There was a big doubt after long time sponsors John Smiths pulled the plug on their sponsorship that the event might not be on this year. However, the tackle trade has rallied round, loads of anglers have entered the qualifiers, and competition organiser Dick Derrington has worked hard to ensure the weekend is on again.

I see in the local press that yours truly is down as favourite again which I have to be honest is something of a surprise to me as I haven't been near the place since last years John Smiths event. If I draw right though I know I can do well in the event. It's just getting that draw that is the hard part!

It promises to be a big weekend with plenty to see and do so if you get the chance come along and see the top stars in action. There are loads of tackle bargains up for grabs in the tented village as well as a fun fair, a large beer tent and all sorts of side attractions.

Highlight of the past week for me came on Tuesday on the Severn below Bewdley. I fished for about three hours with legered meatballs and had a barbel of nine pounds together with a couple of six pounders.

On Friday I visited Broadacres fishery with the Match Angling Plus magazine team and we had a lot of carp on the pole using meat, corn and caster as feed and hookbait.

If you are planning a trip to the Severn in the next few days be prepared for a legering or feeder approach as it is very coloured right now and carrying extra water. Luncheon meat or meatballs will hold the key to success but once it drops back expect good weights on the maggot feeder.


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