UK Match Angler Results

 

AT & CRT Canal Pairs 2017 Grand Final

Thu 26 October 17 - Erewash canal, Long Eaton


David Brown and Robert Lloyd win the A.T & C.R.T 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.

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.

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.

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 12

Wed 04 October 17 - Grand Union Canal


Hodgets and Baker cook up a storm on The Grand Union

The Grand Union Canal hosted the fourteenth round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust pair championships. All the talk pre draw was that Bonus fish may well be required to qualify with local sections fishing very hard in the run-up to the match, however the canal had other ideas throwing up decent weights of silvers from many areas.

A section was pegged near Stoke Bruerne and certainly threw up the better weights, the top two included. It was clear from the outset that there were numbers of silvers in most of the pegs and it was the anglers that had a bit of space and got their heads down that reaped the rewards. Fishing end peg A16 Stephen Lathwell took the honours with an impressive 7lb 8oz which was mainly comprised of Roach. Second in section was peg A13 Matthew Hodgets who put together 5lb 15oz 12dr with a couple of decent perch and roach. Third place in A section went to Peter Laughton who drew end peg A1 where the Tove met the Canal. Peter caught a good net of Roach and perch for 4lb 7oz 8dr.

B Section was pegged on the Grafton Regis stretch and although produced lower weights the competition was fierce for points. Andy Carter made the most of his end peg B16 draw and put together a noteworthy 3lb 10oz of roach and perch. Second on the section from peg B1 was Ian Baker who only narrowly missed out on top points by 2oz with 3lb 8oz and rounding out the top three was Roger Evans who ran Ian close on 3lb 5oz 4dr.

Moving onto the all-important winning pairs Matthew Hodgets and Ian Baker were the standout winners, both coming second in section and gaining 12 points each to amass their 24 point total. There was then very little to choose between the next five pairs, however edging second was B section winner Adam Carter who was backed up by a Solid performance by his partner Michael Marsden on six points for a cumulative 19 points. Third and final qualifying pair on the day after a very close weight countback were Paul Keal and Wayne Robinson with 18 points and a critical 2oz 12dr advantage over the next pair Barry Smith and Ian Orbell!

Results

1. Matthew Hodgets and Ian Baker 24 points
2. Michael Marsden and Adam Carter 19 points
3. Paul Keal and Wayne Robinson 18 points (5lb 13oz 8dr)

Our thanks must go to Chris Howard and his team at Northampton Nene for a well-run qualifier.

There are still plenty of spaces in the CRT & AT Canal Pairs Competition so have a look at the schedule here and book in on 0115 822 4532

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 11

Mon 02 October 17 - Staffordshire and Worcester Canal at Awbridge and Wombourne


Paul and Neil Turn up the pressure to qualify on the Staffs and Worcester

The latest round of the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship Qualifier was held on the Staffordshire and Worcester Canal at Awbridge and Wombourne. With the canal running as clear as tap water expectations at the draw were low and for once anglers were hoping for a few boats!

The top three on the day came from A Section and all pole-fished with worm and caster being the preferential baits for the sections resident chub. The individual winner was Cambridge rod Len Stephens who caught half a dozen chub to 2lb 8oz on peg A10, two pegs from the narrows, his weight would have been greater but unfortunately, he lost four chub in the reeds and even worse broke a section of pole. However, he still tipped the scales to an impressive 12lb 5oz. On adjacent peg A11, Scunthorpe’s Les Waldron followed with four chub for 10lb 2oz 8dr. Third place went to Karl Johansen (Team Eclipse) who weighed in 9lb 11oz of roach, perch, skimmers and chublets at peg A23.

Moving on to the all Important pairs results it was the ever consistent brothers Paul and Neil Turner, both Wolverhampton AA VDE with 6 points. Neil bagging two points with a 8lb 5oz 8drms from peg 13 on B sections with his brother just outside the top three in fourth and gaining four points.

Pairing Tony Barker and Mick Hatchard were narrowly second on seven points. Mick winning B section with 8lb 6oz 2drms of mainly squatt roach and Tony backing him up with a sixth place from A section.

Rounding out the top three of pairs were Dave Lloyd and Richard Guest and although neither man made the top three on either sections both men won their respective mini sections and amassed 12 points.

Final pair to qualify on the day were Dave Brown and Robbie Lloyd who also amassed 12 points but were edged out on weight count-back.

Results

1. Paul and Neil Turner, 6 points
2. Tony Barker and Mick Hatchard, 7 points
3. Dave Lloyd and Richard Guest 12 points
4. Dave Brown and Robbie Lloyd 12 points

The Angling Trust would like to thank Paul Turner for all his efforts in running such a successful qualifier.

There are still plenty of spaces in the CRT & AT Canal Pairs Competition so have a look at the schedule here and book in on 0115 822 4532

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 10

Sun 10 September 17 - Gloucester and Sharpness canal - Hempstead


Jones and Bendall better than the rest on the Gloucester and Sharpness

High winds and changeable weather made for difficult fishing conditions for the 34 hardened anglers that made their way to Hempstead and the Gloucester and Sharpness canal for the twelfth Canal Pairs qualifier. Nevertheless, many battled the conditions with long lengths of carbon fibre and recorded some very respectable weights.

On peg 47 on the old Hempsted Bend, Alan Jones (Daiwa Gordon League) continued his amazing run of bream dominated match wins this year, as he weighed in 38lb 6oz of bream for an easy win fishing groundbailt feeder with red maggot and worm. In second place on Peg 50, Jake Fowles (Daiwa Gordon League) fished long pole down the edge with red maggot over groundbait to weigh 20lbs 2oz of skimmers.

On the pairs front it was individual winner Alan Jones and his partner Phil Bendall (Daiwa Gordon League) who backed up Alan with a weight of 7lbs 7oz off peg 24 on the straight, who ran out winners with 29 points. Second was Steve Saunders and Mike Withey (Melksham) just behind with 28 points. Final qualifying place in a tight frame went to Dan Jones and Tom Potter (Trentmen) with 26 points, although they tied with the next two pairs on points they took the qualifying place by a weight count-back.

Results

Individuals

1. Alan Jones (Daiwa Gordon League) – 38lbs 6oz
2. Jake Fowles (Daiwa Gordon league) – 20lbs 2oz
3. Charlie Vallender (Sensas Lobbys) – 19lbs 12oz
4. Mick Withey (Sensas Nomads) – 17lbs 3oz
5. Ian Didcot (Daiwa Dorking) – 16lbs 2oz
6. Andy Price (Sensas Lobbys) – 15lbs 2oz

Pairs

1. Alan Jones and Phil Bendall – 29 points (Qualified)
2. Steve Saunders and Mick Withey – 28 points (Qualified)
3. Dan Jones and Tom Potter – 26 points (26lbs 3oz) (Qualified)
4. Mark Treasure and Jake Fowles – 26 points (25lbs 4oz)
5. Charlie Vallender and Andy Pollard – 26 points (25lbs)
6. Liz Stone and Ian Didcote – 23 points

Our thanks once more to the organisers for all their efforts up on the Gloucester and Sharpness and to Canal and Rivers Trust for their support in the contest.

The next pairs qualifier is on Staffs and Worcester canal on the 24th of September and tickets are still available on 011582 24532.

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 9

Fri 08 September 17 - Trent & Mersey Canal - Shardlow and Willington


Frost and Ley must ‘set aside’ time for the Grand Final

The eleventh round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust Canal pairs was held on Pride of Derby Angling Association stretch of the Trent and Mersey Canal at Shardlow and Willington. This popular section drew in 36 pairs and they were welcomed by a canal in good nick with favourable weather, in turn the stretches fished really well with double figures needed to break the top six.

Across the two sections it was A section that certainly produced the bigger weights with four of the six top individuals coming from Shardlow. First in A section and overall was Rob Wright who put together an impressive 26lb 12oz on the scales. Rob drew the marina mouth and switched between pole and feeder to take bream to 3lb on worm tipped with pinkie. Darren Massey was second in A section from peg A26 and also broke the 20lb barrier with 26lb 12oz, contributing only 2 points to his pair. Darren’s stamp of fish was slightly smaller with skimmers to 1lb 8oz on the pole and maggot. Vince Ley rounded out the top three on A section with 24lb 13oz from peg A26. Vince also got amongst the quality bream and achieved only 3 points for his pair.

B section was a closer affair with average weights between the 3 and 4lb barrier. Coming out on top was Nigel Clayton with an impressive 11lb 14oz from peg B33 amassing a perfect one point for his pair. Second in the section was Stuart Bird from peg B21 on the Willington Stretch, Stuart put together 11lb 4oz and gave his pairing just two points. Rounding out the top three was David Frost who drew B9 and caught 6lb 14oz raking up only 3 points once more.

The all-important pair’s scoring were topped by the consistent Vince Ley and David Frost who both carded section thirds scoring a total of 6 points. It was an immensely close affair for second and third with two teams scoring 7 points, but it was Overall Winner Darren Massey and James South that had greater aggregate weight pipping Steve Broome and Nigel Clayton. Fourth overall were Dave Trafford and Stuart Bird on 13 points and in fifth on all important weight count-back again, were the final qualifying pair Dave and Mark Smith.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Alan Wright and the PDAA for all their effort and The Canal and River Trust for all their ongoing support.

Top Six Pairs

1. Vince Ley/David Frost 6 points
2. Darren Massey/James South 7 points (33lb 10z)
3. Steve Broome/Nigel Clayton 7 points (19lb 120z)
4. Dave Trafford/Stuart Bird 13 points
5. Dave Smith/Mark Smith 19 points (12lb 0oz)
6. Simon Roberts/Alan Shepherd 19 points (11lb 10oz)

There are still plenty of spaces in the CRT & AT Canal Pairs Competition so have a look at the schedule here and book in on 0115 822 4532

 

 


 

AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 8

Wed 06 September 17 - New Junction Canal


Chambers and Beedham find the Bream on New Junction

The New Junction Canal hosted the most recent round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust pairs competition, with 19 pairs making their way to the deep natural venue renowned for it’s silver fish action.

The fishing on the canal across the two sections was rather temperamental with some sections averaging 3kg per angler and others struggling to make the 1kg barrier. Anglers that managed to hold the bonus skimmers and perch in their pegs managed the bigger weights and maximum points for their teams.

On A section Mal Chambers picked end peg 483 out of the draw bag. Mal put his draw to good use and went about putting 4kg 200g on the scales taking a maximum 20 points for his pair and taking 5th spot in the match as well. Second in the section was Nicky Crooks who managed a substantial 3kg 650g from peg 467 which was just enough to pip Dave Smiddy from peg 473 who amassed 3kg 450g in the five hours.

B Section was a rather different affair and produced both the top three weights along with some harder pegs. Keith Beedham also drew an end peg 403 and took individual honours on the day with an impressive 10kg 050g of pole caught bream. This also meant that Keith had bagged another 20 points for his pairing with A section winner Mal. Second in the section was David Frost who also managed a few bream next to Keith on peg 405 for 7kg 230g. Finishing third in the section was Barry Howgate who once more was on the low 400’s on peg 407 amassing 4kg 930g in the five hours.

Looking at the all important pairs result the runaway perfect scoring winners were the aforementioned Mal and Keith fishing for Scunthorpe tackle, however it was a much tighter affair for the next two qualifying spots. Ben Taylor backed up Nicky Crooks 19 points with a B section 8th spot and 13 points, taking the Browning Ossets pairs score to 32 points and taking the second qualifying spot. The final pair to qualify were Shaun Wright and John Deakin who finished with a 4th and 7th in their respective sections, amassing 30pts and narrowly taking the third spot.

Our thanks must go to Paul Caygill for running the matches and to the Canal and River Trust for their continued support in the contest.

Top Three Pairs

1. Mal Chambers and Keith Beedham 40 points
2. Ben Taylor and Nicky Crooks 32 points
3. Shaun Wright and John Deakin 30 points

There are still plenty of spaces in the CRT & AT Canal Pairs Competition so have a look at the schedule here and book in on 0115 822 4532

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 7

Tue 05 September 17 - Aire & Calder Canal


Freebourne and Hawkes win on Aire and Calder

The Aire and Calder hosted the ninth round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust pairs competition, with twenty anglers making their way to the deep natural venue which will host half of the Division Two Nationals.

The Aire and Calder came up trumps with every angler weighing in over 2.5lbs in both sections. However, bonus fish were the real big point scorers with both skimmers and hybrids showing in good numbers, this meant that over 16lb was required to make the top three in both A and B sections!

On A section there was a tie for First spot between Ian Freeborn peg 66 and Trevor Banks peg 76 who both amazingly amassed an identical 9kg 150g in the five hours. Both men catching good numbers of skimmers on the usual big fish baits (worm/Caster and Maggot). This gave them both 20 points on the day. Third in section was Bryan Hawkes who picked out peg 78 from the drawbag, Bryan only narrowly missed out on the top two carding 8kg 500g.

Moving on to B section Nigel Beamson took individual honours on the stretch with an impressive 13kg 750g from peg 435. Nigel caught an astounding net of all hybrids on Maggot to take 20 points in the section. Second in section was a very close affair between John Freebourne and Barry Howgate, with Barry eventually coming out on top by a mere 530g with 7kg 30g to Johns 6kg 500g. Both men again finding a few bonus fish to bolster their silverfish weights.

Looking at the successful pairs it was unbelievably another tie at the top showing just how close the competition was on the canal. The pairings of John Freebourne/Bryan Hawkes and Ian Freebourne/Brian Werritt both only dropped the four points amassing an unassailable 36 points. It was John and Bryan who edged the day on weight count-back with the weights below. The final pair qualifying for the grand final were Barry Howgate and Steve Williamson who carded a very respectable 32 points.

Top Three Pairs

1. John Freebourne and Bryan Hawkes 36 points (15kg 150g)
2. Ian Freebourne and Brian Werritt 36 points (14kg 610g)
3. Barry Howgate and Steve Williamson 32 points

There are still plenty of spaces in the CRT & AT Canal Pairs Competition so have a look at the schedule here and book in on 0115 822 4532

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 6

Fri 01 September 17 - Kennet & Avon Canal


Mabere and Wickens top pair on Kennet and Avon

The Kennet and Avon hosted the most recent round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust pairs competition, with twenty four anglers making their way to the prolific canal venue. With cold overnight weather anglers at the draw were unsure how the canal would fish.

The Kennet and Avon however came up trumps with every angler carding over 3lbs! On the day A section proved to fish a little better with the two biggest individual weights on the day due to a few bonus fish feeding.

Match winner and A section winner Paul Leek was drawn in the first peg below Lock 69 and spent the first hour catching small silver fish. However a quick change to feeder saw Paul locate the bonus fish further up the lock cut, catching quality perch and skimmer. A decent run of these fish saw Paul take top spot weighing 20lbs 9ozs in the five hours.

The runner up spot was taken by Ben Dukes who netted 13lbs 14ozs of “silvers” plus bonus skimmers on the long and short pole this was enough for eleven points for his team. Third on A Section and half of the overall winners was Justin Mabere. Justin backed up his partner perfectly amassing a very respectable 8lb 10oz of predominantly silvers on the pole and scored his team ten points in the process.

The B section winner was Martin Wickens who took a nearly all roach net with a couple of skimmers on long and short pole to take the section with 8lbs 9ozs. This perfect 12 points added with the aforementioned ten points from Justin was enough for the pair to take the first qualifying spot from the match.
Second in B section was Robert Head, who fished a very busy match for 7lbs 9ozs of small fish again long and short pole. Third in the section was Robert Randall who carded an impressive 7lb 5oz, this was enough for ten points to back up his partner Ben Dukes on eleven making them the second pair to qualify on the day.

The final qualifying pair on the day were Stephen Brookes and David Mawby both men weighed over 5lb’s and scored 9 points each to take the critical final spot.

Our thanks must go to all the team at Reading and District for hositng the match and to the Canal and River Trust for all their support in the contest.

Top Three Pairs

1. Justin Mabere and Martin Wickens 22 points
2. Ben Dukes and Robert Randall 21 points
3. Stephen Brookes and David Mawby 18 points

There are still plenty of spaces in the CRT & AT Canal Pairs Competition so have a look at the schedule here and book in on 0115 822 4532

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 6

Tue 15 August 17 - Shropshire Union - Hawksmoor and Crossover Bridge


Priestley and Ashworth go one better on Shropshire Union

The Angling Trust and Canals and River Trust, Canal Pairs Championship hosted its second qualifier on the Shropshire Union on the Hawksmoor and Crossover Bridge sections. With the upcoming Division One National it was a chance to see what form these sections were in and with mild overcast conditions there was great anticipation at the draw,

Both Sections fished well with most pegs throwing up a couple of pounds of silverfish and then with additional features like far bank bushes or end pegs holding a few bonus fish to help bolster weights.

It was Roger Priestly in B section who managed to go one further than the previous years individual national and seal first place with his partner Steve Ashworth. Both men carded near perfect section points with 49 apiece. Roger drew Peg B3 and amassed an impressive 5lb 12oz 4dr in the five hours catching plenty of silvers and a few bonus fish. Similarly Steve on peg A29 broke the 5lb barrier with 6lb 14oz 12dr and caught very much the same makeup of fish.

Second on the day were Peter Madeley and Derek Jackson. Derek carding a perfect 51 points with great back-up from Peter on 42 points to make their 93 point total. Derek drew peg B35 and caught steadily throughout the match for his 7lb 8oz 12dr. Peter was fortunate enough to draw one of the ends of A section where a majority of the weights came from, beating either side of him Peter put 4lb 2oz 8dr on the scales.

Rounding out the top three and edged out by only a single point, were Darren Massey and James South. Darren took overall honours on the match and the only man over 10lb, with 10lb 12oz 0dr picking bonus fish up on his ‘end peg’. Backing him up all the way was James South carding a decent 41 points and amassing 3lb 5oz 8dr in the five hours.

Joint fourth were pairs Kevin Clarke/Dave Edgerly and David McManus/ Ian Morrison both on 87 points. With David and Ian winning on weight countback 9lb 12oz 3dr to 8lb 8oz 4dr.

In sixth place were the two Simons, Preece and Mottram with 85 points and the final qualifiers from the day were Terry Nutt and Michael Nutt who amassed 83 points between them.

Top Five Pairs

1. Roger Priestley and Steve Ashworth 98 points
2. Peter Madley and Derek Jackson 93 points
3. Darren Massey and James South 92 points
4. David McManus and Ian Morrison 87 points (9lb 12oz 3dr)
5. Kevin Clarke and Dave Edgerly 87 points (8lb 8oz 4dr)
6. Simon Preece and Simon Mottram 85 points
7. Terry Nutt and Michael Nutt 83 points

Our thanks once more to the organisers Micheal and Terry for all their efforts up on the Shropshire Union and to Canal and Rivers Trust for their support in the contest.

The next pairs qualifier is on the Kennet and Avon on the 20th August and tickets are still available on 011582 24532.

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 5

Thu 10 August 17 - Shropshire Union Canal - Knighton and Park Heath


Kearney and Gilbert secure place in Canal Pairs Final

With the build up to Division One National Championships, the Shropshire Union hosted it’s first of two Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust pairs competition which was a sell-out 100 angler field. The sections were pegged on the popular Knighton and Park Heath stretches and with some very changeable conditions forecast many at the draw thought they were in for some good fishing.

Fishing Across both A and B sections was very good with average weights somewhere between the 3 and 4lb mark, these were made up of mainly silverfish with the odd bonus perch, eel or proper bream.

Both Individual and Team winner on the day Wayne Kearney who posted a maximum 50 points and also secured the match win from Peg A7. Wayne was over 9lb clear of the field with 20lb 15oz of Bream and silvers. To back him up John Gilbert managed a very respectable 8lb 12oz from peg B3, this scored him 48 points and put the team clear victors on 98 points.

Second pairing on the day were Carl Whalley and Alan Sagar, both men drawing near, or on the favoured end pegs with A2 and B1 respectively. Both men caught good weights of silvers which bolstered their 5lb 7oz and 10lb respectively.

In joint third position on points were pairings Jason Cunningham/Ben Sharratt and Scott Geens.Danny Ashington both scoring 83 points. Geens and Ashington winning out on weight count-back 13lb 9oz to 11lb 4oz.

Finishing out the top five were the pairing Steve Crossley and Simon Wain with 79 points, who netted 4lb 5oz and 8lb 5oz respectively.

The Angling Trust would like to thank Terry Nutt and Dave Watkins for all their hard work up on Shropshire Union, they are doing a tremendous job pegging and resting the sections to give teams time both practice and time for the fish to rest.

Top five pairs

1. W.Kearney and J.Gilbert 98 points
2. C.Whalley and A.Sagar 88 points
3. S.Geens and D.Ashington 83 points (13lb 9oz)
4. J.Cunningham and B.Sharrat 83 points (11lb 4oz)
5. S.Crossley and S.Wain 79 points

There are still plenty of spaces in the CRT & AT Canal Pairs Competition so have a look at the schedule here and book in on 0115 822 4532

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 4

Mon 07 August 17 - Grand Union Canal


Paul and Damian with a ‘Grand’ result

The fourth round of the Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust Canal Pair Championships was hosted sections on the infamous Grand Union Canal. Conditions for the day were a little tough with bright sunshine and little wind, this meant that anglers with cover found themselves able to hold onto the fish for longer.

Winning the match by a clear five points were pairing Paul Cowern & Damian Green, both finishing third in their respective sections. Both men fished busy matches catching both Skimmers and roach.

Joint second on points were Steve Crawley & Sam Phung and Alan Donnelly & Andrew Curless and with Alan and Andrew already qualified this saw Steve and Sam go through.

A section was fished on Oakfiled park where a draw on the marina was favourite before the draw. This proved to be the case with both of the marina pegs throwing up over 8lbs with some large bonus skimmers, with the average in the section posting nearer 3lbs.

B section was a slightly different affair at Broughton with a lot of the early pegs containing good patches of lilies and weeds for the fish to hold up in, this meant there were more weights in the 5-7lb region and some good skimmers and roach caught along the section.

Top Five pairs

1. Paul Cowern & Damian Green 96 points
2. Steve Crawley & Sam Phung 91 points
2. Alan Donnelly & Andrew Curless 91 points (already qualified)
4. Stephen Lathwell & Colin Macbeth 89 points
5. Barry Smith & Ian Orbell 88 points
6. Phil Speakman & Steve Davis 87 points

Our thanks to both Canal and River Trust for organisation of the event and to Tring Anglers volunteers for hosting the match.The next qualifier is on the Gloucester and Sharpness Canal on the 10th September and tickets are still available on 05582 24532.

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 3

Fri 04 August 17 - Newry Canal - Carlingford Lough


Parker and Lunt take honors

The fifth round of Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust Canal Pairs Championship saw the Newry Canal host the Irish leg of the contest. Set in the heart of city of Newry and on the edge of the picturesque Carlingford Lough, pairs were treated to both exceptional surroundings and fishing.
The forecast for the day was not great, but this didn’t deter the crowd gathered on the Middle Bank at 9.00am, who were all up for the challenge.

All the talk pre-match was of the big hybrids that had been showing over the last number of weeks, and the consensus was that these fish may well be crucial. The all in was called at 11.30am and the battle commenced. Everyone was into fish from the off, but it was noticeable that the stamp was not very big. A few bigger stamp roach and hybrids were coming to the end pegs, but generally the stamp was a little smaller than usual.

After about an hour the predicted rain arrived and put a bit of a dampener on proceedings. There were still fish being caught all along the stretch, but the large numbers of bigger fish were still conspicuous by their absence. Most anglers were fishing two lines on the pole, one at around 6 metres and another between 11.5m and 13m. As well as poles, there were a few feeder rods in action, with most on the tip chucking to the far side of Canal about 25 yards from where they were sat.

All out was called at 4.30pm sharp, and the scales arrived. In A section Kevin Maguire was top weight placing 5.800kg on the scales for a section win, Jim Reilly on the end peg weighed in 4.240kg for a section second, with Karl Woodhouse weighing in 4.100kg for third.

In the other section Carl Parker was top weight with 6.740kg, Matt Crowl was next with 6.200kg for second and Rory O’Neill had 5.400kg for third.

Top Five Pairs

1. J.Lunt & C. Parker
2. K.Maguire & M.Wilson
3. K.Woodhouse & S.Wright
4. R.Caplice & R.O’Neill
5. G.Quinn & M.Crowl

One unique aspect of the event was the husband and wife pairing of Dave and Florence Kearney, who travelled the whole way from Boyle in County Rosscommon to participate unfortunately on this occasion they didn’t manage to qualify, but we hope to see them again soon.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who made this possible. Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust for all their help in staging the event. Newry Mourne and Down District Council for facilitating the event. Loughs Agency for their continual help, Newry Canal Match Group for running the event for us and all those who took part.

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 2

Wed 19 July 17 - Forth & Clide Canal


Gus and Colin near ‘pair-fection’

The latest round of the AT/CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier was hosted in Scotland on the Forth and Clyde Canal in what can only be described as appalling conditions. Despite driving rain and near gale force winds, 24 hardened anglers pitted themselves against tricky canal conditions caused by the previous day’s weed cutting.

Leading the pack were Colin McKerrell and Gus Brindle who scored a near perfect three points, carding the first and fourth best weights on the day. Both men got their heads down in the tough conditions and fished hard for small roach and perch on the pole.

Second on the day was a right ‘Trueman show’ with Josh carding two points and Mark managing four points to make up their second place total of six points. Once again it was a small fish affair for the Trueman’s who gritted it out for the small roach and perch.

Third place was an exceptionally close affair with two teams scoring eight points, but Mark Lyons and Darrin Fergusson came out the victors on weight count-back by just 100 grams showing just how close the whole stretch was.

Top Five pairs

1st Colin McKerrell/Gus Brindle 1.100 (1) 0.700 (2) 3
2nd Mark Trueman/Josh Trueman 0.480 (4) 0.840 (2) 6
3rd Mark Lyons/Darrin Fergusson 0.740 (1) 0.180 (7) 8
4th Colin Hart/Derek Brady 0.300 (5) 0.520 (3) 8
5th James Dornom/Robert Egedi 0.540 (3) 0.260 (6) 9

Huge thanks to CRT and to Gus Brindle for running the event, even in the face of such adverse conditions. The next qualifier is on the Grand Union Canal, Aylesbury Arm section. Tickets are still available on 05582 24532.

 

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AT & CRT Canal Pairs Qualifier round 1

Mon 03 July 17 - Leeds & Liverpool Canal - Jacksons Bridge & Kings Arms


Daz dazzles as AT & CRT Canal Pairs kick off

The first Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs qualifier for this year took place on Saturday 1st July on the Leeds and Liverpool Canal with 20 pairs booked on.

The match was split into two distinct sections – A being the “steep drop” at Jacksons bridge, Lydiate and the Kings Arms, Haskayne.

Daz Shaw from Bury drew the unfancied end peg of section A and like everyone else found it hard going, not having had a bite for the first hour and a half. At this point he changed from roach/bream tactics to eels down the track. Within 15 minutes he had his first eel and soon followed it up with a hybrid and then another three eels.

By this time it was clear he was doing well in his section so it was all down to his fishing partner Boydan Krupnyckyj, who was pegged on the straight in the car park at the Kings Arms.

By the end of the day, Daz had six eels and the hybrid and Boydan had four eels, one of which was 2lb 8oz. As a result they both won their respective sections and came overall first and second in the match to give them a perfect 2 points and a comfortable pairs victory and automatic qualification to the final on 21st October.

The second pair to automatically qualify for the final was Jan Verbruggen and Shaun Paddon with a superb 6 points.

Top Four Pairs Pairs

1st D Shaw/B Krupnyckyj – 2 points
2nd J Verbruggen/S Paddon – 6 points
3rd D Martin/A Marsden – 10 points
4th C Birchall/S Wharton – 12 points
4th M Wilson/C Whalley – 12 points

The next Canal Pairs qualifier will take place on the Forth & Clyde Canal on Saturday, 15th July. Spaces are still available and if you would like to book on please ring 0115 822 4532.

 

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Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Final 2016

Sat 29 October 16 - Staffs & Worcs Canal from Penkridge to Acton Trussell


Steve and Simon raise the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship 2016 trophy

Seventy countrywide partnerships lined the towpath of the Staffs & Worcs Canal from Penkridge to Acton Trussell in Staffordshire for Saturday’s grand final of the Angling Trust & Canal & River Trust Canal Pairs Championship 2016. Conditions were autumnal but calm and mild and with very little boat traffic the canal was gin clear.

Individual winner, Canvey-based Peter Durrant drew peg 28 in A Section at the bottom end of the mobile homes in Penkridge where he caught roach all day with the odd skimmer and topped it off when he latched into one of the resident carp and banked the pristine 16lb caster-tempted common which propelled him into the lead with an unassailable 11k 170g. Local anglers knew there were carp living in this area but they are very rarely caught. Well done Pete! His partner and big brother Rob Durrant got his head down on peg 48 in B Section at Acton Trussell to scale 2k 690g and win his sub section which was enough to see them pairs second with 127 points.

Calf Heath rod Steve Dudley and oppo Cannock-based Simon Nickless, both Sensas Black Country, topped the pairs podium with a commendable 140 points out of a possible 146. Simon was on peg 60 in B Section in the bay at Acton Trussell where he pole-fished chopped worm and caster for 4k 460g of roach, perch and skimmers. Steve had all skimmers on poled red maggot at peg 48 in A Section at Penkridge to return 8k 500g for match second, ahead of Michael Marsden’s 7k 520g.

Congratulations also to Les Waldron and partner Michael Gorry who were pairs third with 115 and well done to Conor Browne and Paul Holding for coming fourth with 114. “It was great to see anglers from all across the country represented in the prizes, exemplifying what a fair and exciting competition this is. Well done to everyone who took part and a huge thank you to Wolverhampton AA for the use of their waters and organising such a successful event also Calf Heath Club for their hospitality,” commented John Ellis, Canal & River Trust National Fisheries & Angling Manager.

The trophies and prizes were presented by David Kent from the Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust Chief Executive Richard Parry.

 

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