OPENS SO MANY DOORS
If you join this society, with prime stretches on many of the UK’s rivers
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.