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River Sev­ern

Where? The Brew­ery Inn pub stretch, Coal­port, Telford, Shrop­shire, TF8 7HZ (park­ing and ac­cess at the pub). Day tick­ets £4, from the pub.

Tel: 01952 581225.

What’s be­ing caught? Renowned barbel and chub venue. A 12 lb barbel was caught re­cently, with fish of 8 lb, 9 lb and 10 lb the week be­fore. Cradley, West Midlands, rod Gra­ham Billing­ham has just had a brace of chub, the largest 5 lb 5 oz. The last two pegs near the new houses have also been in good form.

Tac­tics? New steps to pegs were put in over the sum­mer for eas­ier ac­cess. The river has been 3 ft up but is drop­ping.

You will need plenty of weight to hold bot­tom in the fast wa­ter. Pel­let feeder and leg­ered lun­cheon meat mid-river are do­ing the busi­ness for the barbel. Mag­got feeder and leg­ered lun­cheon meat for the chub at the same dis­tance.

River Teme

Where? Brans­ford Bridge (left-hand bank up­stream from The Fox pub for 1 km), Brans­ford, Worces­ter­shire, WR6 5LJ (park­ing and ac­cess). Day tick­ets £7, from Alan’s Tackle, WR2 4LG, and Worces­ter Angling Cen­tre, WR4 9QN. Wards 84 AC mem­ber­ship £35. Tel: Alan’s Tackle on 01905 422107; Worces­ter Angling Cen­tre on 01905 480208 or club sec­re­tary Peter Hould­ing on 07788 590699.

What’s be­ing caught? The river con­tin­ues to be very low and clear. Barbel of 6 lb show­ing, but noth­ing big­ger lately. Some good chub and perch be­ing caught, and dou­ble-fig­ure pike.

Tac­tics? Hal­ibut pel­lets in a feeder or leg­ered lun­cheon meat for the barbel and chub. Lures for the pike. Trot mag­gots for the perch, but you’ve got to get past the min­nows.

River Wye

Where? Bel­mont, Ten­nis Courts Stretch, Here­ford,

HR2 7JD (park­ing and ac­cess). Day tick­ets £7, MUST be bought in ad­vance from Woody’s Angling, HR4 0DQ.

Tel: 01432 344644.

What’s be­ing caught?

This will be the venue for the two-day Angling Trust RiverFest Fi­nal this week­end, and the river is look­ing lovely.

The dace have mi­grated back, and two of 1 lb each were caught very re­cently. Plenty of chublets, chub to 8 lb and roach to 2 lb 8 oz are on of­fer. The bleak will show if it comes up and colours. An­glers are catch­ing 35-45 lb in plea­sure ses­sions of late. Barbel on noted pegs 10, 11, 14, 38, 39,

41, 42 and 53, at the bot­tom of the ten­nis courts. Perch are show­ing on pegs 74-79 at the back of the rail­ings and in the 80s un­der the trees.

Pole to-hand with mag­gots over ground­bait for mixed small sil­ver fish.

A 3 m whip with mag­gots for the bleak. ‘Bolo’ and a big stick float with mag­gots also pro­duc­tive. If the river’s up and coloured, use open-end feeder tac­tics. In clear and low con­di­tions, fish a wag­gler with mag­gots for the chub. Try flat-float­ing with chopped worm for the perch. Where? Dams & Lock wa­ters, Erd­ing­ton, Birm­ing­ham B24 0RR (park­ing and ac­cess). Day tick­ets £3, on the tow­path or from Bur­ton Angling Sup­plies, DE14 2DA.

Tel: 01283 548540.

What’s be­ing caught? Bream from the noted pegs, along with lots of skim­mers, stacks of small roach and perch, and there are also lots of pike lurk­ing about.

Tac­tics? Pole with cast­ers and blood­worm is do­ing the busi­ness for the bream, skim­mers, roach and perch. Drop shot­ting is al­ways worth a try for the perch and jack pike. Lures and shop-bought dead­baits are good for the larger pike.

■ Grand Kenyon. Lewis with his win­ning chub bag from the red boat peg. Tac­tics?

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