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Our history and what we do


The Council was formed in 1981 to organize the first Civil Service national coarse angling final, to be held the following year. In 1983 the first national shore angling finals were held in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. 1989 saw the inclusion of a game fishing national final, staged at Anglian Water's prestigious venue Rutland Water where it has remained ever since. And finally in 1996 the first sea boat national final was fished out of Beaumaris on the Isle of Anglesey in North Wales.  

Entrance to these finals is via a regional qualifying competition where members can compete to represent their region. Teams are made up of two people for the game final, three for the boat and shore finals and four for the coarse final

 The Council meets one or two times a year to organise the agenda for the following year or two, trying to share competitions around the regions where possible.

To make travelling fairer and help save costs the coarse final is arranged within a band across the country fifty miles south and north of Birmingham.

The game final was based around the Midlands primarily because it was first held at Rutland Water, which is run by Anglian Water, who also have several other reservoirs that we could move to at short notice if necessary. The move to Draycote Water was due to of it's reputation as a consistant competition venue.

The boat final, being a species hunt, has to be based around the South West and Wales where warmer waters provide more variety. The ports we currently use are Poole, Weymouth and Milford Haven.

The shore final is moved around the regions as much as possible but is dependant on the suitable venue being available.

We also run an open pike fishing competition.