SORT OF GROUNDHOG DAY (River Severn and stillwater roach) – Blog entry 576

Following my very enjoyable sessions after roach a couple of weeks back, it’s more of the same this week. The only difference being that I split my time between a stillwater and the River Severn. The two sessions on the lake were like chalk and cheese really, as the opening outing saw nothing but small fish in the swim, while the return produced a few nice roach.

Back on the roach trail again this week
Back on the roach trail again this week

The non-fishing ‘excitement’ was provided  by my camcorder going for a swim, aided and abetted by Mr Clumsy, of course. I’ve only just bought a new one as well, although being as I wisely opted for a waterproof one this time, no lasting damage was done. It can actually film underwater and being as I was filming at the time, I managed to get my first sub-surface footage as the tripod tumbled and plunged beneath the water.

The middle Severn looking good
The middle Severn looking good

As I got back to the car, I noticed what looked like a muntjac deer about 100 metres away. Confirmed by my binoculars, I grabbed the camcorder and went tracking; sadly to no avail though. I have seen  lots of muntjac over the years but only once have I managed to get footage. I was fishing the Staffs/Worcs Canal and before the end of the session the camcorder ended up in the drink. Hence the title of this week’s blog as it was a sort of Groundhog Day.

You can't beat a brace of fish in a photograph
You can’t beat a brace of fish in a photograph

I split my time this week between the stillwater and the Severn. I first became aware of the roach-on-pellet approach two or three years back when I was barbel fishing and banked one approaching 2lb. Since then I’ve been meaning to get out and actually target the roach, which I have done on a few occasions. The biggest obstacle is that it’s hard to hit the Severn and leave the barbel gear at home, but that’s exactly what I did. You can see the results in the video.

A Severn roach on the bank
A Severn roach on the bank

I’m certainly hoping to get more roach fishing in soon; the only problem I have is what to target next. As a genuine all-rounder who loves every species of fish I have to decide what to leave out as much as what to go for. As always though, it’s about which desire rises to the top of the pile that week, and I’m sure I’ll be after redfins before too long, especially as I’ve been enjoying myself so much.

A cracker from the River Severn
A cracker from the River Severn

Next week though I’m going carp fishing. I’ve got a couple of venues in mind, so check out the website on Saturday to see how I get on. In the meantime, if you’re out and about yourself, tight lines. But above all, enjoy your angling. That, ultimately, is what it’s all about. (Published July 26 2014)