Clubs across the country are being encouraged to nominate venues for the 2019 Canal Pairs Championship.
Following the success of the Dynamite Bait sponsored 2018 event and with the promise of a star-studded final line up on the Staffs & Worcester Canal on Saturday October 20, the Trust in partnership with Angling Trust is now asking angling clubs to put forward canal venues suggestions for the 2019 qualifiers.
The championship will consist of at least 16 qualifying heats:
In order to host a qualifying event a venue must meet the following criteria:
Neighbouring clubs are welcome to put in a joint bid to host a qualifying heat.
Qualifiers may be held on either a Saturday or Sunday (or bank holiday Monday) between Saturday May 11 and Sunday September 29 2019 with the final being held on Saturday 19 October 2019 at a canal venue to be confirmed.
John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager for the Trust, said: "This year’s competition has again generated plenty of interest amongst match anglers and we’d encourage clubs wishing to host a qualifier in 2019 to get their applications in.
"It’s a great opportunity to showcase the work of your club and get some of the region’s best anglers on your particular stretch of canal. It promises to be a great event once more and we’re looking forward to receiving lots of applications."
David Kent, National Chair of Competitions at the Angling Trust, said: "Success breeds success and the growing interest in this competition suggests that is right. There are very few top quality national canal-only and, indeed, pairs events anywhere in the angling calendar. This Championship provides a golden opportunity for anglers to compete not only on their local water but also against some of the best anglers around."
Successful applicants will be notified shortly after the closing date and it is anticipated that the 2019 qualifying venues will be announced at the final of the 2018 Dynamite Baits Canal Pairs Championship on Saturday 20 October.