HOT on the heels of the Angling Trustas announcement of the Riverfest Final switching to the River Severn at Shrewsbury, dates and venues for the big money eventas 2018 qualifying rounds have been unveiled .
Riverfest has moved its mega money final after five years on the River Wye at Hereford.
The Angling Trust Riverfest final will switch to the River Severn at Shrewsbury in 2018.
The brainchild of former England International Dave Harrell, Riverfest was launched in 2001.
It rapidly attained status as the pinnacle of running water match fishing, with a APS1 3,000 championas prize plus a total award pot approaching APS4 0,000.
The final was won this year by Shakespeare Superteamas Mike Bedding with 50 lb 7 oz. He is pictured above with Dave Harrell.
In 2018, Riverfest will still be concluded by a two-day event decided on total weight, fished by 72 anglers who top their 20 -peg zone in 24 qualifiers spread across the country.
Riverfest changes explained
Angleras Mail quizzed Dave Harrell about the reasons behind the venue change, and his hopes for future Riverfest years.
aThe Wye at Hereford was never intended to host the final eternally. We review the rivalry after the final every year, and this time we felt it was time for a change
aMuch as I love the Wye, my own personal faith is the river is in a slow deterioration a in large component due to predation from cormorants and goosanders which have drastically reduced number of roach in particular.
aBig weights from peg where fish are tightly shoaled can mask a decline, as can matches on a flooded river where everyone fishes abig fish or busta tactics, a continued Dave.
aBut in this yearas final, with Day 1 fished in as close to perfect conditions as youad get at the time of year, the poor results from the upstream section were a telling yardstick.
aI winced on day 2 when the 250 quid top prizes in two six peg segments had to be drawn from a hat, with the next section as won with a single fry, a he admitted.
aAs founder and organiser of Riverfest, its success is personal to me. I want to provide a final where everyone still stands a chance of winning at the halfway stage. Overall weight format allows that, a switch to phases wouldnat.a
Although Dave acknowledges that a summer final would open up a wider option of venues with prospects of better and fairer sport, the downside would be splitting the event between different calendar years in order to fit in all the qualifying rounds.
Meanwhile, before dates and venues for 2018 Riverfest qualifiers are released in March 2018, all supposes surround the Severn at Shrewsbury a where the final is scheduled.
It’s due to be fished over the weekend November 3-4, but the following three weekends are also reserve dates in case of adverse conditions.
Dave said: aShrewsbury has recovered from a slump over recent seasons.
” The host club have been busy, and all 104 peg on the Quarry and County Ground match stretch will be in fishable condition for the first time since the 1990 s by the time of next yearas final so we can select those for the best sport.
aAs with the Wye, much will depend on river conditions. In low water, dace could be shoaled up on the shallows with 30 lb bags possible. Roach have made a good comeback, plus thereas barbel and chub.
a After a very positive meeting with the council who appreciate the financial benefits Riverfest will bring their town, weave secured car parking behind almost every peg too, a concluded Dave.
2016 Riverfest champ Paul Bick commented: aAlthough Iam disappointed to see the final leave the Wye which has been very kind to me over the years, I respect the organisersa decision which will bring a new fresh challenge to the competition.a
Dave Harrell and the Angling Trust thanked Hereford DAA for all their help during the five years of hosting the final.
Riverfest 2018 qualifiers
Riverfest 2018 “il be seeing” four previously unused venues are included in the 24 -strong roster.
Up to 1,440 anglers will compete for a shot at the APS1 3,000 champas cheque, from a award pot of virtually APS4 0,000.
Like FishaOaMania tickets, RiverFest tickets will be released in two stages via the Angling Trust websiteas online events booking system, which ensures that every applicant can secure at least one ticket for a qualifier. Stage one starts on Monday, March 26.
The full dates and venues list is as follows:
Sat, June 16 a River Calder, Mirfield.
Sat, June 23 a River Swale, Morton.
Sat, June 30 a River Weaver, Northwich.
Sun, July 1 a River Nene, North BankA( new venue ).
Sat, July 14 a River Medway, Barming.
Sun, July 15 a River Tyne, Corbridge to Wylam.
Sun, July 29 a Bristol Avon, Newbridge to Saltford.
Sat, Aug 4 a River Thames, Clanfield.
Sun, Aug 5 a River Soar, Loughborough.
Sun, Aug 12 a River Yare, Langley.
Sat, Aug 25 a River Don, Sprotbrough.
Sat, Sep 1 a River Severn, Bewdley.
Sun, Sep 2 a River Trent, Burton Joyce( new venue ).
Sun, Sep 9 a Tidal Trent, Laughterton to Dunham.
Sat, Sep 15 a River Thames, Abingdon to Appleford.
Sat, Sep 22 a River Severn, Bridgnorth.
Sun, Sep 23 a River Dee, Holt and Farndon( new venue ).
Sat, Sep 29 a River Thames, Reading( new venue ).
Sun, Sep 30 a Warwickshire Avon, Stratford.
Sat, Oct 6 a River Tees, Yarm.
Sun, Oct 7 a Warwickshire Avon, Warwick.
Sat, Oct 13 a River Trent, Burton.
Sun, Oct 14 a River Wye, Hereford.
Sat, Oct 27 a Yorks Ouse, Hunters lodge to Linton.
RIVERFEST 2018 FINAL: Sat, Nov 3 and Sun, Nov 4 a River Severn at Shrewsbury .
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