Throop Report Saturday 01-03-2014
Welcome to the Throop report.
Am I allowed to apologise for the lack of reports over the last 3 weeks ?
I think the answer has to be yes, my God what an absolute nightmare, the storms have certainly created a good deal of damage on the fishery, trees down, lots and lots of rubbish washed up onto the banks and many banks have been washed away, there are lots of the bank that has been undercut by the raging storms.
We have certainly got a lot of work to do during the close season, even as I write the river is once again rising, the ground is so saturated that it only takes a small drop of rain to make an impact and effect the water level.
At the moment, on the Hurn side of the river on Beat 2, there are many parts that are difficult to access, and even then you will certainly need waders.
On the Bournemouth side of Beat 2, the river IS within its banks at the moment, ( water level 1.00 ) but you will have to contend with very muddy banks, so apart from needing wellies, it would be a good idea to take a couple of black plastic dustbin bags so as you can place you bags and other odds and ends on them without getting covered.
So it is very important that you keep up to date with the conditions, this would have to be on a daily basis, so you can phone myself or Chris for any updates.
If you are going to travel down to fish the last few days that are left this season, then you will have to take a chance on booking your accommodation, but don't be too dismayed, the Meadowbank caravan site will always be fishable as would certain parts of the Royalty, but again a phone call is always wise.
So there you are, the river level at Throop and a 10 day Bournemouth weather forecast, let’s hope this helps.
Now what about any fish that has been caught, well let’s be honest, there have not been many anglers on the river, and those that have managed a few hours have struggled due to the ever changing conditions, but I do have a few reports, so here goes.
How great it is to see Scott Mosley back on the river after a lengthy lay off, Scott is one of our young local anglers that has been very busy in his personal life, you know the type of thing, buying houses and raising a family, but here he is with a new membership and a day Piking, today he could not have chosen a worse day, windy, rain and a flooded fishery, but being so young and the only angler on the whole of the fishery he did in fact land a nice Pike of 11lb 8ozs, he did have two previous runs that he missed, Scott does like to strike early to avoid those nasty deep hooking’s...............well done Scott, nice to see you back.
Wednesday 19th of February and we welcome back Keith Little who is joining us for a couple of weeks on his annual winter visit, he did delay his visit by a couple of days because of the storms that was over Southern England.
Today he shared the riverbank with four local lads that he met up with to share a tale or two, the river was still rising with a temperature of 46f and getting more colour as the day progressed, the four locals gave up and left blanking but Keith carried on until the light started to fade and that was when his rod arched over and he slid his net under a nice Chub of 5lb 10ozs, well done Keith, the only bite of the day, but your patience has been rewarded.............first session and a fish.
Thursday 20th and everyone blanked, not a bite in site.
Friday 21st and Keith has done it again...............A BARBEL....this was the first whiskers that we have seen for many weeks, he weighed the fish at 10lb 8ozs, again the only bite of the day, well done mate.
Saturday 22ond, and what the hell has gone on here ? ...............fish are being caught along most of the river.
Darryl Hughes landed a Chub of 5lb.
Keith Little had two Chub, one weighed 4lb 12ozs and the other hit the scales at 5lb 1oz.
Luke "GaGa" ( you know who I mean ) also had a Chub of 5lb.
Bailiff Trevor Ridley had the best Chub of the day with a 5lb 10ozs beauty.
And jammy nuts had the best fish of the day.............a cracking Barbel of 12lb..............who is jammy nuts ? ....Me of course.!
ME AND A 12lb BARBEL.
And I do believe I have got a sly smirk on my face...........many thanks to Alan Paget who made such a wonderful job netting the fish, and also many thanks for Irish George who swiftly unhooked the fish with one swoop with his nimble fingers and expertly took such a nice photo..................well done guys.
Sunday saw day ticket angler Simon take a couple of small Chub, Simon was sharing his day with John Cadd, well done beating John.
Also today, another one of our young anglers was Piking, it was Arran Morgan, he landed three nice Pike....6lb...11lb...and 16lb 12ozs.
Well done Arran, you must now get busy with your camera, we need a few photo's.
Monday 24th and there was another Captain Morgan on the river, not any relation to Arran, this Morgan was Justin, so he can share the Captain photo.
Justin lives with the River Wye on his doorstep, but he was visiting his mum for a few days, she lives in Mudeford, so getting away from the family for a few hours he graced our banks sampling our glorious mud, click on the link and have your sound turned on.
ANYWAY.............back to the plot, Justin did manage to capture two Chub, one weighed in at 4lb 12ozs and the other which was a bit bigger at 5lb..............well done Justin, and it was very nice to have met you.
Also on the banks was Manager Chris Allport who chose some trotting tactics, and this was not easy, working very hard pushing his float through various swims he managed to bank one Minnow , one Trout and one Chub of 4lb, well done mate.
Tuesday 25th and it was the turn of Joe Froggett to land some fish, not that River Lobster that he captured the other week but some real fish.............two fish were landed, one weighed 5lb 7ozs and the second was another PB for Froggy, a cracking Chub of 6lb 2ozs.
Well done Joe and congratulations on your new PB.
JOE AND A PB 6lb 2oz CHUB JOE AND A 5lb 7oz CHUB.
Also Today Chris and myself were busy carrying out some much needed work on the fishery, clearing trees caught up under the bridge and a bit of pruning, plus filling in a massive hole that appeared on the bank.
Wednesday 26th and today was all about Keith Little who was on his last few days of his holiday, so here is Keith's list.
First cast....................straight into a snag.............new hook length required.
Second cast...............Chub 4lb 1oz.
Third cast..................Barbel 7lb 6ozs.
Fourth cast................One old bait dropper.
Fifth cast...................One rubber fish..............as used by Pikers.
So with the river again rising, that was it.
KEITH LITTLE AND HIS BAIT DROPPER....................KEITH AND HIS RUBBER FISH.
Thursday 27th and another difficult day, a slight drop in the overnight temperature and the few anglers that were fishing left bite less,
mind you, I was out for a few hours up to the fading light, I had one unmissable bite that I missed, but Keith Little who was opposite me also had one bite, but unlike me, he connected with his one and landed a Chub of 5lb 3ozs, so with the river once again rising from the previous evenings rain it was time to go home.
Friday 28th and it was his last day of his holiday, so Keith Little's couple of weeks have almost come to an end, it's not been easy for Keith, fishing eight to nine hours a day and only managing to get a bite or two, I really don't know how he does it, I suppose its guts and determination, and today was no exception, a rising river, cold, wet and windy, not a day to be sitting on the riverbank, but again Keith stuck it out and had just one bite in this long session, this resulted in a Chub of 5lb 14ozs, so well done mate, let’s hope you next visit brings some sunshine and bags of fish.
Saturday 1st of March and at last we have some sunshine, but the river has again rose overnight and is just covering the banks in a few places, there are just a few anglers fishing today, one of those was Darryl Hughes who had one Chub over 5lb first thing.
There were no further reports and the countdown begins, it will all be over on March 14th, so what a season eh !
Many thanks for all of you who participated in sending in some reports and photos, the season is not over yet and let’s hope a few more nice fish will be caught before the end of the season, so I still would like you to send in any reports or photos that you might have.
You can call me on 07740 777967 or you can call Chris Allport on 07789 408503, it's worth that phone call, more rain is forecast tomorrow and who knows what the conditions are going to be during the remainder of the season.
If you have any reports or photos, then e-mail me on email@example.com
Good Luck and tight lines.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 08-02-2014
Welcome to a Throop update.
As you may have noticed, there was no report last week for obvious reasons, and of course that was because of the weather.
Things are looking grim here at Throop as with the rest of the country, but as we seem to be getting bored and frustrated because we can’t follow our passion for angling our hearts must go out to all those poor people that are facing tremendous hardships because of the conditions.
What we have been having is of course the high record breaking river levels, we know that Barbel love those high coloured warm waters, but here at Throop we have not been able to get onto the riverbank when the water is over the top of the bank, the water stretches as far as the eye can see making the whole place look like a giant reservoir, then when the water starts to recede, the water temperature drops, so conditions are just not playing ball.
There are just a few places that can be found to fish but these are few and far between and good knowledge of the river is required, but the very high winds are also making the riverbank a dangerous place to be.
Our famous Mill Pond is at the moment under water with not a dry piece of bank to be found, but one lad did find a drop in the water level the week before last, and took advantage of the situation and decided that a bit of Piking was the order of the day, so armed with all his gear and a big packet of mackerel he tackled the deep pool and he was not disappointed, the angler was local member Peter Hilken,
and his gamble paid off, whilst I found a high dry spot and blanked in a 4 hour session, Peter landed a very nice Pike of 16lb, not only that, he achieved a PB.
So a photograph was taken by George, and a delighted Peter shows off his prize.
Last night here at Throop the weather was horrendous, with gale force winds lashing across the village, I can see the land across the river completely covered, there seems to be no end in sight.
It seems hard to believe that we were getting concerned at the low water levels just a few months ago.
If you require any information on the fishery, you can contact Chris Allport on 07789 408503, or you can contact me on 07740 777967.
You can also e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Please keep watching the river and weather reports, fingers crossed for a week or two fishing before the end of the season.
The reports may not be on a weekly basis at the moment for obvious reasons.
Good luck to you all.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 01-02-2014
We Have suspended the Throop reports due to the bad weather we will restart in due course.
Throop Report Saturday 25-01-2014
Welcome to the Throop Fishery Report.
The weather is again dominating most of the fishing and all we can do is to sit back and watch the levels rise and fall, so to all you travelling anglers please be patient, surely this can’t go on forever, can it?
I can’t make up my mind whether it’s worse living next to the river having to watch the whole place under water or just clicking onto the reports to see how things are going.
Don't forget that the rule still applies on the time it takes for the river to come up after some rain, it’s usually about 24/48 hours, for example, it never stopped raining yesterday and today the river is down to 0.98, which is the lowest it’s been for a few weeks.
One problem that we do have are the times that are posted by the EA on their website, they do post a 4.00am report and perhaps one at 9.00am, and that is when the river is dropping, that means at 4.00am it may be that your favourite swim is under water, but by 3.00pm in the afternoon it may be possible to get on the bank and put in a cast or two, so it’s a visual report that is the most accurate.
If you have not got a copy of the EA river report for Throop then copy the above link and post it onto your desktop, it will come in very handy.
While we are on the subject of the copy and paste, here is another for you to have a go at, it’s the ten day weather forecast for Bournemouth.
Right there you have it, you should now be set up for checking out the weather and river levels, you can now join me in coming obsessed on the daily routine of checking whether we can go fishing or not.
Again the reports are limited for obvious reasons, but I do have a few photos for you to cast your eyes over, don't forget to click on the photos to make them larger.
Last week I posted a couple of photos from Rod Courtman, they were the underwater ones of those lovely Perch, now this is where old age comes into play, I could not remember who he was but Rod did in fact call on me to enquire about taking the underwater pics, so after a chat with Chris Allport, the ok was given provided he obtained a day ticket.
So now that is sorted out, here are a couple more pics, this time it’s some lovely Roach.
Many thanks to Rod for the work that he has done in obtaining the pictures, and for sending the end result through to the website.
Sunday 19-1-2014 and Bailiff Steve New managed to find a dry spot to fish and captured a nice Barbel of 8lb 9ozs, well done Steve and many thanks for the report, what a shame the other fishery officials decided to fish a lake on the same day.
So after Steve's success it was the turn of the weather to hit the headlines, the river has now once again risen to cover the banks and the adjoining fields.
Wednesday and there are one or two dry patches along the riverbank, and Joe Froggett managed to find one of these, that was after roving from swim to swim, but his final choice paid off with a Chub of 3lb 4ozs, well done Joe, the effort paid off, and many thanks for handing in a landing net that was found in Throop Mill car park, if you did lose your landing net, please give me a call, it’s with me waiting for you to pick it up.
Whilst I am a talking about Joe Froggett, last week I wondered whether he ate his River Lobster, and I have found out the answer, I was with Chris Allport and Alan Paget and Bailiff Sid Johnson on the riverbank watching Alan wasting his time watching a motionless rod tip, when Joe's River Lobster crawled up the leg of Chris, it was after his meat balls, so it was again captured by hand and here it is.
The next report comes in from a couple of day ticket anglers who joined us for the day, they were Oliver Floyd and Liam Timothy.
Oliver was piking and had some great success, he landed three fish, one of 8lb, one of 13lb 2ozs and 22lb 14ozs, well done mate,
here are a couple pictures of Oliver, the two bigger fish.
Liam also done very well capturing two Bream weighing 3lb and 4lb, plus a nice Perch of 2lb 8oz and a cracking Roach, well done you two guys and many thanks for your report and photos.
The next report comes in from two of our members, and they are Luke and Sam, their quest today was Pike, and it was Sam who had the first take, a battling fish was being brought to the net when it suddenly got off, Sam quickly recast and the greedy fish was still in the area and once again snapped up Sam's bait, this time it was brought to the net and a 10lb Pike was admired and returned to the water.
These two decided to move swims and settled down to their new spot, Sam then realised that he had left his bank stick in the previous swim, so leaving Luke to look after his baited rod he went to retrieve his lost piece of tackle, as he was making his way back Luke struck on a run that was on Sam’s rod and played a nice Pike to the net, this fish was weighed and photographed by Sam and bumped the scales down to a very nice 14lb 4oz fish, it was very lucky that the tears from Sam's eyes did not run onto the camera lens.
Never mind Sam, at least you had a 10lb fish.
On Thursday Steve New was again on one of his dry spots, and again he has landed a Barbel, not a monster, but a very welcome fish that weighed in at 6lb, well done Steve and thanks for your report.
My next report comes from our computer whizz kid John Sudworth, he is the guy that is responsible for putting my reports onto the website after I have sent them to him, but the fish capture is not that of John, it’s from his young son Brandon, this young lad has caught his first ever Chub, it weighed in at 2lb 8ozs which makes it a PB..................
Now I reckon that dad has to give him a special treat to celebrate this special occasion, very well done Brandon, and let’s hope that this is the start of many great catches.
Well that is about it for another week, so despite the appalling river conditions some of our anglers have been out on the banks giving it a go, a few never caught but the same reaction was they were glad to be back on the banks.
If you do get a chance to have a go and have a touch of success, then please get in touch, you can send your reports via e-mail at
email@example.com or you can call me on 07740 777967 I will be glad to give you any river updates.
You can also call the Throop Manager, Chris Allport on 07789 408503.
Many thanks for your reports and photos, good luck and tight lines.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 18-01-2014
Welcome to another Throop report.
Let me start by saying that it's been an absolute nightmare regarding the weather and the river levels, just as the water is dropping, down comes the lashing rain and up goes the river once again, every day we have had the lashing rain and it seems to be no end in sight.
The weather forecast for this weekend is heavy rain Saturday and again on Tuesday, but we have a rest from the wet stuff on Sunday and Monday, but we will have to wait and see if a dry spot can be found on the riverbank..
So we have had record water levels that reached 1.91, and if you look at the photos on the last report then you can see what a nightmare it has been.
Once the level drops to 1.00 then you can find a few spots to wet a line, but unfortunately as soon as it goes down the skies open up, we are back where we started, we need a week or two of dry weather to let the surrounding fields and ditches to drain off.
Whilst I am talking about water levels, the Avon has also reached record heights, with a few roads impassable.
So apart from the doom and gloom I do have a couple of reports, and to start with I have a report about one of our Ringwood and District
fishery signs, and this I found amazing, it got washed away during the floods and ended up on the beach on the Isle of Wight, and that is some journey.
We have one of our Bailiffs who has been finding a couple of places to wet his line, he is Trevor Ridley, on Saturday the 4th of January he managed to dangle his bait with the aid of a pair of waders and a lot of will power and he was rewarded for his efforts with a nice
Chub of 5lb 8ozs, well done mate your tactics paid off.
Just one week later on Saturday the 11th of January with water temperatures of 45.3 f.....7.4 c he was all dressed up once again in his waders, and today was a sunny and warm day, a perfect day for sun bathing with this very welcome break in the weather, and what a great day for Trevor, two Chub were brought to the net, one weighed in at 5lb 14ozs and the other was an equal PB with a fish that hit the scales at 6lb 8ozs, well done mate that was very well deserved and many thanks for your reports.
On Sunday January 12th, Steve Graham and Muss were on the river looking for a fish or two, but the Chub were elusive, so a switch in their plans saw them trying for a Pike, and it worked, well for Steve it did, Muss was just an onlooker today, Steve banked two fish, one weighed in at 8lb whilst the bigger one saw the scales register a nice Pike of 13lb 8ozs, well done mate, but Muss did come in handy, he photographed the bigger of the two fish.
For those of you that never saw this surprise catch from Throop on July 2012, then just cast your eyes on this 16lb 14oz Koi Carp capture by Steve.
And what a shock that must have been................brilliant eh !
Still with Sunday the 12th, I met up with a few of the lads, a few bits of dry land were found but the fishing was tough, Chris Heath found a nice slack with a crease in the main flow just enough to put a float through, he was rewarded with some small Chub and some sea trout.
Richard Brown was also using the same tactics, but the going was very tough, but he landed a Chub of about 3lb, but a bit of roving with his chesties saw him find another Chub, this one weighed 4lb 12ozs, so he managed to successfully to find a couple of fish, but he is still struggling to glue his glasses that he broke the other week.
John Cadd landed the biggest Chub of the day with a fish of 6lb.
Monday saw John Sudworth and Chris Holley on the river, but again the going was very tough, John saved a blank with a small Chub of about 3lb.
Wednesday and it was the turn of Joe Froggett, who must be cracking up today, he sent me a photo of his River Lobster.........
well I suppose it made him laugh, many thanks for the photo mate, it made me laugh....................
Did you return it to the river or did you eat it ?
Sam Pask has returned to live back in good old Blighty, and it's great to see him back, we have missed him.....bless....
Today Sam is fishing for Pike which is a good decision, and it paid off, he has banked a cracking Pike of 23lb 8ozs, well done Sam and many thanks for your photo and report.
Thursday and Joe Froggett is back on the banks trying everything in the book in an attempt to capture a Perch, all the Perch baits and methods that he has read about was failing fast, but he was saved by two red maggots when his bait was snapped up by a great stripey, not only that, it was a PB....................3lb 2ozs..............well done Joe and many thanks for your report and photo.
While we are on the subject of Perch, I had a couple of photos sent to me by Rod Courtman, I don't know if he took the photos himself, but many thanks Rod.
So there you have it, a short report, but under the circumstances that is all I can manage.
I may not be able to make a weekly report while conditions are so grim, but you can still contact me if you require,
e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org or call me on 07740 777967.
Good luck all.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 04-01-2014
Welcome to the Throop Report.
Hi Guys, this is just a small report just to let you all know that we are all safe and well.
After moaning like hell about the water levels, on how low they were, the weather has changed and reshaped the river into what looks like one of the biggest lakes that your eyes have ever clapped on, so Throop is once again under water, and we now have a new record water level, on Wednesday December 25th 2013......Christmas Day.......the water reached 1.91.
Although today....( 2-1-14) the water temperature was a very nice 45.8 f........7.7 c , but I'm afraid we just can't get onto the riverbank.
One guy that did manage to find a spot once the water had subsided was John Cadd, his best session was 7 Chub to 6lb 13ozs.
So apart from John finding a break in the weather that coincided with a drop in water levels, no one else was fishing.
So please do not travel without first checking out the conditions, here are a few pictures, and bear in mind that the river was flowing OVER School Bridge.
Longham Bridge, Avon Causeway, and New Road Bridge were all closed at the time.
So that is all I have got for you at the moment, but if you have any old reports or photos please send them in.
Phone on 07740 777967 or e-mail me on email@example.com
Good luck lads.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 21-12-2013
Welcome to the Throop report.
As I stated on my last report, I was putting away my float gear for a while and getting back to my Barbel fishing, the air temperature is rising and today, Saturday, the water temperature is 45.7 f......which is 7.6 c in the new money, and the forecast ( if they get it right ) is rising through the week with a touch of rain expected.
So I arrive at 12.30pm to an empty fishery, well almost empty, on the stretch from the bungalows on the Bournemouth side up to the back of the village at Holdenhurst there were just four anglers, one was Barbel angler Brian James, alongside him was Bailiff Dave Watkins,
further downstream was myself and just one other angler and that was Richard Brown.
Brian and Dave were both fishing bottom bait, Brian had two small pulls but they both blanked.
I was also fishing bottom baits, I put some particles down on a dropper and gave it over an hour, it was then a matter of waiting, at about
4.30pm the baitrunner screamed out line, I struck..............nothing, one of those bites that was impossible to miss, but miss it I did.
At 5.45pm the same thing happened, the line screamed off and again I did not connect, I tried to rectify this by exchanging the weight for a heavier one, extending the length of bottom and setting up the bottom end to a bolt rig...............and it worked, I never had another bite.
I carried on until 6.55pm, I just made it back to the van before the rain came down.
In between my fishing I met up with Richard Brown, we do communicate quite regular by e-mail, so today was nice to meet up with him, Richard was float fishing during the daylight hours and it was paying off, and this was not an easy task with the wind picking up quite strongly, he had a total of six Chub, he captured two whilst I was watching, the first one that I saw him catch was foul hooked on the anal fin and he had a massive battle on his hands landing this one, he had to wade quite a way downstream to land this battler, so the first photo is of the battler, have a look at the photo, on the left you will see his glasses that was perfectly good as I took the photo, but unfortunately the £120 pair could not take his weight as he kneeled on them, that was a real shame, let’s hope the insurance might cover a new pair.
The second fish was the biggest which weighed 5lb 8ozs, and that was the last of the Chub catches, after that a Dace and some Minnows were all that were caught.
Well done Richard, I know you was fishing until 7.00pm, I bet you got soaked.
On the opposite of the river we had club members the Holland family, father and son who were piking, but just small Jack Pike were the only fish of the day, these two guys packed up and left.
Later on two day ticket roving Pike anglers came along opposite me, after three casts another small Jack Pike was landed and the lads moved off downstream, they came back later to leave the fishery and informed me that the best fish of their day was a Pike of 6lb 8ozs.
We have also had Simon Daley back on the bank, I never met up with Simon today but he has once again had some magic with his trusty float, catching some more great Chub, he captured three on the float with the best fish weighing about 4lb, the Minnows then moved in and put paid to that, he then went onto a static bait and fished into darkness, and at 6.oopm he captured the best fish of the session, a cracking Chub of 6lb..............well done again Simon.
Sunday, and to be honest, I am staying indoors, the wind has pick up and we have some lashing rain, not only that, there are two top football matches on the telly.
Although this video is not on Throop, it shows you how to link leger using bread, click on the link.
Monday and at last the water is rising, also the water temperature has risen to 49.6 F......9.8 C and that should be great news for all you Barbel anglers, I had my usual tour of the fishery in the morning and no one was fishing at all, at lunchtime it was exactly the same, so it was an early lunch and my Barbel gear was all assembled and it was off to the river, with the time now at 2.00pm and there was only one car parked at School Bridge and that belonged to member Mike Lamb, I met up with him and we had a chat, the river looked good, with a good colour and warm water.
So with some bait in the water I now waited for Mr Whiskers to turn up, this never happened, I was plagued with weed being washed down, my bait was only in the water for about 10 minutes at a time before it had to be retrieved, after a bit of a shuffle around I actually found a spot where the weed did not come into contact with my terminal tackle, but nor did the Barbel, in between bouts of rain I left the fishery at 6.30pm.
Further upstream another angler was fishing, there was no sign of his car as he used a different car park , it was Bailiff Trevor Ridley who was also taking advantage of the river conditions, Trevor decided that the best approach was rolling meat, of course this would also avoid a lot of the weed, but again no Barbel was seen but he did catch a fish, and to his delight he hooked and landed a PB Chub of 6lb 6ozs,
now that was a great few hours, well done Trevor and congratulations on your new PB.
Poor Trevor had flat batteries in his camera, so we have not got a photo, never mind mate you now have to catch a bigger one.
Tuesday and the water level is up even more which is great news, it will remove lots of dead weed that has been caught up in the margins for many weeks, so let’s hope that this flush through will do some good.
Here is another water level link, check this out and save it to your desk top.
When you check out the water level make sure you look at the time that the level was posted onto their site, for example, when I was fishing on Monday evening the water level was rising rapidly but the posted level was very much earlier, make allowances for this.
Bear in mind that the water level at Throop can come up quickly, it can drop almost as quick.
So another trip to the river this morning has revealed that the water has now breached the bank in a few places, but we should not have any complaints as it will shift some of the dead weed.
And as predicted the first Barbel for many weeks has been captured, and this fish goes to an angler who is more well-known than the Queen, its none other than IRISH GEORGE, well done mate a great 11lb 8oz Barbel, in fact what happened was, George decided to move swims because of all the weed he was picking up on his line, he cast out into his new swim and BANG, a fish first cast.
George bought himself a tripod for his camera, the tripod works fine, but his camera seems to be the problem, the timer is having problems.
But the other good news is, George bought two new Barbel rods a few weeks ago and at long last one has been christened.
Its sad news for the reports as most of the catches have been on the float, the river is still rising and its now over the banks, and that makes float fishing impossible, so today, Wednesday my fishing has had to go on the backburner at Throop, the river is over the banks with still a lot of weed being washed down, and the weather forecast for today is rain and very strong winds with gusts to 50mph.
It’s now Friday and the river has been over the banks with lots of weed being washed downstream, the water is now very coloured and the water temperature dropped last night by 4 degrees F, so you can see why I have not had any reports coming in.
One person who has been giving it a go is Peter Hilken, he posted this picture that was taken downstream of School Bridge on the Bournemouth side.
Saturday and the weather has got worse, no one is fishing at all, and the forecast is predicting more wind and rain, the river has burst its banks in many places and fishing will be impossible, I have decided that I will put my rods away until after Christmas.
Now you can see what I mean, so I will end this report by saying many thanks for all the reports and photos that you sent in.
Click on the link for my Christmas Greetings to you.
GOOD LUCK AND TIGHT LINES.............BRIAN WILLSON THROOP BAILIFF firstname.lastname@example.org
Throop Report Saturday 14-12-2013
Welcome to the Throop Report.
Let me start with a late report, Why is it late ?..............because I forgot to put it on, well what do you expect at my age, I have such a busy life what with having to get myself ready for the nightly rave parties, Christmas shopping, and most of my morning is spent in the gymnasium............................... ok I lied.
Mind you if the keep fit classes are all like this, it's worth a thought.
I was reminded by the Avon manager Phil Nixon that he did catch a nice Chub of 5lb 4ozs, well done mate, sorry about the delay.
Saturday and myself and Rick was on the river for a late session, I struggled for a bite on trotting tactics whilst Rick had one scorching bite on a static bait that he missed during last knockings.
Ron Mccann had a couple of Chub, the best one coming during darkness and that weighed 5lb 12ozs, well done mate, we never got a photo of his fish.
Also on the river was Clive Woolner who is nicely settled back in Blighty after his trip to Yankee Land, and using roving tactics Clive had a couple of Chub to 2lb 8ozs, well done Clive.
And just for the youngsters who are now thinking......What is BLIGHTY ?......here is the answer.
"Blighty" is a British English slang term for Britain, deriving from Persian velayat and ultimately from Arabic wilayah, originally meaning something like "province". In India the term vilayati came to be known as an adjective meaning European, and specifically English or British: "blighty" is believed to be a corruption of vilayati or the Hindu variant "bilayati" by British soldiers stationed in India.
How's that for an answer.
So still with Saturday I had a couple of reports of some Chub being caught further upstream but the captors are unknown.
Sunday, and it's great to see Nick Roberts back on the riverbank, I have missed his excellent photos that he takes, there are no photos today, but we do have a nice catch of fish from Nick, he hooked 5 Chub landing 4 fish, 5lb 14ozs..5lb 4ozs..5lb 12ozs..4lb 8ozs, and the fifth fish, which was the biggest was lost just under the bank, unlucky with that one mate.
Nick has been suffering with a bad back and had to stop fishing, this session lasted 2.5 hours, well done Nick.
Ivan Hoare was also unlucky to lose a couple of fish, but he did manage to land two Chub, one weighed 2lb 12ozs whilst the second was much bigger at 4lb 4ozs, Ivan did say that it was very hard work using trotting tactics but it was very enjoyable on such a mild day, well done Ivan.
Again the Minnows are becoming a nuisance, they are descending on most baits, and those anglers that are using maggots are seeing their baits invaded after just a few seconds.
We need a couple of frosts and almost certainly a lot more water, the level at the moment is below the Summer Levels.
Monday was the same as it was on the previous days, Sid Johnson reported of a few Chub being caught downstream.
I could not get a bite despite trying three swims in my three hour trotting session, at the moment I am just using large pieces of bread flake to avoid most of the Minnows.
Terry "Theo" Theobold was visiting us from Wales, I spent an hour with him, and he too struggled and was also being pestered by the Minnows, he did catch a small 6oz Roach on the last knockings, his fishing buddy did catch two Chub to 3lb + , so fishing all day long you can see how difficult it has been.
Alan Paget was fishing he last session before Christmas and was rewarded with 5lb + Chub, well done mate. Merry Christmas.
With this mild weather that has been with us, I would not be too surprised to see a Barbel landed, let’s hope so.
On my last report I featured Ray Walton who was on Beat 1 showing you guys just a snippet of this great section, on this report once again I have featured Ray on the section Iford-Tuckton-Christchurch, click on the link to see Rays short film.
Just ask at the local tackle shops for more information or check out the Ringwood and District Anglers website.
When you go onto the Ringwood and District anglers Associations website, click on the section marked Day Tickets and have a good read, it will tell you all you want to know regarding the tickets and the locations and lots of info on the Throop beats.
Tuesday and I was late out this afternoon, the overnight air temperature had dropped but today is nice and mild, it made no difference to most anglers with a lot blanking, the Minnows are still causing problems in lots of swims, I never had a bite, I fished from 2.00pm to 4.20pm and that was when I lost the light to see my float.
The Barbel boys went away empty handed, which was expected.
Peter Hilken landed a Bream of 4lb and a Jack Pike but by the smiley photo he sent in he seems to be happy and enjoyed his day, and he has made a new friend in a Kingfisher that he has named STUMPY, Thanks Pete.
There were a few nice catches reported, the first was from Brian Westwood, he has been having some good success and today he managed 3 Chub, two of these fish fell to the float with the best fish weighing in at 5lb 1oz, that was when the Minnows moved in, so it was time for a move, the move did pay off with another Chub plus some Dace and a Bullhead, so as darkness approached he then dropped a fish, unlucky Brian, many thanks for your report.
Next up we have Simon Daley, Simon was featured in my report the other week when he landed a nice bag of Chub, and today he has once again been successful, he has landed 5 Chub, three of the fish came on the float, and two were taken on Boilies at the last knockings, once again Simon was pestered by the Minnows.
The best Chub weighed in at 5lb 3ozs, well done Simon.
What do we know about Minnows apart from being a nuisance, it’s very surprising that they are more sophisticated than you think, click on the link and see just how clever these tiny fish are.
I had no reports for Wednesday, it was a day off for me so I was not on the river.
Thursday and it's still a bit of a struggle, I did manage to hook and land one Chub of 5lb 9ozs, and it was once again Chris Allport that was on hand to assist, and this time it was with my camera, so which photo do you prefer, the one on the left or the one on the right.
Well done Chris, two nice photos, I even look normal.
After that fish, I trotted the swim for another 2 hours without a bite, I was then beaten by the light fading.
The only other bit of information that I received was a Trout being caught, and that was about it.
Friday and the fishery was deserted in the morning at 7.30 am, I parked at School Bridge and walked to Glens Weir, I then came back and went downstream on the Hurn side as far as the Steps, I then returned to find Peter Hilken setting up on the section upstream of the bridge, I then left and got stuck into my daily chores, I returned later at 11.45am and the School Bridge section was still empty except for Peter.
The only report that I received for today was from Stephen Harding who managed to escape me, do you remember on my last report Stephen had a nice Chub but no scales, well he did take a bit of my advice and added a set of scales to his Christmas list, so here he was back on the fishery with no scales, and yes of course it had to happen, as the clock struck 11.0am, another Chub was landed, oh dear ! it seems there might be a moral here somewhere, should we leave our scales at home in the hope that it might improve our chances of catching some fish.
Anyway well done Stephen, two visits and two fish, many thanks for your report and your selfie.
For those of you that don't know what a SELFIE is, let me tell you............A self-take photo.
As I finish up this small report today, which is Saturday morning, I shall then put away my trotting gear and rake out my Barbel gear and see if old Whiskers fancies coming out to play, the weather has been mild and they must be starving.
It’s frightening that the season has flown by, and once again it has been dominated by the weather, and I suppose this has kept anglers off the riverbank, there have been some great catches, big bags of Chub and some large Barbel have been caught, but these catches have been limited and to think that there are just over 13 weeks left of the river course season.
Last year we had the highest river level recorded here at Throop and this season we have water levels that at the moment are very low,
but for myself I shall just get on with things, you never know I may even catch a Barbel today.
If you require any information on the river or have any problems give Throop manager Chris Allport a ring on 07789 408503.
For river conditions and catch reports call me on 07740 777967 or e-mail me on email@example.com
Many thanks for your catch reports and photos, keep them coming in.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 07-12-2013
Hello and welcome to the Throop Report.
And yet again we have another report that is sparse of many reports, and that is mostly due to the lack of anglers on the riverbank, but we will all plug away and enjoy the great place that is Throop.
The week started well but fizzled out towards the end of the week.
So let’s start by saying congratulations to Mark Edkins who received the fish of the week from Anglers Mail, for his 15lb Barbel caught on Throop, this catch was featured the other week in my report and I was lucky enough to be on hand to see such a beautiful fish swim away after the weighing and the photography.
The feature that appeared on page 6 of the Anglers Mail in the December 3rd issue saw Mark grab the whole page to himself and won a whole load of goodies.
I am now wondering what Mark is going to do with his red and black hat now that he has won a brand new one from Pallatrax.
Here are a couple of photos that have been sent in by Mike from Wolverhampton, one is Mike and his 5lb 3oz Chub and the other is Ben with his Perch of 2lb 4ozs.
These were featured in one of my reports the other week, many thanks Mike for the photos.