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River Severn, Hampton Loade
Hampton Loade has 50 pegs of prime Barbel water situated 6 miles downstream of Bridgnorth on the left bank (looking downstream) of the Middle Severn. Other species include Chub, Dace, Roach, Perch, Pike and Eels. This stretch regularly turns up double figure Barbel especially on the upstream pegs although these are fished more regularly than the downstream pegs. Fishing is downstream of the stile to the first cottage about a mile away. This is known locally as “Pitts Cottage”.
Parking is now where indicated on the map which is in the car park of a disused pub, formerly the “Old Lion”. On arrival pay £1 at the letter box to park and then walk down the track to the river and over the stile. Fishing is downstream from here.
This stretch is as stated above a Barbel heaven for those that are dedicated to the species. Many people fish the upstream end but come late summer into Autumn get down to the far end of the stretch where the water is deeper as this is where the barbel move to as the water starts to cool.
All methods will catch fish but most people go in on the feeder usually mid river or beyond. This is a mistake as generally the fish are under your feet especially if theres a bit of water on. This is when it’s at its best, 2 feet up with a tinge of colour. When it’s carrying some colour the bigger baits work well such as pellets and meat or pastes. When low and clear then stick with the maggots and casters or corn and lighter tackle. Don’t neglect the float tackle either, waggler works fantastically well on some days and it’s a different presentation to what the fish are used too.
In winter the Chub fishing can also be very good on the days when barbel says no. Try trotting a piece of crust under the bushes and you’ll see what I mean.
Day tickets are available on the bank from our Bailiff at £5 a day. Fishing is from dawn until dusk only.
The bottom two meadows at Hampton Loade and now MEMBERS ONLY. No dayticket anglers allowed to fish the bottom two meadows.