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How the Stillwater Championships started! British Waterways originally started the Stillwater Championships in 2007, to provide an opportunity for match anglers to fish up to 5 qualifying events of 50 pegs on some of its top flight fisheries, concluding into a Grand Final, with a significant guaranteed prize fund. On 2 July 2012, British Waterways ceased to exist in England and Wales and in its place Canal & River Trust was set up to care for 2,000 miles of historic waterways. They will carry on their working partnership with the Angling Trust, the sport's governing body, who has now been administering the Stillwater Championships for it's third year in 2013. The Stillwater Championship will benefit from the Angling Trust's vast expertised gained from organising large competitions/events across all three angling disciplines of the sport. Importantly it will also provide coarse match angling members of the Angling Trust an opportunity to participate in yet another high profile national event.

AT & CRT Boddington Classic 2020

Revised Boddington Classic 2020.


Anglers should follow the specific guidance which applies to the place in which they live. The UK government have made clear that individuals must take responsibility for their own actions and we would ask anglers not to undermine this point by breaking government guidance on travel.

If an angler were found to have travelled illegally then this would be a police matter and we would work with the police as requested to provide any information we were in possession of. It is entirely possible that should an angler travel illegally to fish a competition that they could be disqualified and it is for this reason we are offering anglers travelling from outside of England to fish our competitions the opportunity to claim a full refund within timescales laid out.

**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.

Please click here for the Boddington Classic - Qualifiers under Covid-19 regulations.

On the back of the extension of the Government Lockdown for three weeks and the ongoing Covid-19 outbreak, we have taken the decision in conjunction with our partners at Canal and River Trust to postpone all competitions until June, this will affect both The Boddington Classic and The AT/CRT Canal Pairs.

For the Boddington Classic we have rescheduled the following dates:

• Saturday 16th May -> Saturday 18th July

• Sunday 31st May -> Tuesday 4th August

Anglers who have booked a ticket already are automatically assigned a place on the new date.

Transfers: If an angler wishes to fish the any of the other dates and there is availability on the booking site (currently sold out) they can apply for a ticket transfer by emailing, with the subject line: “TICKET TRANSFER” and include the following information:

• Full name

• Angling Trust membership number

• OLD venue & date of ticket you want to TRANSFER from

• NEW venue & date of match you want to TRANSFER to

Refunds: Anglers can also apply for a full refund by sending an email to with the subject line: “REFUND” and include the following information:

• Full name

• Your Postcode

• Angling Trust membership number

• Venue & date of ticket you would like to REFUND


Once the first qualifier has taken place then tickets will again be put back on general sale from the competitors who have qualified and some other tickets may be cancelled from competitors not being able to participate so please keep looking on the online events site at for any cancellations to book your place, as no reserve lists.

Applications for tickets will be open via the Angling Trust’s online booking system at a cost of £25 per entry per qualifier, payable at the time of entry. £20.00 payment is also payable on the day of the qualifiers (this is for peg & optional pools payments) on a first come first served basis. You must have Angling Trust individual membership to apply for tickets.

Chris Hill

This popular Stillwater Championship, organised by the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust is returning for 2020 with an additional qualifier. 

The Boddington Classic will see five qualifying rounds taking place on one of the Canal & River Trust’s most prolific fisheries, Boddington Reservoir, set in the Northamptonshire countryside. The fishing promises to offer some big match weights for all who take part.

In 2020 each qualifier will reduce to 48 pegs with 8 anglers qualify from each qualifier 1/6 leaving for a 40 peg grand final held at Boddington Reservoir on Saturday 22nd August 2020.

Qualifiers will take place on:

• Saturday 16th May 2020 (Qualifier 1) x 48 pegs (Rescheduled to Saturday 18th July 2020)

• Sunday 31st May 2020 (Qualifier 2) x 48 pegs (Rescheduled to Tuesday 4th August 2020)

• Saturday 20th June 2020 (Qualifier 3) x 48 pegs

• Sunday 5th July 2020 (Qualifier 4) x 48 pegs

• Saturday 1st August 2020 (Qualifier 5) x 48 pegs

Grand Final - Saturday 22nd August 2020 x 40 pegs

Please click here for 2020 AT & CRT Boddington Classic rules.

Steve Ringer Stillwater Champs 2012

Tickets for weekend qualifiers will go off-sale at 3.30pm on the Wednesday before. Everyone taking part must have individual membership of the Angling Trust and will need their membership number and unique log-in details for the booking site to apply for tickets. For the Grand Final there will be prize money awarded to the top four with the amount dependent on sell out of all qualifiers subject to entries and sponsorship. The winner will also being crowned the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust CRT Boddington Classic Champion 2019.

Stillwater Champs

For the Grand Final there will be prize money awarded to the top four with the amount dependent on sell out of all qualifiers subject to entries and sponsorship. The winner will also being crowned the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust CRT Boddington Classic Champion 2019.

A look back at 2019.


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Wet and overcast conditions greeted the 40 finalists to this year’s Boddington Classic Final, however the fish responded well to the cooler conditions and fed well. The favoured beach area did produce some good weights as anticipated, but it was peg 84 that threw up the winner.

Jake King (Trabucco/Bag Em Baits) fished an excellent match on the bomb and pellet, to take 27 carp to 6kg and secure the title of 'Boddington Classic Champion 2019' and a cheque for £1682 with a superb weight of 112.775kg.

Boddington Classic picture 2 2019

Tony Johnson (Deeping St James) drew peg 97 on the beach and just fell short with 26 carp to 7kg caught on wafters and hybrid feeder for 96.200kg. Close by at peg 93 was Richard Edmunds (Free Spirit) who also caught 26 carp on wafter and method fished at long range for 90.400kg.

The Angling Trust would like to thank the Canal & Rivers Trust and their team at Boddington Reservoir for co-organising the competition and special thanks to Dick & Sheila Pilkington for almost single handedly running the competitions in recent years and wish them a happy retirement in the near future.

Boddington Press release 2019 picture 3

Next year’s event will extend to five qualifiers to keep up with demand, but will be reduced to 48 pegs with 8 people qualifying through from each round.

Tickets will go on sale later in the year through the booking site, so watch this space and the Facebook page for updates.


1. Jason King. 112.775kg

2. Tony Johnson 96.200kg

3. Richard Edmunds 90.400kg

Final 2018

Dewhurst Dominates on Boddington Classic Final

The sell-out Boddington Classic Final took place this Saturday amongst some very changeable weather. A strong north easterly was whipping across the ressie and the thirty competitors were hopeful it would get the carp in a feeding mood, which it most certainly did.

Three sections in use at in the final; A) pegs 80-90 -curve before the beach B) pegs 90-100 beach section and a new section to the final C) 101-110 boat club side. Amazingly all three sections were won with weights of over 250lbs and C section weighed over 2250lbs between its ten anglers!

It was Merseyside angler Alan Dewhurst that dominated proceedings, even from his first chuck! Starting on a short-range Lead setup, Alan went about pinging large pellets around 25 yards. This resulted in 10 big carp in his opening hour on peg 83. Soon the carp were showing more and more up in the water and Alan switched masterfully between waggler and elasticated lead for the remaining four hours and he was estimated to have somewhere in the region of 40 carp to 15lbs for his 160kg 525grams (350lb+!!!).

Hot on Alan’s heels was Hertfordshire angler Daniel Coss, on adjacent peg 81. Unlike Alan, Daniel started long hoping to pick off some big fish, but soon threw the method rod up the bank and followed Alans’ tactics on the short line. A mixture of straight lead and pellet waggler was also Dan’s successful tactics, pinging 11m pellets to get the mass of carp in front of him competing. Dan was closing fast in the last couple of hours but ended up just short, with 142kg 850grams.

Rounding out the top three was Matthew Threlfall who took apart B section and was nearly 50kg clear of the other anglers. Once more a mixture of pellet waggler and bomb was the successful tactics on peg 93.

The last man in the overall monies was Robert Blackburn, who was also well clear of the chasing pack and only grams behind Matt, with 123kg 152grams.

The Angling Trust would like to thank all the CRT representatives that have helped out across both the qualifiers and the matches. Further thanks must go to all the anglers that have fished and helped weigh in across the matches, as it’s been a real team effort to weigh in all those carp!

The Boddington Classic will be back next year with an additional 50 peg qualifier, taking it up to 200 opportunities for anglers to reach the final! Tickets will go on sale later in the year through the booking site, so watch this space and the Facebook page for updates.


1. Alan Dewhurst 160kg 525grams

2. Daniel Coss 142kg 850grams

3. Matthew Threlfall 123kg 500grams

4. Robert Blackburn 123 152grams

Final 2017

(Champion 2017 - Michael Slater)

Slater stays the course at Stillwater Championships

A prize fund of £3000 was up for grabs in the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust Stillwater Championships Final fished at Boddington Reservoir. The noted ‘beach’ area made famous in the 90’s was the preference at the draw due to some form earlier in the week, but on the day conditions saw the wind blowing into the dam wall and all the talk at the draw was of the potential for the fish to follow the wind.

As the hooter sounded it was Michael Slater who got off to a flier on peg 94 on bomb and pellet, netting eight carp in the first hour with only the odd fish being caught around him.

For Kerry Mcmahon on the next peg 95 it was a slower start and after a decent spell of feeding a switch to the pellet waggler saw him put a great run of decent sized carp together. With an hour to go it was thought by most that Kerry had got himself into the lead and was a couple of fish ahead of Michael.

(Top 3 - left to right; Michael Slater, Kerry Mcmahon and Dave Perry)

A mad last hour saw both anglers filling their third net and both ended up with around 30 fish a piece, it was going to be very tight and only the scales could separate the two anglers.

First to weigh was Kerry and his fish weighed an incredible 125.620kg, a tense weigh in then ensued on Michael's peg. It was only after Michael’s fourth weigh that the result started to materialise as Michael was only a few kilos behind with five fish still in his net.

They proved to be just enough to pip Kerry to the title and the winner’s cheque of £1200. Michael’s catch went 127.680kg, a mere 2kg (under one fish) ahead of a crestfallen Kerry, but he was the first to congratulate Michael on his win.

Dave Perry took third spot from the lucrative beach section. Peg 93 was his home for the day and Dave also fished bomb and pellet to take 67.580kg.

Malcolm Bond rounded out the top four with an impressive catch from the last two hours. Malcolm changed tact to fish distance method feeder with a wafter hookbait to take the final money place with 60.160kg.

The Angling Trust would like thank Canal and River Trust for their support with the matches, special mentions must go to Dick and Sheila Pilkington for their tireless work across a lot of the heats and the final and to Carl Nicholls for running the matches in this popular competition.


1. Michael Slater, 127.680kg

2. Kerry Mcmahon, 125.620kg

3. Dave Perry, 67.580kg

4. Malcolm Bond, 60.160kg

 Final 2016

Warm and blustery conditions greeted the 48 finalists to the usually prolific Boddington Reservoir for the AT/CRT Stillwater Championship Final. With a strong wind blowing down the Reservoir and into the dam wall the low numbered pegs were the favoured area to draw in, but it wasn’t until the very last peg to be drawn that end Peg 2 ended up in the hand of renowned angler and Fish O Mania semi-finalist Barry Bush (Birkenhead).

Most of the field thought the game was up there and then and so it proved with Barry recording an emphatic win with over 80Kgs, taking home a nice fat cheque for £1672 and the coveted title of AT/CRT Stillwater Champion 2016. Barry caught slowly from the off taking 6 carp in the first 90 minutes but sport improved dramatically in the latter stages of the match when he caught 10 carp in the hour giving him a total of 24 carp to 12lb, well in front of everyone else.

Flouro wafters fished on the bomb at 30 metres over a bed of constantly fed 10mm pellets did the business. Paul Keal (Towcester) then led a tight chasing pack and took home the runners up cheque of £1254, taking 13 carp to 13lb, fishing wafters and method feeder at range for 47.300Kg from peg 99. A string of 42Kg weights followed with Andrew (Snowy) Ashington (Ringer Baits) taking 12 carp to 12lb from the other end peg 103, catching on the method and bomb for 42.980Kg, just edging out Steve Ringer (Daiwa) who took 42.840Kg from peg 87. Despite the fairly impressive framing weights the venue fished disappointingly below par with many anglers struggling for bites with the carp seemingly blown across the lake to the far side.

The Angling Trust would to like thank the members of the Canal and Rivers Trust Angling Team for doing all the groundwork and co-organising the competition.

1st Barry Bush Birkenhead 80.360Kg

2nd Paul Keal Towcester 47.300Kg

3rd Andrew Ashington Ringer Baits 42.980Kg

4th Steve Ringer Daiwa 42.840Kg

5th Paul Walker 42.680Kg

6th Paul Knapman 42.160Kg

Barry Bush with his winning catch

Barry Bush with his winning catch





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