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Desmond Family Canoe Trail
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We love and care for your canals and rivers, because everyone deserves a place to escape.
We want anglers right across the country to try a different kind of net-work and compete in the UK’s first ever angling match hosted via social media on Saturday 6 December.
It doesn’t matter if you normally catch carp in Camden or perch in Preston, you'll be able to pit your wits against other anglers nationwide for the first time via the competition hosted on Facebook. It's free to enter and with a Shimano Exage 2500FD reel up for grabs why not get involved?
Instead of taking place on a single stretch of canal, the match will enable people anywhere in the country to compete against each other by sharing a photo of their longest catch on our angling Facebook page.
Becca Dent, angling development manager for the Trust explains: “The nation’s canals have got lots to offer and are a fantastic place to get into fishing; many are full of fish and are an easily accessible place to escape to. We really want more people to rediscover what their local canals have to offer and are always on the lookout for new ways to get more people doing what is one of the nations’ oldest and most cherished sports."
The match is free but anyone wanting to take part must have a valid rod licence as well as a permit from the relevant angling club or, where there is no club operating currently, a Waterways Wanderers pass from the Canal & River Trust.
The competition takes place between 10am and 4pm. A code will be released on the morning of the match together with the species in play for the day. All details can be found on the Canal & River Trust Angling page on Facebook.
Anyone can enter by posting a photo of their catch showing a measurement from the mouth to the tail fork and including a special code which will also be released by us that morning.
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