Although the swim hasn't really thrown up many big weights recently I fancied my chances.
Unfortunately the turnout was the lowest we've had so far for a Bewdley open but I think this was largely due to the fact that most people were worried about the fuel crisis. I can't believe how quickly this country of ours has been plunged into total mayhem. I went shopping on Monday and it was like Christmas week all over again with shoppers stockpiling food as if we were in for a six month shut down… chaos!

Back to peg 11. This swim is situated well upstream on the Hawksbatch section of the river and the contours of the riverbed here are amazing. I waded half way across the river and positioned myself on the edge of a ledge which dropped off quite alarmingly. I was stood in around eighteen inches of water in mid-river facing with the flow of the river directly behind me. The ledge two feet from where I was stood dropped off to eleven foot! A little further down it was around seventeen-foot deep… incredible! I had to make sure the platform I was sitting on was well secured on the legs as I didn't fancy swimming in there with all the cross currents as well as the depth!

I set up just two feeder rods. This was no swim for float tackle as the depth in the rock channels varied so much. After plumbing around I decided to fish further across the river in an area around eight feet deep. I used a large Kamasan black cap feeder on eight pound main line, five and six pound hooklengths and a size twelve Mustad Magnum spade hook with two casters on board. A fifty/fifty mix of caster and hemp went into the feeder and by the end of the match I'd taken ten barbel, best seven pounds, for a 42.3.0 total and first place.

This weekend I'm on the KDAA open again on Saturday and on Sunday it's a day off from fishing as I'm going to West Brom to see the Albion beat Birmingham City. Well that’s the intention anyway, if we don't I'll tell you more about the fishing than the football next week.

Have a good week!