A brand new competition, which will carry the biggest ever individual river competition first prize of £10,000, plus more big main list and section cash prizes in the final gets underway in July.
RiverFest 2013 is the brainchild of river expert Dave Harrell who has been working closely with the Angling Trust to put the competition in place. Twenty qualifiers of 60 anglers on various river venues around the country will see three anglers from each match qualify for a two-day weight aggregate final on the fish rich River Wye at Hereford on the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd 2013.
Dave Harrell said: “While it’s been great to see some big money events created on commercial fisheries over the past few years, natural fishing has been largely ignored. This new competition is an idea I’ve been thinking about for a while and it’s now going to happen thanks to the involvement of the Angling Trust.”
“The response to date has been fantastic as river match organisers from all over the country have come forward, keen to get involved with the competition. We’ve got 20 qualifying matches this year and it is the Trust’s intention to make the competition even bigger in the years to come."
"We gave a lot of consideration to the choice of venue for the final and eventually settled on the River Wye as it’s a place that lends itself to various skills and methods. We felt this was important, as we didn’t want to alienate anyone who qualified by putting him or her on a venue where they had little or no chance of competing. With a two-day total weight final as well this will make it much fairer for everyone to compete. The main target species in the final will be chub, barbel, roach, dace and perch and approaches will include both float and feeder tactics depending where you draw.”
“We are now actively looking for a sponsor for the competition as we have a lot to offer in terms of company, or product exposure and promotion. Any interested party is invited to get in touch with me through my email address at: firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance.”
Mark Lloyd, chief executive of the Angling Trust said: “We’re all very grateful to Dave for spearheading the launch of this new competition and for helping us launch it so rapidly. It’s an exciting new addition to our match calendar and we hope it will recruit some new members to the Angling Trust to support our work fighting to protect fish and fishing and recruiting the anglers of the future.”
From Tuesday 14th May entry forms to apply for the qualifying matches will be available from the Angling Trust, and a coupon will also be available in the two weekly angling publications. There will also be further details and entry details available on the Angling Trust website at www.anglingtrust.net
QUALIFIER DATES AND VENUES
JULY 20TH – RIVER YARE
JULY 21ST – GREAT OUSE, LITTLEPORT
JULY 28TH – RIVER CALDER, Mirfield
AUGUST 4TH – BRISTOL AVON, NEWBRIDGE AND SALTFORD
AUGUST 10TH – RIVER TRENT – TORKSEY, NORTH CLIFTON, SOUTH CLIFTON
AUGUST 17TH – RIVER SWALE, MORTON
AUGUST 18TH – RIVER URE, RIPON
AUGUST 18TH – RIVER TRENT, BURTON
AUGUST 31ST – RIVER TEES, BOWESFIELD
SEPTEMBER 1ST – RIVER DERWENT – BORROWASH AND DERBY.
SEPTEMBER 14TH – RIVER SEVERN, BRIDGNORTH
SEPTEMBER 15TH – RIVER SEVERN, BEWDLEY
SEPTEMBER 21ST – RIVER CALDER, ALTOFTS
SEPTEMBER 21ST – RIVER SEVERN, UPTON UPON SEVERN
SEPTEMBER 22ND – WARWICKSHIRE AVON, EVESHAM
SEPTEMBER 28TH – RIVER TRENT, BURTON
SEPTEMBER 29TH – RIVER THAMES, MEDLEY
OCTOBER 5TH – RIVER SEVERN, SHREWSBURY
OCTOBER 6TH – RIVER TRENT, LAUGHTERTON, NORTH CLIFTON
OCTOBER 12TH - WARWICKSHIRE AVON, EVESHAM