Session 43 – River Severn Chubbing

Monday, 25th July 2016, at 0745 found me on one of my club’s stretches of the River Severn (HL) for a short, 5 hour, session of chub fishing. Unusually I’m fishing a Monday rather than my usual Tuesday due to having an appointment with the dentist on the Tuesday – and hence the shorter session than usual was necessitated by the need to collect Liz from work when she finished at 1500.

So I had my intended swim – just upstream of an overhanging willow bush…

…. and mixed up a bucket of bread mash/slop consisting of three full loaves of sliced bread pulped up to the consistency of thin porridge … and the first three handfuls were consigned to the current to drift down to the outer parts of the willow bush whilst I set up tackle for the day … a simple/basic setup consisting of an 11′ quiver tip rod, 8lb line straight through to a size 4 hook and a link ledger (6″ nylon link on a run ring with two SSG shot, one at the end of the link, the other midway along) stopped about 2′-3′ from the hook. The link ledger weighting was selected so that it was just about enough to be drifted with the canopy of the bush by the current…. main bait throughout the session was bread flake to match the ‘feed’ but I did also try cheesepaste….

So, throughout the session, the feed mash was fed frequently ‘down the line’ to keep a line of feed drifting down on the current and to attract fish into what really amounted to being a ‘Mr Crabtree’ sterotypical chub hold anyway….

However, sad to report, the session was a complete blank … the only ‘action’ being a possible small number (<=5) of tiny tweaks of the tip most likely due to small silver fish worrying the bait and pulling it apart … although if foul hooked fish are counted I did actually save the blank by finding a small 1″ fry fish impaled through its dorsal fin on one retrieve…

4 responses to “Session 43 – River Severn Chubbing”

  1. Nice scenery though!


    1. Yes!! And the Severn Valley Railway runs over on the far side so see the steam trains pass…
      The ‘Flying Scotsman’ is running on the line at the end of Sept for a week or so – but due to the booking system suffering overload on the day the tickets went on sale and falling over every time I tried to get tickets I was unable to book them – and we have Liz’s parents coming over that week from Cyprus, the date of visit chosen to coincide with that… :( But although they won’t be able to ride on it, hopefully we’ll get to see it somewhere along its route…


      1. As a closet anorak ideal to hear of a swim you can see steam from – in my old neck of the woods the Kent and East Sussex Railway provided this joint opportunity.
        I note you see five hours as a short session, whereas for me that is about as long as I can concentrate for!


        1. 5 hours to me is summer canal session – 4am-9am at which time the boats are starting to steam by usually – or a severe -10C winters day piking when the thermals are starting to fail!! Only shorter sessions I do are with roving lures on the canal when the back starts to ache after 2-3 hours but that can overcome by taking a bait rod along too and whilst stopping for a coffee from the flask and a few biscuits – the small rucksack has a stool attached for resting the legs and a suitable tree/fence can act as a backrest – I put out a deadbait for half-hour before commencing the rove for another hour or so. My usual canal stretch for lure fishing is 1.2 miles long and takes about 5 hours to traverse outwards but ‘coming home’ is a bit quicker at around 3 hours as I just stop at ‘perfect’ spots and spots where the lure had attention on the way out…

          My usual sessions tend to be 7-12 hours esp in the summer although I don’t night fish… just don’t enjoy it and tend to fall asleep anyway so prefer to get there early (4am onwards) and fish until late afternoon/early evening … but I’ve not often fished late (midday onwards until dusk/dark) but keep meaning to do that….


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