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David's Severn-up as monster chub takes the bait; Hook, Line AND SINKER.

Byline: GARETH PURNELL

THE Severn has produced one of its biggest ever chub in the shape of a 7lb 10oz beauty, caught by David Prevett.

He was fishing for barbel at Bridgnorth when the specimen wolfed down his luncheon meat offering on a size four hook and 8lb fluorocarbon hooklength.

The form of the Severn has really picked up in the last two weeks, with the Quarry section in the heart of Shrewsbury in particularly good form for silver fish on stick float, waggler and even six-metre whip to hand.

Day tickets here are pounds 6 on the bank, or if you go into Total Angling on Vanguard Way in the town, you can get a ticket for pounds 4.

The Wye is fishing well, too. I had 40lb of barbel to 9lb 2oz on pellet at Fownhope on Friday.

SHAKESPEARE stormed into the Winter League final with an excellent display on the Kennet and Avon Canal, winning the day on the southern semi-final venue as they did in 2006.

But it was a bad day for fancied West Midlands outfit and perennial finalists Kamasan Starlets, who could only finish in sixth and miss out.

In the other semi-final, Midlands outfit Daiwa Gordon league missed out, finishing in joint seventh on Monk Lakes.

THE Environment Agency wants anglers in the area to keep an eye out for illegal livebaiting practices after match anglers on the Birmingham Mainline Canal came across a pike angler fishing with carp livebaits.

In order to prevent the spread of disease and non-native fish species, EA rules strictly forbid the transportation of live fish between venues.

Anyone who sees anglers using livebaits clearly not caught from the venue they're fishing should contact the EA on 0800 807060.

OVER at Makins Fishery, Anchor Pool has been developed into a silver fish only pool with additional stockings of 1000lb of roach and skimmers.

All the carp have been removed and used to stock Derwent Pool and Severn Pool has received an additional 80 carp from stock ponds on site.

A boost of 3,600 new small carp has been received by Blythe Waters near Solihull and these have been distributed evenly between Bridge, Willow and Cherries pools.

Earlswood Lakes has taken stock of 2,800lb of 2lb-3lb carp to bring in new generations and boost existing numbers.

Future British Waterways plans include the removal of 200 of the larger carp from Earlswood to boost the main specimen pool, Lake 1, at Makins.

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Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
Date:Mar 5, 2008
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