As well as my work-related gear, as I loaded the car in the morning I also added some fishing tackle. Fortunately, I do have safe parking at work so that’s not an issue.
Once everything had been completed – covering players in the gym, a game against Salford City, post-match interview, videos, setting up TNS Radio for the new season – it was off to the River Severn.
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I caught six species of fish on the session: 30 chub, 12 dace, 10 bleak, 10 roach, 3 gudgeon, 1 minnow. Not bad for a quick visit.
I fished with the following tackle: Fox Barbel Specialist 1.5 test curve rod and a Shimano DL2500FA reel.
The reel was loaded with 4lb Maxima Chameleon straight through to a Drennan Super Specialist size 18 hook, which was attached via a blood knot.
A size 6 Dinsmores shot and a 5mm ESP shock bead created the six-inch hook-length, with a 1/3 ounce flat lead above the bead.
I fished with a single maggot on the hook and fed balls of brown crumb laced with mixed maggots.