Most of the juniors in attendance found pole fishing to be their favourite method on the day with a combination of either meat and caster or corn and caster as feed and hookbait. Carp up to five pounds and bream up to three pounds fell foul to the youngsters baits and everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves. We've got another four to go so if you know any youngsters who might like to attend give Moorlands a call on 01299 250427.

My match week got off to a good start with a win on Wednesday at Bewdley with 37.3.0 of barbel from the bottom of the "gulley". This match was all about patience and most of my fish came late in the match.

On Thursday I went to the Trent at Catton Park with the Match Angling Plus team for a forthcoming feature for the magazine. To say it was tough would be an understatement. The river was very clear and although we managed to get a few chub it was a difficult day which required small hooks and light lines in order to get a bite.

Saturday, and back to Bewdley and peg 130 on the island. Only one barbel to show by the end, although I did manage to lose three in snags. My mate Tony Morton won this one with twenty-nine pounds from the middle of Winterdyne. He went one better on Sunday with another win at Bridgnorth. After drawing the famous "John Brights ford" he was always favourite and five hours later he put sixty pounds of barbel on the scales to complete a memorable weekend. I was three swims above Tony, watching him catch all day but I did manage to get a few in the last two hours for a section win with 31.3.0.

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