Browning’s Tom Noton recently qualified for this years RiverFest final on his beloved river Trent. Here’s Tom’s story of how his match unfolded.

Last weekend I fished the qualifier for the RiverFest final on the river Trent around Newark and I only went and qualified! I was drawn on peg 29 at Rolleston. Interestingly, the same peg I was on when I got a good hiding from Hadrian Whittle previously. So it was a chance to hopefully learn from that previous match and put things right.


With another scorcher of a day weather wise I decided that 10lb would be a reasonable target on the day. This would hopefully come from two lines on the feeder, a worm line, and pole and hemp. A slow start for all, but I managed a few dace and roach with the odd 4-5oz skimmer amongst them. I had to scale down and change things constantly to keep the bites coming.


I had a really good spell around 2pm when I couldn’t get in quick enough for little skimmers to 6oz. I had a few bites on the pole, but it wasn’t as quick as the feeder and the stamp was small.

I finished with 13lb 4oz which was enough to win the zone and gain a place in the final again. Hopefully I can go a few better than last year and win it this time – slide on brothers.
Well done to the other qualifiers Lee Wright, Paul Goulding and match winner James Robbins.