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Veterans & Masters National Championship

Angling Trust Veterans & Masters National Championship 

Veterans Winner 2018

(Harry Billing 2018 Champion)


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ENTRY FEES are £20.00 with optional pools available.

Online entry for this event will be open in the New Year on our booking site at

In 2020 there will be two age categories in what was the Veterans National Championship. It will now be the Veterans & Masters National Championship open to males & females and fished on an individual basis. The Veterans category is 66 years & above on the day of the Championship. The Masters category is 55-65 years on the day of the Championship.

Headquarters: TBC

Draw: 08:30am

Fishing: 11:00am - 4:00pm (Duration 5 hours).

Closure of waters for practice: Waters to be closed from 5pm the day prior to the National Championship (Tuesday 28th July). Please check with the Fishery about their open matches.

Licences: All competitors must be in possession of a current Environment Agency Rod Licence. Any competitor reported by the Environment Agency to the resulting team on the day of the match will be disqualified.

Keepnet: Minimum length of 2 metres

Rules / Bait bans: Fishery & Angling Trust rules apply.

Refreshments: Available on site

Eligible fish: All fish caught are eligible for weighing with the exception of Game Fish, Pike, Zander and Crustaceans.

Please click here for the Veterans 2019 results.

Brilliant Billing three time Champ!

Veterans National press release main image 2019

Heavy overnight storms meant the fishing was difficult for some on the Angling Trust Veterans National at Tunnel Barn Farm. However with; High, Extension, New, Canal, Club and Jennies in there was a bit of space to get the fish going.

The incredibly consistent Harry Billings took the honours from the 140 strong field for the third successive year! Peg 28 on New Pool was his home and Harry adopted a shallow Maggot approach to catch 113lb 14oz mainly F1s and small carp, what an achievement.

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Runner up John Berry also broke the ton barrier in tricky conditions, carding 104lb 8oz of F1’s from House pool peg 16. This narrowly edged out Steve Richards on High Pool, who put together a respectable 103lb 2oz in the five hours. 


1.Harry Billing 113-14

2.John Berry 104-8

3.Steve Richards 103-2

4.Steve Johnson 98-12

5.Michael Edge 96-4

6.David Turner 87-8 

Medal Winners (30 peg Sections): 

Harry Billing

John Berry

Steve Richards

Nick Bryan

Philip Auger

Section Winner (10 peg sections):

R Clegg P Hillier

J Berry S Johnson

A Wright H Billing

S Richards F Rozs

J Waterhouse N Bryan

R Coniff S Nattrass

P Auger K Emlyn

T Wood

Thanks to Mike, Sarah and the whole team at Tunnel Barn Farm for presenting the fishery in an excellent manner and to all the Angling Trust volunteers for match day administration. 

Next years Veterans National will be at Decoy Lakes on Wednesday 29th July and will have a slightly reworked format based on the demand we've received. Next year there will be two age groups 55-65yrs and then 66yrs and above, with two separate winners crowned.

A look back at Veterans National Championship 2018.


The AT Veterans National once more had a cracking attendance with 133 anglers competing in the sunshine at the prolific Woodland View Fishery, Droitwich. Spread across virtually all the lakes, the competitors enjoyed some terrific sport despite the hot conditions.

Last year’s winner England International, Harry Billing couldn’t believe his luck when he drew corner peg 48 on Back Deans, the peg was alive with fish before the start of the match and thankfully for Harry they stayed there all day. Starting off fishing worm shallow on the long pole, Harry soon amassed 20Kg of ‘silvers’ being skimmers, roach and F1s before he switched his attention to his edge in the second half of the match. Here he caught carp up to 6kg using beefed up gear and either worm or maggot on the hook. His total weight of 71.200Kg was more than enough for Harry to retain his crown as the Veterans National Champion.

Veterans National second place Ivan Capsey

Pictured: Second place Ivan Capsey.

Ivan Capsey from Telford was repaid for helping out at the weekend’s Ladies & Anglers with Disabilities Nationals with a fine 2nd place on this match. Drawn on Front Deans peg 5, Ivan had a slow first couple of hours before he switched to fishing pellet between his nets and took a steady succession of carp up to 3kg giving him a total of 59.840Kg and the Runner Up spot. 

Not far away on peg 1 was previous Vets Champion Bob Greenbury from Leicester, who caught 57.875Kg of good carp fishing pellet close in down into the corner of his end peg. Overall it was a very good match with the top 12 anglers all breaking the 40Kg barrier.

Veterans National third place Bob Greenbury

Pictured: Third place Bob Greenbury.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Mike, Denise, Adrian and their team at Woodland View for a great day out. Further thanks to Andre and the organising team from the Angling Trust and final thanks to all the Veterans, who make this match one of the best in the calendar.

Next year’s match will be held at the equally prolific Tunnel Barn Fishery, Shrewley and tickets will be put on sale later in the year, once more through the online booking system.

Please click here for the Veterans 2018 results.

Angling Trust Veterans National Championship 2017

Veterans National 2017 top 2

Photo - Left: Winner, Harry Billings. Right: Second, Danny Sixsmith

Wednesday 26th July 2017

Partridge Lakes Fishery, Culcheth

The Angling Trust’s Veteran National took place at the ever popular Partridge Lakes, where 147 of our hardy angling veterans braved some appalling weather; strong winds and rain hampered tackle presentation and left the fish reluctant to feed. However, as the weather started to clear and warm up the fish got on the feed and weights really built in the last couple of hours.

Peg 30 on Covey two was England Veteran International Harry Billings’ peg for the day and after fishing caster across at the start with little to show for his efforts, Harry switched to fishing paste down the edge which transformed his catch rate. F1’s and proper carp up to 6lb were being dropped into his net on a regular basis and at the ‘All Out’ he had amassed a catch of 50.800kg which was enough to see him crowned Angling Trust Veterans National Champion for 2017.

Pushing Harry right to the wire was fellow England International Danny Sixsmith, fishing peg 151 on Covey six he was blighted with small fish for the early part of the match. However, with heavy feeding the bigger carp moved in down his margin swim and he ended up with 47.450kg caught on maggot over groundbait.

Anthony Maguire was on the next peg 152 and also caught well down his margins amassing a respectable 32.600kg in the five hours. This was just enough to take the final place on the podium ahead of Graham Stokes on Covey six, Peg 157 with 32.275kg

Despite the weather this was another cracking national with a real sense of comrardery between the veterans. Next year the Veterans Championships is being hosted by Woodland View Near Droitwich on the 25th July 2018.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Barbara and her team at Partridge Lakes for their invaluable help and assistance during the day.

Top 6 Results;

1st Harry Billing Garbolino 50.800kg

2nd Danny Sixsmith Matrix Dynamite Baits 47.450kg

3rd Anthony Maguire Castle Vale 32.600kg

4th Graham Stokes Lymm 32.275kg

5th Christopher Weeder St Helens 31.625kg

6th Kelvin Holvey Goole 31.075kg

Section Medal Winners;

A section Malcolm Hyde Canvey Island 29.050kg

B section John Trevor-Jones Northwich 28.200kg

C section Harry Billing Garbolino 50.800kg

D section Charles Hibbs Leigh 30.550kg

E section Danny Sixsmith Matrix Dynamite Baits 47.450kg

Photo - Left: Winner, Harry Billings. Right: Second, Danny Sixsmith

Click here for the AT Veterans National Championship 2017 results.


A Look Back at 2016
Veterans National Championship

177 of the country’s finest veteran anglers gathered at Tunnel Barn Fishery at Shrewley for this years Angling Trust Veterans National Championships and what a great match most of them had. The field was festooned with current and past England Internationals and this extra experience shone through as the results announced that some of these Internationals took the top 4 places.

Taking the veterans crown for 2016 was Kevin Folwell (Drennan Bagum) who was drawn on peg 32 of Top Pool. Kevin caught early fish from all round his peg on pole and pellet before the F1’s moved in, in numbers on his 8m line where he caught virtually every put in fishing pellet shallow for the final 2 hours. His 80+ F1’s weighed 61.300Kg was a fair way ahead of second place Harry Billing (Garbolino) who drew peg 23 on Club Pool.

Veterans press release 2

               (Top 3 - From left to right; Harry Billing, Kevin Folwell and Danny Sixsmith)

Fishing worm at 13m, Harry caught steadily all match and his 4 bonus carp and 50 F1’s weighed 49.150Kg. Chasing close behind was England team mate Danny Sixsmith (Sensas) who was drawn on peg 2 of Jennys Pool, Danny fished worm as well but caught well down the edge for the last 2 hours, his 4 carp and 40 F1’s weighed 45.650Kg. Ex Ladies International Pam Mason stood tall amongst the men and finished an agonizing 50gms away from 3rd place and a medal.

Pam weighed 45.600Kg from peg 11 on High Pool. Over 30Kg was needed to make the top 10 and the lowest section winning weight was 22.100Kg, a good day by anyone’s standard.

The Angling Trust would to thank Sarah and her team at Tunnel Barn for a very enjoyable day. Next years match is at the prolific Partridge Lakes, Warrington.


1st Kevin Folwell Drennan Bagum 61.300Kg

2nd Harry Billing Garbolino 49.150Kg

3rd Danny Sixsmith Sensas 45.650Kg

4th Pam Mason Leominster 45,600Kg

5th Tony Watling St Neots 42.550Kg

6th Bob Greenbury Leicester 41.450Kg

Click here for results


A look back at 2015.

England Veterans International Roger Marlow takes top spot at the Angling Trust Veterans National Championship.

An unseasonal cool breeze had most of the 157 competitors reaching for their coats for the Angling Trust Veterans National Championship held on Wednesday 29th July 2015, but at least the fish hotted things up for most at the prolific Makins Fishery, Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

With the competitors spread across all 3 phases it was difficult to get a feel of where the winner would come from, although Lakes 3, 5 and Lizard were being touted as favourites at the draw. A slow start for most meant they had to wait till later in day for the action to hot up and when the skimmers and carp eventually fed nets were being filled up fast. Some lovely bags of skimmers were caught throughout the venue, but carp were needed in numbers to boost you up the leader board.

England Veterans International Roger Marlow (Drennan Leicester Sensas) found carp in abundance in his corner peg 15 on Lake 5 and was one of the few to catch steadily all day. Fishing 8mm banded pellet and maggot on the pole at 5m and down the edge later in the match he caught 22 carp up to 12 lb and a net ful of skimmers for 118-12-0 and duly added the crown of Veterans National Champion 2015 to his long list of honours.

Jeffrey Church (Coleman’s Bait & Tackle), fishing at peg 33 on Lizard also tamed carp to 12 lb and skimmers by fishing paste and meat on the pole down the edge to finish as runner up with 93-12-0. Lake 5 also threw up 3rd place which went to Terry Phillips (Attleborough Sports Nuneaton) at peg 4 but he only caught in the last 2 hours when he started slapping 6mm pellet at 13m and ended up with 88-0-0 of carp in the net. So a good and enjoyable day was had by most and even the rain held off till after the match.

Roger Marlow Veterans National Champion 2015

Top 7 Results;

1st Roger Marlow (Drennan Leicester Sensas) 118-12-0

2nd Jeffrey Church (Colemans Bait & Tackle) 93-12-0

3rd Terry Phillips (Attleborough Sports Nuneaton) 88-0-0

4th Alec Rawlings (Skegness) 77-4-0

4th John Jones (Northwich) 77-4-0

6th Keith Killick (Rayleigh) 71-6-0

7th Jim Randall (North Walsham) 69-0-0

The Angling Trust would like to thank Alan and his staff at Makins for making it a very pleasant day. Next year the Veterans National will take place at Tunnel Barn Farm on Wednesday 27th July 2016.

Please click here for the full results.

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