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.
The Council meets three to four times a year to organise the following year's agenda, trying to share competitions around the regions as fairly as possible.