5 Exciting Fishing Events & Festivals in 2024

5 Exciting Fishing and Angling Events & Festivals in 2024

Ever dreamed of casting a line steeped in history? UK fishing festivals bring together anglers worldwide to celebrate their love of the sport, vying for victory amidst nature's tranquillity. This guide dives into the legacy of competitive fishing and unveils some of the most thrilling UK events in 2024. Get ready to explore why these festivals are a must-attend for beginners and pros!.

1. RiverFest 2024

RiverFest is more than just a competition; it's a gathering that celebrates the spirit of river fishing in the UK. With qualifiers spread across the nation's most iconic rivers, from the Warwickshire Avon to the River Trent, each event is a testament to the diverse angling experiences the UK has to offer. Whether you're drawn to the serene flow of the Avon or the robust currents of the Trent, RiverFest provides a platform to showcase your skills against the backdrop of the UK's stunning river landscapes.

​Start Date 16th June. More info can be found on the Angling Trust​ website.

2. Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival

Set in the picturesque Lakeland County, the Fermanagh Classic Fishing Festival is a jewel in the crown of UK match fishing. With a legacy spanning over four decades, this festival attracts anglers from across the globe, eager to test their skills on the serene waters of the Erne system. It's a celebration of match coarse fishing, showcasing the best of sportsmanship and angling prowess​.

Start Date 29th April 2024. More information can be found on the Fermanagh & Omagh District Council website.

3. Torbay Sea Angling Festival

The Torbay Sea Angling Festival offers a diverse angling experience, set against the scenic backdrop of the English Riviera. This festival is a testament to the enduring appeal of sea angling, bringing together enthusiasts to enjoy the sport amidst the stunning coastal beauty of Torbay. It's an event where history and modern angling techniques merge, providing a rich, immersive experience for participants​.

Start Date 1st September 2024. More information can be found here: Torbay Sea Angling Festival​.

4. UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival

The UK Saltwater Fly Fishing Festival, happening from October 3-6, 2024, in St Mawes, Cornwall, is a premier event for fly fishing enthusiasts. It caters to anglers at all levels, offering a mix of competition and learning in one of Cornwall's most beautiful spots. This festival is about community, skill-sharing, and enjoying the sport amidst stunning coastal scenery​.

Start Date 3rd October 2024. More information can be found on the Proper Cornwall website ​.

5. Mull of Galloway Festivals

The Mull of Galloway Festivals (MOGSAF) are a series of events celebrating sea angling in Scotland, known for their sustainable catch-and-release approach. These festivals offer a variety of competitions, like the Tope and Species Events, set against the backdrop of one of the UK's rich fishing environments. It's a chance to enjoy great fishing, camaraderie, and the natural beauty of the Mull of Galloway​.

MOGSAF offer a range of events throughout the year, you can find more information on their Facebook page by clicking here.

European Open Beach Championships

Another honourable mention is the EOBC. The European Open Beach Championships is Europe's largest beach fishing competition which is usually held in March. This event has passed but it is certainly one you can put in your calendar for 2025 if you enjoy beach fishing. With a rich history that has seen it grow into a prestigious event, it offers a unique blend of competitive spirit.

For more information on the 2025 event, please check out the EOBC website​.

Competition Sea Fishing Events in the UK

The Tradition of Competition Fishing

The history of competition fishing in the UK is as deep and varied as the waters that surround this island nation. From informal gatherings of local fishing clubs to grand annual festivals, competitive angling has always been about more than just the catch. It's about community, tradition, and the continuous exchange of knowledge and techniques that have evolved over centuries.

Fun Fact: One of the first records of a fishing competition was on April 13, 1846, the Hulme Anglers Society defeated the Warrington Anglers Society on the River Weaver in what's claimed to be the first recorded angling match between two societies.

Why Participate?

It's an opportunity to immerse yourself in the angling community, learn from seasoned experts, and experience the UK's natural beauty. Whether you're a seasoned pro or a newcomer to the sport, these festivals welcome all who share a love for fishing.

So, are you ready to be part of a tradition that celebrates not just the catch but the enduring spirit of angling? Pack your gear, set your sights on the UK's picturesque waters, and dive into the world of fishing festivals where history, competition, and camaraderie come together in a spectacular celebration of the sport.

Happy Fishing!

Find this blog interesting? Why not check out our next guide - "Unraveling the Waters: Your Guide to Fishing in the UK" for the most common questions asked regarding fishing in the UK.

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