Angling Trust River Fest 2014 will have seven new venues to host qualifiers as the race for the £10,000 top prize begins next week.
The final touches are being applied to the 20 matches for this year’s campaign and co-organiser Dave Harrell has exclusively revealed the new faces for the coming summer which are sure to please river anglers around the country and swell the already growing stature of the event.
And Dave has also told AT that with more time to stage matches this year, no weekend will see two eliminators on the same day or days meaning anglers will be able to focus their efforts on one match at a time without missing out on a potential qualification spot. This move should also mean bigger attendances and more revenue for clubs hosting the match.
“A lot of clubs and anglers have come forward with new venues but nothing is cast in stone with the selection process and some make it, some don’t” said Dave. “I try to work closely with venues that are used on a regular basis and have a good pedigree to ensure everyone has a day’s fishing. Sadly, I can only choose 20 rivers but I’d urge anyone who may have applied but not got a qualifier to apply again for 2015 and beyond. We’re always reviewing thins, listening to anglers and doing what’s best for them.”
New venues include the River Severn at Lower Loade in Gloucestershire, a powerful tidal river plus the River Trent’s Newark Dyke in July, The Rivers Weaver, Don and Soar in August, the Wye below Hereford in September and the mighty Yorkshire Ouse and tiny Old River Nene at March for mid to late October.
“Each venue needs different skill sets with a range of fish species and method needed and I’m confident that on that list of 20 matches is a river to suit everyone from shallow, fast-flowing water for chub and barbel to deep slow rivers where bream dominate,” Dave added.
“The full list of matches and how to enter will be released next week but we’re confident of another great response from river anglers once again. Interest is already high and the new venues help to keep things fresh and to attract new anglers.”