It's been a disappointing week for me this week as my team, West Brom finally saw their season come to an end at Bolton on Thursday night. I went to the match and I have to say our supporters were magnificent on the night. 5,100 packed the away end and roared the lads on. You just had to be there to appreciate the volume of noise. We were hoping to get to the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff for the final but in the end it wasn't to be. Still, the team will be strengthened no doubt in the close season and I'm already looking forward to next season.

On the angling front I've been spending some time this week getting tackle ready for all sorts of events in the near future. There are so many different match venues that I visit these days that make preparation in advance very important. I've been getting a lot of carp rigs made up and also sorting out my gear for an assault on the Earlswood lakes bream shoals again.

On 16th June the river season opens again and I'm really looking forward to renewing battles with the barbel on my local River Severn. Heavy rain has brought the river up by about four feet this week but before then there were loads of small chub showing in the shallow water outside my house. I find it quite relaxing sitting on the edge of the river feeding these fish with any old casters I have left after a match. At one stage before the river came up and coloured up there were at least a hundred chub feeding on my loose-fed offerings. I think I'll keep tempting them in over the next few weeks. After that they are in for a bit of a shock cos some of the bait is going to be spiked!