The biggest and best river competition in the UK is back for 2022!
There are 25 Qualifying events between 18th June and 4th September with a 78-angler final – 1 angler from each 20-peg section in the matches will progress to the final.
Anglers must be aged 16+ on the day of the qualifier and valid members of Angling Trust, join or renew today at www.anglingtrust.net/membership
The final will take place on the River Trent at Burton Joyce over the weekend of 17th & 18th September.
The 25 qualifying matches will see anglers competing for a shot at the £14,000 top prize from a prize pot of almost £50,000. Subject to all tickets being sold, RiverFest 2022 will see 15 main prizes in the final, ranging from £600 for 15th place, up to £14,000 for the winner. Six peg sections prizes of £250 will also be paid out for both of the final days.
Tickets will be sold in 2 rounds:
Round 1: Opens 10.30am Tuesday 15th March & closes at 23.59 on Sunday 27th March. Maximum of 1 ticket per angler in this round.
Round 2 Opens 10.30am on Tuesday 29th March, no restriction on the number of tickets that can be purchased.
Tickets available here
Dates and Venues
18th – River Calder, Mirfield – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
19th – River Trent, Newark – 80 (4 anglers to qualify)
25th – River Severn, Bewdley – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
2nd – River Trent, Caythorpe – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
2nd – River Weaver, Northwich – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
3rd – River Nene, Orton – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
9th – River Severn, Bridgnorth – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
10th – River Medway, Barming – 40 (2 anglers to qualify)
16th – River Soar, Loughborough – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
17th – River Trent, Tidal Stretches – 80 (4 anglers to qualify) – Postponed to Monday 15th August
23rd – River Trent, Burton Joyce – 80 (4 anglers to qualify)
24th – Bristol Avon – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
30th – Warwickshire Avon, Stratford – 40 (2 anglers to qualify)
31st – Warwickshire Avon, Twyford – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
6th – River Don, Sprotborough – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
6th – River Thames, Clanfield – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
7th – River Trent, Newark – 80 (4 anglers to qualify)
14th – River Trent, Burton on Trent – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
14th – River Yare, Langley – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
15th – River Trent, Tidal Stretches – 80 (4 anglers to qualify) – This is the rearranged match from July
20th – River Trent, Burton Joyce – 80 (4 anglers to qualify)
21st – River Trent, Trent Lock – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
21st – Warwickshire Avon, Stratford – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
3rd – River Thames, Reading – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
4th – River Nene, Oundle – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
4th – River Trent, Tidal Stretches – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)
17th – Final – River Trent, Burton Joyce (Day One)
18th – Final – River Trent, Burton Joyce (Day Two)
With the River Trent running low and very clear, most of the competitors thought that this year’s RiverFest final on the River Trent at Burton Joyce could be a difficult two days. How wrong they were!
After two days of hard-fought match fishing action, it needed more than 34lb to win the fifteenth prize in a final, which also saw a new record one day and overall weight!
The Day One winner was John Lock who drew peg 31, a short distance down from the outfall and a peg that no one really fancied before the draw.
Upon arrival at the peg, John resisted setting up immediately and instead, took time to look carefully at the swim in front of him. Scanning across the river, he could see odd bream breaking the surface, well across the river. Conditions were flat and calm, and John could also see a lot of bubbles coming up. There were clearly a lot of fish over there, but would they feed in such still, bright conditions?
John set up a variety of gear but then only needed a feeder rod as he went on to plunder 94-7-0 of bream, a new record final weight which put him 27lb ahead of second placed Colin Beech and a massive 67lb clear of third!
Colin was at peg 57 in the Nelson Field, where he also employed big fish feeder and straight lead tactics to weigh 67-3-0 of barbel and chub.
Best weight of the silver fish anglers went to Rob Casterton who landed 27-1-0 of roach and dace from peg 74, towards the bottom end of the Rack section.
Before the draw on Day Two, the big question was would the bream and barbel feed again on the pegs which had won 24 hours earlier? Or would it be a silver fish dominated match?
Hadrian Whittle drew peg 31 this time and Paul Passmore pulled out peg 57 and it wasn’t long before both of them were in action, landing bream and barbel.
Paul came out on top this time with 46-1-0 of barbel while Hadrian’s eight bream catch went 37-1-0. This elevated both of them into the main list places. Third place on the second day went to Paul Moutrey with 31-8-0 from peg 18.
John Lock had added 11-7-0 of small fish to win the trophy and a cheque for £14,000. Colin Beech added 15-3-0 to take his score to 82-6-0 and Paul Passmore’s first day catch of 13-5-0 added to his Day Two catch put him into third with 59-6-0.
Special thanks go to the Ashfield Angling Club and members for the use of their water and for help on the day.
Dates and venues for RiverFest 2022 will be published in January and tickets will go on sale in March.
1st John Lock 94-7-0 peg 31
2nd Colin Beech 67-3-0 peg 57
3rd Rob Casterton 27-1-0 peg 74
4th Cameron Hughes 26-14-0 peg 23
5th Mark Godfrey 26-6-0 peg 15
1st Paul Passmore 46-1-0 peg 57
2nd Hadrian Whittle 37-1-0 peg 31
3rd Paul Moutrey 31-8-0 peg 18
4th Howard Kaye 25-13-0 peg 15
5th Cameron Hughes 24-9-0 peg 80
1st John Lock 105-14-0
2nd Colin Beech 82-6-0
3rd Paul Passmore 59-6-0
4th Cameron Hughes 51-7-0
5th Hadrian Whittle 47-6-0
6th Matt Derry 43-13-0
7th Paul Moutrey 43-8-0
8th Rob Casterton 38-1-0
9th Rich Alexander 37-11-0
10th Steve Hemingray 36-4-0
11th Alan Scotthorne 36-2-0
12th Howard Kaye 35-8-0
13th Mark Godfrey 35-5-0
14th Will McCranor 35-3-0
15th Steve Harwood 34-9-0
The eighth RiverFest final took place over the weekend of October 3rd and 4th when 72 of the countries top river anglers went into battle on the River Trent at Burton Joyce.
Heavy rain on the first day didn’t stop the fish from feeding and top spot went to Paul Cannon who landed 44-6-0 of bream using open-end feeder tactics on peg 37 at the top of the Nelson Field. Close weights followed with Trent legend Wayne Swinscoe taking second place on the day with 28-9-0 of roach and dace from peg 18, just below the outfall on the Road Stretch.
Third place went to Cameron Hughes who took 26-6-0 of roach from peg 16 at the bottom end of the Ferry Field. In total, the first day saw 29 double figure weights recorded, despite the weather!
Day Two saw the river rising slowly but the colour was surprisingly good and, just like the first day, good weights followed.
On the downstream end peg 72 on The Rack section, Clive Fletcher used pole, whip and stick float tactics and ran out winner with 26-7-0 of roach and dace. A few swims up from Clive, at peg 68, Tom Noton landed 20-9-0 of roach and dace on pole and stick float rigs for second place.
Third place on the second day went to England International Sean Ashby with 18-11-0 of roach and dace from peg 8 in the Ferry Field.
Paul Cannon managed to hang on to his top spot with a hard earned 11-1-0 of bream and skimmers from peg 33 and this gave him a 55-7-0 total, the coveted trophy and a cheque for £14,000! Runner up spot and £7,000 went to the second day winner Clive Fletcher who had landed 15-11-0 on the previous day and ended on 42-2-0.
Third place and a cheque for £5,000 went to Darren Frost who also had two very consistent days recording 24-9-0 and 15-11-0.
Competition creator Dave Harrell said: “I was absolutely delighted with how the weekend went. We saw all sorts of methods used and a big variety of species caught from all along the match length.
“My personal thanks go to the Ashfield Angling Club for the use of their waters and I sincerely hope that we can develop the competition together on the same stretch over the next few years.”
“I have already started work on RiverFest 2021 and we’ll be announcing the dates and venues, together with ticket sales information early in the new year.”
1st Paul Cannon 44-6-0 (Peg 37)
2nd Wayne Swinscoe 28-9-0 (Peg 18)
3rd Cameron Hughes 26-6-0 (Peg 16)
4th Hadrian Whittle 24-10-0 (Peg 72)
5th Darren Frost 24-9-0 (Peg 19)
6th Charlie Gooch 23-13-0 (Peg 68)
7th Steve Harwood 19-13-0 (Peg 59)
8th Tom Noton 19-3-0 (Peg 7)
9th Glen Lawrence 17-0-0 (Peg 69)
10th Sean Ashby 16-9-0 (Peg 53)
1st Clive Fletcher 26-7-0 (Peg 72)
2nd Tom Noton 20-9-0 (Peg 68)
3rd Sean Ashby 18-11-0 (peg 8)
4th Simon Willsmore 18-7-0 (peg 27)
4th Tony Marshall 18-7-0 (peg 71)
6th Alex Clements 18-6-0 (peg 3)
7th Toby Bunting 17-0-0 (peg 42)
8th Steve Harwood 16-3-0 (peg 36)
9th Lee Edwards 16-1-0 (peg 24)
10th Steve Rowen 15-15-0 (peg 69)
1st Paul Cannon 55-7-0 (£14,000)
2nd Clive Fletcher 42-2-0 (£7,000)
3rd Darren Frost 40-4-0 (£5,000)
4th Tom Noton 39-12-0 (£3,000)
5th Wayne Swinscoe 38-15-0 (£2,000)
6th Steve Harwood 36-0-0 (£1,900)
7th Sean Ashby 35-4-0 (£1,800)
8th Simon Willsmore 34-10-0 (£1,700)
9th Cameron Hughes 34-0-0 (£1,600)
10th Charlie Gooch 31-14-0 (£1,500)