Division 1 nationals

Courtesy of Paul Caygill and Ian Hurst, joint event organisers of the upcoming Angling Trust Division One 2019, here’s all the useful information for all of those taking part this year.

New Junction Canal, courtesy of Angling Times New Junction Canal, courtesy of Angling Times

Division One National Saturday 17 August

Things have been moving along nicely for the Division One National being held on both the Aire & Calder Navigation and the New Junction Canal.

This Angling Trust event, the pinnacle of the match angling calendar is being co-hosted by Boothferry Joint Angling Clubs and Doncaster & District Angling Association. The hard-working competitions team at Angling Trust will be dealing with entries. Should you have not yet have done so, we advise you get the paperwork sorted asap. The big day match is Saturday 17 August with the draw at Doncaster Greyhound Stadium, Meadow Court, Station Road, Stainforth (DN7 5HS).

Practice oppportunities

We've arranged plenty of match practice opportunities. These wide Yorkshire canals do stand up to fishing pressure better than their narrow counterparts so don’t be alarmed at the number of options available. We've secured two heats of the Dynamite Baits Canal Pairs Championships with the obvious bonus of securing a coveted place in the Grand Final. Six pairs will go through from each heat providing 35 or more pairs compete with the potential £18,000 prize pot to be shared amongst the top four pairs on finals day. The entry fee is £40 per pair.

Full details and booking are also on the Angling Trust website. The dates are:

The equally prestigious Angling Trust individual national will be held on the Saturday 10 August with tickets on the Angling Trust website. The draw will take place at the Thornensians Rugby Club (DN8 5BU).

Open matches

Here are our Sunday open match dates:

  • 9, 16, 23 and 30 June
  • 7, 14, 21 and 28 July
  • 4 and 11 August

Priced at £20 per ticket, the draw for all these opens will be at the Thornensians Rugby Club, Church Balk, Thorne DN8 5BU.

Held on both New Junction and Stainforth & Keadby Canals, details are:

  • Breakfast from 7.00am
  • Draw between 8.00am and 8.30am
  • Fishing from 11.00am to 4.00pm
  • Platforms and barrows may be needed at both venues

Tickets are available by calling Paul Caygill on 07976 779983. Only team captains may book on (for the whole squad) to reduce the number of calls Paul must deal with. If you need to cancel, you need to do this by noon on the day before the match, otherwise the team captain will be charged £10 for each ticket not used. If this is not paid, your team will not be allowed to enter any of its squad members into any subsequent open matches.

Wickersley Angling Centre Saturday Teams of Four

The dates for this event on the New Junction Canal are:

  • Round 1 1 June
  • Round 2 15 June
  • Round 3 29 June
  • Round 4 13 July
  • Round 5 27 July
  • Round 6 3 August

There is a £200 entry per 4-man team with 100% pay out. The League will be run on section points with £25 pools on day 100% pay out aside from peg fees. This will be a good practise for any teams fishing division 1 national as we will be fishing most of sections being used in national on the new junction canal will be used. The draw will take place at the Old George inn, Sykehouse DN14 9AU.

To book on contact Andy Renton on 07876636349 or alternatively book on through Facebook page DDAA open matches New Junction Canal.

Likely National Sections New Junction Canal

  • Section A Oswald Church to Ramper Lane (DN3 1EX)
  • Section B Barnby Dunn DN3 1EP to Northfield lane (DN3 1ED)
  • Section C Low Lane to Chequer Lane DN7 5RS
  • Section D Top Lane to Kirkhouse Green DN7 5TE
  • Section E Sykehouse Lock (DN14 9AL) to Sykehouse Road Bridge (DN1 9AW)

Likely national Sections Aire & Calder

F section (DN14 8PQ) Go to Rawlcliffe Bridge Hotel, turn right at brown sign for Sugar Mill Ponds, drive between ponds at top of bank, turn left in car park and then walk to the left or right.

G section New Bridge. Leave Thorne on the A614 and follow the road till you go over the tidal River Don and then the Aire & Calder Canal. Look for right turn after 50 yards, the turn right into car park.

H section Beavers Bridge. Leave Thorne on the A614 and follow the road till you go over the tidal River Don and then the Aire & Calder Canal. Lok for a left turn and follow the road to Beavers Bridge, the walk left and right to pegs.

J section Pollington (DN14 0EX) At Crowcroft Bridge go over the bridge turn left and follow road until you reach a sharp right-hand bend. Park up on the left and go through gate, pegs will be situated both right and left. There is no access to the Aire & Calder Canal from Pollington Lock and if you park at the lock, you could be banned from the water.

K section Great Heck (DN14 0BQ) At the Bay Horse inn drive south and park near bridge and walk left.

Non-match fishing practice opportunities

Any teams wishing to practice in line-ups, can book the Aire & Calder canal via Paul Caygill on 07976 779983 or the New Junction through Martin on 07771 986849.

Help us keep it clean

We would be very grateful if after finishing your session, you take any excess bait or groundbait home with you. Please don’t throw it away in the hedgerow as it can attract vermin or complaints to both the club and our landlords at Canal & River Trust from neighbours about swarms of flies. Similarly, we don’t want to overfeed the fish, so we advise not introducing excess bait into the canal at the end of the session either.

Press and filming permission

Please note, if you intend to do press features of filming you need to get permission from both the club and us here at the Canal & River Trust. You can find out more about filming on Trust waterways on our website. 

Websites you might find useful are:

Canal & River Trust fishing section

Doncaster & District Angling Association

Boothferry Aire & Calder joint canal fishing 

Angling Trust

It’s not too late to register for the Division Two National

If your club doesn’t have a team in the Division One National, it’s still not too late to get involved with the second division event and then with a slice of luck you would be competing against the big boys in 2020. The Division 2 event is taking on the Shropshire Union Canal in 2019 around Market Drayton. Your club and team members will need to be Angling Trust members.

Last date edited: 5 February 2019