Bookings are now being taken for Britain’s biggest canal angling competition, the 2018 Canal Pairs Championship.
Organised by us in partnership with the Angling Trust, the Championship’s regional qualifying heats are being held in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as thirteen heats across England.
Competitors will score points based on the weight of fish they catch with up to six pairs in each heat - dependent on entries per heat - going through to the grand final on Saturday 20 October 2018. The final will be held at Stafford with pegs on both the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and Trent & Mersey Canal. The National Junior Canal Championship will also take place on the same day on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
Applications for tickets are now open via the Angling Trust’s online booking system Angling Trust Events at a cost of £40 per pair per qualifier.
The potential grand final prize pot is £16,000, dependent on all sixteen heats selling out – with the prize money split between the top four pairs.
John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager for the Canal & River Trust said: "The 2018 Canal Pairs Championship promises to be a fantastic event and we’re expecting a lot of interest.
"Our canals offer some fantastic angling and are on the doorstep for many people so it’s no wonder that the championship is growing in popularity. We’d urge anyone interested in taking part to book their tickets as early as possible."
David Kent Director of the Angling Trust, said; "I have seen this Championship grow year on year to arguably become the top canal event on the calendar. A definite go-to for canal anglers anywhere."
The dates, venues and host clubs for the qualifiers and the final are listed below. There has been on change to the schedule published earlier in the year with the Aire & Calder heat moving from Sunday 29 July to Sunday 30 September:
Grand Final and National Junior Canal Championship:
To find out more about the Canal Pairs Championships and for booking, go to Angling Trust