The River Trent at Burton on Trent was not in the best of conditions for the Angling Trust RiverFest qualifier held on Sunday 28th September with very low, gin clear and not much flow, but surprisingly it still produced a good contest with 60 competitors competing.

The winner on the day was Robbie Quinn fishing from peg 20 below the weir at Bailey’s.  He fished stickfloat and maggot to land about 9 lbs of roach and dace, plus a beautiful 12 lb barbel for 21 lb 2 oz.  small roach and dace for 17 lb 7 oz again on stickfloat and maggot.  Third on peg 22 on the municipal was John Small who landed 14 lb 10 oz of mainly roach again on stickfloat and maggot.

Qualifiers going through to the RiverFest final on 15th/16th November on the River Wye, Hereford are Robbie Quinn, Sam Merry and Sean Ashby.

Top 5.
R Quinn – Shakespeare 21 lb 2 oz
J Mills – Ferrybridge AC 17 lb 7 oz
J Small – Lincoln Whisby 14 lb 10 oz
S Merry – Bait-tech. 13 lb 4 oz
S Ashby – Starlets 11 lb 3 oz.

The next  RiverFest qualifier heads to the River Thames at Medley on Saturday 4th October.

Photo – from left to right Sean Ashby, Sam Merry  & Rob Quinn