Sunday, 6 February 2022

What A Sh*t Show.

 I thought a trip up to the Severn would be a good idea, the catch reports I had access to all pointed towards an upturn in sport, thus choosing to make the 360-mile round trip. The journey up there along the A22/M25/M40/M42 was nice and smooth at 6am, once I arrived in Shropshire thats when it all went downhill.


That and meat have been doing the job of late on the Severn,
Not for me though of course.

 The forecast didn't look promising later on in the day so I opted to move around to try and find the Barbel. I tried various swims on the opposite side to Knoll Sands and hoped I would get amongst some fish. To begin with I got the odd chub knock on maggots but bites were hard to hit and as I made the switch to static or rolling meat the bites just got more forceful but still far too quick to hit, I sensed the fish were not in a particularly feeding mood and maybe the hard frost they had out in the Shropshire countryside maybe had something to do with it. This morning I learned that the river temp dropped nearly 3c in 48hrs and rose over a foot, that was never going to be a good combination to target Barbel.


 As the day wore on the thought of moving stretches played louder in my mind and by 6pm with dusk long gone I thought enough was enough and I had gave it a fair crack. So I loaded the car and began to drive out of the field I was in, what I didn't factor in was that the ground was hard and dry, but with a persistent days worth of rain the surface became boggy and for my Audi that's front wheel drive only I found getting out very difficult and as it began to loose traction I tried to pack out the soft ground so I can drive onto slightly higher ground where there should be less water and firmer.

 Problem was I just couldn't get there and after an hour of rocking the clutch, trying different ways to get to the higher ground and also climbing various trees and shaving off sharp parts like a 6ft 200lb monkey! 

 After that hour however I had to admit defeat and give a fellow angler who lives down there to try and get someone to come down and get me out, pissed off no end by now I awaited the arrival of the farmer to tow me out which he did, only just! in his shogun and charged me £80 for the pleasure! That was one expensive lesson well and truly learned and I knew in the back of my mind I shouldn't have driven down to the river and walked it instead. Dumb ass!!!! 

 I sit here writing this now just as fuming as last night as I sought out the rescuer in the pouring rain and driving 20mph winds and branches snapping off around me constantly, once out I just put my foot down and got the hell out of there, with not one iota of fishing desire left it was an easy decision to make the 180-mile home with muddy gear, £150 lighter and a big fat blank to add to the last one. 

 Note to the fishing gods, you're an ass too!

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    1. Just one of those days, wish I’d stayed at home :(

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  2. I thought those days only happen to me !!! Not good James I'm sure you will be rewarded with your efforts sometime soon.

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    1. No Mick, I can guarantee you it happens to us all, on this occasion I have to shoulder some of the blame for my predicament, the lure of angling blindsided me and wasn’t thinking of the bigger picture 10hrs later!

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  3. Win some, loose some - you must be due a massive win after that nightmare!!

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    1. I really hope so. I certainly won’t be happy if something like this happens anytime in the next 50 years!

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  4. Have had similar shitty days, they make the good ones "good". Am sure the farmer will declare that £80 to the tax man as income?!!?

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    1. Am sure he won’t! I could if thinking clearly contacted AA as I have breakdown cover and think towing is within my cover…however I was super pissed off and just wanted to get out. But £80!!! Yes pretty damn steep, even for a London boy where everything seems to be over the top. Think I got fleeced somehow even if he did get me out.

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    1. Cheers Dave! I will have a good look at those and think it would be a wise investment!

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