Last Peg Down Stream. any River Barbel angler will tell you....the 16th June is better than the 25th December, because nothing in my opinion will beat a big river Barbel take, as the bait runner screams off as the rod bends double and the tripod or bank sticks creak under the pressure.

This being my first adventure of the river season, I went down the Brook house B&B and campsite, which has a private 200 yard stretch of the Severn and all the facilities you would need for a weekend on the river. This campsite is brand new and a working in progress, but what a work in progress it is, set on the banks of the Severn in beautiful views and surroundings, good access to the river and a small mixed coarse water on site as well. This venue has everything you need, the owners are approachable and have put their heart and soul into the venue, and it is lovely to see how hard the owners are working to make their vision a reality. All the facilities at this venue are of high standard, clean and new. The whole venue is spotless and attracts a lovely clientele, the bell tents myself and the boss stayed in where remarkably spacious and excellently kitted out with double bed furniture and right next to the river.

Right down the fishing, the Severn is known for its Barbel fishing, and with a lot of the best stretches taken up my big angling clubs, this is a lovely stretch, the flow is evenly paced, with fish holding features, deep runs and good bank space. This stretch of water is not regularly fished, and the owners have only really opened it to fishing this season, so it has not been fished properly so there is not a massive head of fish as no regular feed goes in, however when that tip rolls over its not going to be a 3-5 pounder its going to be a lump, 8-11lbs and bigger, the shoals of smaller Barbel have not settled in this area, as no regular feed has been going in, but the big fish are defiantly there, I had three during the night, two 9lb and a 8 lb, and these fish where big and beautiful, sleek and fin perfect and in brilliant condition as you will see from the pictures.  

As I sat on my hands waiting for twelve and hoping my pre-baiting had worked I was chomping at the bit, but it was worth it, the first Barbel came just after the season started and I knew I was off, the second came about 01:00 and the third 02:30, all were taken on 10mm punched meat, with ground bait and pellet in the feeders, I was using a light feeder set up as the water has been low for a while I didn’t want to spook this fish that were possibly there.

I fished my usual set up, 3-4 foot hook length of 8lb expert mono form korum, to a main line 13lb maver dual band, drennan 30gram cage feeders on this occasion, size 10 hair rigged with quick stop korum barbed hooks, 10mm punched meat and sonubaits 4-6mm spicy sausage halibut pellets and spicy meaty method mix ground bait and a korum running kit.

This is not a chuck and hope water, makes sure you fish just inside the creases, keep casting and bait accurate to bring those fish on to your bait and you will be in for a cracking fish. As I have always found on the Severn, first and last light and the nights are the best, as when the sun came up I never had a touch, so practiced my stick float trotting which resulted in plenty of chublets and dace.This is a great venue with some fantastic fishing in great surrounding and fantastic venue owners, I will be back again soon maybe with other members of the team. Big thanks to Julia for her hospitality this venue is going in the right direction and will be somewhere I will be coming back to for years to come.

severn at crewgreen shresbury