Individual National Championship
Shropshire Union Canal – Saturday 9th September 2023
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The Individual National Championship is for all individual members of the Angling Trust over the age of 16 on the day of event.
This is an individual event scored by overall weight, the winner will become the Individual National Champion.
Headquarters and Results:
HQ Address for draw: Willaston Social Club, 7 Wistaston Road, Willaston CW5 6PU
Presentation venue: Cronkinson Farm Pub, Stapeley, Nantwich Cheshire CW5 7GZ
Draw: 8:00am on the morning
Fishing: 11:00am – 4:00pm (duration of 5 hours)
Sections: Baddington, Hack Green and Coole Pilot
Closure of waters for practice: TBC
Keepnets: A minimum of 2 keepnets must be taken by every angler. In the interest of fish welfare any specimen barbel (over 8lbs) should be placed into an empty, pegged out keepnet and the angler must contact the steward (on the phone number provided at the draw). On arrival of the steward the fish will be weighed and released.
Licences: All competitors must be in possession of a current Environment Agency Rod Licence. Any competitor reported by the Environment Agency to the resulting team on the day of the match will be disqualified.
Rules / Bait bans: No bloodworm & joker. Further local rules no fishmeal groundbait & pellets. No sticklebacks to be weighed in.
Eligible fish: All fish caught are eligible for weighing with the exception of Game fish, Pike, Zander & Crustaceans or sticklebacks.
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Despite the venue being in dour form of late we still had the biggest turnout for an Individual National we have seen for many a year. Heavy downpours in the days preceding the match did nothing to improve the sport and most competitors struggled for just a few bites with 49 competitors not bothering the scalesmen. Despite that, there were some respectable weights recorded by those that were lucky enough to find themselves on feeding fish with 2Kg plus required to finish in the top 40. Paul Abbott was over the moon to be drawn peg 145 on the mouth of Yardley Marina and he made no mistake in winning this prestigious contest and take the accolade of Individual National Champion 2021 and the gold medal with 12.770Kg of bream taken on ground bait feeder tactics.
Individual National Champion 2021 Paul Abbott
Another fancied peg, peg 1 at Stoke Bruerne was drawn by Terry Molloy and after a bumpy start losing 5 good skimmers on the trot he managed to keep the rest on the hook and ended up as runner up and a silver medal with 9.610Kg of skimmers. Graham Smith was drawn at peg 188 at Drift Farm which had a bit of form and despite falling behind in the early stages to the pegs below him he clawed it back to finish in the bronze medal position with 7.680Kg of skimmers.
Top 3 winners from left to right: Graham Smith (bronze medal), Paul Abbott (gold medal), Terry Molloy (silver medal)
Full results can be found posted on the Angling Trusts Competitions Facebook page.
The canal is now closed to practice so 2 weeks’ rest should now give us a better Division 1 National to look forward to.
The Angling Trust would like to thank Chris Howard and his team for organising the day and Northampton Nene AC for use of their waters.
1st Paul Abbott 12.770Kg
2nd Terry Molloy 9.610Kg
3rd Graham Smith 7.680Kg
4th John Bates 6.160Kg
5th Daniel Abbott 5.950Kg
6th Tony Cassidy 5.700Kg
Zone Medal Winners:
Pegs 1 – 30 Terry Molloy Peg 1 9.610Kg
Pegs 31 – 60 John Bates Peg 35 6.160Kg
Pegs 61 – 90 Steve Pawson Peg 77 5.090Kg
Pegs 91 – 120 Dan Ashington Peg 98 3.580Kg
Pegs 121 – 150 Paul Abbott Peg 145 12,770Kg
Pegs 151 – 175 Simon Willsmore Peg 167 2.120Kg
Pegs 176 – 200 Graham Smith Peg 188 7.680Kg