If you join this so­ci­ety, with prime stretches on many of the UK’s rivers

Angling Times (UK) - - SOUTH -

This 1.5 miles of ti­dal river in the vil­lage of Sut­ton on Trent just screams big bar­bel and is ar­guably the So­ci­ety’s most pro­duc­tive venue.

First im­pres­sions can be de­cep­tive, as it looks fea­ture­less and bar­ren, but there are many un­der­wa­ter fea­tures, from rocky ar­eas to gravel runs. A tide chart is a must as lo­cals reckon the top of the tide is favourite for catch­ing.

When the tide turns you will have to re­treat fairly quickly, so ex­tra care must be taken at night and when pitch­ing up your gear. Fish to a whop­ping 18lb-plus are a pos­si­bil­ity here. Heavy feed­ers and strong reels and rods are there­fore a must. With So­ci­ety mem­ber­ship, an­glers can ac­cess the mem­bers-only sec­tion of this fa­mous fish­ery for free.

While the num­bers of bar­bel are down from the glory days, the av­er­age size does com­pen­sate, with a good head of dou­bles to 15lb. In re­cent sea­sons the venue has pro­duced re­ally well and not just bar­bel. Some of the big­gest chub in the coun­try live in this stretch with the odd fish to an in­cred­i­ble 9lb. Park­ing at the weir car park is in­cluded, which makes this a very easy fish­ery to ac­cess. Weir Pool fish­ing is not in­cluded in this ar­range­ment, but is book­able on a day ticket. An 11lb 6oz bar­bel from the River Sev­ern at Pix­ham.

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