The Winter League is a team-based event with some of the best anglers in the country taking part. The Winter League commences at the beginning of October and concludes by the end of December with a grand final in February the following year. The Grand Final will be a one-day event split over two venues – one natural water and one commercial fishery.
Entry Fee: £100.00 per team.
Membership: No Angling Trust membership requirement has been implemented to take part this season.
Team Size: Local leagues fish in teams of 6, 8 or 10. To be determined locally.
All teams must have submitted their team sheet & entry fee prior to their first league match.
The Grand Final for the 2023-24 will place on Saturday 24th February 2024 on Decoy Lakes and the Fenland Drains.
There are no semi-finals.
Team sizes for the final will be 10 anglers, where five anglers from each team will fish on each venue.
Number of teams qualifying for the Winter League Final:
• 4 teams fishing the league = 1 team to qualify
• 5-6 teams fishing the league = 2 teams qualify
• 7-9 teams fishing the league = 3 teams qualify
• 10 teams and over fishing the league = 4 teams qualify
Angling Trust Winter League 2022-2023 Final Results
Drennan Barnsley Blacks have added another accolade to their huge roll of domestic honours after winning a record-breaking Angling Trust Winter League Final.
Following a tie on 54 section points with Daiwa Gordon League it came to a section win countback to decide the champions in one of the tightest finals ever fished across Decoy Lakes and the Fenland Drains.
Incredibly, it’s Barnsley’s third Winter League victory in as many seasons and captain Lee Kerry revealed the win came somewhat as a surprise.
“We came back to the headquarters feeling our points were too high to gain reasonable placing overall, so it was a huge shock when James read our name out as winners,” he told us.
“The high point scoring this year not only shows the difficulties of winter fishing but the class of anglers throughout the field. To win this three times on the bounce is unbelievable.”
With 17 points separating first from tenth in the team standings it shows the 2022-23 Winter League Final to be one the hottest contended competitions of the year.
On the individual front it saw huge weights from both the Drains and Decoy to take the accolades on the day.
A venue record was set on the drains with Cadence Superteam’s Jason Cunningham netting a huge 39kg 700g of rudd from peg H3 on the Old Nene at March.
The top weight on the day was always likely to come from Decoy and so it proved as Sensas Oakwood rod Antony Flint took out Decoy with a huge weight of 84kg 900g from peg Q7 on Yew Lake to win the match overall.