Des Tay­lor’s Diary of a Countryman

I’ve had loads of ‘threes’ and the av­er­age size is still go­ing up

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I’VE had a lovely week’s fish­ing in the com­pany of some very nice peo­ple. A bonus was get­ting my string pulled a good few times, which makes it even bet­ter. Of course, ev­ery day has been mas­sively tar­nished by the dev­as­tat­ing news about my good friend John Wilson. I can still hardly be­lieve it…


Another blank on the Warwickshire Avon for bar­bel, but you have to be re­al­is­tic about days like this.

I am well aware that these fish run be­tween a cou­ple of weir pools which are about two miles apart, so they could be hav­ing their din­ner a mile away from where I am fish­ing.

I’ll tell you this, though. They will be back for my bed of pel­lets and boilies one of these fine win­ter evenings, that’s for sure!


Out on the boat with Kev Lee and Bill Finch for another hard day. Although the River Severn looked good where we were fish­ing, some­thing must have been wrong with the air pres­sure be­cause through the course of the day I spoke to two other good an­glers fish­ing dif­fer­ent places and they, too, strug­gled for bites.

In the end we tried to catch perch on live bleak, and thank­fully this worked. In fact Bill caught a new per­sonal best on leger tackle which goes to prove again how many big perch there are in the river at the mo­ment.

Over the past six years I have taken many 3lb-plus perch from the Severn Val­ley, in­deed only a few years ago, when I was drop shot­ting al­most ev­ery day, it was com­mon, yes com­mon, for me to take a cou­ple of 3lb perch from the river.

In fact I re­mem­ber writ­ing many times in this col­umn about catch­ing 10 perch over 2lb from the Severn, to a best of 3lb 13oz.

I never did catch a ‘four’ but I’m sure that will come over the next few years, be­cause these perch are still grow­ing.

It was nice to see a few other an­glers on the river, even though they were die-hard bar­bel an­glers. I saw no-one I would class as a ‘plea­sure’ an­gler, which is a great shame. Years ago the Severn was the place to be.

On lots of these lower Severn wa­ters you can park your car be­hind the swim and there are fish to be caught, so why are an­glers not go­ing to these places?

Later I was talking to an an­gler who works on the river five days a week and he told me he sees up to three ot­ters at a time up above Up­ton, which re­ally is bad news for the area. Can you be­lieve that I used to fish this area three evenings a week in the sum­mer back in 1988 and only ever saw one ot­ter? Now an an­gler sees that most days on the bank – it can’t be right...


Popped down to a pike wa­ter I’ll be fish­ing in the com­ing weeks to feed some chopped fish and hope­fully get the big girls in an area I fancy they live.

In the evening Paul Garner

popped over to ap­pear on my Face­book Tackle Den Live. It went re­ally well be­cause Paul is a very good talker and very knowl­edge­able about his fish.

We talked about John Wilson and how he’d in­flu­enced angling though his TV pro­grammes and Paul an­swered some great ques­tions, hope­fully help­ing the view­ers to catch a few more fish.

It won’t be the last time I will in­vite Paul on to the show.

It was a plea­sure to have Paul Garner as my guest on Fri­day.

When you do catch a bar­bel on the Warwickshire Avon, it’s usu­ally a big­gie!

A lovely perch for Bill Finch on Wed­nes­day.

What a trio of perch, but fish like this are pos­si­ble on the Severn! Bring on a ‘four’!

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