River Classic 2018

River Classic 2016

Welcome to the Shrewsbury Classic River Festival 2018.This year’s festival will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 9th, 10th and 11th of October 2018. The festival will be run on the same format as last year but using the new permanent peg numbers. I have decided to keep the entry at 72 for this year. There is an increase in the Entry Fee of which is now £125.00 and includes your peg parking for the 3 days. The price increase is due to an increase in peg fees and the cost of the Buffet. Prize Payouts remain the same(see competition rules). The parking fees will again allow you to park behind your pegs in the quarry and also in an area near the boat ramp in the county ground. I also require you to pay by Electronic Bank transfer please. My local bank has now closed and so i have a 40 mile round trip to go to the nearest one and so this would help as i am busy,busy. If you still wish to pay by cheque then this must be done by 31st May.

From June this year I will now be working in Partnership with Shrewsbury Town Council in running all its fisheries of which includes the Quarry and County Ground river stretches. We are currently formatting plans to open up the whole stretch and will include new pegs. Hopefully this will all be completed ready for the Festival and also the 2 Day Riverfest final in November. 

I am pleased to say that Shrewsbury Town Council have become more involved with Angling and that can only be more beneficial for Shrewsbury. 

The Festival will be in Association with The Shropshire Town Fisheries and Total Angling. I have approached Tackle Companies again to support the event and all the companies I have asked, Matrix, Preston Innovations, Sonu Baits, Map, Garbolino, Shakespeare (Pure Fishing), Sensas, Daiwa , Drennan, Maver, Browning and Dinsmores,  have all fantastically agreed to do so. I would like to thank them now for their continued support.

Anglers will be able to book their place for the event, which will be first come first served, from the 1st of May. Anglers who took part for the last 2 years, will still need to apply the same way and will get on the list straight away as long as they apply promptly. An application form with payment details will be available on the Total Angling web site of which can printed off and completed in full. This year there is a bait reservation part on the form should you wish to secure a bait order for the festival. Full rules and the entry list confirming places will also be on Total Anglings web Site. Again, I have had a huge response and I am sure it will sell out fast. If the demand for places reaches more than 72 for this festival, I will increase the entry further next year. There will be a reserve list in place should anyone drop out. Tickets are not transferable. I am really looking forward to another great festival and also the Riverfest Final 2018.



Andy Jon


Entry Form

 Download the Entry Form

Competition  Rules

Overall results will be based on points

Points are allocated as follows –

There are 6 sections each containing 12 anglers with 2 sections in each draw zone, the winner of each section is awarded 1 point, the second angler in the section gets 2 points etc,

The winner of the competition will be the angler with the fewest points at the conclusion of the competition. In the event of a tie the result will decided on section placings  first then on weight.

Pike, Zander and game fish do NOT count.

All anglers must sign to confirm their match weight after they are weighed  in at the end of each  match.


The match is  split into 3 draw zones, Yellow (County Ground), Blue (Quarry Top) & Red (Quarry Top) and the order of draws is as follows -


 Day 1 Draw : Yellow

 Day 2 Draw : Blue

 Day 3 Draw :  Red

 Day 1 Draw : Blue

 Day 2 Draw : Red

 Day 3 Draw : Yellow

 Day 1 Draw :  Red

 Day 2 Draw : Yellow

 Day 3 Draw : Blue


Day 1’s draw will be made from 1 bucket.

Day’s 2 & 3 will be drawn from 3 separate buckets.

Fishing Times :  11-00am to 4-00pm    Match Head Quarters:  To be confirmed on ticket

Weighing In

All anglers will be weighed in by Shrewsbury Match officials.


County Ground , Frankwell Car Park(canoe ramp area) and Quarry - Access to park behind most pegs for the three days. Anyone caught SPEEDING or PARKING ON THE GRASS in the Quarry will be DISQUALLIFIED from the Event.

Cash Prize Distribution

All prizes will be handed out at the end of the festival, a buffet will be provided, the breakdown of prizes is as follows based on 72 anglers fishing –

Entry Fee 72 X £125 = £9000

Pegs Fees, Admin & Buffet 72 X £20 = £1440

Parking for 3 Days 72 X £10 = £720

6 peg sections @ £60 (12 per day) 36 X £60 = £2160

12 peg section payouts @ £120 (6 per day) 18 X £120 = £2160

Daily Winner 3 X £180 = £540

Overall placing (1st £650, 2nd £450, 3rd £350, 4th £250, 5th £180,6th 100) = £1980

Total = £9000 

Tackle Prizes

There will be tackle prizes awarded  to  all section winners for each day and for  final place winners. These prizes are in addition to the cash prizes and supplied generously by our sponsors Matrix, Preston Innovations, Sonu  Baits, Daiwa, Sensas, Garbolino, Shakespeare, Map, Drennan, Maver, Browning and Dinsmores.(To be confirmed)