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Individual National Championship

Angling Trust Individual National Championship 

Gary Thompson Ind National 2019
(Gary Thompson 2019 Winner)

Saturday 1st August 2020

Grand Union Canal, Northampton

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

OPEN FOR ENTRIES from 10.30am Wednesday 4th March 2020

The Individual National Championship is for all individual members of the Angling Trust over the age of 16 on the day of event.

To book onto the event go on the AT booking site here Please remember to have your membership number and password ready for booking your ticket.

This is an individual event scored by overall weight, the winner will become the Individual National Champion 2020.

Closing date for entries: Friday 31st July 2020 3.00pm.

Pegs are limited and are served on a first come first served basis.

Headquarters: TBC

Draw: 08:00am.

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

Closure of waters for practice: Waters will close from midnight on Sunday 26th July.

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: No bloodworm and joker (this is in accordance with local club rules).

Refreshments: Available on site

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


A windswept Doncaster played host to an impressive 150 anglers on the Individual National, split between the New Junction and Aire & Calder canals in South Yorkshire, on a day when gale force winds and rain were forecast.

Talk at the draw was of all the big weights from the Aire and Calder, however those on the Northfield section of the ‘Junkie’ would dominate the top weights, with eight of the top ten and all three medal places.

The overall winner, and new Angling Trust Individual National Champion, was Lincoln rod Gary Thompson, with a weight of 15.130 kilos; a mixture of bream, skimmers, perch and roach on the feeder. Gary fished peg 100 near the entrance to the Stainforth & Keadby canal. He said later that he was “Over the moon!” and had the most fantastic day of his fishing career, now having a gold medal to add to his collection.

Runner up Steve Curtis (Scunthorpe) took 12.260 Kg from peg 88, and John Goodwin filled the bronze medal spot with 10.890 from peg 102.

Tommy Pickering was top weight on the Aire & Calder at New Bridge peg 109 with 10.240 to take fourth overall, Kayleigh Smith was fifth from peg 98 Northfield and final spot in the pools went sixth place Dave Brooks, with a fine 9.640kg of mainly roach on the pole.

Overall, a great day, with good weights despite the windy conditions, this should bode well for next weeks team national on the same venues. We’d like to thank Paul Caygill and Mike Storey for all of their efforts on the day and in the run-up to the weekend.


1 Gary Thompson 15.130 peg 100 New Junction, Northfield

2 Steve Curtis 12.260 peg 88 New Junction, Northfield

3 John Goodwin 10,890 peg 102 New Junction, Northfield

4 Tom Pickering 10.240 peg 109 Aire & Calder, New Bridge

5 Kayleigh Smith 10.050 peg 98 New Junction, Northfield

6 Dave Brooks 9.640 peg 78 New Junction, Northfield

7 Michael Ellyat 8.320 peg 90 New Junction, Northfield

8 Dave Pulford 8.130 peg 106 New Junction, Northfield

9 Andrew Bruton 7.680 peg 76 New Junction, Northfield

10 Steve Harwood 7.450 peg 619 Aire & Calder, Goole Docks

A full set of results is available online HERE

Anglers are reminded of the amendment to rule 38:

All nets MUST be pegged out behind pegs up until 15 minutes before the start of the match. Failure to do so will be escalated to the Match Organiser. All anglers are responsible for their own nets and are asked to be vigilant of anglers around them to make sure the rule is abided by.

Individual National Championship Winner 2018

(Andrew Moss 2018 Champion)

A look back at 2017

Shropshire Union Canal

Saturday 12th August 2017

The Individual National wound its way up north this year to the Shropshire Union canal where 164 anglers descended on what will be E, F and G sections for next week’s Division 1 National. Conditions were mild, with a decent breeze and ripple, these proved respectable conditions and led to some decent weights on the day.

Individual National 2017 press release

Top three: Stephen Crossley, Roger Priestly and Scott Greens

Stephen Crossley noticed fish blowing in his peg 84 at Cheswardine as he set up and it wasn’t long before he hooked his first decent skimmer close in whilst he was looking for a few small fish. Switching to an area he had fed down the track he was soon into quality skimmers, before they moved across the canal where he followed and continued to catch for the rest of match. Worm fished over chopped worm saw him weigh in a very impressive weight of 22.930kg and he was duly crowned AT Individual National Champion for 2017.

An end peg on any canal is always a favorable draw and it proved fruitful for runner up Roger Priestley on peg 170, which was a long walk below Maer Lane Section. Fishing similar tactics to the winner he caught some quality perch & skimmers to add to 2kg of roach making his 6.640kg, which was just enough to gain him the Silver medal.

Very close behind and finishing with the Bronze medal was Scott Geens, pegged at peg 36 at Westcott Lane he caught a similar catch of 6.500kg.

It looks like there will be plenty of fish to catch next week and we’re looking forward to a good National. The Angling Trust would like to thank Terry Nutt, Dave Watkins and Hodnet AC for their invaluable help in running this match.


1. Stephen Crossley 22.930kg

2. Roger Priestley 6.640kg

3. Scott Geens 6.500kg

4. Ian Young 4.980kg

5. Stephen Broome 4.800kg

6. Stephen Fogel 4.750kg

Click here for full results 2017

A Look Back at 2016

Match Report

As the 152 competitors assembled for the draw at Collingham Football Club, the sun was already shining strongly, with a forecast of a hot day and only a gentle breeze. The River had started to fish better over the last couple of weeks as levels fell to normal summer levels, and expectations were high for some good catches. The match was pegged at Collingham, Besthorpe and Dunham, and the winner could come from any of them, but with a more settled river those pegs usually favoured would probably feature in the final results, and so it proved.

Individual Top 3 for website 2016

(Top 3 - From left to right; Barry Thomas, Bob Bates and Will Freeman)

Fish were topping in the 70’s at Collingham as the peg cards were put on the night before, and several anglers were involved in a close battle. Bob Bates on 72 and Barry Thomas on 70 were both catching barbel on the feeder fished well across, feeding hemp, caster and pellet and fishing maggot and caster. Bob was ahead until some boats came through the peg and disturbed the fish. He suffered a blank hour or so watching Barry start to net barbel and catch him up. Then they came back over his feed and he went on to win, landing 10 barbel to 9lb for a fine 28 kilo 600 to become Individual National Champion for 2016. Barry finished with 9 barbel for 22 kilo 850 and third place.

Runner up Will Freeman

Meanwhile, down river at Dunham, Will Freeman, fishing on the fancied Dubs, was building up a weight of hybrids, fishing feeder at 45 yards with worm. He weighed 120 hybrids for 23 kilo 40 to take a fine second place. Phil Foster was 4th from Collingham 48 with 20 kilo 500 and the 70’s at Collingham gave 2 other anglers top 10 places with Keith Mumby (16.100) 5th and John Moroz (8.500) 8th. Rob Hewison on the Dubs was 6th with 14kilo 940, Mick Dalziel 7th (Collingham 46, 10.750), Ricky Bonas 9th (Besthorpe 69, 8.470) and Andy Starkey 10th (Dunham 20, 8.150).

Click here for the results

A look back at 2015.

The 172 strong field in Saturday's (1st August) Angling Trust Individual National Championship faced a strong wind that made good pole presentation very difficult so the match was mainly a feeder affair for most.

However, that didn’t put off David Cooper from Cambridge, as an unproductive start to his match on the feeder saw him switch to the pole at 13m and he never looked back as a succession of bream up to 6lb graced his net for the remainder of the match.

Drawn on peg 631, the upstream end peg on the Cambridge Arms stretch, David fished worm over groundbait to amass 16.570Kg and record a narrow victory and the title of National Individual Champion 2015.

Matt Godfrey 2015 Individual National

(Matt Godfrey)

Matt Godfrey from Sheffield was hot on his heals with a 15.950Kg net of skimmers and roach taken on maggot and groundbait feeder on peg 178 which was also an upstream end peg above Rea Bridge.  Kevin Lavelle from Kirkby wasn’t far behind either weighing 14.450Kg of bream and eels from peg 47 on Hempstead Bend, fishing worm and groundbait feeder.

Andre Grandjean, Angling Trust Event Manager, said, "It’s going to be hard going for some fishing next week’s Division 1 National as there were a few barren areas so everyone will be praying to draw on some bream which are feeding well at the moment. We would like to thank Mark Treasure and his team for organising such a smooth running match."


1st      David Cooper    Cambridge                              16.570Kg
2nd    Matt Godfrey       Drennan Barnsley Blacks    15.590Kg
3rd     Kevin Lavelle     Kirkby                                       14.450Kg
4th     Andy Pollard      Daiwa Gordon League          13.720Kg
5th     Martin Price        Daiwa Gordon League         12.760Kg
6th     Ian Didcot                                                             10.720Kg
7th     Roy Wells                                                             10.350Kg

For a full set of results click here

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