I can't believe how bad the weather is for July. At this time of year we often find our rivers low and clear but the Severn right now is running about two feet above summer normal level and quite coloured.

Talking to other anglers around the country it seems a nationwide thing and even the stillwaters are fishing patchy with temperatures fluctuating so much. We certainly need some sustained dry, warmer weather to improve things.

Last weekend I fished the Bridgnorth open on the Severn and had a really frustrating day as I drew badly just off a run of good pegs and struggled for bites for most of the day. I had three barbel and a chub in the first hour for around seventeen pounds then struggled for bites for the rest of the match. The match fished really well though with loads of weights over thirty pounds.

On Sunday I was due to go to Woodland View but had to have a morning off as I'd got workmen in to sort out jobs at the new place. Thankfully most of the jobs are now finished and I'll be able to get back to several matches a week again soon!

Wednesday night saw me on the Bewdley evening open on a peg I always fancy drawing, peg 120 in the gulley. Now this swim is always fast but with the extra water on it was really going through and always going to be difficult. I fished a blockend maggot feeder with plenty of lead on to hold bottom and had five barbel and a chub for 17.5.0 and second place. It was really difficult getting the fish up in the fast flow and god knows how I would have got on if I'd hooked something really big. Twenty-five pounds won the match but most people struggled for bites all night. We've got one more night match left then the series goes to five hour matches from twelve till five.

This weekend could be good if we don't get too much rain. I'm at Earlswood on Saturday in pursuit of bream although I understand the roach are also feeding well now. On Sunday I'm fishing the Bridgnorth open back on the Severn. This week I WILL get a good draw! I'll let you know how good next week.