It’s bar­bel time! In this week’s is­sue we re­veal the hot swims, top rig and bait tricks, plus the kit you need

So keen, they take them on the drop!

Angling Times (UK) - - WELCOME -

HOSE who fish the River Sev­ern for bar­bel have tra­di­tion­ally used nat­u­ral baits, but re­cently boilies and pel­lets have stolen the lime­light on this river.

One area that is pro­duc­ing big catches on mod­ern baits is the Row­ley DAS stretch at Coal­port, and af­ter an in­vi­ta­tion from com­mit­tee mem­ber Max Tay­lor, re­porters Ian Jones and Mark Peck couldn’t wait to get down there. Would boilies and pel­lets lead to a red-let­ter day?

UP AND COLOURED

“At Coal­port you can park vir­tu­ally next to the river with only a short walk to your peg,” said Mark. “The val­ley is steep but there are steps dug into each swim to help you get safely down to the bank!”

Max was wait­ing in the car park, and af­ter a few min­utes of un­load­ing the gear and a short walk through the meadow, the three an­glers ar­rived at their swims. Rain from the pre­vi­ous day had swollen the river by around 2ft and it had coloured up sig­nif­i­cantly – but with scent­packed boilies and pel­lets in the bait bucket con­di­tions couldn’t have been more per­fect.

On pegs 45 and 50, Ian and Mark planned to fish three­quar­ters of the way across into a nar­row chan­nel that the bar­bel and chub use to swim up and down the river.

Free-run­ning 4oz-5oz feed­ers would drop Bait-Tech Poloni ground­bait and 6mm hal­ibut pel­lets into the swim, with smelly 20mm boilies and pel­lets on the hair for the fish to find in the murky wa­ter.

“By run­ning chopped 14mm boilies through the feeder I could put more scent into the wa­ter,” ex­plained Ian.

The lads spent the first 15 min­utes cat­a­pult­ing 14mm boilies into the swim.

Then, with the trap set, it was time for the first cast… Ian’s swim fea­tured a far-bank bush and Max had told him to cast di­rectly in front of it and not to move for the whole day.

SMASH AND GRAB

With a feed­er­ful of ground­bait, chopped boilies and pel­lets ready, Ian launched a cast into the chan­nel – but be­fore the rod was even on the rest a sharp yank on the tip showed a fish had snapped up the 20mm boilie hook­bait. Af­ter a 15-minute scrap in the strong cur­rent, a 7lb 8oz Sev­ern bar­bel was in the net.

“I guess the bar­bel were tak­ing the cat­a­pulted boilies as they hit the riverbed,” said Ian. “It

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