Throop Reports

Welcome to the Throop Report for January 2015


The last report was a bit on the sparse side, once again I have to say that this is down to the weather and river conditions, so because of this we have a lack of anglers on the riverbank, but some of the hardy souls that have managed to get their tackle out...( no not that sort of tackle ) and have enjoyed the wonderful peace and quiet of Throop Fishery, and yes some of them have managed to catch a fish or two.

Let me start with a late report from angling guide Kenny Parsons, it was hard work for Kenny on a bit of a miserable day, but his hard work paid off with a nice Chub of 6lb 4ozs, well done Kenny, that certainly brightened up your day.


Monday January 26th

Brian James managed a couple of those average sized Chub, around 3 to 4lb.

Tony Riley was on the riverbank having a go at some drop shotting for perch and landed a nice net full.

Some roving Pike anglers could only manage some Jacks.

So you can now see what a hard day today was.

Tuesday January 27th

And again it is the weather that has had an effect on the fishing, this time for the better, so today is a lovely mild day, and the few anglers that graced the banks really did enjoy the climate change.

I managed to get out and trot a float and was rewarded with a Chub of 4lb 8ozs......hooray at last.

Fishing further upstream from me was Terry "Theo" Theobald and he too was trotting a float, he used a different bait to me, and his bait worked, Terry landed 4 Chub with the best fish weighing in at a magnificent 6lb 12ozs, I did photograph one of his 5lb + fish , he was doing a feature for and angling magazine, so hopefully we can see some great pictures.

How great it was to meet up with Eddy Widdup again, he has now become a new dad, and of course that certainly kept him off the river, but he was rewarded with three Chub with the best weighing 6lb 5ozs.

Congratulations mate from us all and great to see you back.

Another lad that has not been on the riverbank since October is Laurence Goldsmith, Laurie is recovering from an operation, so we all wish him well.

Today Laurie landed 11 Perch to 2lb, well done mate.

Tony Riley was also into the Perch today, he landed six, the biggest was 2lb 1oz, two other fish weighed 1lb 10ozs and 1lb 6ozs, all taken on the float.

Tony also landed a Bream of 4lb 13ozs amongst his Perch haul.

You can all remember poor old Chris Brewer who had all sorts of problems holding his camera still on that dodgy rod rest, well I can tell you all that he has sorted out the problem and just to prove it here is a picture of Chris with a Chub of 5lb 9ozs, well done Chris we are all glad that you are now all sorted out.

Thursday January 29th

I fished this morning with not a bite in sight.

The only other angler on the bank was John Rushton, he managed two Chub while I was watching.

I met up with John later in the day and he added another three Chub to his tally with the best fish weighing 5lb 9ozs.

Saturday January 31st

Just two reports for today, Robin Hamilton has travelled from the deepest part of London for a couple of days, and he is on the fishery with John Rushton, Robin landed one Chub of 5lb 14ozs whilst John landed 5 five lovely  Chub.

Sunday February 1st

Again Robin Hamilton only managed one Chub and it was much smaller this time weighing in at 3lb 8ozs.

Richard Brown also struggled today landing just one small Roach.

Tuesday February 3rd


we must have and angler that is blessed.

The other week Mark was blessed with two Barbel and today he was blessed with a 7lb Chub, well done Mark you certainly have done very well.

Two anglers from Somerset braved the cold and were rewarded with a few Pike to 12lb.

John Rushton was again successful with his roving tactics and had landed two Chub.

I fished for four hours and could not get a bite.

Saturday February 7th

I had just one report in for today and that was from an un-named angler who had 9 Chub on the float.

Sunday February 8th

Again I only had one report for today and that was from Keith Humphreys, and it was quite an unusual report, having lost a good fish Keith decided to change swims and the change certainly paid off, using the same tactics he landed two Salmon, one was a small Grilse and other was a long lean fighting machine, it was a Hen fish that was landed on singe maggot and 18 hook......your skill is second to none....well done mate.


Monday February 9th

And again there was just one report, this came from Aub Harrison, he has returned today after the previous cold and rotten Saturday where he blanked, but today was different, he had a well deserved capture of three Chub, the best weighing in at 4lb 7ozs, a very enjoyable day on an empty fishery.

If you are the type of angler that don't mind a challenge when the going is a bit on the tough side, there is no finer place to be than Throop fishery, its a very relaxing place to be, to face a challenge trying to catch one of those specimen fish that lurk in our waters, give it a go, you will love it.

Tuesday February 10th

Well done to David Dalton and his friend who landed a total of 7 Chub from one swim and a million Minnows from elsewhere.

Scott Gilfoy was back on the banks after a long lay off, he did manage a Chub of 5lb 1oz early on but did lose a nice fish at the net ( there is nothing worse than that ) he also missed a couple of good bites and was pestered by small fry.

I met up with Andy Reynold who on a previous visit had landed a great Perch of 3lb 6ozs, well done mate, and a great photo.

Chub were being taken today with one angler netting 5 plus a very welcome and surprise Grayling, and that was good news.

Wednesday February 11th

One angler today landed 3 Chub.

When I do not name some of the captors, this could be that they do not wish to be mentioned or it may be that an angler has said to me.......( a bloke further up there had x amount of Chub today ) now you know.

Two brothers were on the river today enjoying one another's company, and their knowledge of the river was second to none, they have been fishing Throop for many years.

Today was Piking day for the two brothers, we have Dave Bowman who is a member, he landed two Pike to 7lb, we also have his brother Mike who was on a day ticket, I reckoned that he was a bit tight for not buying a membership, but after seeing that he had paid for a full adult day ticket which was £3 over the OAP price, and the fact that he gave me a swig of his Brandy from his hip flask i have forgiven him.

Mike did however land three Pike to 12lb.......well done lads it was a pleasure to meet you both.....hic hic hic,

Brian Westwood was also wetting his line, and had great pleasure in landing two Chub 5lb, well done Brian.


Thursday February 12th

Steve Howard had one Chub to 4lb up until I left him, but I do believe he had another couple.

One lad fishing the float had 6 Chub but run out of bait so had to pack up.......oh dear !

I had two e-mails this morning informing me of a giant of a Chub being caught, this fish weighed in at 8lb 8ozs and was caught on a lure by Pike angler Adrian Crawford, he was fishing with his buddy Sean, this catch was featured in the February 10th addition of the Anglers Mail and won the Korum specimen cup, this fish WAS caught on Throop.

I do have a photo of this fish but due to copyright I am not allowed to publish the photo on this site without permission, however if you google ,


Also I had a report of one angler landing six Chub and a Barbel on the float, no weights were given.

Mick Browning had a nice bag of Chub, there were four in all with the best fish weighing in at 5lb 8oz, well done mate.


Friday 13th February

This was one of them days when it would be best not to venture outside if you are superstitious being Friday the 13th.

But Rob Rees did venture onto the riverbank with a PB chub of 4lb to beat and that is exactly what happened, the weather was lousy and Rob stuck it out to the very end, it was then that he struck into a new PB a cracking Chub of 6lb 1oz, well done Rob and congratulations.

Many thanks to Scott Gilfoy for taken the photo and sending in the report.....well done lads and thanks.

Sunday 15th February

Despite a lovely warm day there were not that many anglers taking advantage of the warm sunshine.

I float fished bread and struggled for a bite, but when the first bite did appear I hooked the fish and had the hook pull after 10 seconds, but another bite appeared shortly afterwards and I landed  a Chub of  4lb 15ozs, and believe it or not it was on my very last slice.

Many thanks to Mark Church for taking the photo, if you cant remember what Mark looks like, then that's his thumb in the photo.

A pike angler further up the river on the opposite side landed a good Pike of 21lb 3ozs.

Bailiff Andy Wyatt had a nice Chub of 5lb 14ozs and Pike of 10lb 8ozs in the first hour he then had to wait quite a few hours for the next fish, and it was three more that came to the net, all Chub...5lb 14ozs....4lb 13ozs....and 5lb 7ozs.......well done mate.

Gary Moss worked very hard for his catch on the float and was resting the swim in between catches, five Chub were brought to the net.

Gary's buddy Simon Daley also had to work very hard for his bag of Chub also on the float.

Pete Wilson was another one of those float fishing anglers that had to work very hard for their Chub catch. 

I wonder how many times those floats were trotted through the swim in a six hour period ?

Keith Humphreys was fishing with Geoff Atlee and they to had to work hard for their target, Keith had a couple of Roach whilst Geoff landed a couple of Chub...............Is it spelt Jeff or Geoff ?   let me know lads.

Colin Smith was down the other end of the fishery and landed a Chub of 4lb 2ozs, well done Colin.

Monday 16th February

What an absolutely dreadful morning, the rain has been lashing it down, what a shame when a plan hits a snag, and that what has happened to a couple of lads from Barbel Fishing World, Graham Hunt and Tony Pearson having been planning their trip for four weeks and are faced with very tough and miserable conditions, Tony missed a couple of pulls but Graham was fortunate to contact and land a Chub of 5lb 13ozs, well done mate, lets hope the rest of the trip produces some fish.

Tuesday 17th February

Another tough day on Throop, a very heavy overnight frost along with rising dirty water, lots of branches a  rubbish coming down, along with bright sunshine.

There were just five anglers on the banks today, one was John Rushton who landed a couple of Chub with his roving tactics, whilst upstream Brian James cast out and 30 seconds later he was into a Chub of 5lb 13ozs, and that was it, not another bite.

I reckon I had the catch of the day, in- between dodging bits of  tree and branches, I caught this fabulous item, it was A ROSE, in perfect condition it was skilfully brought to the bank to be taken home to Tina for a belated Valentines Day surprise.

This photo was posted on the Ringwood Forum, I am sure I recognise the angler but I would like to know his name and how big was the Pike.

Let me know please...........................

Well that's about it for now, the weather and river conditions cant make its mind up, at the moment the rain is again lashing down and this morning ( Thursday 19th ) no one was on the fishery, this really is a shame especially as there is just over three weeks left of the river season, what amazes me is the amount of anglers that that have not ventured out for many weeks.

Many thanks for all your reports and photos, well done for your catches and congratulations on any PB that has been achieved, please keep your reports and stories coming in they are greatly appreciated.......

If you require any info on the river conditions or the weather here at Throop, call me on 07740777967 or e-mail

Here is a link for the river levels at Throop.....

Here is a link for the 10 day weather for Bournemouth:

Good luck..........Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.

Welcome to another Throop report, and once again a very late one

So what is causing the delay in posting my reports:

  • Is it laziness on my part ?
  • Have I got computer problems ?

I suppose I could go on forever, but the simple truth is, lack of catch reports, and the main reason for this is the weather.

The weather has been an absolute nightmare, it's been so unsettled, one minute there was very high winds, then lashing rain, and to top it all very sudden changes in temperatures, both air and water.

And of course I almost forgot, the dreaded virus that has been hanging about in peoples bodies since before Christmas, I was going to buy some new fishing tackle but I have spent all my money on cough mixture and pills........Sorry I should have said WASTED because none of them have worked.

Before I give you a few catch reports I must point out that a few of the same names keep cropping up, a few of these lads are local and have got nothing better to do all day but to sit on a cold and wet river bank, so I am sure you will work out who are the locals.


Wednesday 17th December 2014

Mark Baldwin was on the riverbank and I gave him some of my very special bait that I could not catch a thing on, the result was Mark proved that the bait did work and my angling skills were useless, he landed a Chub of 4lb 12ozs......well done Mark.

Friday 19th December 2014

Mark Baldwin again was catching on my special bait that don't work, this time he landed 2 Bream, one of 4lb and the other at 5lb, plus a nice Roach of 1lb 10ozs.

Tuesday 23rd December 2014

And this time its Keith Humphreys, and looking at the date it had to take the British Army to slide away from the dreaded Christmas shopping and have a few hours on the riverbank, and Keith's plan fell into place by landing two Chub, 5lb 8ozs and 5lb 12ozs, well done mate.

Monday 29th December 2014

This time we have float angler Richard Brown who braved the conditions and landed a couple of Chub in the 3lb bracket, many thanks Richard.

Mark Baldwin, who you might now be guessing lives local again never blanked, landing a Chub of about 1lb on the feeder, this one was not on my bait perhaps that's why it was a small one.

Wednesday 31st December 2014

Yes the last day of 2014 and we have Pete Wilson, who is no relation to me, took 3 Chub....4lb 8ozs....5lb 7ozs...and 5lb 11ozs, he also lost one of those Throop big boys that managed to get into some tree roots, unlucky on the big escapee Pete.


Hooray its 2015 and a very Happy New Year to you all.

First on the New Honours list is Aub Harrison, the date is Friday 2-2-2015 and Aub has had  a one bite wonder,

yes we have all had one of those from time to time, one bite and one fish, a Chub of 5lb 10ozs, cheers Aub.

Its still Friday 2-2-2015 and we have  another float angler that has landed some fish, its the turn of Gary Taylor who had two Chub before 10.30am, and then had to wait until 3.45pm to land his third fish, and not a bite in between, the fish weighed in at 4.0lb...4lb 2ozs...and 5lb 2ozs, well done Gary.

ANOTHER APOLOGY HERE.....I have got a couple of photos mixed up, I have posted two photos of ( a cold Peter and Peter getting warmer )

I now think that these two photos could be Gary Taylor, so which ever angler I have wronged, I am sorry, but please let me know and have a good ruc........My suspicion is they are Gary.......mystery of the year...........Gary or Peter?



Here is one lad that you just can't mistake..........its George (Irish) Barnby with a cracking Chub that weighed in

at 7lb 7ozs, well done George.



Saturday 3rd January 2015

Richard Brown had a mixed bag of fish float fishing, it really was a very wet and windy day here at Throop, but despite the awful weather he managed two small Chub around the 1lb mark, some Dace and Gudgeon plus 5/6 Roach then came his biggest fish, a Toothy Critter nabbed one of his Roach on the retrieve and this 7lb fish put a nice bend in his rod, so that was that for Saturday, Sunday was going to be spent cleaning all his tackle of mud. Well done Richard.

Monday 5th January 2015

Rod Courtland, loves to take underwater photos here at Throop, here are three of them for you to look at.
Many thanks Rod, keep up the good work, it is much appreciated.













Mark Baldwin struggled a bit today but did manage a Sea Trout of a couple of pounds, well done Mark.





Thursday 8th January 2015

And its Mark Baldwin who is once again on the river bank, and today is a bit special for Mark, apart from an Eel that was over the two lb mark he landed two Chub, one of 4lb11ozs and the second was that very special fish, a PB Chub of 6lb 5ozs, well done mate and congratulations.






Saturday 10th January 2015

Today saw Mark Church take advantage of a break in the weather conditions and was rewarded with two Barbel, one weighed in at 7lb whilst the other was a nice double of 13lb 2ozs, well done Mark a great catch and many thanks for your report, also congratulations to your son Jamie on his 34lb Carp from one of our club lakes.





Sunday 11th January 2015

Despite a nice sunny start to the day, the Millpool saw just a solitary Bream landed, two day ticket anglers managed 3 Pike between them using roving tactics, and that was it !.....just a few anglers on the banks.

Monday 12th January 2015

Not a soul on Throop today at lunchtime, the weather is poor, high winds and lashing rain, tomorrow has also got a nasty forecast.

Tuesday 20th January 2015

Only one report today and that was from Mark Baldwin, who found a nice quiet slack and landed a few Roach and Gudgeon, plus 6 nice Perch to just under 2lb.

Thursday 22th January 2015

And Mark Baldwin is back in his favourite spot, this time it was not as good, but he still managed to land a few Roach and three  Perch to just under 2lb.

The river has been producing a few Chub to float fished bread and maggots, also light link leger with bread and cheesepaste.

Sunday 25th January 2015

I have not been on the river this morning as yet, the current level has dropped to 0.71m the colour is still in the river but has dropped out quite a bit making Chub fishing a good possibility although the Barbel are few and far between at the moment with water temperatures still quite low, just as a guide the Avon temperature this morning at Knapp Mill was 5.47 c  or  41.8 f.....I like to see the water temperature at 44f and over for my Barbel fishing, but don't forget that old whiskers can be caught in very low temperatures....if your lucky.

Many thanks for all your reports and photos, sorry about the mix up between Pete and Gary, I am sure that they will set the record straight.

There is not that long to the end of the river season......just seven weeks left, lets hope we can get a few more lads having the last bash and bag up.

Please send me your catch reports whatever they are, or give me a ring, text or e-mail for any info on conditions. or ring or text on 07740777967.

Brian Willson 

Throop Bailiff

THROOP REPORT 19th December 2014

Hi Guys,

Ringwood fishing throop reportIt’s just over 4 weeks since my last report , so what has been happening ? well not a lot, it has been very quiet , in fact the river banks at times have been almost empty, the river has been up and down like a yo-yo, sometimes very coloured with the water temperature just right for the Barbel, but they have been very elusive and hard to tempt onto the bait.

So if the banks are bare, then I don't get many reports, but we do have a few reports for you with a few pictures.

So let me start by wishing all you Guys a very Merry Xmas and a Happy New Year, and many thanks to all you brave souls that sat out on the cold damp banks trying to tempt a fish to the bait just to send me your report, and thanks for all the reports that were sent in.

Let’s start where I left off, Monday 17th November and it was Barbel fanatic Brian James who tempted a couple of fish, not Barbel, but a couple of Chub to 6lb.

Now just look at this, I had to wait until Friday 21st November for the next report, but it was worth the wait, a fine Barbel was landed by Malcolm Graham, this beauty weighed in at 12lb 10ozs, well done mate, many thanks for your report and photo.

ringwood fishing throop reportSaturday 22nd November

With the water temperature at 50.6 f or to the educated lot, 10.3 c which should have had anglers falling over one another to get onto the riverbank I only had one report and that was from Clive Woolner who had to work very hard just to tempt one Chub of 4lb 8ozs on the float, well done mate and thanks.


Sunday 23rd November

When you should be at church praying for that big one, a few people sneaked off to do a bit of fishing, the first was Dave Hamblen who tempted a nice Carp of 14lb to the net, and next up was local angler or should I say wangler, and yes I have spelt it right, David Norris who certainly puts in the hours and today he landed a nice Barbel of 11lb 12ozs, this was netted and photographed by his buddy, local resident, George, well done to you both.

There was also a report of a Barbel of 15lb being landed to an unknown angler.


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Monday 24th November

No reports today, there was an overnight frost, although the water temperature was a healthy 48 f or 8.8 c.


Friday 28th November.

We have jumped the whole week without a sniff of a report, but was saved today by a decision by Mike Lamb who decided to do one of his last knocking couple of hours, and it payed off with a PB Barbel of 14lb 12ozs, a tremendous fish in hard conditions, well done to you Mike, he did not get a photo, after such a hard fight in the dark, the fish was safely returned.

Congratulations Mike on your PB and once again, very well done.

Brian James was also on the banks today and managed a couple of Chub.


Saturday 29th November.

Just one report today, and once again it was from David Norris with a Chub of 6lb 2ozs, well done David and local  photographer George


Sunday 30th November.

You know the old saying, "you can’t keep a good man down", well he's done it again......

David Norris has captured a cracking Barbel of 14lb 2ozs

Once again George was on hand to net and photograph the fish, well done lads, and David is certainly putting in the hours and getting some great results.






Monday 1st December.

I just can't believe we have no reports from David Norris today, I reckon he feels guilty and has gone to work.

So today we have a report from Joe Froggett who seems to have this incredible habit of catching Pike on paste, and yes he has gone and done it again, another Pike falls for his bait, this has got me thinking, I reckon he moulds his paste in the shape of a fish to attract the toothy critters.

Also on this session Joe also captured a Chub.

Clive Woolner has got a great love for Roach fishing and today he proved it by bringing 6 fish to a pound to  the net plus the bonus of a 3lb Chub.

Chris Brewer landed  a nice Chub of 4lb 9ozs, well done we know that Chris has had a problem with shaky camera shots due to a crappy support, but today John Horncastle was on hand to photograph the fish and angler.....well done lads and thanks.

Wednesday 3rd December.

Aub Harrison and Avon Bailiff Merv Quick were on the banks today using trotting and roving tactics and managed 3 Chub around the 4lb mark.



Saturday 6th December.

Today was a lovely sunny day and there were just 8 anglers on the whole of the Beat, I met up with Mike and Steve from Bridgenorth, who were struggling up until we met, lets hope they caught something after I  left.

A couple of anglers were putting their floats through its paces, one was Tim Lampard who was just landing his third Chub whilst I was watching, and further downstream was Paul Fuller who just landed his 8th Chub, this fish was a good 6 pounder, well done to you both. 



Sunday 7th December.

After a hearty breakfast at the Lamb in Ringwood, Mike Bowker and Steve Williams returned to the riverbank, Mike landed a Chub of 5lb 12ozs and also one a bit smaller, and Steve landed a Jack Pike on last knockings, at least they caught on this very cold day.



Monday 8th December.

Merv Quick returned to the banks and using the same tactics as his previous visit took two Chub, one of 3lb 8ozs and a larger one of 5lb 7ozs, well done Merv, and thanks.



Tuesday 9th December.

Again the float was doing the business, and this time the angler that was at the other end of a successful rod was Pete Wilson, his catch was 11 Chub to 4lb 10ozs, he also lost a couple of lumps, but a very good session, well done Pete.



Thursday 11th December.

Joe "Pikey" Froggett was just one of two anglers on the fishery today, the other angler was on a day ticket from Exeter, so what has Joe been up to today ?..............the answer is that he did land another small Pike, it was so small that he put his hand in its mouth just to make it weigh a bit more, but this little Jack was not that stupid, it latched its teeth into his hand and drew blood, that will teach you for not remembering that even small Pike have got teeth.


Saturday 13th December.

Dave Norris and George Barnby have been so successful lately that they have decided to go undercover to hide their success, they have got new HATS, so what name can we give to this dynamic duo.........


To save his blank, George caught this Trout just after I left.....THE MAD HATTER STRIKES AGAIN.


So that just about wraps it up for 2014, it has been a tough year, lets hope 2015 brings more success.

Many thanks to all of you that sent me your reports, don't forget you can get river conditions from Chris Allport on 07789 408501

Send any reports to  or call me on 07740 777967 for river conditions.


Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.

THROOP REPORT 16/11/2014

Hello and welcome to a rather late Throop report.

I must admit it has been a bit of a struggle waiting for the reports to come in, but many thanks to those of you that have obliged and sent me some photos and reports.

I suppose the weather conditions have not helped, one minute the water was very low with the weed not dying off and that in itself was keeping a few anglers off the banks, but saying that, the odd fish was caught and put a nice smile on the captors face.

At this time of the year it is very important to watch the river conditions and the weather, Manager Chris Allport and myself are always on the other end of the phone ready to help you guys out, the numbers are at the bottom of the report.

Here again are a couple of links that you should copy and keep, the first is the river level here at Throop, one golden rule is it can take 24/48 hours for the river to react after heavy rain.

So that's the river level sorted out, now for the Bournemouth weather, this link can give you the hourly forecast up to ten days, again clink on this link and copy it to your device.

So now we have sorted out the river levels and the weather, what about the catches, well I must say that there have been some very good catches, and it’s worth seeing that those guys that have put in the time have had a result including the biggest Barbel so far this season.

Friday October 17th.

First up is the only reported catch of the day, and this goes to Mike Lamb who landed a Barbel of 7lb, and these are the fish that are a very welcome sight, well done Mike.

Saturday October 18th.

And again just one report for today and what a cracker this one is, and again its Mike Lamb with a stunning capture of two Barbel, both of these fish were doubles and weighed in at......12lb 4ozs....and an even bigger fish of 13lb 2ozs.

What a great fishing session, well done Mike and many thanks for a great report.

Sunday October 19th.

Ian Pyne was on a day ticket, Ian was a member a few years ago and after this session perhaps he may be tempted to re-join, Ian's quarry today was Perch and he landed quite a net full, several fish of 1lb + were landed, there were 5 over 2lb with the best fish weighing in at 2lb 4ozs.

There was an even bigger Perch that was hooked but not landed, a greedy monster of the deep, a large Pike took a shine to his best fish of the day and made off with this fine specimen, not only that, it also beat Ian's landing net, hard luck mate, but you lived to tell the tale, thanks for your report.

Monday October 20th.

Today we have two photos and a double catch that came within minutes of each other, the first was from Joe Froggett who captured is PB Barbel a splendid fish of 14lb 14ozs.........congratulations Joe........beat that one !


Minutes later another anglers rod arched round and another Barbel is on the hook, this time the angler was Bailiff Sid Johnson, and with baited breath Sid slid the fish over the landing net, this fish weighed in at 13lb two doubles in just a small space of time and just a few yards from one another.....well done to you both.


On the last report I called Sid Johnson.............Sid Thomson......of course that was wrong, sorry mate.

Tuesday October 21st.

Joe Froggett was back on the banks today, no doubt trying to beat his PB, and he could have done it, but he lost a rather large Barbel, unlucky Joe, not only unlucky losing a big fish he had the top joint of his Greys rod snapped when the tree he was sitting under lost one its branches on this very windy day, but he was rewarded with a Chub of 5lb 1oz.

So beware when you sit beneath a tree in very windy conditions, especially Willows, that can snap even on a calm day.

I don't know if you can remember to one of my  past reports of some clumsy so and so who whilst fishing on Beat 3 caught a gas canister alight whilst trying to make a brew which lead to his trousers catching alight..............well HE'S BACK, his name is Darren Roberts, but I call him Darren Meatloaf, that's because of his long hair and his 25stone weight.

He was down for a week with Tony Crouch, yes Fred’s nephew, and the can a 25 stone giant fall down a rabbit hole ?

And that's exactly what he did......So if you are on the riverbank and you see a Meatloaf Giant walking towards you......STEER CLEAR.


Friday October 24th.

Sid Johnson was using a centre pin for the first time, this was given to Sid by Chris Allport, I suspect this was in return for a couple of dozen boxes of Mr Kipling cakes that Chris has devoured over the season, so what happened ?...........well Sid is well known for fishing the far bank but on this occasion this was not possible, go on Sid, just drop it over the edge...........BINGO......two Chub of over 6lb was brought to the net...well done Sid.

Here are a couple of photos that were sent to me from my last report, these fell to the rod of Joe Royffe, 13lb 14ozs and 13lb 8ozs, many thanks Joe.



Also sent in to me was a few photos from Alex Ball, these were caught a few months ago, 3 photos in all, a Chub of 7lb 2ozs, a PB Barbel of 12lb 8ozs and a PB Pike of 24lb 5ozs.....well done Alex and many thanks.

Alex Ball CHUB 7lb 2ozsAlex Ball PB BARBEL 12lb 8ozsAlex Ball PB PIKE OF 24lb 5ozs


Saturday October 25th.

A report came in today of two 8lb Barbel caught and landed by unknown anglers.

Monday October 27th.

A report of some Chub being caught, this on an almost deserted fishery, one angler landing four.

Tuesday October 28th.

Another report came in that a 14lb 11oz Barbel was netted along with Chub.

Wednesday October 29th.

Today is a day to remember, and empty fishery and lashing rain, or shall I say lashing rain of epic proportions, so no reports.

Wednesday October 30th.

I spent  a few hours today watching my wife Tina fishing, I might learn something here, and yes, she landed a Chub of 5lb 9oz.

Wednesday November 5th.

The weather has kept a few anglers at bay, the fish have had  a rest and now it’s back to business.

Joe Froggett is back on the banks and has landed two 8lb fish, one taken on paste and the other taken on boillie, the only problem is, they were both Pike, unlucky mate, are you going to beat your PB Barbel ?......not easy.

Sam Pask was targeting Perch today and he managed a great PB, a nice Perch of 2lb 5ozs, well done Sam and congratulations


Next up is our famous resident on the banks of Throop, yes its George Barnby, known by you all as Irish George, and he is having a very successful season, and so he should be, he spends a lot of hours on the banks and it is well paying off, and today he has added a 13lb 12oz fish to his tally, well done George, I just pray it’s not on those boillies that I gave you.


Thursday November 6th.

Joe Froggett is at it again still trying to beat an elusive Barbel PB, and again he is using his MAGIC paste, this stuff seems to attract Pike because another two snapped up his wonder bait, unfortunately he did not land these two toothy critters.......WAS YOU GLAD ?

Sunday November 9th.

Today I had a report of a 13lb Barbel being caught.

Monday November 10th.

Barbel Barnby has done it again, his tally is rising, George has captured a morning Barbel of 8lb 4ozs, well done mate, and many thanks to David Norris for the photo and report.


Tuesday November 11th.

David Norris decided on touch of Piking today, and he was delighted when a Pike of 11lb 12ozs snapped up his live bait, well done David.


Wednesday 12th November.


A STONKING FISH OF 15lb 2ozs.......well done Joe, a new PB....dare I say it.....beat that one.

This was the only bite of the session, before the weather moved in, the river was running coloured and high at 0.86.  CONGRATULATION AGAIN.


Friday November 14th.

Mike Lamb has again tackled the high warm water and was rewarded with another double, this fish hit the scales at 13lb 12ozs, Mike did capture another 13lb fish a few days ago, well done Mike, thanks for your report.

Saturday November 15th.

Brian James was having a bit of trouble with Eel bites and after landing one of about 2lb and the weather moving in after a glorious morning his rod had a 2 feet twitch and he was delighted to land a very energetic Barbel of 8lb 3ozs, this fish put up a very epic fight in the fast water. well done mate.

And yet again Barbel George has added another fish to his tally with a 7 pounder, again well done and thanks to David Norris for the report and photo.


I almost forgot Sid with a Chub of 6lb 9ozs


So there you have it, well done and many thanks to all you guys that have taken advantage of the high warm water that the Barbel love here at Throop.

We did not have many reports but the ones that we received were great and very welcome.

Please don't hesitate to give me a ring or e-mail or text, my number is 07740 777967 or e-mail

For river conditions or any other fishing advice contact  Manager Chris Allport on 07789 408501.

Many thanks guys and very good luck


Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.


THROOP REPORT 18/10/2014

Hello again and welcome to another Throop Report.

So I start today, Thursday 25th September, and who better to start with, our Roach fanatic, Ian Boniface, and today the Roach are again his quarry.

Ian caught 6 Roach today between 1lb 8ozs and 2lb 5ozs, with his two best fish weighing in at 1lb 14ozs and that big one of 2lb 5ozs.

Well done Ian, all we have  now is to get you to take some selfies.

IANS ROACH 1lb 14ozsIANS ROACH 2lb 5ozs     


There are some very nice Roach that are making a show at the moment and it's well worth targeting these beauties, good baits to use are Tares, along with Hemp, Sweetcorn is another bait to be considered, these baits should keep the minnows at bay.

Despite Peter Hilken's  recent  success in landing a 12lb 8oz Barbel on a small hook, today he was very unlucky to lose another estimated double figure Barbel when his small hook straightened, unlucky Pete.

This Brings  to the question of hooks, we have all had our favourites in the past, and we continued to use them with confidence until a disaster happened and we then have second thoughts.

Now I am not going to preach to you what hooks to use but I had the same problem when I lost confidence in my hooks, they were blunting when they were pulled across they gravel, they never seemed strong enough, after a chat with Phil Nixon, he put me on to another brand, and I have never yet regretted changing, in fact Peter Hilken has now splashed the cash and now uses the same hooks.

Friday 26th September.

Today saw Alan Paget back on the riverbank, he has been in and out, backwards and forwards to the Hospital for many weeks, now he has at long last had his knee operation, spent some time at home recuperating and getting on Wendy's nerves.

So here he is on the riverbank in the pouring rain with no brolly, he said it was too heavy to carry with his incapacity, I told him to be very careful he doesn't get water on the how did  first visit go ?....................It could not have gone better in a million years.          

His first fish was brought to the net.......A fabulous Barbel of 13lb 2ozs, I said first because we have more to come.

His second fish to be brought to the net was another Barbel, this fish was even bigger, another beauty, this time hitting the scales at 13lb 12ozs.

An outstanding Barbel capture, so well done Alan, it really is great to see you back again.

There was no  photo of the fish, so here is what poor old Alan's knee looks like, so if you see him limping to his swim, you now know why.


During the netting of Alan's fish, our Bailiff Sid Johnson once again broke his landing net handle which I swiftly took home to repair it.

Sid then captured a fish of his own............he won’t be needing his net for this one.


In the last report I said that Sid " should have gone to Specsavers " but seeing how Sid was going to shave off his beard I thought that perhaps we should Change his name..............It seems that he his is quite partial to a certain time of cake, so it has to be MR KIPLING........


It seems that today was one of them days that the Barbel were feeling a bit peckish and decided to feed.

And today saw another big fish caught, this was landed by George Barnby, well done mate, that was well deserved, especially the amount of time you put in, the weight of this cracker was 14lb 8ozs, the biggest fish today.


I bet you were all wondering who George Barnby now you know, it's Irish George.

Many thanks to Peter Hilken who was on hand to take to photo.

And it was Peter himself who also landed a Barbel, not a monster but a nice 7lb 5oz specimen, Peter also landed 4 Bream in his haul.


Also on the bank today was visiting angler Dan Mattock from Yeovil, along with some Bream, Dan landed some very nice Roach, these two weighed in at 1lb 5ozs and 2lb 4ozs......well done Dan.


Saturday 27th September.

Today saw "Mr Kipling" , sorry I mean Bailiff Sid Thomson put his newly repaired landing net handle to good use, and it was a nice Barbel of 8lb, well done Sid, and your handle held up to the pressure.

Glen Roach had his very first visit to Throop and went home very happy after landing a Chub of 4lb 4ozs and a Barbel of 7lb 8ozs, well done Glen I bet it won’t be long before you grace our banks again.

Many thanks for your reports.

Monday 29th September.

There was just one report in for today and that was from Andy Clark, he did send me a belated report of a vegetarian Pike who took a liking to a nice chunk of bread that Andy was using for hook bait, this was on September 6th, this is Andy's Pike.


So back to today and a nice bag of Chub weighing in at 4lb 4ozs.....5lb 8ozs...and 5lb 12ozs, well done Andy.

ANDY AND A 4lb 4ozs CHUBANDY AND A 5lb 8oz CHUBANDY AND A 5lb 12oz CHUB.

Wednesday 1st October

Peter McCleary has joined us for a 3 day session at Throop and he starts the first day on the worse bit of river to fish, and that is on the Hurn side of Beat One.........not that it is bad fishing, but that is where the dog walkers go to empty their dogs and then let them have a swim to get rid of all the bits, he did manage some Roach amongst the chaos, there were some nice fish in the 12/14oz range........lesson learned for the first day.

Thursday 2nd October.

And Peter McCleary is now on dog free Beat 2, so his more peaceful day is rewarded with a Chub of 4lb 4ozs.

Friday 3rd October.

This is Peter's last day of his three day trip and again he is on Beat 2, so using Hemp, Tares and Wheat he captured two Chub, one of 5lb 4ozs and best of all a magical PB fish of 6lb 12ozs, well done Peter, how nice to go home with a PB under your belt, many thanks for your report.

Next time you fancy fishing Beat 1, fish it from the Bournemouth side, dogs are not allowed there.

I did mention Peter Hilken and his problem with his hooks, not anymore, after obtaining our recommended ones, he now has given them a good test by capturing another double figure Barbel, this one was landed and weighed and hit the scales at spot on 12lb, well done mate, you must now be very confident.


Saturday 4th October.

Today we see the arrival of Keith Little from Waltham Abbey, and with him comes the crap weather, it seems that if the weather is going to turn nasty, that is strong winds and rain, it will be when Keith arrives.

His start is not very spectacular and today he managed just two Bream.

Sunday 5th October.

It's a very quiet day today on Throop, but Keith did mange two fish a bit bigger than the Bream that he caught yesterday, unfortunately they were Pike which are not Keith's favourite fish.

Remember on my last report when I tried to help out Richard Brown who was having problems with his waders, well it seems that he still can’t make up his mind and is still trying to get the last bit of wear out of his old ones whilst on the banks of Throop.

Richard struggled today trying to tempt a fish to the hook and only managed to watch all his freebies being eaten by the crafty Chub.

Tuesday 7th October.

Keith is still trying to capture one of those elusive Barbel, and today he captured four Bream to 6lb and a Roach of 1lb 7ozs.

There was one Barbel caught today, that went to an unknown angler and weighed in at 12lb 12ozs.

Wednesday 8th October.

Chris Martin captured a nice bag of fish, there was a nice catch of Perch to 1lb 12ozs, plus Chub of 4lb 12ozs....5lb 2ozs...and one of is a photo of Chris with his 6 pounder...well done mate.


John Hoskings returned to Throop after an absence of 25 years and decided to fish the same swim that he fished all that time ago, George was on hand to offer his assistance, he lent John his unhooking mat to sit on and advised him what bait to use, and in just a very short space of time his rod bent round on a three foot twitch and John soon landed a Barbel of just goes to show, I wonder if he will be back in another 25 years, well done.

George Barnby and Peter Hilken both landed some Bream.

And just to remind you all that today saw an absolute rotten batch of weather, very heavy rain and high winds, today was a day for LOSERS, Keith Little lost his landing net bag, Sid Johnson lost his brolly, all blown in and gone forever, two chairs were blown in but retrieved, I lost my pegs and cord that I use for tying down my brolly.

Mick Browning lost his landing net float device, and on returning to my van, I had lost my drivers mirror, it had be smashed off by a passing idiot motorist.

They say it's good to get out on the riverbank.........not today.

Thursday 9th October.

Another day of high winds and lashing rain, I decided to give fishing a miss today, but today was still very important here at Throop, we are having delivered another 6oo Barbel, these were the same size as the last delivery and are marked with the blue spot, some of the fish have been fitted with an internal tag and can be identified by a clipped pelvic fin, this work was carried out by Bournemouth University .

Amongst those that attended the restocking were Avon Manager Phil Nixon, myself and Throop Bailiff Peter Hilken, along with Pete Reading and Chris from the fish farm.

Also in attendance was Roy Westwood, the former editor of Anglers Mail, Roy was editor from 1986-2002 when he retired as editor, Roy was in charge when Anglers Mail became the first all colour angling magazine in June 1991.

Roy also developed Stillwater Trout Magazine, Roy now works at Anglers Mail as a photographer.

Friday 10th October.

Another very quiet day on Throop today, we had a very welcome break in the weather with no rain and a very mild air temperature.

I joined up with Keith Little for a few hours, I never had a bite and Keith worked hard on a full days fishing for two Chub around the 4lb mark. 

Saturday 11th October.

Keith Little was still looking for his Barbel on this two week visit and today was no exception, his capture today were two Chub, one of 6lb 5ozs and the other was a touch smaller at 5lb 10ozs, also brought to the net was a 9lb Pike that should have known better.

Aaran Morgan, had two sessions, one was a 3 hour stint on Friday and the other was a 4 hour stint today, his total tally of these sessions were one Bream and 5 Chub , the two biggest Chub weighed in at 5lb and 5lb 6ozs.

Monday 13th October.

An unlucky number for some people but not for Keith Little, today he captured his first Barbel of his visit, a nice fish of 7lb 2ozs, well done mate.

Now you know when you have been waiting ages for a bus and two come along together, well that's what happened to Keith, ( no not a bus ) it was another Barbel, and this one weighed exactly 7lb, this was followed up by a Chub of 6lb 1oz, all these fish came in a very short space of time, and then that was it, no more fish at all.

Bailiff Andy Wyatt was also looking for a nice Barbel but this was not to be, 8 Bream was brought to the net plus two nice Roach to 1lb 2ozs.

Well done lads and thanks for the reports.

Tuesday 14th October.

Keith Little again captured just a single Chub that weighed 5lb 5ozs.

Peter Hilken had two Bream.

Des Norris had a Barbel of 8lb on last knockings, one of those fish that was captured as he was packing up.

Now for a classic, two friends of Keith Little came down for a two day visit, one was Andy Childs and the other was Joe Royffe.

Joe chose his swim and tactics with great care and was rewarded for his efforts with a Barbel of 13lb 8ozs and 5 Chub, well done mate a great catch.

Wednesday 15th October.

Just one report for today and that was Joe Royffe, after roving about the fishery and covering quite an area he decided to settle, I bet it was because he was knackered after walking so far, but Joe had enough stamina left to net his next fish which was another Barbel and this was even bigger, the scales thumped down to a wonderful 13lb 14ozs..............Now that was magic.

Thursday 16th October.

Sid Johnson landed a Chub of 4lb 12ozs without breaking anything.

Andy Child landed a Tench of 4lb 8ozs, plus a nice bag of Perch over the pound mark and some Roach.

Keith Litt

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