Situated below Worcester on the West bank of the River Severn lies almost a mile of prime Lower Severn fishing at Pixham Ferry, an historic stretch that has produced numerous doubles up to near the magical 16lb mark.
With a public car park at the entrance to the fishery the downstream swims are within easy access for those who don’t like to or can`t walk to far, but with the stretch being almost a mile long there is plenty of room for fishing in seclusion if that’s what you prefer.
The Lower Severn is generally thought to be a barren looking place but Pixham has a beauty all of its own.
Famous swims like The Green Door, The Cables and The Wasps Nest have produced stunning sport in the past, but all of the pegs are capable of tremendous bags of fish of all species not just barbel.
The downstream end of the fishery is shallower but that doesn`t mean you need to fish far out, there is a definite ledge a rod length or two out. The upstream pegs are far deeper closer in and with higher lying banks they are still fishable in a good flood.
Typical tactics are 12lb mainline with a running lead and a 2 to 3ft hooklink with hair rigged pellet, meat or boilie. Introducing plenty of hemp/caster at the start of a session is a good start and a large baitdropper is invaluable. I then top up the swim with stringers or PVA bags of goodies.
If water levels are low in summer fishing into dark is a definite advantage, and full night fishing is allowed on this stretch . If fishing in daylight at low levels don`t ignore maggot and caster feeder, you’ll catch plenty of other species to keep you busy and you might get a surprise or two!
Lee Wilkes – Fishery manager