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KEY DATES:

Tickets will be sold in two rounds.

Round 1: Opens 10.30am Tuesday 16th March and closes at 23.59 on Sunday 28th March. Maximum of one ticket per angler in this round.

Round 2: Opens 10.30am on Tuesday 30th March. No restriction on the number of tickets that can be purchased.

See individual qualifiers for Round 2 closing dates.

The booking of tickets will be available here https://anglingtrust.net/competitions Anglers will need their Angling Trust membership login to administer the site.  If you have forgotten your password please reset your password by clicking ‘forgot password” link on the login screen which is available here https://anglingtrust.net/members/login/

Anglers must be aged 16+ on the day of the qualifier and valid members of Angling Trust, join or renew at www.anglingtrust.net/membership

MORE PRIZE MONEY FOR RIVERFEST 2021!

A revamped competition for 2021 will see an additional six anglers and more prize money in the final on the River Trent at Burton Joyce over the weekend of 18th/19th September.

There will be 15 main list prizes ranging from £14,000 to the winner down to £600 for 15th place. In addition there will be six-peg section prizes of £250 each day.

DATES AND VENUES

JUNE 

19 – RIVER CALDER – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

20 – RIVER TRENT, NEWARK DYKE, CRANKLEY, EAST STOKE & ROLLESTON – 80 (4 anglers to qualify)

26 – RIVER SEVERN, BEWDLEY 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

27 – WARWICKSHIRE AVON, STRATFORD & WARWICK 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

JULY 

3 – RIVER WEAVER – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

3 – RIVER TRENT, CAYTHORPE – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

4 – RIVER NENE, ORTON – 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

10 – TIDAL RIVER TRENT 80 (4 anglers to qualify)

10 – RIVER SEVERN, BRIDGNORTH 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

11 – RIVER DON 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

17 – RIVER TRENT, BURTON JOYCE 80 (4 anglers to qualify)

18 – RIVER TRENT, NEWARK DYKE, CRANKLEY, EAST STOKE & ROLLESTON 80 (4 anglers to qualify)

24 – RIVER TRENT, BURTON JOYCE 80 (4 anglers to qualify)

25 – BRISTOL AVON, NEWBRIDGE 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

31 – RIVER MEDWAY 40 (2 anglers to qualify)

31 – WARWICKSHIRE AVON, TWYFORD 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

AUGUST 

1 – WARWICKSHIRE AVON, STRATFORD & WARWICK 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

7 – RIVER THAMES, CLANFIELD 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

15 – RIVER YARE 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

15 – RIVER TRENT, BURTON 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

21 – RIVER SOAR 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

22 – RIVER TRENT, TRENT LOCK 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

22 – RIVER THAMES, ABINGDON 40 (2 anglers to qualify)

SEPT

4 – RIVER THAMES, READING 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

5 – TIDAL RIVER TRENT 60 (3 anglers to qualify)

11 – BURTON JOYCE PRACTICE OPEN (ALAN HENRY MATCH)

18 – FINAL – RIVER TRENT, BURTON JOYCE (DAY ONE)

19 – FINAL – RIVER TRENT, BURTON JOYCE  (DAY TWO)

PRIZE MONEY (SUBJECT TO TICKET SALES)

1st – £14,000

2nd – £7,000

3rd –  £5,000

4th – £3,000

5th – £2,000

6th – £1,900

7th – £1,800

8th – £1,700

9th – £1,600

10th – £1,500

11th – £1,000

12th – £900

13th – £800

14th – £700

15th -£600

Plus 13 x 6 peg section prizes of £250 each day.

Section prizes will be paid by default and announced following Day 2.

A LOOK BACK AT 2019

Ian Ward is 2019 RiverFest Champion

The Angling Trust RiverFest Final 2019 was held on the weekend of Saturday 7th and 8th of December on the River Severn in Shrewsbury. In the run up to the event, the river had been out of sorts with several unfortunate cancellations, but the tricky river made for an incredibly close final, which was watched by thousands around the country!

It was Ian Ward affectionately known as Speedy who took the esteemed title and rushed into the arms of his partner in an emotional embrace, showing just how much the feat meant to him. After drawing poorly on day one, amassing just 4oz, Ian put in a sensational display on day two from peg 44, netting 14lb 10oz of dace, chub, perch, and even a rogue skimmer!

Ian was delighted to take the title after ‘All these years’ of chasing, although his reaction showed it was meant much more than the nearly £50,000 prize pool on offer over the weekend.

Running him close in the final hour was Matt Maginnis who added huge drama to the weekend. Matt hooked a huge bonus barbel of 8lb or more and this skyrocketed his two day total to 11lb 7oz and was well deserved after waiting patiently on pellets on the tip.

Rounding out the top three was Ian Courtney who slipped his net under three big perch on day two, which he’d craftily kept under the radar, catching on maggots short for a combined 10lb 1oz.

  1. Wayne Swinscoe 8lb 2oz 8drams
  2. Cameron Hughes 7lb 3oz
  3. Adrian Piggott 6lb 10oz 8drams
  4. Stuart Northrop 5lb 14oz
  5. Mike Bedding 5lb 7oz
  6. Dave Hollands 5lb 5oz 12drams
  7. Benjamin Rendall 5lb 5oz 12drams

Our list of thanks over the weekend is vast; firstly to all the organisers and to the anglers who have fished the qualifiers. To all our sponsors Severn Trent Water, Thames Water, and Bait-Tech. For all the finalists who put up with cancellations. To Andy Jones and his team at Shrewsbury for some first-class organisation and hospitality and finally to Mr.RiverFest himself Dave Harrell who was pleased to see Ian win as anybody.

Coverage from both days is available on the Angling Trust RiverFest Facebook page and both of the days’ results can be found at Match Angling Results System. Tom Scholey will also be releasing highlights from the Final shortly through his Catch More Media’s Youtube Channel and will be shared across his and our Facebook pages.