Details of Britain’s biggest canal angling competition have been announced with the 2018 Canal Pairs Championship once again coming to the nation's waterways.
Organised by the Canal & River Trust in partnership with the Angling Trust, the Championship’s regional qualifying heats are being held in Wales, Scotland and Ireland as well as 13 heats across England.
Competitors will score points based on the weight of fish they catch with up to six pairs in each heat - depending on entries per heat - going through to the grand final on Saturday 20 October 2018.
The National Junior Canal Championship will also take place on the same day on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal.
Applications for tickets will open in the new year on the Angling Trust’s online booking system at a cost of £40 per pair per qualifier, along with further details on how to enter.
The potential grand final prize pot is £16,000, depending on all 16 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: “Our canals offer fantastic angling, even in the most urban areas. They’re packed with fish, freely accessible and a great place to unwind and clear your mind so we want to inspire more people to give them a go.
These championships are a really good way of doing just that and are growing in popularity each year. The 2018 event promises to be an exciting one, with anglers across the UK and Ireland invited to show us what they can do.
We hope to see lots of entries but, if match fishing isn’t your thing, then your local canal still has plenty to offer.”
David Kent, Chair of Angling Trust Competitions said; “This competition goes from strength-to-strength and I think a key reason for this is that new venues are introduced every year thus keeping the event fresh.”
James Lewis, Competitions Development Manager of the Angling Trust commented “It’s great to see canal fishing coming back to the top of the match fishing calendar. We’ve worked carefully with the Canal & River Trust and local clubs to identify and organise new matches on sections of canal that are going to produce plenty of bites and exceptional matches.”
Saturday 20 October – Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal and Trent & Mersey Canal