Wednesday 4th October saw the annual Clive Smith Memorial match fished on the River Severn at Bewdley. With fifty eight (58) anglers taking part and with the river carrying a lot of extra water in the lead up to the event, conditions on the day were expected to be a little difficult. However, come the day of the match, water levels had run off nicely and the wind had dropped, which helped produce some excellent returns for much of the field.
Below, Ed Warren looks back on his first time fishing this increasingly popular local event.
“Going into the event, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was my first time fishing the event this year and only my third time on the Severn at Bewdley so I went into the match with an open mind“.
“The day got underway with everyone having a full English breakfast at the Pines golf club followed by the draw“.
“I drew on peg 116, which I was told was a good small fish peg. On arriving I thought it was great to be able to park behind my peg, but then I noticed two anglers fishing directly opposite me chucking a feeder down the middle“!
“Determined not to let this bother me, I opted for an all out small fish attack and caught small dace from the off short at 6m & 7m to hand on the whip. The whole time I was fishing the whip, I was also feeding a hemp & caster line down the middle for later on“.
“After about three hours the two anglers opposite me called it a day and disappeared. I wasted no time at all in setting up the waggler. This is also gave me an opportunity to try for the first time my new Signature Pro’s“.
“I opted for the medium hollow interchangeable tip and was delighted with how they cast and how easy the float was to see in white water, which so often makes your float hard to see“.
“I managed three (3) chub & some roach & dace to finish with18lb 14 oz and the last remaining place in the frame, so I was happy with that“.
“It was then time to head back to the golf club for the results and a nice little buffet all included with the £40 entry price“.
“Well done to Allan Stevens on winning the match & Dave Harrell on second“.