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BIG PRIZE MONEY FOR THE UK’S NUMBER ONE RIVER COMPETITION!

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NEW VENUES AND DATES FOR THE UK'S NUMBER ONE RIVER COMPETITION!

The Angling Trust is pleased to announce that this year’s RiverFest competition will see four new qualifying venues as well as a new final venue.

The new venues are the River Trent at Burton Joyce, the River Thames at Reading, the North Bank of the River Nene and the River Thames, Abingdon to Appleford.

The final will take place on the River Severn at Shrewsbury over the weekend of 3rd and 4th of November and, in case of high water, the same venue has been booked for three consecutive reserve weekends after these dates.

The 24 qualifying matches will see 1,440 anglers competing for a shot at the £13,000 top prize from a prize pot of almost £40,000. Subject to all tickets being sold, RiverFest 2018 will see 10 main prizes in the final ranging from £1000 for 10th place, up to £13,000 to the winner. Six peg section prizes of £250 will also be paid out for both of the final days.

How to Book Tickets

Tickets for the 60 peg qualifiers will be sold via the Angling Trust Events booking website HERE making the purchase of tickets quicker and easier with anglers able to book, pay and receive their tickets instantaneously. Due to the incredibly high demand the Angling Trust has introduced a process that ensures all anglers who want to fish in the competition can book at least one ticket for a qualifier.

Tickets will be released in two rounds:

Round One will be open from 10.30am on Monday 26th March until midnight on Thursday 5th April and anglers will be able to book a maximum of one ticket per angler during this round.

Round Two will open at 10.30am on Thursday 12th April and remain open until the final qualifier at the end of October. There will be no restriction on the number of tickets anglers will be able to book. Cancellations will be re-listed in the online system and sold on a first come first served basis. The remaining tickets of qualifying anglers will go back on sale every Monday at 1pm. A ticket subscription option will be available for anglers seeking cancelled tickets.

The Angling Trust has a ‘How to Book RiverFest Tickets’ guide HERE and a short video available on how to book tickets HERE.

Cancellation/Refunds: Please note: If you wish to cancel a ticket, please inform kirsty.marshall@anglingtrust.net by email, and include your name, the name of the qualifier you would like to cancel, your membership number & post code. We require 7 days notice prior to the qualifier in order to process a refund.  Any notification outside of this time scale will not be entitled to receive a refund.  Please note:  There is no secondary market for the sale or transfer of any tickets.

ANGLING TRUST RIVERFEST 2018 – QUALIFYING DATES AND VENUES

SAT JUNE 16th – RIVER CALDER, MIRFIELD

SAT JUNE 23rd – RIVER SWALE, MORTON

SAT JUNE 30th – RIVER WEAVER, NORTHWICH

SUN JULY 1st – RIVER NENE, NORTH BANK *

SAT JULY 14th - RIVER MEDWAY, BARMING

SUN JULY 15th – RIVER TYNE, CORBRIDGE TO WYLAM

SUN JULY 29th – BRISTOL AVON, NEWBRIDGE TO SALTFORD

SAT AUGUST 4th - RIVER THAMES, CLANFIELD

SUN AUGUST 5th - RIVER SOAR, LOUGHBOROUGH

SUN AUGUST 12th - RIVER YARE, LANGLEY

SAT AUGUST 25th - RIVER DON, SPROTBOROUGH

SAT SEPTEMBER 1st – RIVER SEVERN, BEWDLEY

SUN SEPTEMBER 2nd - RIVER TRENT, BURTON JOYCE*

SUN SEPTEMBER 9th - TIDAL TRENT, LAUGHTERTON, NORTH CLIFTON AND DUNHAM

SAT SEPTEMBER 15th - RIVER THAMES, ABINGDON TO APPLEFORD REACH*

SAT SEPTEMBER 22nd - RIVER SEVERN, BRIDGNORTH

SUN SEPTEMBER 23rd - RIVER DEE, HOLT AND FARNDON

SAT SEPTEMBER 29th - RIVER THAMES, READING*

SUN SEPTEMBER 30th - WARWICKSHIRE AVON, STRATFORD

SAT OCTOBER 6th - RIVER TEES, YARM

SUN OCTOBER 7th - WARWICKSHIRE AVON, WARWICK

SAT OCTOBER 13th - RIVER TRENT, BURTON ON TRENT

SUN OCTOBER 14th – RIVER WYE, HEREFORD

SAT OCTOBER 27th - YORKS OUSE, HUNTERS LODGE TO LINTON-ON-OUSE.

*New Venues

FINAL SAT 3RD AND SUN 4TH NOVEMBER RIVER SEVERN AT SHREWSBURY *

RESERVE FINAL DATES

10th and 11th November

17th and 18th November

24th and 25th November

Notes

The online booking system is continually updated. Members are encouraged to visit the site and familiarise themselves with how it works prior to Monday 26th March.

A short step by step video guide members through the booking process is available on the website. The Angling Trust has contacted members to provide them with their unique log in details. The online booking system can be found HERE

Key Dates

• 26th March – 5th April: Round One opens – max one ticket per angler.

• 12th April - 24th October: Round Two opens – No restrictions on the number of tickets that can be purchased.

• 16th June: First qualifier

• 3rd and 4th November: RiverFest Final - River Severn at Shrewsbury


2018 Ticket application process

Click here for guidance on how to book tickets for RiverFest in 2018 or see PDF document at the bottom of this page

Watch our short YouTube film about how to use the new booking system.




ANGLING TRUST RIVERFEST 2018 – QUALIFYING DATES AND VENUES

DateVenueReportQualifiers
Saturday 16th June
River Calder, Mirfield
Click here

Nicholas Crooks
Ian Courtney
Andy Dixon

Saturday 23rd June
River Swale, Morton
Click here

Matt Maginnis
Matt Prudhoe
Chris Jones

Saturday 30th June
River Weaver, Northwich
Click here

Mark Downes
Andrew Murphy
Robert Quinn

Sunday 1st July
River Nene, North Bank
Click here

Lee Edwards
Charlie Gooch
Lee Wright

Saturday 14th July
River Medway, Barming
Click here

Tony Watling (Jnr)
Mick Hayman

Sunday 15th July
River Tyne, Corbridge to Wylam
Click Here

Eddie Bridon
Pat Adams

Sunday 29th July
Bristol Avon, Newbridge to Saltford
TBC


Saturday 4th August
River Thames, Clanfield
TBC


Sunday 5th August
River Soar, Loughborough
TBC

Sunday 12th August
River Yare, Langley
TBC

Saturday 25th August
River Don, Sprotborough
TBC

Saturday 1st September
River Severn, Bewdley
TBC


Sunday 2nd September
River Trent, Burton Joyce
TBC


Sunday 9th September
Tidal Trent, Laugherton, North Clifton and Dunham
TBC

Saturday 15th September
River Thames, Abingdon to Appleford Reach
TBC

Saturday 22nd September
River Severn, Bridgnorth
TBC


Sunday 23rd September
River Dee, Holt and Farndon
TBC


Saturday 29th September
River Thames, Reading
TBC


Sunday 30th September
Warwickshire Avon, Stratford
TBC

Saturday 6th October
River Tees, Yarm
TBC


Sunday 7th October
Warwickshire Avon, Warwick
TBC

Saturday 13th October
River Trent, Burton On Trent
TBC

Sunday 14th October
River Wye, Hereford
TBC


Saturday 27th October
Yorkshire Ouse, Hunters Lodge to Linton-On-Ouse
TBC


*New Venues

*FINAL: SATURDAY 3RD AND SUNDAY 4TH NOVEMBER, RIVER SEVERN AT SHREWSBURY*  Fishing 10.30 am - 3.30pm.

RESERVE FINAL DATES

10th and 11th November

17th and 18th November

24th and 25th November


Notes

The online booking system is now live. Members are encouraged to visit the site and familiarise themselves with how it works. A short step-by-step video to guide members through the booking process is also available on the website. The Angling Trust has contacted its members to provide them with their unique log in details. The online booking system can be found at www.anglingtrustevents.net


ANGLING TRUST RIVERFEST 2018 QUALIFYING DATES AND VENUES.


1 River Calder, Mirfield

1. Saturday June 16th

RIVER CALDER - MIRFIELD

Organiser: Martin Highe

Tel: 07967 227218

Email: martinhighe@gmail.com

Website: http://mirfieldac.co.uk

HQ: Ship Inn, Stenard Lane, Mirfield WF14 8HB

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The depth here varies from 3ft to 6ft and the main target species are roach, and grayling. Winning weights up to 20lb are usually taken on either stick float or waggler tactics with maggot on the hook fished over loose fed caster.

One of the zones can also produce chub and odd barbel with a similar approach. If the river is high and coloured it’s worth trying lobworm or meat for chub.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike and zander do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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2. River Swale

2. Saturday June 23rd

RIVER SWALE - MORTON

Organiser: Kevin Weighell

Tel: 07950 966928

Email: kevinweighell@googlemail.com

Website: http://www.nadac.org.uk/

HQ: Old Royal George, Morton On Swale, DL7 9QS

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The qualifier will be pegged between Scruton and Far Fairholme. Depths here vary between 3ft and 10ft and you will be fishing for chub and barbel on all three zones.

Tactics will include float fishing with waggler or stick float and a feeder or straight lead approach will also be necessary on some pegs.

The bait list includes maggots, casters, bread and meat and match weights can vary with the record being 145lb on this stretch.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

No wading over thigh depth

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7.River Weaver Northwich

3. Saturday June 30th

RIVER WEAVER - NORTHWICH

Organiser: Mike Scott

Tel: 07530 638502

Email: sales@valeroyalangling.co.uk

HQ: Hartford Bridge car park, off A556 Chester Road, CW8 2BB

Draw: 9.30am

Fish: 12pm – 5pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Depths range from 6ft to13ft with the sections being on the Oaktree, Willowbeds and Boats with the Oaktree being located at the upstream end of the venue at Hartford Bridge.

The Oaktree is shallow from the near bank up (5ft) deepening out to 10ft at 16m onwards. The Willowbeds and boats are 10ft at 6m from the near bank to 13ft deep down the middle. The river is approximately 40 metres wide so there is scope for many lines.

Tackle should include pole, waggler, bolo, whip and feeder rods. Species to be targeted include bream and skimmers to feeder and straight lead when colour in the river. Skimmers and roach to pole and whip over groundbait and maggot or straight lead/small groundbait feeders when river is clear or a slight tinge of colour. Roach can also be caught on hemp and caster when the river is clear in the summer months.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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Jon Means Riverfest River Nene 2016

(Jon Means)

4. Sunday July 1st

RIVER NENE – NORTH BANK

Organiser: Jonathan Means

Tel: 07984 520598

Email: jonathan.means@btinternet.com

HQ: The Blue Boar Pub, 46 High Street, Eye, Peterborough.   PE6 7UY.

Draw: 8.30am

Fish: 11am -4pm

There will be an open match held the week before the RiverFest main event using the same headquarters.  To book onto the open match please email Rob Harris at pdaabooking@outlook.com or telephone; 07702 440892

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The Nene North Bank is a man made stretch of the river just before it joins the tidal Nene. The sections will be in a line from the lock to the Millennium Bridge (the roadside).

This section of the river is slow moving and deep, up to 14ft in the middle. Skimmers and bream will be the target in all three sections, although roach, perch, hybrids and bleak are also present.

It's the first big match for several years on the venue so it's anyone's guess where and with what weight the section winners will come from. Last season some very big weights were recorded by pleasure anglers all along the length and club matches were won with over 60lb of bream, feeder tactics being best.

The ‘Bank’ can be moody and if the bream don't show, pole fishing for skimmers and roach could be the way with weights, perhaps, below 10lb.

Parking is behind the pegs on the whole stretch. Platforms and waders are required on the majority of pegs.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike and zander do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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20) River Medway, Barming 2015

5. Saturday July 14th

RIVER MEDWAY - BARMING

Organiser: Mick Roberts

Tel: 07703 431930

Email: mickroberts59@gmail.com

Website: www.maidstonevictory.co.uk

HQ: The Wateringbury Hotel, 103 Tonbridge Road, Wateringbury, nr Maidstone, ME18 5NS

Draw: 8.00am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Slow paced river with an average depth of 8ft. The main species are roach, perch, bream, chub and eels and the main methods are pole and waggler.

Most anglers feed groundbait on the pole line and loose feed across for the waggler.

Target weight for a zone win will be around 8lb although it’s possible to catch much bigger weights, up to 30lb, if the bream feed.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike and zander do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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River Tyne 2015

6. Sunday July 15th

RIVER TYNE - CORBRIDGE TO WYLAM

Match organiser: Stephen Hoggins

Tel: 07881 631870

Email: stephen.hoggins@btinternet.com

HQ: Adam & Eve, Prudhoe, NE42 6NP.

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The Tyne is a wild river and dace will be the main target fish.

The current match record is 64-10-0, set in 2009 by Steve Hoggins. There are chub and roach in the river, too and they can turn up anywhere. Stick, Avon and waggler approaches will all catch as will a long whip given the right conditions. Bait requirements are four pints of white maggots with a few reds. It’s also worth carrying a pint of casters, a few lobworms and 5kg of groundbait.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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4. Bristol Avon Newbridge

7. Sunday July 29th

BRISTOL AVON - NEWBRIDGE TO SALTFORD

Organiser: Kevin Dicks

Tel: 07804 620083

Email: kevin.dicks18@hotmail.co.uk

HQ: Crown Inn, 500 Bath Road, Saltford, Bristol BS31 3HJ

Draw: 10am

Fish: 12.30pm – 5.30pm

Breakfasts available from 9am

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Depths range from 9ft to15ft with the upstream end above Newbridge Bridge, the shallower part.

Tackle should include pole, waggler, bolo and feeder rods for bream. Bait requirements are maggots, casters, worms groundbait and hemp

Main species are roach, bream and perch with chub, bleak and dace sometimes making an appearance. Framing weights range from 15lb to the match record that stands at 189lb so two keepnets may be required.

Pegging will be every other peg and there is limited parking behind your peg opposite the Boathouse Pub on the A4 for the competitions.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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RiverFest 2013 top 6

(Previous qualifiers from River Thames, Clanfield)

8. Saturday August 4th

RIVER THAMES - CLANFIELD

Organiser: Colin Nicholson

Tel: 07779 256407

Email: clanfieldangling@gmail.com

Website: http://www.clanfieldangling.co.uk

HQ: Clanfield FC, Main Street, Clanfield Oxfordshire OX18 2ST

Draw: 9am (club open at 7.30am for breakfasts)

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The stretch is regularly match fished, and is one of the venues in the prestigious Thames Championships and Turner 400 matches held in September, as well as regular club and Open matches throughout the year.

The length holds 94 pegs, and access is excellent as anglers can park behind all pegs. The venue reaches peak form in September and produces good bags of roach, perch, bleak, gudgeon, chub and occasional bream and barbel.

Zone winning weights are expected to be between 10lb and 15lb, with the fish well spread, so giving a large number of winning pegs. Methods are likely to be mainly float-based, with the pole and whip dominating and anglers can expect an active match.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Braid not allowed

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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8.River Soar

9. Sunday August 5th

RIVER SOAR - LOUGHBOROUGH

Organiser: Tony Beech

Tel: 07506 935040

Email: tony.beech66@gmail.com

HQ: The Waterside Inn, Sileby, Mountsorrel, LE12 7BB

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm.

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The sections will be all on the natural river. Swims vary considerably from 4ft to 12ft. Pole likely to dominate but with water on and colour, bream will be caught on the feeder.

Roach, perch, bleak and hybrids on most pegs with feature pegs chub and odd barbel and carp. Zone winning weights could be anything from 15lb upwards.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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9 River Yare Langley

10. Sunday August 12th

RIVER YARE - LANGLEY

Organiser: Andy Sutter

Tel: 01502 531776/079905 72729

Email: AWilsonSutter@aol.com

Website: www.riveryare.co.uk

HQ: The White Horse, 5 Norwich Rd, Chedgrave, Norfolk NR14 6ND. Breakfasts available from 7.30am.

Accommodation information – please contact the organiser.

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm.

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The Yare is a powerful tidal river with two main approaches, namely the feeder and the pole.

Bream win most of the matches here with open-end feeder tactics and groundbait being the best method. You’ll need a good selection of leads too as the flow can be quite strong at times. Most of the time weights between 1.5oz and 3oz will be about right.

The pole line can produce some very big catches of roach at certain times and most anglers tend to fish this with poles from 11m to 14.5m in conjunction with groundbait and casters.

Target weights can vary but it’s not uncommon to see roach weights up to 30lb and bream weights much higher.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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11 River Don Sprotborough

11. Saturday August 25th

RIVER DON - SPROTBOROUGH

Organiser: Steve Lowther

Tel: 07825 342211

Email: steve.lowther6@gmail.com

HQ: Lord Conyers Hotel, Old Road, Conisborough, Doncaster, South Yorks DN12 3LZ

Draw: 8am

Fish: 11am till 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

This is a deep venue with a steady flow in normal conditions. It is tree lined on both banks and varies from 30 to 45 yards wide.

Depths range from 12ft to 19ft. The venue suffers minimal boat traffic at weekends but midweek there is the occasional large gravel barge, which can affect the fishing for a period until the water settles.

The primary methods are big stick/bolo, groundbait feeder, pole, whip and slider with maggot, caster, worm, pinkies, hemp and groundbait being the staple bait requirements.

Roach and skimmers are the mainstay of most catches but chub, perch and gudgeon also feature. The venue does change year on year both in volume and quality of the catches made but upper doubles for a zone win would be a reasonable expectation.

Access is limited to parking at either end of the match length so a barrow will be required but the venue does have a good level pathway along its length.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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13) River Severn, Bewdley 2015

12. Saturday September 1st

RIVER SEVERN - BEWDLEY

Organiser: Geoff Maguire

Tel: 07376 100196

Email: kdaafishing@outlook.com

HQ: Wribbenhall Social Club, Kidderminster Road/Spencer Avenue, (next to church) Bewdley, DY12 1DA

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Typical Middle Severn fishing with a mix of fast glides along with wider and steadier parts. Access is good with multiple points of entry from peg 1 to peg 120.

The main species will be barbel, chub and roach and there has been a noticeable increase in numbers of dace and perch over the past few years.

Main methods are swimfeeder with halibut pellets, casters and hemp or maggots and float fished maggots and casters. Big baits like meat can play a part if the river is coloured.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike and zander do not count

Braid is not allowed

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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13. Sunday September 2nd

RIVER TRENT – BURTON JOYCE

Organiser: Alan Henry

Tel: 07712 620385.

Email: alan.henry4@hotmail.co.uk

HQ: Ye old Bridge Inn, Nottingham Road, Oxton, Nottinghamshire NG25 0SE

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11.30am – 4.30pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

In recent years this section has been a float anglers dream with large shoals of roach and dace along the majority of this stretch. Waggler, stick float and bolo with maggot or pole and hemp will be the main lines of attack for these species. Weights in excess of 20lb are regularly recorded to these methods.

There are also a lot of big perch and eels that can be caught on pole with worm on a short line. A feeder rod will also need assembling as there a lot of big fish that may choose to feed should the river be carrying any extra water with bream, barbel and chub present. These fish grow very large and pleasure weights have exceeded 100lb of all three species. Depths vary from 5ft in the shallower pegs to 12ft in some of the deeper areas.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

Strictly no casting out of feeders before the match has started

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Tom Lane RiverFest 2015 trophy

(Picture:Tom Lane, RiverFest Winner 2015)

14. Sunday September 9th

RIVER TRENT - LAUGHTERTON, NORTH CLIFTON AND DUNHAM

Organiser: Alan Henry

Tel: 07712 620385.

Email: alan.henry4@hotmail.co.uk

HQ: The Friendship Inn, Main Road, Laughterton, Lincoln, LN1 2JT.

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

There are vast changes from peg to peg on the Tidal Trent with depths ranging from 4ft to 20ft. On some of the pegs your deepest water will be only 20 metres from your bank and others you may need to be fishing to the other bank for your deepest water.

The width of the venue is also varied with North Clifton and Dunham being 40m to 60m and Laughterton 60m to 90m. There are also several different species that make up the match weights so it is important to cover everything before the draw.

There are some very big fish here fish including bream, barbel, carp and chub, which will often make up the framing weights for the early part of the season. Later in the season roach and dace can play a key role and weights in excess of 20lb can be possible. Tackle requirements will include 13ft to 14ft heavy feeder rods and an assortment of feeders from 1oz to 4oz. For float fishing you’ll need 13ft waggler rods, a long rod for bolo fishing and possibly a pole with rigs for hemp fishing up to big flat floats on strong lines for big fish.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

Strictly no casting out of feeders before the match has started

……………………………………………………………………………

Andrew Murphy AT RiverFest Champion 2013

(Picture: Andrew Murphy AT RiverFest Champion 2013)

15. Saturday September 15th

RIVER THAMES – ABINGDON TO APPLEFORD REACH

Organiser: Paul Glenfield

Tel: 07929 109572

Email: pgglenfield@gmail.com

HQ: Abingdon Football Club, Northcourt Rd, Abingdon OX14 1PL

Draw: 8.30am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

It’s possible to catch a big weight of roach on the pole by putting in several big balls of groundbait at the start and then topping up with smaller balls as the match progresses. Rigs from 0.50g to 2g will be needed, depending on flow. In very low and clear conditions expect some decent perch and odd tench on chopped worm under pole gear.

If the river has a bit of flow the target species for all the sections could be roach on either stick float or waggler tactics. Match weights under these conditions could be anything from low double figures up to 20lb, possibly more, just loose feeding with maggots.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

……………………………………………………………………………

14 River Severn Bridgnorth

16. Saturday September 22nd

RIVER SEVERN – BRIDGNORTH

Organiser: Dave Lloyd

Tel: 07740 765289

Email: dave.lloyd@sharps.co.uk

HQ: The Vine Inn, Mil Street, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5AG

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The match length is over four miles long as is a wild stretch of the Middle Severn. Access on match days is easy with plenty of parking points all along the river.

The river here runs over gravel beds and fords with gulleys, islands and slower meandering swims. There are plenty of far and near bank features such as bushes and fallen trees.

Depths very from 2ft to 14ft along the 204 permanent pegs and barbel are main target species along with chub and smaller silver fish.

The flow can be quite strong in areas so heavy leads are required for feeder fishing. Powerful float and feeder rods coupled with strong terminal tackle will be required. Float fishing requires thick speci wagglers, peacock wagglers, bolos and stick floats and it’s also possible to catch with pole gear and big flat floats in odd pegs. There are a lot of quality fish here and ten barbel could give you 60lb or more.

Platforms and waders are required for some pegs.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Braid not allowed

No Bloodworm and Joker

……………………………………………………………………………

AT RiverFest River Thames

17. Sunday September 23rd

RIVER DEE – HOLT AND FARNDON

Organiser: Reg Williams

Tel: 07706 086834

Email: clairdaz@hotmail.co.uk

We have been notified that the HQ for the River Dee RiverFest Qualifier on 23rd September has now changed due to roadworks. The new HQ is below:

HQ: The White Lion Pub, 5 Castle Street, Holt, Wrexham, LL13 9YL

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

All sections will be on Dee Anglers waters around Holt and Farndon.

Depths here vary from 6 to 14 feet but average 8-10 feet.

Predominant species is Dace, but Roach, Chub, Perch and odd Barbel can also be caught in areas.

Primary methods are whip, bolo, stick, waggler but feeder can produce if river is carrying extra water.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Braid not allowed

No Bloodworm and Joker

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AT RiverFest Steve Sadler winner 2014

(Picture: RiverFest Steve Sadler winner 2014)

18. Saturday September 29th

RIVER THAMES – READING

Organiser: Alan Clark

Tel: 07766 570956 or 0118 9428249

Email: thamesvalleyangling@btconnect.com

HQ: Beale Park in café area. Open from 8am.

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am till 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The stretch being used is the Reading Fishing Club section located between Pangbourne and Goring. The average depths range between 8ft and 10ft with depths to 14ft on the lower section.

The main lines of attack are the pole, whip, waggler and bolo for the roach, skimmers and perch. There are also a few shoals of large bream mainly situated in the top and middle sections of the stretch. This is where the feeder comes into play. The baits that are effective are maggot, caster, hemp and worms. Groundbait is a must.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Braid not allowed

No Bloodworm and Joker

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Warwickshire Avon at Stratford photo

19. Sunday September 30th

WARWICKSHIRE AVON - STRATFORD

Organiser: Tony Butler

Tel: 07768 608803

Email: baileysofwarwick@hotmail.com

HQ: New Inn, Clifford Chambers, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 8HR

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

This match length will take in a variety of swims ranging from 4ft to 8ft deep on average. Running line and pole fished baits will be the main approach for species like roach, dace, perch, chub, bream and barbel. Zone winning weights could be anything from 15lb upwards, depending on river conditions.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Braid not allowed

No Bloodworm and Joker

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10 River Tees

20. Saturday October 6th

RIVER TEES - YARM

Organiser: Chris Gowling

Tel: 07970 056451

Email: chrisgowling@hotmail.co.uk

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am - 4pm

HQ: Yarm Club, Blaenavon Court, High Street, Yarm TS15 9AN

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

All three sections are on the Yarm waters. The match length is predominantly deep and slow moving and if the river is coloured it will probably need 12lb to 15lb to win sections.

The main approaches will be feeder fishing with worms and casters for skimmers and pole fishing for small fish. Best baits are worms, casters, maggots and groundbait will be required on all areas.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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Qualifier winners Warwickshire Avon at Warwick 2016

(Picture: Qualifier winners Warwickshire Avon at Warwick 2016)

21. Sunday October 7th

WARWICKSHIRE AVON - WARWICK

Organiser: Tony Butler

Tel: 07768 608803

Email: baileysofwarwick@hotmail.com

HQ: The Nelson Club, 21 Charles Street, Warwick, Warwickshire CV34 5LE

Draw: 8.30am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Depth on the three zones varies from 4ft to 12ft with an average of 6ft. In normal conditions the target species are roach, dace, perch, chub and bream. Pole and running line float fishing approaches win most of the matches here with feeder and legered baits working when there is extra water and colour in the river.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Braid not allowed

No Bloodworm and Joker

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Paul Bick RiverFest 2016

(Picture: Paul Bick RiverFest 2016)

22. Saturday October 13th

RIVER TRENT - BURTON-ON-TRENT

Organiser: Wayne Swinscoe

Tel: 07737 056767

Email: swinnos@ntlworld.com

http://www.coors-angling-club.co.uk

HQ: Washlands Sports Club, Meadow Rd, Burton-on-Trent DE14 1TD

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

This qualifier will be fished on the Coors AC waters around Burton. The river here is not too diverse and waggler with bronze maggot usually rules with a bit of stick float and pole fishing.

Roach, dace and perch are the main quarry and while odd bream, chub and barbel can show there are very few feeder pegs. The average depth is 4ft to 6ft, with one or two areas a bit deeper at 8ft to 10ft.

Match weights are usually made up of mostly roach and you usually need 10lb to 14lb to frame and 15lb to 20lb to win.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

……………………………………………………………………………

AT Riverfest 2013 River Wye

23. Sunday October 14th

RIVER WYE - HEREFORD

Organiser: Deron Harper

Email: deron@tiscali.co.uk

Tel: 07450 486272

http://hdaa.blogspot.co.uk

HQ: The Plough Inn, 86 Whitecross Road, Hereford, Herefordshire HR4 0DH

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

The zones for this qualifier are all capable of throwing up some big weights of barbel, chub, dace, roach and perch. Feeder and float tactics play a part on all lengths and best baits will be maggots, casters and hemp or pellets.

Depths vary throughout the stretches although in the main part the averages are between 4ft and 6ft. A platform trolley system is useful on all the zones for transporting kit.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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RiverFest 2015 launch pic for website

24. Saturday October 20th

WARWICKSHIRE AVON - EVESHAM

Organiser: Diana Raphael

Tel: 01386 442458

Email: diana@raphael.wyenet.co.uk

HQ: Raphael’s Restaurant, Boat Lane, Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 4BP

Draw: 9.00 am

Fish: 11.00am – 4.00pm

Website: http://www.hamptonferry.co.uk

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

……………………………………………………………………………

19 Yorkshire Ouse Hunters Lodge to Linton on Ouse

25. Saturday October 27th

YORKSHIRE OUSE - HUNTERS LODGE TO LINTON-ON-OUSE

Organiser: Dave Miles

Tel: 07867 680479/0113 3910570

Email: d.miles55@btinternet.com

HQ: The Bay Horse, York Road, Green Hammerton YO26 8BN

Draw: 9am

Fish: 11am – 4pm

VENUE SPOTLIGHT

Hunters Lodge & Linton on Ouse all permanently pegged. Hunters numbered from 170 to 231. Linton numbered from 232 to 295. The match will be pegged to the river conditions, as it is a spate river.

Under normal river levels the depths vary from 12ft to 22ft.

A range of methods work here, including long pole, whip to hand, bolo and double ring slider. Also required are light feeder rods for normal conditions and heavy feeder rods for high water conditions and bigger fish. Pole feeder can work well in flood conditions.

Main target species are roach, dace, hybrid, silver bream and perch. Big bream and chub can also show.

Feeder fishing is mostly medium to small open-end 20g to 50g feeders and straight lead can work well on clear days.

MATCH RULES

General Angling Trust rules

Pike and zander do not count

Banned baits - bloodworm and joker

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FINAL 3/4 NOVEMBER – RIVER SEVERN AT SHREWSBURY

DRAW: 7.30am

FISH: 10.30am – 3.30pm

RESERVE FINAL DATES

10/11 NOVEMBER

17/18 NOVEMBER

24/25 NOVEMBER


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