Bookings are about to open for Britain’s biggest canal angling competition, the 2020 AT & CRT Canal Pairs Championship, and with sponsorship from Dynamite Baits, the Championship will see regional qualifying heats being held across England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

Launching on Monday 2nd March at 10.30am anglers will be able to book their places on the Angling Trust Online Booking for their chance at the estimated £12,000 prize pool.


Qualifying heats canal pairs 2020:
1. Sunday 10 May – Moira Canal, Furnace & Donisthorpe (Max 26 pairs)
2. Saturday 16 May – Grand Union Canal, Foxton
3. Sunday 24 May – Shropshire Union Canal, Soudley
4. Sunday 31 May – Grand Canal, Offaly (Ireland heat)
5. Sunday 31 May – Staffordshire & Worcester Canal, Wombourne
6. Saturday 6 June – Kennet & Avon Canal, Hungerford
7. Sunday 7 June – Gloucester & Sharpness Canal
8. Saturday 13 June – Stainforth & Keadby Canal
9. Sunday 14 June – Shropshire Union Canal, Pendeford
10.Sunday 21 June – Coventry Canal, Coventry
11.Sunday 28 June – Grand Union Canal, Bugbrooke/Birds Haulage (75 pairs)
12.Sunday 19 July – Grand Union Canal, Bugbrooke/Banbury Lane (75 pairs)
13.Sunday 2 August – Dudley Canal
14.Saturday 8 August – Forth & Clyde Canal, (Scotland heat)
15.Sunday 23 August – Grand Union Canal, Aylesbury Arm
16.Sunday 30 August – Shropshire Union Canal, Soudley
17.Saturday 5 September – Gloucester & Sharpness Canal (75 pairs)
18.Sunday 13 September – Lancaster Canal
19.Saturday 19 September – Leeds & Liverpool Canal
20.Sunday 20 September – Grand Union Canal, Loughborough
21.Saturday 26 September – Trent & Mersey Canal, Rugeley
22.Sunday 27 September – Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal, (South Wales heat)
23.Saturday 3 October – Trent & Mersey Canal, Middlewich (75 pairs)
24.Saturday 3 October – Kennet & Avon Canal, Pewsey
25.Sunday 4 October – Llangollen Canal, Fenns Bank (North Wales heat

Canal Pairs Championship 2020 Grand Final
Saturday 24 October, Trent & Mersey Canal, Middlewich & Wheelock

• Division 1 National Saturday 15 August. Grand Union Canal Northampton
• Division 2 National Saturday 12 September. Gloucester Canal

Qualification for the final has been altered for 2020 in order to encourage larger matches across the canal network and reward hard working local organisers.

Number of Anglers Qualification places
8-10 2
11-15 3
16-20 4
21-25 5
26-30 6
31-35 7
36-40 8
41-45 9
46-50 10
Over 51 anglers 11

Speaking about the events John Ellis, National Fisheries & Angling Manager, Canal & River Trust said “The Canal Pairs has proven incredibly popular in recent years, bringing some of the country’s top talent to canals across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

“Canals offer fantastic angling and we’re anticipating lots of interest for this year’s events, so people should book their places quickly to avoid disappointment.

“With support from our partners at the Angling Trust as well as sponsors Dynamite Baits we hope that this year’s Championships will be a real celebration of all that’s great about canal angling.”

James Lewis Competitions Development Manager, Angling Trust added “The Canal Pairs continues to grow from strength to strength and this year we’ve added more qualifiers to accommodate new, exciting, stretches of canal. I was lucky enough to quailfy and fish the final with my dad last year and it was one of my best matches of the season”

To keep up to date on all the qualifiers results head over to the Angling Trust Competitions page on Facebook.