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Drennan Barnsley Blacks triumph in Winter League Final 2017

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The winter league final was held once again on the Fenland Drains and Decoy Lakes on Saturday 25th February 2017. This split format is still in its infancy, however it is proving immensely popular with competitors as once again 34 teams of 10 battled it out for the title.

Last year’s champions Browning Ossett were keen to defend the title they won so convincingly last year, however it was local league rivals Drennan Barnsley Blacks who stormed to victory with an impressive 41 points.

Captain Glenn Lawrence said: “This title really has been a team effort, our local league is one of the toughest there is and our battle with Ossett is always an enjoyable one. We knew our two sets of anglers on both the drains and Decoy are incredibly strong, and had put in loads of effort. We got a draw capable of winning and the guys delivered once again.”

The win completes a fantastic season for Drennan Barnsley who have taken both the commercial national and division one national, along with this title in the last 12 months.

Close runners up were Starlets. Their fantastic 43 points total would have been enough to win on many occasions. Completing the podium were Drennan Oxford, who were delighted with their 3rd place finish after putting in weeks of hard work.

On the individual front Andy Geldart made no mistake from fancied peg 6 on Lou’s lake. The Drennan Barnlsey man making it a team and individual double with a fine 87kg 200g of carp taken on a mixture of pole and bomb.

The drains also fished fantastically well with the top 3 all recording over 15kg. It was Shaun Bryan who took a catch of tench from the bypass section of the Old Nene at March, just beating Rob Wright's fantastic 15kg 100g of roach from the 20ft drain.

Organiser Lee Kerry said: “The fishing on both venues has been fantastic. Last year I was pleased but this year with over 100 anglers on the drains weighing over 3kg, after weeks of practice, it shows just how good this system is. I have no doubt we have found the home of the winter league final for years to come.”


The Angling Trust Winter League commences at the beginning of October and leagues must complete their series by the end of December in the current series year.

Anglers in participating teams will not need to be Individual members of Angling Trust for this series, neither will the teams need to join Angling Trust, although we would expect leagues to actively encourage anglers and teams to join as members.

All leagues will appoint a league secretary/treasurer as point of contact who will be responsbile for ensuring compliance with rules and administration of the local league.

Paperwork was sent out to all leagues at the commencement of the league/s.

Entry Fee is £70 per team

No AT membership requirements

Local leagues fish teams of 6, 8 or 10. To be determined locally

No semi finals

Grand Final late February 2017

Top 2 teams from each league progress to Grand Final

Grand Final will be 1 day event split over 2 venues, 1 natural venue and 1 commercial fishery

Team sizes for the final will be 10 anglers, 5 anglers from each team will fish on each venue



Saturday 25th Feb

Venue 1: Decoy Lakes

Venue 2: Fenland Drains (specific venues tbc in due course)

League secretaries will be requested to submit results on a weekly basis, a maximum of 3 days following the latest round of matches.

We would like to thank you for your continued support with the Winter League. We hope you share our aspiration to grow participation and would ask you encourage new teams to join, leagues to form and for anglers and teams to join the Angling Trust as individual and team members.


Contact; Angling Trust Competitions Department
Tel; 0115 8224519

Ossett Winners

Congratulations to Team Ossett, Winter League Champions 2015-16

A Look Back at 2015/16 Winter League Final

Results available here or at the bottom of this page

The 2015/16 Winter League final saw 340 anglers and 34 teams from across the country compete on the Fenland Drains and Decoy Lakes in Peterborough. Team Ossett from Yorkshire delivered a superb performance to secure a cheque for £3,000 and the title of Winter League winners, their first win in the competition.

For the first time ever the final was held in February and was split over two types of venues providing commercial experts and natural water enthusiasts with the opportunity to pit their wits against one another in a true Winter League final. 

In the weeks leading up to the final, conditions had been up and down, which always has an effect on the fishing.  With teams practicing intensely, the venues held up well, but sharp frosts and a cold easterly wind made for a tighter match come the day.

On the Drains, March, Benwick, 20 foot and Factory Bank were all in play and fished consistently as more than half the field weighed over 2kg. The shoals of tench didn't show, however the highlight of the match came from Browning Hotrods member Andy Moss with a superb 10kg of rudd. This was enough for him to secure first place individual honours in the match while Steve Barnett of Drennan Bordon and Maver Midlands Dave White took second and third respectively with catches of 7kg 310gm and 6kg 800.

Despite a bitterly cold east wind Decoy Lakes proved once again why it was the place to be. The match was spread across the whole complex and over half the field weighed over 15kg and thirty seven anglers weighed 20kg or more. It was the strip lakes where the big weights were recorded with Jason Collins from Preston innovations Delcac weighing in a mighty 86kg 200gm to take the individual honours while Ossett’s Nicky Crooks weighed 81kg 700gm to take second place and Maver Midlands angler Harry Rushden bagged 54kg 850gm to take third in the match.

The final enjoyed the biggest pay out for a number of years with over £13,000 paid out on the day, the top ten teams securing prize money along with top three individuals from both the Drains and Decoy and twenty sub section winners.

Angling Trust would like to say a huge thank you to competition sponsors Ted Fisher for their support and to Sensas Mark One for their support on the day of the final.

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