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.
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.
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?