New Barbel Championships

Specimen match series set to start next year will be fished over three premier UK rivers.
A brand new match series to find the UK's best barbel anglers has been announced to take place on three of the UK’s premier rivers.

The British Barbel Angling Championships is aimed solely at specimen anglers, with competitors battling it out to target the single species over a series of qualifier event.

Planned to kick off at the start of the 2013/14 season, the BBAC will be fished on three of the best barbel rivers in the country; the Wye, Trent and Severn. Each waterway will host a 24hour qualifier that will see anglers fish in pairs with the aim of banking the highest weight in fish over that time period as possible. Being a specimen competition, none of the barbel caught will be retained, just weighed and returned with a running total being recorded for each competing pair.

From those qualifiers the top five pairs will go through to a grand final set to be fished on the river Trent in September 2013. The angler who captures the biggest fish from the qualifiers will also go through to the final.

“We’re looking for around 60 teams to enter the first BBAC,” said a spokesperson for the company organising the championship, Barbel and River Angling Events UK. “There will be a large cash prize for the winners, trophies and of course the prestige of being crowned BBAC champions.”

The Championship is currently looking for major sponsors for the event, and individual sponsors for the qualifiers. Clubs that have suitable venues on the rivers are also being asked to get in touch.

Anglers, sponsors and clubs interested in getting involved with the British Barbel Angling Championships can contact the organisers through their Facebook page here, or via email at a new website for the Championship is set to go live alter this year.