a great day and hopefully everyone went home having enjoyed a good day’s fishing.

“The aim was to show just how good angling on the nation’s beautiful canals can be and I think, alongside our friends at the Angling Trust and Hodnet AC, we achieved that with a fantastic location and some great catches. It was great to see so many young people getting involved and having fun, either through the junior match or the taster sessions.

“Canals are brilliant for fishing, particularly for young people, as they’re easily accessible, cheap and run through most urban areas so hopefully we’ll be seeing those that came to Soudley on the towpath again soon.”

Sandra Drew, Competitions & Events Manager, Angling Trust stated “The Angling Trust are delighted to have worked in partnership with the Canal & River Trust. The main Pairs event ran alongside the Junior event was a huge success and a good day of fishing had by everyone. I would like to thank Terry Nutt and Hodnet AC for all their help and support, and to all the volunteers for all their hard work and contribution in making these two events run smoothly.”

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