Win BIG in new lure-based fishing competition

Tusses Lure Division have partnered with SPRO Freestyle to bring you the Tusses Freestyle Pairs League.

Anglers across the country have the chance to participate in a lure-based pairs fishing league where the winners will take home a share of a hefty cash prize pot.

Coventry-based angling club Tusses Lure Division have introduced the competition in a bid to get more people into lure fishing and to help promote the excellent rod-bending sport that can be found on the UK’s veining canal networks.

Like any match however there is a competitive element and the club’s Chairman David Warren reckons that the league will be hugely popular with those who are keen light lure anglers.

He told Angling Times: “You see lots of big reservoir lure matches nowadays but there hasn’t really been many held on our canals.

“Light lure fishing is a hugely popular area of the sport and this league will hopefully make lure matches on canals a big hit.

“Our members are hugely passionate about their lure fishing and together we came up with the idea – there definitely was a demand for this kind of event.”

On top of enjoying four/five days of fishing on the bank, successful participants will also have the chance to appear on TV and win a share of a big prize pot alongside some fantastic tackle items.

 “All cash prizes will be paid out of the pot and currently we have £520 in it – so the more people who join, the bigger the prize pot will be,” David added.

“SPRO Freestyle have also kindly donated a number of lure-based prizes including rods, reels, lures, luggage, mats and nets – so there’s plenty up for grabs in the final.

“I urge anyone who is interested in lure fishing to sign up to Tusses Lure Division and participate – and you could even make it on TV as Sky will be filming our final!”

Fancy joining? Here are the details behind the league:

 The Conditions

To participate anglers must become a Tusses Lure Division member which is just £20 for 12 months. To join, please visit You can also receive regular league updates by joining the Tusses Lure Division Facebook page.

Once you have joined you must register your pair at The entry fee costs £40 per pair.

The Match Dates

There will be four qualifying matches and ultimately a final. Only 10 teams will be allowed to compete in the final. Pairs who have caught the highest weight of fish and the longest length of fish over the four qualifying events will make it to the final.

  • Round One – March 24 2019: Coventry Canal Basin (Any size of fish will count)

  • Round Two – May 5 2019: Coventry Canal Nuneaton (Any size of fish will count)

  • Round Three – September 15 2019: Ashby Canal (Minimum fish size requirement 15cm)

  • Round Four – October 13 2019: Oxford Canal (Minimum fish size requirement 15cm)

  • Final – November 3 2019: Hawksbury Junction (Minimum fish size requirement 15cm)

  • Meeting times and locations to be revealed when you sign up


The Rules

  • Lure fishing tactics only – no livebaits

  • No rod limits per angler

  • Bank fishing in designated fishing zone only (fishing zone to be revealed on the day)

  • Single lure rigs only

  • All fish to be photographed on an unhooking mat with competition card in view and to be recorded via a competition log sheet

  • Only one sub allowed per pair for if a team member cannot make a particular date – although a sub cannot be used in the final

  • Your three best results count towards your overall score – meaning you can drop your worst result if you have a bad days’ fishing.

  • The fish that count towards your score are perch, pike, zander, ruffe and chub. No other fish will count