River Classic 2019

River Classic 2016

Welcome to the Shrewsbury Classic River Festival 2019.This year’s festival will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, the 8th, 9th and 10th of October. The festival will be run on the same format as last year. I have decided to keep the entry places at 78 the same as last year. The prize money will be virtually the same as last year with a couple of small changes (see competition rules). The parking fees are included with the entry money. 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.


The season last year seemed to see the river tend to be moody, but even so the festival fished well and the Riverfest Final was also very good and I thought fair. I do know that the fish are there and all being well we should have a better season this year.


I am pleased to say that Shrewsbury Town Fisheries has started a continued modernisation of its fisheries, with a new wesite and online permit and day ticket system. So day tickets will all be online from the middle of May. Also all of the fisheries are being looked at and improved access, pegs and facilities being improved from now on. Monkmoor and Emstrey come into this as additional match venues for the future. Shrewsbury Town Council and Shropshire Council are very supportive in this modernisation plan as partners, as well as the Environment Agency, Angling Trust and various other bodies.


The Festival will be in Association with Shrewsbury 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 support. Without these companies we simply would not have some of the finest tackle available on the market today.


Anglers will be able to book their place for the event, which will be first come first served, from the 7th of May. Anglers who took part last year, 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. There will be a reserve list in place should anyone have to drop out. THE SALE OF PLACES WILL CLOSE ON 7th JULY AND NO PLACES WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER THAT DATE. Tickets are not transferable. I am really looking forward to another great festival. Tight lines.


Andy Jones


Entry Form

 Download the Entry Form


Competition  Rules


Overall results will be based on points on every 13 peg section.

Points are allocated as follows –

There are 2 sections each containing 13 anglers within each draw zone of 26 anglers.The winner of each  13 peg 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.

Please do not leave any waste Ground Bait or Bait on the River Banks. No Bloodworm allowed.

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 are 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.

The permanent peg numbers will be used.

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 78 anglers fishing –

Entry Fee 78 X £125 = £9750

Pegs Fees, Admin & Buffet 78 X £20 = £1560

Parking for 3 Days 78 X £10 = £780

13 peg sections 1st Place Payouts @ £120 (6 per day) 18 X £120 = £2160

13 peg sections 2nd Place Payouts @ £90 (6 per day) 18 X £90 = £1620

13 peg sections 3rd Place Payouts @ £50 (6 per day) 18 X £50 = £900

Daily Match Winner Payouts 3 X £200 = £600

Overall Points Placing Payouts(1st £675, 2nd £475, 3rd £375, 4th £275, 5th £200,6th 130) = £2130

Total = £9750 

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, Drennan, Maver, Browning and Dinsmores.(To be confirmed)