Environment Agency bailiff (in his day job) and top-class angler, Chris Ponsford, points anglers towards the BAA Eardiston stretch off the A443 out of Worcester, where the swims along by the Mill will greet those owning float rods. Pick out the spots in the faster and shallower water if the river is running clear and go to work with red maggot, redworms and sweetcorn… I wonder if Chris means red corn or strawberry corn? Grayling will get stuck into these baits, but if it’s chub you are after, then use a bread or cheesepaste approach to capitalize. Chris tells me that Cotheridge (off the A44) is stuffed with ‘donkeys’ and anglers are advised to have a roam around trundling bread under a float or a link-leger such as 3AAA. 6lb line straight through and a soft-tipped rod is required and these ‘donkeys’ go to a cracking 7lb. Strange man Chris as I would rather feed chub with bread… hee-haw!  

Midland Angler

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