Pairs League

The LACC Pairs League

The Pairs league is open to all LACC members and is a fun, friendly competition that is fished for throughout the season. There are 5 rounds in total, but only each team’s best four results count towards the final league table. The competition is suitable for anglers of all standards and everyone is made to feel welcome, so why not team up with another member and enter the league this year, it’s a lot of fun and we can almost guarantee that your skills will improve as you fish the matches. If you’re looking for a partner, email lacccompetitions@gmail.com and we’ll see if we can bring people together to fish.

Pairs league dates 2021/22

Sat May 22 pairs 1 at Warwick
Sat Sept 25 pairs 2 at Warwick
Sat Oct 23 pairs 3 Lowsonford
Sat Dec 4 pairs 4 Lowsonford
Sat Feb 19 pairs 5 Warwick

Format for 2021/22 pairs league

The 2021-22 league will be fished over five matches. In four of the matches, anglers will be divided across up to five sections of canal, and the matches will be fished on overall length. The fifth match will be fished on a single section and only the four largest perch and four largest zander will count.

There will be a minimum of four pairs to a section in sectioned matches. For example, if 12-15 pairs enter, they will be drawn between sections 1, 2 and 3. If 16-19 pairs enter, they will be drawn between sections 1, 2, 3 and 4. If 20 or more pairs enter, they will be drawn between sections 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.

LACC PAIRS LEAGUE RULES

Entry to each round of the competition will cost £5.00 per team (payable in advance). Fishing is with lures only.

The league will be competed over 5 matches, with each team’s best 4 results counting towards the final league table. Four of the matches will be in sections and decided on longest total length. One will be fished on a single section and decided on the combined length of best four zander, best four perch.

No keeping of any fish in landing nets and continuing to fish. All fish must be measured and photographed as soon as they are caught and then immediately released. The penalty for breaching this rule is disqualification.

Each angler may only fish with one rod at a time. (although they may carry as many rods as they wish). Each angler may only use one lure at a time (no multi-lure rigs).

All teams must photograph all fish caught on an unhooking mat using a competition-standard fish measure (no tape measures) and with their competitor’s card in the picture using a camera or phone that allows photos to be viewed. Captures should be recorded in the ScoreFishing app.

All anglers must carry an unhooking mat and net, and teams must have a fish measure (measures will be available for teams that don’t have one).

Teams may use a car during the day to travel to and along their match section. All travel on the towpath must be on foot. Please park considerately. No use of pub car parks unless specifically authorised.

Sectioned matches

Where a bridge forms the boundary to a section, teams from both sections may fish under the bridge. However, you should not cast out into the next or preceding section. Where a lock forms the boundary, the first section ends above the lock and the second section starts below it.

The winners of each section in a sectioned match will be decided by which team catches the longest combined length of perch, pike, zander, chub and ruffe.

There will also be a bonus of 25cm given to each team for each different species of qualifying fish they catch in a sectioned match (ie. if you manage to catch at least one perch, pike and zander then your team will get a 75cm bonus).

The match winner in a sectioned match will be the team that catches the longest combined length of perch, pike, zander, chub and ruffe, including bonus points.

Points in sectioned matches will be awarded as follows:
Match winner – 6 points (20 in total for match win and section win)
Section winner – 14 points
Section runner-up – 9 points
Section third – 5 points

The longest perch and zander caught on the day will also earn their team an extra 5 points.

Single section match

The match winner in a single section match will be the team that catches the longest combined length of their four largest perch and four largest zander.

Points in a single-section match will be awarded as follows:
1st – 20 points
2nd – 16 points
3rd – 13 points
4th – 11 points
5th – 10 points
6th – 9 points
Any other teams that catch – 5 points

The longest perch and zander caught on the day will also earn their team an extra 5 points.

Substitutes and ties

Each team will be allowed to use one substitute angler on two occasions during the duration of the league competition, so if your partner is unavailable, you can fish with a substitute partner on a maximum of two occasions.

In the event of a tie between any of the top 3 teams at the end of 5 rounds, the winning team will be the team that had the most section wins. If teams are still tied, it will be decided by which team gained the most number of points from all 5 rounds combined.

By entering the competition you agree to abide by the club and competition rules of the Lure Anglers Canal Club and accept that you take part in this event at your own risk.

Covid guidelines and Score Fishing app

We will be adhering to the Angling Trust Covid-19 guidelines for lure matches. To help us keep to these guidelines and to improve the efficiency and enjoyment of the competition we will also be using the Score Fishing app to record fish captures, lengths and photos.

If you do not already have the app, you must download it and register with Score Fishing before the match. There is a one-off fee of £1.99 for the app. There is more information about how Score Fishing works on the website http://www.scorefishing.com and a video that shows how it works.

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