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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 2018 (formerly Stillwater Championships)

Stillwater Champs 1

Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Boddington Classic 2018

The Angling Trust & the Canal & River Trust work in partnership to run the Boddington Classic (formerly the AT & CRT Stillwater Championships)



The popular Stillwater Championships, organised by the Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust are returning for 2018 with a brand-new name and format.

The new Boddington Classic will see three 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.

Each 50 peg qualifier will see the top two anglers in each section go through to a 30 peg final held at Boddington Reservoir on Saturday 28th July 2018.

Qualifiers will take place on:

• Saturday 5th May 2018 (Qualifier 1) x 50 pegs

• Sunday 3rd June 2018 (Qualifier 2) x 50 pegs

• Wednesday 11th July 2018 (Qualifier 3) x 50 pegs

Chris Hill

John Ellis, national fisheries & angling manager for the Canal & River Trust said: “The Stillwater Championships have always proved really popular, with anglers of all ages, but this year’s revamped competition promises to be even better. Boddington is a fantastic venue, offering some big weights so we’re expecting a really competitive event.”

James Lewis Angling Trust competitions development manager added; “We’ve listened closely to the feedback coming from anglers from the previous year’s competition and taken the decision to revamp the contest into the Boddington Classic. It was certainly the stand out venue in the calendar and we’re hopeful of further big weights to come this year.’’

Steve Ringer Stillwater Champs 2012

Tickets will be available to book from 10.30am on Monday 26th February 2018. Applications for tickets will 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).

The prize pot for the final could be over £3,000 (dependent on sell out of all qualifiers subject to entries and sponsorship) with the winner also being crowned the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust CRT Boddington Classic Champion 2018.

Stillwater Champs

Tickets for Wednesday qualifiers will go off-sale at 10.30am on the Monday before and for weekend qualifiers tickets will stop being sold 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.

To find out more about the Boddington Classic please visit or

A Look Back at 2017

AT & CRT Stillwater Championships

(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

Qualifiers for 2017

DateVenueQualifier Winners
Saturday 10th June
Boddington Reservoir
Carl Hulley

Dave Perry

Linas Neale

Michael Slater

Andrew Jupp

John Price

Paddy McMahon

Lee Jepson

Peter Wood

Kerry McMahon
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Saturday 17th June
Earlswood Lakes (Engine Pool)
Nick Howarth

Gary Smith

Alan Chadbone

John Slocket

Richard Edmonds

E Brennan

Andrew Kirk

Barry Bush

Neil Russell

Phil Baird
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Wednesday 12th July
Boddington Reservoir
Mark Jennings

Chris Hill

Lee Carver

Mathew Threlfall

Mark Morris

Richard Broadway

Alec White

Philip Copley

Richard Bedder

Terry Winstone
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Saturday 15th July
Blythe Waters
Andrew Wiffen

Gail Hooper

Warren Cave

Simon Harris

Charles Simpson

Mick Bull

Luke White

David Markham

Graham Dashwood

Anthony Brooker
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Wednesday 26th July
Boddington Reservoir
Ashley Smith

Paul Knapman

Paul Cooke

Malcolm Bond

Andrew Ashington

Richard Beckwith

Adam Rose

Glen Maxwell

Daniel Cross

Anthony Johnson
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A Look Back

AT & CRT Stillwater Championship Final 2016

Match report

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

2016 Match reports available here


·         Saturday 11th June, Earlswood Lakes - Click here for match report

·         Sunday 19th June,  Blythe Waters - Click here for match report

·         Wednesday 6 July,  Boddington Reservoir - Click here for match report

·         Saturday 16th July,  Earlswood Lakes Click here for match report

·         Saturday 23 July,  Boddington Reservoir Click here for match report



Chris Hill Fishing





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