The match, which is sponsored by the Thames Tideway Tunnel project, has a first prize of £500 and is expected to attract some of the top river anglers in the area. It is being held on the gravel foreshore downstream of Kew Bridge, an area that has thrown up some big bags of bream, roach and dace in club competitions in recent years.
As well as providing an exciting contest the match will also be helpful in assessing the health of the tidal Thames now that the once problematic sewage works upstream at Mogden has had a multi million pound upgrade.
TideFest is a celebration of the recreational importance of London’s River and will involve a range of other activities designed to get people out and enjoying what the Thames Tideway has to offer including: foreshore walks, river dipping, sailing, kayaking and walks along the Wandle Way and, possibly, some young persons’ angling tuition on the River Wandle.
TideFest is a partner of Totally Thames – formerly the Mayor’s Thames Festival.
A 50 peg Thames Tideway angling competition with a £500 first prize plus pools and trophy
Date and Time
Sunday 28 September (World Rivers Day) 8am – 1pm
7am Strand on the Green, Kew Bridge London W4 3RE
£5 with proceeds going to the charity Get Hooked on Fishing
Ron’s Tackle, 465 Upper Richmond Rd West, London SW14 7PU Tel: 020 8876 4897 or email email@example.com
The groups organising TideFest include: The London Wildlife Trust, Thames Anglers’ Conservancy, Thames 21, The River Thames Society and the Angling Trust.
Sky TV presenter and Thames angler Keith Arthur backed the event saying:
“I have fished the full tidal river for 40 years and it continues to improve, despite regular pollutions, something the Tideway Tunnel will eliminate. Unfortunately I won’t be able to attend on the day but those who do can expect bream to 8lb and more, possibly on the stick float too, a couple of rod lengths out. This section of river has produced carp to 38lb, barbel in double figures and huge bags of dace and roach. I confidently predict there will also be rainbow and sea trout caught, especially if there is extra water on the river. It will be a genuine eye-opener.”
Dave Harvey, Chairman of TAC said:
“The tidal Thames can be a fantastic fishery with bream, roach and dace regularly being caught along with many other species. Add in sea fish such as small flounder and bass and this match will be a very special event. With the Tideway Tunnel now at the planning stage, it will give us a glimpse of just how good the river will become. Fishing a tidal river is a challenge and TAC members are really looking forward to it.”
Angling Trust Campaign Chief Martin Salter added:
“Following the success of last year’s RiverFest the Angling Trust is delighted to be continuing attract match anglers back to river fishing whilst at the same time highlighting the importance of cleaning up London’s river. We’ve got a great cash prize for the winner and will also be raising money to support the fantastic work of Get Hooked on Fishing that does so much to help youngsters get into our sport.”