Welcome to the Lymm Anglers catch of the month competition, sponsored by Viking Baits. Entries for October were quite thin on the ground, perhaps with the nights drawing in and the weather turning chillier as we head towards winter, fewer anglers were out on the bank.
But for those who venture out, October can be a productive month, particularly for river species which often feed well during darkness. This was shown by river regular Paul Edwards as he landed a monster 12lb 4oz barbel from the river Severn at Atcham. A double figure barbel from any river is a good fish, for Atcham it is a rare specimen.
Paul describes the capture...When I arrived at the river I walked the stretch to see the conditions, what I saw was that she was in good shape with a bit of colour and the river was up about six inches from a few weeks ago when I was there last. I set up in the middle field in the first peg I think its called poachers and I started to put some hemp and pellets in the areas I was going to fish. I fed the swim for an hour then left it to settle while I had a bite to eat.
I made my first cast at about six o' clock but it wasn't until it got dark when I had the first fish, a chub of around three pounds. The rigs I was using were running groundbait feeder filled with pellets and plugged at both ends with groundbait and a pellet on one rod and a source boilie on the other. At about 10.30 pm I was rudely awakened by a screaming baitrunner and a very powerful fish was heading for Wroxeter, it fought like a demon and straight away I knew this was a big fish, the photo doesn't do it justice (I really must work on my trophy photos ).At 12lb 4oz it is my PB for the Severn. I texted a few people to tell them the news. I stayed till midnight and I caught another barbel and two more chub.
A tremendous result for Paul and a worthy winner of a big bag of bait from Mike at https://www.facebook.com/VikingBaits