The camera is located on the Cock and Magpie by kind permission of proprietors. Bewdley Bridge is a three-span masonry arch bridge over the River Severn. There has been a bridge at this location since 1447, each being destroyed and replaced. Severe flooding in 1795 destroyed the previous bridge. That bridge comprised five pointed stone arches. One of the arches had also been damaged by the Royalists in 1644 and rebuilt in timber. The River Severn is the longest river in Great Britain, at about 220 miles It rises at an altitude of 2,001 ft on Plynlimon near Llanidloes, Powys, in the Cambrian Mountains of mid Wales. It then flows through Shropshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, with the county towns of Shrewsbury, Worcester, and Gloucester on its banks. With an average discharge of 107 m³/s at Apperley, Gloucestershire, the Severn is the greatest river in terms of water flow in England and Wales.
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added: 6th Dec 2013
posted by: Steve Williams
High pressure, cooling and clearing water all make for difficult conditions!
There is still a good chance of Chub, and the Perch should still be feeding ok, but Barbel will be difficult.
also worth a go.
We had a number of very good Roach during the summer, so I'm hopeful that if I can find them, some good trotting can be had.
These conditions normally mean the Pike fishing is quite good, especially as we have recently had some high colored water, where the Pike tend not to feed so well.
Sadly a day off work on Tuesday, where I managed to get my boat out on the river was a bit slow.
I did eventually end up with three Pike, but that was meager offerings for a days fishing.
The best fish, a Pike of around 12 or 13lb came right at last knockings and took a trotted livebait.
Once I'd chinned the fish onto the boat I noticed she was covered in leaches, which is a sure sign they have been lying up and not moving around much.
Hopefully with some stable conditions, the Pike and Zander will start to feed.
My fishing will be restricted to a Saturday morning this weekend as I have my brothers stag do on Saturday afternoon.
I'll probably head to one of the clubs lakes for a morning Pike fishing.
Best of luck if you are out over the weekend.....
added: 1st Dec 2013
posted by: Atlantic Salmon Trust
The role of the AST blog is to give comments on or flavour to AST's activities. I hope our readers will appreciate that its purpose is only to give brief descriptive overview of the stocking conference,...
which ended last Thursday, and that full details will emerge later.
The proceedings of the conference will of course be posted on the AST website in due course. In the meantime the job of this blog is to give our readers a flavour of what took place. I find it instructive that the event was oversubscribed. The fact that so many people wanted to attend the conference says something about how we should engage with people in the world of salmon management. It suggests, for example, that people with an interest in salmon who are very often not scientists, need to receive information in clear, plain English, and not in the sometimes obscure language of the scientist. Perhaps, more importantly, it suggests that by declaring that we are ready to listen to all points of view, to avoid being prescriptive or proscriptive, we can open up a good natured debate, however different views may be.
I think it is also important that there is clarity in distinguishing between the role of the scientist, whose job is to advise on the basis of available facts, and the manager, whose task is to make decisions taking into account all the aspects and needs of the fishery. The two roles are separate and distinct.
[b]IBIS - Integrated Aquatic Resources Management Between Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland[b/] - an EU initiative, provided the funding for this event and it was because IBIS covered all the conference costs that numbers were limited. While it was certainly a pity that we didn't bring in everyone who wanted to attend we did have an exceptionally knowledgeableand broadly based audience. In terms of who the conference attracted, it really could not have been better; 150 practitioners, anglers, scientists and managers gathered together to debate this contentious subject. Our congratulations and thanks go to our IBIS partners for excellent organisation and a successful conference.
[b]Stocking as an instrument of salmon fishery management[b/] has for many years been a matter of contention between those who advocate its use as an immediate reaction to counter perceived reduction in numbers of fish, to those who see its use as an action of last resort. The debate has become polarised. One of the objectives of the conference was to remove that polarity in views by dealing with the issue objectively.
The key questions that emerged from the debate were; [b]"What is the purpose of your stocking project? What outcomes do you want/expect, and how are you going to know whether you have achieved them?[b/]
Those questions were dealt with effectively over the course of the two days. While I have no doubt that there are some people who arrived at the conference as advocates of stocking as the first 'go-to' instrument of management, it is fair to claim that the debate gave recognition to all views on the basis that in each case the desired outcome of the stocking action was clearly stated. The antithesis was inferred - that without clarity of desired outcome there can be no place for stocking as a rational instrument of management.
[b]An excellent example is the SAC (Special Area of Conservation)[b/] catchment where natural biodiversity is the stated outcome. The conference agreed that in all SAC salmon rivers there should be a presumption against stocking. In other words, in those rivers, because the objective is natural biodiversity, there should be no human intervention that in any way interferes with the natural process of smolt recruitment.
On the other hand, where the manager's desired outcome is a profitable recreational fishery, and in circumstances where the capacity of that fishery to recruit sufficient naturally recruited smolts is impaired, it may be necessary to introduce stocking as a means of boosting numbers. Examples such as the Ranga in Iceland and the Lochy in Scotland were cited as rivers where for specific reasons - poor spawning and juvenile habitat on the Ranga and impacts of salmon farming on the Lochy - it is expedient and effective to boost salmon numbers artificially, despite the costs of so doing.
The conference achieved a consensus that, provided the manager is clear about why he is taking action and what outcome he wants, stocking does have a place in a toolkit of intervention instruments available to him. Underpinning and informing the moment of decision is the absolute necessity of the fishery manager to understand his stock, in terms of structure, quality (of the individual fish) and numbers. The example of the Moy catchment in Ireland, that supports populations of salmon with different run timings and destinations within the catchment, made the point that stock structures can be complex and require sensitive treatment. The underpinning aspect of stock definition is of course genetics, and that there is some way to go before genetic differentiation between populations within a river's stock will be extensively available.
If there was a simple message for the fishery manager, dealing with a complex issue, it was "If you think you have a problem with your river's salmon stock, pause and think hard before you take action". The 'thinking' requires knowledge of the stock, an understanding of the perceived problem, evaluation of available options and a clear statement of desired outcomes. That considered approach should encourage managers to make the right decision.
I feel the conference did much to clear the air. It certainly seemed to erode a few prejudices! Speaking for myself, it also cleared my head on a few issues!
AST 1 December 2013
added: 29th Nov 2013
posted by: Steve Williams
With milder weather in this week, there has been a small window of opportunity for those that wanted to take it.
To be fair, with night time temperatures of 10 and 11 degrees its been well worth making...
the effort to get out.
I know the Severn has come into some superb Chub form this last week, with a number of good 5lb+ Chub reported to me.
I've not heard of many barbel coming out, but to be fair, I've not spoken to many that have been fishing for Barbel recently.
It seems that with such good Chub and Perch fishing at the moment, Barbel are been put on the back burner a little.
I managed a trip out on my boat on Saturday, but with the lower river carrying 5-6ft of cold water, it was always going to be tough.
I managed one nice Zander and lost a second, while my boat partner managed to miss both his chances.
I also got out on Tuesday evening, after Perch.
It was a new area for me and I blanked, but I did see enough to let me know I will have to make a return trip, which will hopefully be this afternoon....
With cooler weather coming in over the weekend, it really is a case of hitting the bank while the water is still a reasonable temp, as I'm not too sure how many more small windows of opportunity we are going to get before its back to breaking the ice and scratching around for a few bites....
added: 22nd Nov 2013
posted by: Steve Williams
With another push of water coming down the Severn, I'd have been hopeful of a few fish this weekend, but the fact that we've had a few frosts in recent days and the temperature is tumbling away, I think...
things are going to be difficult.
Its a little on the cool side for Barbel, but with the colored water the Chub fishing isn't going to be the easiest.
The Perch will also be difficult to tempt in colored water, as will the Pike.
I'm not saying that you won't catch any of the above, but its not ideal conditions.
Roach probably offer the best chance of a bite or two, unless you are on the lower Severn, where Zander also offer a chance of a fish or two, and that's exactly what I'll be doing on Saturday, out on my boat after Zander.
I haven't managed any trips out during the week, simply because of the cold weather, so the weekend is the only opportunity.
I did spend all last weekend out after Pike.
It was a charity weekend and we had a great time, catching a few fish and raising around Â£2000 for Cancer charity's.
I've not heard of much coming off the river Severn this last week, apart from a few Chub, but at the end of the day, as the old saying goes- you can't catch sat at home.....
All the best if you manage to brave the cold weather and get a few hours out on the bank....
added: 15th Nov 2013
posted by: Steve Williams
With the level dropping away steadily now and not much rain on the horizon, we will soon be looking at some difficult conditions on the Severn.
A couple of frosts this week have seen the temperature drop...
away quite quickly.
This means the Barbel will become difficult to tempt, but the likes of Pike, Chub, Perch and Roach should all still feed.
The Chub on the Severn are getting bigger by the year and fish of 5 and 6lb regularly caught.
I've even heard of 8's off the Severn, but I've not yet seen a picture that convinces me an 8 is a realistic proposition.
Sadly I didn't get out this week due to work and family stuff, but a day on a midlands trout reservoir last weekend was hard work.
Only a few 'jacks' we caught, and for my efforts, I managed one about 3lb.
This weekend its Pike again for me, as I head to a large Oxfordshire lake for a charity Pike weekend.
Hopefully a few fish will be caught, but I'm sure regardless, we will have a laugh or two along the way.
Fair play to the lads, as we've raised around Â£2000 for charity already!!!
Tight lines if you are out,
added: 8th Nov 2013
posted by: Steve Williams
I've managed a couple of trips to the river bank this week, plus a morning session on my Pike water last Saturday.
Sadly the Barbel haven't showed for me, but others have caught.
I was called out last...
Monday night to photograph a 'big' Barbel for a friend.
To be honest, he'd done well just to catch, because as I walked along the grass at 9,30pm to find where he was fishing, the grass was crispy underfoot because of a frost.
I found him, but sadly he's miss judged the weight in his excitement and when we lifted it onto the scales it only went 8 34lb.
Still a cracking fish, I don't care what anyone says, but not quite what I wanted to get called out for on a dark, cold night....
Still, that's what we do for mates....
A good friend was doing a 'Barbel' feature yesterday on the Severn for one of the monthly magazines.
Unfortunately the conditions were as poor as they get for Barbel fishing.
The level was up but the colour was dropping out, the temperature was also on the way down, and we had clear sunny skys and high pressure.
All in all the kiss of death for Barbel and I personally wouldn't go out Barbel fishing in those conditions (Pike, Roach or Chub yes...).
Despite fishing good spots that had produced fish in recent days, on both pellet and meat baits, he failed.
Interestingly I spoke to another mate who was out a few miles further downstream fishing yesterday and he managed an 8 and a 9lb Barbel.
My second friend caught his on lob worm, after experiencing some lightning fast 'bites' he couldn't hit, on bigger baits.
It just goes to show you the fine line between catching and blanking in these conditions.
The prospects for the week are patchy.
The Roach are starting to show now.
I had some nice Roach this week on trotted maggot, with a few going well over the pound mark, so they are worth targeting.
Barbel will be tough, but if we get a slight rise in temperature then they are certainly worth a go for.
The Chub fishing should also start to come into its own as the colour clears, especially if the water temperature continues to fall.
I'm out on a large midland reservoir on Saturday after Pike.
Its a club social trip, so hopefully we can catch a few Pike, but to be honest its more about having a crac with the lads.
I'll probably have a go for the Roach again in the week, including possibly an evening into dark session.
Tight lines if you are out at all this coming week.
added: 1st Nov 2013
posted by: Steve Williams
Last week seems to be the brief window for a few Barbel, because after the success of last week, a trip out mid week resulted in a blank.
I suspect the drop in temp played a big part in it been a struggle.
things don't look like they will get any better for a week or so, but if the temperature steadies, I'm sure the Barbel will soon start to feed again.
I did manage a few small Pike last weekend, and it was nice to get back out on the Big Pool for a session. It is a lovely place to fish, even if the Pike aren't the biggest.
Its a little early for me to be thinking about Chub or Roach, so with these conditions it means I'm back to the predators again.
As the water starts to cool and clear and the Barbel fishing drops off, the Pike and Perch fishing should come into its own.
I wouldn't say they are just sight feeders, but for Pike and Perch a high and colored river tends to mean they just hold up and wait for the conditions to improve, and as the level falls and the colour drops, they often go on a feeding spree.... at least that's the plan....
I'm out this afternoon on the river, then a local stillwater tomorrow.
Best of luck if you are out fishing this weekend.....