Head to the River Severn at Bewdley for a big barbel

One of the most on form river stretches in the Midlands at the moment is the Severn at Bewdley. This stretch has not only been producing the usual nets of barbel and chub but anglers have been reporting bags of roach and dace to 20lb plus too.

With the levels back to normal the Kidderminster District Angling Association stretches are an excellent option for a spot of running water fishing before the official closed season starts. For the barbel a long cast of the feeder into the deeper channels works a treat. Hookbait can be your own choice but many anglers opt for an 8mm halibut pellet such as the Severn Valley Angling Products versions or even meat. The fish go to over 10lb so don’t fish too light a mainline of 8-10lb should be fine.

For a mixed net of smaller fish though its simple stick float and maggot tactics which are working well at the moment from most pegs but caster and hemp will help you attract more quality fish. The upper reaches of the town lengths are deeper and this is where it is best to find the roach. A long rod with a stick float is best suited to catching up to 20lb of prime redfins, predominantly coming on maggots fished on a size 20 hook or maybe an 18 to 0.10mm hook lengths. It's very pleasant sport when the river is spot on and carrying a little colour. The pegs opposite the Environment Agency’s level station are a hotspot for perch where pole and chopped worm tactics can account for nets of fish to over 2lb.

River Severn, Bewdley, Worcs
Prices: £6 a day on the bank Kidderminster AA, pegs are on the right hand bank above and below the town bridge.
Contact: Bewdley Tackle & Leisure, 01299 403386
Location: Dowles Road Bewdley Town, Worcs, DY12 2EE
Rules: No litter, no fires

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