Angling Times (UK)
FISHERY OF THE WEEK Warks Avon, Evesham
Famous match venue offers superb sport
THE Warwickshire Avon is a tributary of the mighty River Severn, and the stretch at Evesham is one of our most famous match venues.
But pleasure enthusiasts shouldn’t miss out on the great sport the river here can offer.
Big names including Dave Harrell, Des Shipp and Alan Scotthorne have all sampled its delights over the years, and all have commented on the exciting challenge that the venue poses.
Far from being dominated by a single species, the area has produced huge hauls of big bream, barbel to double figures and chub to over 5lb.
Silverfish are also plentiful in some swims, with double-figure nets of roach and perch coming out frequently.
The convenience of the fishing is a big draw for many anglers, with parking directly behind dozens of swims on the councilowned field, and sturdy wooden platforms in place throughout the stretch.
No matter what tactic you fancy trying, there’s every chance it will have the potential to produce the goods.
Pole anglers often get among the silverfish on maggots, casters or hemp, while trundling a waggler close to any far-bank cover can prove irresistible to a big chub.
Jake Fowles has experienced the thrills of Evesham on numerous occasions, and the feeder is his weapon of choice. He told Angling Times: “I love coming down here in the evenings because this is when the barbel are at their most active. I’ve had some stunning fish to 11lb.
“I pack a cage feeder with Sonubaits Meat Salmon groundbait, hemp and Spicy Sausage pellets because it oozes flavour, creating a scent trail that draws the fish to my trap.
“Although it’s caught me my fair share of barbel, it also gets bites from all the other species while I’m waiting for the lumps to show up.”
TAKE NO PRISONERS
If the big barbel are your primary focus, this is no place to take a chance with your tackle choices. These fish fight hard, and will exploit any weaknesses in your rig.
Use a powerful 12ft rod that will put you in charge from the word go in any fight. This length of rod, positiond at a 45-degree angle, also allows you to keep plenty of line off the water and out of the flow while you are waiting for a bite.
Go with 8lb mainline for clear swims, but don’t be afraid to step up to 10lb if there are snags around the peg.
A 2ft-3ft hooklength made up of 0.20mm mono to a strong size 12 hook finishes off this ‘take no prisoners’ set-up.
Evesham has already been given the stamp of approval by thousands of anglers, and you’ll certainly add your name to that list if you give this wonderful stretch of the Warwickshire Avon some attention this week.