The Severn has been surprisingly good in the early weeks of the season with both barbel and chub feeding and that’s resulted in some good turnouts in the matches there.

The Nick Gretton Memorial at Linley was a case in point attracting 40 anglers, and it produced the best match weight of the season on the big river in the shape of a superb 88-12-0 bag of barbel and chub to Tony Peploe, who fished 6mm banded pellet on the feeder from peg 47.
It was really a great match with second placed paul King weighing in 52-6-0 and Brian Rigby taking 47-2-0 to the scales for third.