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Grand Union Canal

Ivinghoe

Cheddington

Leighton Buzzard

LU7 9DY

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To support the Let’s Fish National Celebration of Young People and Fishing in September, here is an opportunity to have a go in advance.

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Let’s Fish National Celebration of Young People and Fishing Regional Matches.

To support the national celebration of young people and fishing, Let’s fish have arranged three practice opportunities this year to help you prepare for the main event in September. This is a fantastic opportunity to get the experience of an environment fishing alongside others. There will be plenty of people on hand to give you support and help. There will be 2 categories, Cadets 7 to 10 years on the day and Juniors 11 to 15 years on the day. Entry to the event is free and there will be trophies and prizes for the top 3 in each category.

Please read the basic rules set out below to help guide you on the day.

Booking on is easy, just select the age category you fit in and register but please remember to read below.

Canal & River Trust Let’s Fish Cadet, Junior Regional Fishing Celebration Rules

1. The championship is open to anyone aged 7- 15 years of age on the day of the Championship. The categories are: Cadets – 7-10 years of age on the day of the championship, Junior - 11-15 years of age on the day of the Championship,

2. The Draw for pegs will take place on the morning of the match at approx. 9.00am.

3. The junior event will be 4 hours and the Cadets will be 3 hours in duration.

4. No competitor will have live or dead fish in their possession before the event.

5. The signal to commence and cease fishing will be given by the senior steward.

6. Before the starting signal, you must not introduce ground bait or loose feed the swim but will be allowed to wet a line, plumb the depth and test the float, mix or wet ground bait, clear his/her fishing ground of weed or obstructions and position his/her equipment. A feeder must not be used prior to the starting signal.

7. A competitor can use only one rod or pole, one line and single hook at any one time, but may have other poles or rods and tackle assembled in a position behind them, if possible, providing no such other tackle is baited.

8. Maximum Length of Poles: 10 metres for cadets, 11.5 metres for juniors.

9. Competitors must retain all fish in a keepnet that complies with the relevant Environment Agency bylaws. Nets should be dry when arriving to fish, as dry nets do not spread diseases. Fish must never be handled with gloves or towels.

10. All fish caught are eligible for weighing except game fish, pike, zander and crustaceans.

11. Competitors must cease fishing at the signal. Should a competitor still be playing a fish hooked before the finishing signal is given, they will be permitted no more than 15 minutes after time has been called to land the fish.

12. All competitors will remain at their pegs, except for the purpose of clearing litter from their swims, or, with the Steward’s consent,. until details of their catch have been recorded by the Steward, even if they have caught no fish.

13. Both the Competitor and Scales Steward MUST ensure that the correct procedure for transferring fish from keepnet to weigh net and weigh net back to the water is followed.

14. The championship must conform to Environment Agency bylaws. Any competitor reported to the Championship adjudicators by the Environment Agency for being unable to produce a valid licence shall be deemed to be in contravention of the Rules and shall be disqualified. Local fishery rules will also apply.

15. Any competitor proved to be in contravention of these rules will be disqualified.

16. In the cadet and junior sections, the maximum length of pole to be used for the first hour (60 minutes) of the competition is 3 metres and competitors may not fish past the midway point of the canal during this time. This restriction will not apply once 60 minutes of the match have elapsed. Loosefeed or groundbait must not be introduced beyond the midline of the canal for the first 60 minutes of the championships.

17. The following baits and groundbaits are not permitted: Groundbait containing fishmeal, Bloodworm and Joker, pellets, sweetcorn, luncheon meat, boilies, livebaits, deadbaits and lures.

18. Inexperienced competitors may receive reasonable levels of help and support from parents, guardians and Let’s Fish stewards e.g. in removing the hook from fish. Holding of the rod or pole must be undertaken by the competitors at all times whilst fishing. Feeding of bait and groundbait must be undertaken by competitors or by a Let’s Fish technical coach as part of instruction. Helpers may use a landing net if required. In the event of a dispute as to what is reasonable help, the decision of the senior Let’s Fish steward and/or the Let’s Fish technical coach on the bank will be deemed final.

19. There are more useful guidelines on the Canal & River Trust website: https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy-the-waterways/fishing/matches-and-competitions/junior-canal-angling-championships

A FULL LIST OF ALL RULES CAN BE FOUND ON THE ANGLING TRUST WEBSITE. Rules that apply to the National Celebration of Young People and fishing will also apply to the regional events.

Please book your ticket for the category you fit into.

Please Note proof of age may be required on the day

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Grand Union Canal

Ivinghoe

Cheddington

Leighton Buzzard

LU7 9DY

United Kingdom

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