It's a swim that has thrown up a few good catches recently and when I got to it I could see why. The swim in question is only around three and a half feet deep, running over gravel, and quite pacy. This time of year I hate drawing sluggish river swims, as all the fish seem to congregate in faster, more oxygenated water.

I set up two feeder rods with eight pound main line and five and six pound bottoms to a strong size 14 hook. My main attack though was always going to be on the float as it's a method I really enjoy in the summer on fast flowing water. The float choice for the afternoon was one of the new Speci wagglers I designed last summer taking three swan shot. Five pound Maxima main line direct to a size fourteen hook completed the business end of the gear.

Feeding casters and hemp with maggot or caster on the hook I had a fabulous afternoons fishing finishing with 42.3.0 of chub and barbel. John Stockton continued his great run with eighty-eight pounds of barbel from peg 41 on the upstream Hawksbatch section. My weight was good enough for third.

On Saturday I went to Bridgnorth on what turned out to be a poor match. A big walk for yours truly ended with 6.10.0 of small chub and no prizes. Four barbel for twenty-two pounds won this one.

When I got back I was disappointed to learn that my Starlets team mates had finished sixth in the first leg of the Drennan final. Day two was at Twyford on the Avon and this was a very difficult match for most with a lot of anglers only recording ounces. I was on peg 117 at the top end and five hours hard fishing with bloodworm and joker saw me put 3.8.0 on the scales for second in section. Keenets North West took the team honours after turning in a very good day two performance.

Busy week again this week with matches and pleasure days on the Severn and a feature with Match Angling Plus magazine on Tuesday. It's a hard life but hey, someone's got to do it! Now where's the sun tan lotion?!

Any anglers wishing to learn more about fishing the River Severn or stillwaters in the Worcestershire area may be interested to know that I have a few dates left for my summer and winter coaching days. These days can be tailored to individual requirements and are designed for one to three people. For more details send an SAE to:
Severn Valley Angling
PO Box 2660
Alternatively you can e-mail me for details at