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Re: Fab Friday

Thank you atlast and stew83mul.

About keep nets, viewers will note the use of an extra-long free flow river net which was positioned in line with the flow. These are designed to be fin-friendly and none of the fish had snagged dorsal fins.

The vast majority of the fish were in the net for fewer than 2 hours, as the last two fish I caught were after the first 8 were returned to the water.

I can report that on returning, each fish had fully recovered from being caught and made a vigorous return to the river.

I recall catching a winter barbel at Eardington Brook around three years ago. This was a fish of around 5 lbs. I returned it to the water straight away. It lay around 10 feet from the bank in 18 inches of water for at least 3 hours before slowly making off once recovered. It may be that keeping a hard-fighting fish safely in a well-designed net is more fish friendly than immediately returning, allowing time for recovery.

I understand that there are some with strong views on either side of the debate about keeping barbel in keepnets, but I am happy that each fish I caught was returned healthy and fit, and will be there for other BAA members to catch on another day.

After all, thats why I always post where and how I catch something, rather than keeping details of location and methods secret as some others do, depriving others from benefitting from their knowledge and enjoying our sport to the full.

Posted on February 26, 2019 at 9:18 AM

Fab Friday

Made the long drive down from north of Manchester on Friday 22nd Feb for a short afternoon on my favourite stretch of the Severn at Coomby's farm (Stanley water).

When I arrived there was a chap fishing on the float, packing up after 2 hours with no bites. Not very encouraging, but it was 13 degrees, a bit of cloud cover and 30 cm extra water on, pushing through with just a a bit of colour.

First put in on pellet, I got a pull round and landed a 2.4 kg barbel, the first of ten in the next 3.5 hours.

Cutting a long story short, the total weight was 33.0 kgs, 72.6 lbs, including two clunkers of 4.9 and 4.7 kgs (10-13) an 4.7 kgs (10-5).

Astonishing for mid-February.

I fished the 5th peg above the footbridge between trees. Straight in front is a difficult snag, maybe a sunken tree trunk or something, so you have to fish slightly downstream. There is also some streamer weed, so you have to fish with an anchor lead, if you let it pull across the bottom, it's a recipe for snagging up. Also if you feel a clunk when it hits bottom, that's great. If it lands softly you're in the weed. I had a 4 oz gripper, fishing down the middle, and still lost 5 or 6 leads, you have to use a weak link. I use 5 lbs link, 10 lbs main line and an 8 lbs hook length to a 12's with a banded 8 mm pellet rig. I loose fed 6mm pellets, 3-4 a time, only about 1/4 pint all afternoon.

Posted on February 24, 2019 at 11:19 AM

Best Severn Day

After checking the river levels and weather forecast, I took the chance to get to the river on Sunday afternoon. I fished at Stanley/Coomby's farm for a 5 hour session hoping to get some of the big roach that have been showing.

The conditions were ideal: warm, overcast/raining, with 2 feet of extra water pushing through, and colour improved since the high water earlier in the week.... but didn't see a redfin all day!

After 2 chub in the first half hour, the barbel moved in, and I managed to get 19, with two more pulled out (maybe foulhooked).

The fishing was tricky, the fish were in the middle of the river in the heaviest flow, so needed a lot of lead, and had to avoid a lot of rubbish including the occasional tree floating downriver. All were caught on 8mm or 12mm halibut pellet.

They weren't huge, the best four were between 3.3 and 3.5 kgs (see pic), and six of them were 0.5 kg "one-pounders", not seen any of these for years, but a great sign for the future health of the barbel stocks.

The total weight was 34.9 kgs (76 lbs 13 oz), the best barbel session I can remember having on the Severn.

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Posted on August 21, 2017 at 2:01 PM

Re: Severn Roach!

There are a couple of good stick float pegs downstream from the car park into the shallows, also excellent waggled fishing for chub. My mate Graeme uses stick and centre pin here a lot and does well for roach dave chub and barbel, especially in low water like at the moment.

Posted on July 20, 2017 at 7:17 PM

Re: Severn Roach!

Thanks for the posts everyone. I've found that the big roach are mid river in the slightly deeper pegs, maybe5-6 ft deep. I've tried waggler but just get chub. I never fish a feeder, straight lead, just loose feed one or two pellets each cast, very sparing feeding. These big roach seem to want it nailed to the bottom. Good luck!

Posted on July 01, 2017 at 3:47 PM
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