Shrews­bury Sev­ern back on top form

Angling Times (UK) - - WHERE TO FISH -


NOT too long ago the River Sev­ern at Shrews­bury was de­void of fish. How times have changed!

To­day the river is alive with nu­mer­ous species and the fish­ing was so good in a re­cent River­fest Qual­i­fier that com­peti­tors landed dou­ble­fig­ure bags of roach, with in­di­vid­ual fish to 1lb.

You can en­joy the same sport for the price of a day ticket from Shrop­shire Fed­er­a­tion of An­glers. The town stretches are worth fish­ing but one of the best ar­eas is by Frankwell Car Park. These swims vary in

depth from 3ft down to 20ft so a va­ri­ety of meth­ods have to be used to con­sis­tently catch the roach, dace and chub.

To keep con­trol of your float in mov­ing wa­ter, long rods of 15ft-plus are ideal us­ing ei­ther a wag­gler, stick or Bolo set-up.

Feed­ing balls of ground­bait and slowly trot­ting mag­gots over the top is a tac­tic that usu­ally brings the bet­ter stamp of fish. It’s worth tak­ing a range of baits, as worm or bread will pick out the perch and chub, while a big pel­let will find bar­bel to well over 10lb. These fish have also been hooked and landed on gear in­tended for roach with mag­got hook­baits.

PRICES: £5 from To­tal Angling Shrews­bury, Shrop­shire Fed­er­a­tion An­glers CON­TACT: To­tal Angling, 01743 462699

LO­CA­TION: River Sev­ern, Frankwell Car Park, Longner Street, Shrews­bury, Shrop­shire, SY3 8HQ

RULES: No camp­ing, tents, fires, camp­ing stoves or bar­be­cues, bar­b­less hooks only, two rods max­i­mum, no night fish­ing

The Sev­ern here is alive with fish of all sizes.

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