20th September Jason McBreen – Last night I fished Belmont Pool but wasn’t expecting much as it was raining all night from around 4pm, it was quiet and nothing was happening. At around 10:30pm I had a take and after a few seconds the hook pulled I was left completely soaked through and very cold and feeling very sorry for myself!!
At about 2:30am I had another take it was a welcome fish of 19lb. I was considering leaving the rod out and fishing one rod but decided to stop being lazy so I cast it out again. I’m very glad I did as around 5:30am I had a screaming take, I could tell it was a better fish and after a 15-20 minute fight it was in the net, the scales went around to 31lb 14oz and the Mirror beat my personal best by over 7 pounds.
I had one more about 7am a good looking scaley mirror about 16lb and despite the rain and damp cold conditions it was worth it!! Jay Mc.
Another Belmont regular Steven Lewis had a 25lb Mirror Carp on half a Cell Halo pop up and a pineapple boilie using the popular semi-fixed KD rig.
20th September Charlie Duggan – Charlie beat his PB twice in one 24 hour session last Friday with a 18lb Mirror Carp on Friday evening and a 21lb 8oz Mirror carp in the morning, both fell to a Cell boilie.
15th September Andrew Kelly – I had a great week this week on 3 days in a row. I beat my River Carp PB with a 11lb common, the next day I had a my first double Barbel from same river and then to top it off I beat my Carp PB, which was previously 22lb, with this beauty from Belmont Pool at 26lb 14oz.
I would like to thank the guy who witnessed with his scales and took the pic.
Has anyone else had her out and at what weight? Thanks Andy.
27th August Michael Haywood – Along with his dad banked this 27lb 12oz beauty along with a new PB.
18th July Mike Quinn – Back today after a 24 hours on Belmont Pool. Fished the Oak Peg and had 14 fish in total, biggest going 22lb 3oz including 21lb 6oz, 19lb 2oz, 18lb 8oz and 18lb 4oz, the rest averaged between 12lb and 16lb……….super,smashing,great!!!
10th September Mike Quinn – After losing a nice common at the net the previous session I did my first 48 hour session on Shakes and was rewarded with a 22-8 mirror, also had a bream of around 6lb.. Great to break my duck on another water. Wonder what this week has in store?
20th September James Leach – Well had a quick over nighter on Tabley Moat before work.. Session started at 8pm and at 12pm the rod took off and I was revisited by Bloated, this time well down in weight but still a stunner…
Fish fell to Redeye Baits Salmon Blanc a bait Mike had produced for field testing (cheers Mike ha ha ha)..
26th August Mike Turton – I was at wrinehill again this weekend only the one carp this time but a pristine 19lb 8oz Mirror Carp, I also had two very nice Tench at 5lb 2oz and 6lb 4oz (male).
River Severn – Atcham
15th September Tony Williams – After the recent Barbel Fish-In I decided to return to Atcham last night and had a great session. A total of seven barbel and one chub, between me and my mate, I managed two barbel and the chub. The chub was a cracker at dead on 5lb. The barbel were all around 5lb, the biggest falling to me at 5lb 10oz.
Also I lost, wait for it, a total of six fish and my mate lost two fish. One of mine was a stonker, I was playing with it for half an hour, until it snagged it self and the hook link snapped……..the air was blue! So a PB barbel and PB chub, not bad!. The fish fell to 12mm halibut with home made paste and 10mm cheese, hemp dumbell, again with some home made paste. Another trip planned Tuesday. All the best Tony.
17th July Stephen Roffey – Bit of a struggle to find fishable pegs yesterday with the river rising again, managed one bite on Krill boilie glugged in Monster Crab, resulting in this fish of 7lb 8oz, surprisingly thin fish.
15th July Gary Eden – Managed to get down there myself on Friday and had the river to myself. First Severn trip of the season coming after an unproductive start on the Ribble at Tickled Trout, with nothing more than a few eels and a roach to show for my early efforts.
Unsure exaclty what the conditions would be like when I arrived I decided to take leave the kitchen sink behind and take the roaming approach by starting off in the Poacher’s stretch. River looked up by a couple of feet and had a bit of colour. Headed off to the last swim and found this under 3′ of water so moved upstream to a swim that had a lovely crease 1/3 the way across the river. Couple of casts with a lead revealed a deepish run with a hard bottom and full with streamer weed. Weather was overcast and warmish so I was pretty confident the fish would be there and feeding.
A 3oz cage feeder was just enough to hold bottom. Hooklength was 30″ of 15lb gravel braid with a little rig putty to hold it down, completed with a size 10, S3 Korum hook.
First cast and I was in with an absolute beauty at just under 9lb. You can never tire of catching barbel at any time of year but with this being the first of season it made it that little bit more special. Continued to catch steadily throughout the afternoon so stayed in the same swim and stuck to just a single rod. The bites were all good 2′ rod top twitches and each fish was joy to land in the heavy current. River level was dropping by an inch each hour.
Unfortunately the heavens opened up around 7pm and it remained that way until I packed up four hours later. The heavy rain made conditions treacherouse and turned the peg into a mud slide forcing me to fish from the top of the bank for the last few hours, not ideal when you have trees on either side. After losing a few fish due to these cicumstances I decided it was time to be sensible and safe and reluctantly stopped fishing. Never an easy decision to come away from a swim of feeding barbel but I was more than happy with the day.
Finished with a total of 13 barbel between 9lb and 6lb and, weather aside, I simply couldn’t have enjoyed it any more; Its a real pleasure to fish at Atcham. All fish caught on 12mm and 14mm halibut pellets.
Good luck to all on the fish in next week. Hopefully conditions will remain favourable and you’ll have a great day. and looking at the weather this morning I had chosen the right day to go!! Gaz.
13th July Cliff Taylor – Back out for an evening session at Atcham last night. Conditions were foul with the light rain on arrival turning to heavy rain that lasted for three hours. In addition, there was lots of debris coming down the river and fouling the line, including weed, nettles, reeds and twigs.
It was like fishing in Autumn when the river is full of leaves, only worse as the weed stuck to the line along it’s length, getting caught in the top eye on retrieval.
Owing to the poor conditions underfoot, I started off on “Duffers” and had a 3lb barbel second chuck. But with the rain now falling hard even that peg was becoming dangerous both for me and any fish I would catch so a move to the next peg upstream, which was wider and flatter, was in order. Even on this peg the mud was thick and treacherous. I could barely stand up without sliding.
Two barbel came my way on the new peg. The first at around 6lb and the second a clonking fish of 9lb on the nose.
Any barbel of 9lb is worth taking a photo of isn’t it? So with the fish in the net and the net secured in the water I set about getting my self-take gear ready. This was very fiddly and cumbersome in the wet and in the rapidly fading light without a head-torch which I had left in the car.
Okay, all ready now. Switch on the camera and away we go. Some swear words echoed around Atcham at this point as the camera would not switch on because someone had forgotten to recharge the battery!
And so, my friends, a perfect picture of me holding a fin-perfect specimen barbel you will not be getting. All I could do was to use my phone (which fortunately has a flash) to take this picture of the fish in the weigh sling. It doesn’t do the fish justice – mat photos never do – but those who have seen the size of my 32″ landing net will appreciate just how big this fish is. Until next time…
5th July Dave Steen – Well lads I had another red letter day on Atcham yesterday. I arrived at 8:00am after a hearty breakfast at the café. I decided to park on the road just outside the gate as a lot of rain was forecast, (makes a change then!!) and I didn’t want the van to get stuck in the mud on the car park.
I made my way down to the bank; there was nobody else fishing which surprised me a bit. I jumped on Duffers Peg; the river was up about a foot and a nice colour. I set my rods up with 5oz feeders (which were holding bottom) all with halibut pellet on the hair and halibut pellets in the feeder. No sooner had I cast them out than I was into a fish. The first barbel of the day was 4lb 2oz on the scales. I had just got that fish back when the other rod screamed off with a vengeance! It felt like a decent fish and was a lively fella. It weighed in at 5lb 6oz and had been an unbelievable fight in such a flow! I had three more takes in quick succession and lost every one unfortunately. They were off like a bat out of hell and it really was manic. I think the pre-soaked pellets made a difference yesterday. I’ve found out by trial and error that I can sometimes make the pellets a bit too soft with pre-soaking and these types are better in the feeder. I just “dipped” the ones on the hair rig in halibut oil and this seemed to be the difference for me yesterday. The hook links were about 2’ to 3’ and I caught on these more than the shorter hook links I’ve used.
I had an absolutely crazy day – as Cliff said the other day it was manic. The river came up about 2’ while I was there, and in the later afternoon there was more debris coming down. Be aware anyone it is very slippy underfoot. I took an extra bank stick and put it in front of me so I had something to grab hold of if I slipped.
I didn’t take any photos because to be honest with you I was enjoying it so much and making the most of the day’s fishing. I lost 7 altogether with hook pulls and snags.
In total I had 15 Berties on the bank, ranging in size from the 4lb 2oz first fish of the day up to 8lb 2oz which is my best for this season up to now. I also managed a solitary chub of 3lb 8oz; it looked like an old warrior, had some scales missing and looked totally knackered – much like me at the end of the session; my arms ached like nothing on earth and I was shattered.
I had a fantastic day. Even though I was under my umbrella I managed to get sunburnt, and eaten by midges as I forgot my Avon lol – but it was worth it for such a cracking day.