For the 2015 Stillwater Championships, 10 qualifying rounds will be held on some of the Canal & River Trust’s top Stillwater fisheries. Each 40 peg qualifier will see four anglers go through to a 40-peg final held at Blythe Waters Fishery on October 10th, 2015.
The dates for the qualifying rounds and the final are listed below:
• Sunday, April 19th – Boddington Reservoir
• Sunday, May 10th – Blythe Waters
• Wednesday, May 20th – Boddington Reservoir
• Saturday, May 30th – Kiveton Waters
• Sunday, June 28th – Earlswood Lakes
• Wednesday, July 15th – Boddington Reservoir
• Saturday, July 25th – Earlswood Lakes
• Sunday, August 2nd – Clattercote Reservoir
• Saturday, August 22nd – Blythe Waters
• Saturday, September 19th – Blythe Waters
• Final: Saturday, October 10th – Blythe Waters
Entry is £25 per qualifier and tickets will go on sale in early February through the Angling Trust.
Pole Fishing spoke to last year's champion, Jamie Hughes (Maver/Bag'em Matchbaits), who picked up a £2,200 cheque for his win, and said: "The thing I like about the Stillwater Champs is the fact that I get to fish waters which I wouldn't normally go to. Most of the venues are very big with open water to tackle, and a variety of techniques come into play. The final at Blythe Waters is always a great match, with loads of fish to catch. Last year, I won with a weight of 112lb of carp, skimmers and some F1s. I caught some of my fish on the Method feeder, but the pole played an important role in my attack too. I'll definitely be having another crack at this event next year!"
The Canal & River Trust’s fisheries & angling manager, Carl Nicholls, said: “We’re proud to host this event again in partnership with the Angling Trust. It gives match anglers a great opportunity to compete on some of the Trust’s top stillwater fisheries and leads to a grand final with a great prize fund. The support of anglers has made this event what it is and has allowed the event to continue in to its now 8th year.”
David Kent from the Angling Trust said; “This event is now well established as a top event on the coarse calendar attracting some of the best anglers from the stillwater match scene in addition to others who are trying big match fishing for the first time. I’m very much looking forward to next year’s competition.”
Further information will appear on both the Canal & River Trust and Angling Trust websites in the New Year.