The first two weeks of the river season have passed and catch reports are coming in of multiple hits of barbel and chub, with the club’s stretches of the River Severn once again providing members with some cracking early season sport. After clearing some swims at Rossall with friend ‘Woody’ before opening day, club bailiff and river regular Phil O’Callaghan has fished the stretch with great results and has kindly produced this report for the blog..
The season started ok on Rossall, not a prolific water but one that holds some nice specimens .
Phil’s first double of the season.
In the first 10 days, it has turned up nine barbel and an impressive twenty four very nice chub over 5lb to only a handful of anglers and all but a couple of the fish being taken after dark.
A Rossall chub.
If my observations were correct, spawning took place a couple of days before the season started whereas Paul wood observed spawning taking place on the Bicton water on the 21st ,I recall speaking to the farmer last year on the same date and he told me it was always after the season had started but I won’t get into that debate .
Phil with an Atcham barbel.
I have fished Poachers a couple of times and as with the upper river it is turning up some very nice chub, the Barbel fishing I have found to be a little slow . Anyway I consider my season to have started well only fishing in the evening into dark and only blanking once on Llandinio a notoriously hard water, one that will take a little learning. There are plenty of salmon in the system and like us praying for some rain I guess.