The full list of qualifiers for this year’s River Fest event has been announced by the Angling Trust and alongside eight new qualifiers, as exclusively revealed by Angling Times a fortnight ago, the prize money has grown with the winner receiving a mouth-watering £12,000!
Taking in 20 matches stretching from opening weeks of the river season in June right through into November, anglers will be able to fish every match if they wish thanks to some careful scheduling that sees no weekend having more than one match, culminating in the two day final on Hereford’s River Wye in mid-November.
That saw Welsh star Andrew ‘Spud’ Murphy crowned the inaugural champion and he’ll be going all-out to make it two in a row, especially as his favourite venue, the Wye is one of those hosting a qualifier in September. With a good spread of rivers around the country however, organisers are hopeful of giving river anglers throughout the UK an equal chance of making it to Hereford and putting them in with a shout of that big prize.
“2013’s event couldn’t have gone better if we’d had wished it!” said event creator and AT columnist Dave Harrell. “I’m truly, truly excited about this year as we’ve got brilliant new venues, more prize money and more importantly, people have seen how the match works, word has spread and interest levels have rocketed.”
“As I said a few weeks ago, the eight new matches are the pick of the many that were put forward but we always review qualifiers at the end of the year and are always interested in new rivers to keep things fresh,” Dave continued. “This year’s calendar offers a wide range of river fishing, different ways of catching fish and different species. I just need to get my act together and qualify this time!”
The entry process remains the same at last year with forms available from the Angling Trust or printed in Angling Times each week from Tuesday March 18. The full list of qualifiers is printed on the back page on this week’s AT to get yourself a comfy chair and you diary and start planning your 2014 River Fest campaign.
Angling Trust River Fest Dates
Sunday June 22 – River Calder, Mirfield
Saturday June 28 – River Swale, Morton
Saturday July 5 – River Severn, Lower Lode
Sunday July 13 – Bristol Avon, Newbridge
Saturday July 19 – River Trent, Newark Dyke
Sunday July 27 – River Trent, South Clifton – Laughterton
Saturday August 2 – River Weaver, Northwich
Sunday August 10 - River Soar, Sutton Bonnington
Sunday August 17 – River Yare, Beauchamp Arms
Saturday August 23 – River Tees, Bowesfield
Saturday August 30 – River Don, Sprotbrough
Sunday September 7 – River Great Ouse, Littleport
Sunday September 14 – River Wye, Breinton – Eign
Saturday September 20 – River Severn, Bridgenorth
Sunday September 28 – River Trent, Burton-on-Trent
Saturday October 4 – River Thames, Medley
Saturday October 11 – River Severn, Upton-on-Severn
Saturday October 18 – Warks Avon, Evesham
Saturday October 25 – Yorkshire Ouse, Hunter’s Lodge – Linton
Saturday November 1 – Old River Nene, March