The Angling Trust and Canal & River Trust, Canal Pairs tickets for 2019 have gone LIVE this week, offering canal anglers up and down the country a great chance at getting into a BIG money final.
Organised by the Angling Trust in conjunction with the Canal & River Trust, the Championship will see sixteen regional qualifying heats taking place across England with further heats being held in Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
Here are the all-important qualifier dates:
Saturday 18 May – Foxton, Grand Union Canal (Wellingborough Nene Angling Club)
Sunday 19 May – Soudley, Shropshire Union Canal (Hodnet Angling Club)
Saturday 1 June – Wombourne, Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal (Wolverhampton Angling Association)
Sunday 2 June – Gloucester & Sharpness Canal (Winget Angling Club)
Sunday 16 June – Coventry Canal (Tusses Angling Club)
Sunday 30 June – Grand Union Canal (Luton Angling Club)
Saturday 6 July – New Junction Canal (Doncaster & District Angling Association)
Sunday 7 July – Newry Canal (Newry Canal Match Group – Ireland)
Saturday 13 July – Forth and Clyde (Scottish Federation for Coarse Angling)
Saturday 20 July – Aire & Calder Canal (Doncaster & District Angling Association)
Sunday 21 July – Rochdale Canal (Todmorden Angling Society)
Sunday 4 August – Aylesbury Arm (The Tring Anglers)
Saturday 10 August – Coalyard Betton Wood, Shropshire Union Canal (Hodnet Angling Club)
Sunday 1 September – Shebdon, Shropshire Union Canal (Hodnet Angling Club)
Saturday 21 September – Shardlow, Trent & Mersey Canal (Pride of Derby Angling Club)
Sunday 22 September – Loughborough, Grand Union Canal (Quorn Angling Club)
Saturday 28 September – Whixall, Llangollen Canal (Hodnet Angling Club)
Saturday 28 September – Froxfield, Kennet & Avon Canal (Reading & District Angling Association)
Sunday 29 September – Lancaster Canal (Pike Anglers Club-Lancaster Canal)
Tickets can be purchased through the Angling Trust’s Online Booking System at a cost of £40 per pair per qualifier. This makes the contest one of the most affordable ‘Big Finals’ in the whole match calendar. Prize money for the 2019 competition final, which is subject to entry, could total over £18,000 between the top four pairs.
James Lewis, Competitions Development Manager commented:
“We’ve worked closely with the Canal & River Trust to tweak the contest for 2019, eradicating any fastest losers procedures and putting in plenty of geographically diverse qualifiers. At £40 a pair I know I’ll be chancing my arm once more this year!
John Ellis, national fisheries and angling manager for the Canal & River Trust said:
“We’re really pleased to launch the tickets for the 2019 Canal Pairs Championship, it’s proven really popular in recent years. We’ve listened to competitors and tweaked the qualifying rules with a minimum of three pairs now going through to the final from each qualifier. There were some great performances from some ‘lesser known names’ in this year’s final which just goes to show that any pair could win this event in 2019.
The Canal Pairs Championship Final will take place on Saturday 19th October on the Shropshire Union Canal – one section at Little Onn and another at Norbury Junction.
To keep up to date on all the qualifiers results head over to the Angling Trust Competitions page on Facebook.