Live Blogging From The Lower Severn On An Overnight Angling Session

8.00 p.m. Good evening and welcome to the mighty River Severn. I’m here through the night as I fish the lower reaches. Join me for updates and feel free to keep me company via the comments box below.

There is a video on the way but it’s taking a long time to upload. Since YouTube forced everyone on to Studio from Classic, I’ve definitely noticed a speed issue.

8.30 p.m. Got there in the end with the video, which you always do in life, when you persevere with something. It’s a scorcher of a day and the night looks to be the warmest yet this year.

9.15 p.m. The sun may not set on the glorious British Empire but it does in Worcestershire. A great sunset this evening. Don’t you just love June?

9.45 p.m. I knew what it was, as I saw the trail of bubbles pass in front of me, just a metre from the bank. Then, about twenty metres downstream, it surfaced. An otter.

10.30 p.m. It’s still not properly dark yet, as the setting sun continues to hold on, courtesy of a sizeable warm pink glow hugging the horizon.

10.50 p.m. It’s been an awesome day weather-wise and it looks like the night is going to be the same.

There’s still a salmon pink hue hanging on, and although not the same as daytime, nevertheless you can still see with the naked eye.

11.15 p.m. As far as fish activity is concerned, the river is very quiet indeed. Therefore, based on that, I’m extremely happy to net something, even if it is just a small chub. Caught on 2x 10mm SBS Baits lobworm boilies.

12.45 a.m. Just about to write how the river continues to be lifeless, when a big fish crashes in front of me. As long as your bait’s in the water, you’ve always got a chance.

3.47 a.m. The dawn chorus begins with a single blackbird. Soon, it is joined by several species and many birds are involved. It’s always great to be out for the ornithological orchestra.

6.45 a.m. A very quiet night overall. I’ll leave the rods out so I can miss the morning traffic before heading home. It’s going to be another scorcher today.

9.00 a.m. Session over, but as one ends, another begins. I’ve brought a cage feeder set-up, so I’m going to have a go at that now. Making the most of every opportunity.


    1. Yeah, it’s the lower Severn. Notoriously hard in the early weeks for barbel, so you have to be realistic.
      Lots of anglers blanking at the moment. As long as your bait’s in the water though!

  1. I fished that swim Monday, virtually completely dead apart from a couple of suicidal chub, water very low, for me it could do with another 3 or 4 feet of flood water, on top of that there seemed to be snag a big branch or tree directly in front of me, certainly tough down there in current conditions. I’m glad I found it easily after 20 years away. Dissapointed to see how overgrown its become and how few swims there were fishhable. I expect 20 years ago there were more eager work party people cutting swims out. I shall be back for a propper recon to see if I can find any more accessible fish able swims and get a good current look at it. Most likely I’ll probably start fishing it seriously in spetember

    1. Hello, Sarah. Yes, it’s always tough early on but you have to give it a go, don’t you!
      When the lower Severn gets that hold on you, it keeps pulling you back!
      There is indeed that snag, rest of it seems fine though.