Early season river success for Ian Futcher.

Lymm AC member, Ian Futcher has recently enjoyed some hectic sport on Lymm AC’s stretch of the River Severn at Atcham, read his account below…..

After the long wait for the close season to end, the rivers are once again open and it was to the club’s stretch at Atcham I went last week. With the river running low and clear, the barbel are proving difficult to catch in the day but they must feed at some point I thought. So, fishing over two days and nights, I decided upon a heavy baiting strategy fishing two spots, one a quarter of the way out and the other about half way, so that any groups of barbel roaming the river would (hopefully) be likely to discover my bait.



The first night was slow with two chub to 3lb 12oz, a bream and a solitary barbel to show for my efforts, but throughout the next day I kept topping up the swim with hemp, pellet, maggots and what proved to be the secret ingredient, tigernut boilies from Viking Baits. As darkness fell on the second night the rods began showing signs of life and first to take the bait was a 5lb bream. A couple of barbel around the 6lb mark followed before the action slowed, which was when I switched over to the boilies, using two on the hair and a pva bag of chopped boilies. This brought a wave of bites that saw me end the session with 11 barbel on the bank.



Fast forward to this week and I was set up in the same swim, using the same methods only this time I started with the boilies as the hook bait, but again, the first night was slow with only a bream and a couple of barbel. I kept the bait going in however, hoping that by the second night the barbel would have found my baited spots. Thankfully, this is exactly what happened. From the moment it went dark until first light, it was non stop action! By the time it came to pack up a total of 13 barbel and 1 bream had taken a liking to the boilie, making it a total of 24 barbel in two sessions, with numerous seven pounders, topped of with a stunning 9lb 2oz specimen.”

Ian's biggest barbel of the sessions, 9lb 2oz!

Ian’s biggest barbel of the sessions, 9lb 2oz!

Top angling again, Ian! If you fancy quality fishing as described by Ian, see our website at www.lymmanglersclub.com where you will find details of all our waters and, of course, details of how to join!


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