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Dynamite Baits back booming AT/CRT Canal Pairs The Angling Trust are delighted to announce a huge boost from bait manufacturing giants Dynamite Baits, who will sponsor the increasingly popular AT & CRT Canal Pairs in 2018. In recent years the contest has gone from strength to strength and now hosts 16 multi-national qualifiers and an estimate prize pool in excess of £8000.

AT & CRT Canal PAIRS Championship

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Angling Trust and Canal & Rivers Trust

PAIRS Canal Championship

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1st place winners Canal Pairs final 2017

Winning Pair 2017 - From left: Richard Parry, CRT chief executive, Dave Brown and Rob Lloyd


Online ticket entries ARE OPEN 

For 2018, to apply for Canal Pairs tickets, you will need to book on via our Events Booking Site at: Tickets have been available to book from 10:30am on Monday 19th March 2018. Closing dates for purchasing tickets will be the Wednesday prior to each qualifier at 3:30pm. Please check the individual events on the booking site for confirmation of this. Please note that there will be no paper copies of entry forms this year.

Ticket prices remain at £40.00 per pair per qualifier.

Anyone wishing to take part in this event MUST BE 18 years of age and above

Please be aware that pegs are limited to 50 pairs per qualifier, so entries are on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no reserve lists for 2018.

The AT & CRT Canal Pairs Championship is open to both members & non-members of the Angling Trust. However, all participants in the final must be either a member of the Angling Trust or a Friend of the Canal & River Trust. You can join the Angling Trust as a member by telephoning the Membership Office on 0343 5077 006 (Option 1).

AT members can log in to the booking site with their membership number & password. This password can be easily reset via the site if needed. In order to book tickets, you will need to provide an email address when entering each entrant’s details. The tickets will be emailed to the email address/es provided and you must print these tickets and take both of them with you on the day of the match. Tickets are non-transferable between pairs or qualifiers.

Cancellation/Refunds: Please note: If you wish to cancel a ticket, please inform by email, and include your name, the name of the qualifier you would like to cancel, your membership number & post code. We require 7 days notice prior to the qualifier in order to process a refund.  Any notification outside of this time scale will not be entitled to receive a refund.  Please note:  There is no secondary market for the sale or transfer of any tickets.


Details of Britain’s biggest canal angling competition have been announced with the 2018 Canal Pairs Championship once again coming to the nations waterways.

Organised by the charity, the Canal & River Trust in partnership with the Angling Trust, the Championship’s regional qualifying heats are being held in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as thirteen heats across England.

Competitors will score points based on the weight of fish they catch with up to six pairs in each heat - dependent on entries per heat - going through to the grand final on Saturday 20th October 2018. The final will be held at Stafford with pegs on both the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and Trent & Mersey Canal. The National Junior Canal Championship will take place on 21st October on the Shropshire Union Canal at Church Eaton in Stafford.

Applications for tickets will open in the New Year via the Angling Trust’s online booking system at a cost of £40 per pair per qualifier. Further details will be announced in the New Year on how to enter.

The potential grand final prize pot is £16,000, dependent on all sixteen heats selling out – with the prize money split between the top four pairs.

John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager for the Canal & River Trust said: “Our canals offer fantastic angling, even in the most urban areas. They’re packed with fish, freely accessible and a great place to unwind and clear your mind so we want to inspire more people to give them a go.

 “These championships are a really good way of doing just that and are growing in popularity each year. The 2018 event promises to be an exciting one, with anglers across the UK and Ireland invited to show us what they can do.

“We hope to see lots of entries but, if match fishing isn’t your thing, then your local canal still has plenty to offer.”

David Kent, Chair of Angling Trust Competitions said; “This competition goes from strength-to-strength and I think a key reason for this is that new venues are introduced every year thus keeping the event fresh.”

James Lewis, Competitions Development Manager of the Angling Trust commented “It’s great to see canal fishing coming back to the top of the match fishing calendar. We’ve worked carefully with the Canal & River Trust and local clubs to identify and organise new matches on sections of canal that are going to produce plenty of bites and exceptional matches.”

The dates, venues and host clubs for the AT & CRT Canal Pairs qualifiers and the final are listed below:

Saturday 23 June – Shropshire Union Canal, Soudley, Hodnet Angling Club

Sunday 24 June – Gloucester & Sharpness Canal

Saturday 21st July (Changed from original date published) – Forth & Clyde Canal

Sunday 15th July – Edenderry Grand Canal, Offely

Sunday 22nd July – Grand Union Canal, Blaby, Glen Parva & South Wigston Wigston AS - NEW

Saturday 28 July - Shropshire Union Canal, Shebdon, Hodnet Angling Club - NEW

Saturday 4 August – Rochdale Canal, Todmorden, Todmorden Angling Society

Sunday 5 August – Grand Union Canal, Luton Angling Club and The Tring Anglers - NEW

Sunday 12 August – Grand Union Canal, Foxton, Wellingborough and District Nene Angling Club - NEW

Sunday 2 September – Grand Union Canal, Loughborough, Quorn Angling Society

Sunday 9 September – Leeds Liverpool Canal, Wigan, Wigan District Angling Association

Saturday 22 September – Trent & Mersey Canal, Rugeley, Coors Angling Club

Sunday 23 September - Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal, Penkridge, Wolverhampton Angling Association

Saturday 29 September – Llangollen Canal, Whixall, Hodnet Angling Club

Saturday 29th September – Kennet & Avon Canal, Devizes, Devizes Angling Club

Sunday 30th September – Aire & Calder, Altofts, Mirfield Angling Club - NEW

Grand Final:

Saturday 20 October – Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and Trent & Mersey Canal -
Stafford Boat Club, Hazlestrine Arm, Maplewood, Wildwood, Stafford, ST17 4SG.
Fishing times:
10:30 - 3:30pm.

The National Junior Championship:
Sunday 21st October - Shropshire Union Canal
HQ: Royal Oak, High Street, Church Eaton, Stafford, ST20 0AJ
Fishing times: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Draw: 10:30am

A Look Back at 2017



1st place winners Canal Pairs final 2017

(Winning Pair 2017 - From left to right; Richard Parry, chief executive, CRT, Dave Brown and Rob Lloyd )

David Brown and Robert Lloyd win the AT & CRT Canal Pairs Grand Final Championship title for 2017

Following qualifiers held across much of the canal network and in Wales, Scotland and Ireland, 56 pairs contested the Angling Trust & Canal and River Trust Pairs Grand Final of this prestigious and unique competition, held on the Erewash canal, Long Eaton on 21st October 2017.

The weather forecast was, for once, pretty accurate so whilst the day remained fairly dry there were strong winds throughout with gusts up to 40 mph. Clearly not good for fishing. However, as the results show the anglers coped extremely well and the canal, hosting its first big match for a decade, produced a really good match. Indeed 1.840 kilos was needed to make the top twenty.

Individually it was Paul Turner from the West Midlands, arguably the most in-form canal angler around at the moment, who took the honours. Paul drew peg A1 below Sandiacre Lock and made no mistake putting a mixed bag of perch, roach and skimmers on the scales for a total of 6 kilos. Indeed A section provided all the top weights with Lancashire angler Daz Shaw taking second with 3.880 kilos and Jason Evans from Bromsgrove finishing third with 3.250 kilos. Fourth was James Carty with 3.050 just shading Ian Freeborn with 2.950.

Of course the Pairs event was the main feature of the day. Stafford anglers David Brown and Robert Lloyd became the 2017 Pairs Champions with a magnificent 105 points out of a possible 112. David scored 50 points in A section whilst Robert scored 55 in B. Runners – up were local angler Tony Barker and his partner Mick Hatchard from Walsall with another great score – 100 points. Third pair were Jason Evans and Mark Robertson from Bromsgrove with 97 points. Two Pairs, individual winner Paul Turner and his brother Neil and Lee Newson and Graham Smith tied for fourth place, but with Paul’s winning weight it was the Turners who secured the final top spot.

2nd place pair Canal Pairs final 2017

(2nd Place pair Tony Baker & Mick Hatchard)

Further up the canal near Ilkeston 16 youngsters up to the age of 16 contested the AT/CRT Junior Championship. Again they coped pretty well with the sometimes ferocious winds with the top five all recording very respectable weights.

Liam Murphy 2017

Junior Winner - Liam Murphy

Champion was Liam Murphy from Liverpool with a particularly good weight of 1.620 kilos from peg 75. Another angler making the long journey, Billy Kirk, narrowly finished second with 1.490 kilos. Billy from West Sussex drew peg 80. Third spot went to another West Sussex lad, Thomas Clark, who weighed 1.290 kilos at peg 89. Fourth was James Peet with 0.900 kilos. Fifth Billy Pitman with 0.750 and sixth was Kieran Woodward with 0.720.

A look Back at the start of 2017

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. 1 pair out of every 10 pairs, or part thereof will qualify for the final from each qualifier 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  
  • Saturday 23rd 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 Individual Junior Canal Championship:

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

Canal Junior Championship

Young anglers are being offered the chance to net a prestigious title

A prestigious national competition aimed at attracting a new generation of anglers onto the nation’s historic canals is coming to the East Midlands for the first time this year.

 The National Junior Canal Championship, organised by us and the Angling Trust, aims to show young anglers how good the nation’s canals can be whilst giving them the chance to show off their skills.

 The competition is free to enter and open to anyone aged between 10 and 16 inclusive with the winner taking home the top trophy and being crowned national champion.

The match is taking place on 21 October on the Erewash Canal at Long Eaton.

The youngsters will be able to gain inspiration from some of the best anglers in the country as the National Canal Pairs Championship is also taking place on the canal on the same day.

John Ellis, our national fisheries & angling manager said; "As a charity we really want to see more people, especially youngsters, having a go at angling on their local canal and so we’re delighted to welcome the Junior Canal Championships to the East Midlands this year.

"The Erewash Canal is great for anglers, particularly youngsters, as it’s easily accessible, low cost and full of fish so where better for them to hone their skills. There’s nothing quite like fishing on your local canal or river for helping you slow down and get in touch with nature.

"With some of the country’s best senior anglers also competing on that day, it promises to be a fantastic event."

David Kent, National Chair of Competitions at the Angling Trust, said; "We all have a responsibility to try and secure the future of angling and, clearly, one of the priorities is to do everything possible to encourage youngsters to take up the sport. Most youngsters have a competitive edge so good, well-run competitions with plenty of prizes such as this event are therefore vital.”

To enter the competition contact Sandra Johnson, Competitions Manager for the Angling Trust on 0115 8224519 or email; Entries must be received by Friday 6 October 2017.

A Look back at 2016


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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