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.
Here is a late report from Stephen Harding who fished on Sunday December 1st, he was not having much luck until the time reached 2.00pm when he hooked and landed a nice Chub, his previous best Chub was a touch on the small size, but this one certainly surpassed his previous best, BUT, guess what ?..........he had no scales, so an estimate was given to the Chub of between 5/6lb.
Well done on your PB, but I think a lesson has to be learned here, fishing a river like the Stour here at Throop does mean that you should be well prepared, beneath the water lurks many quality and specimen fish, Barbel in excess of 15lb, Chub over 8lb, Roach well in excess of 3lb, plus big Dace and Carp, I would be horrified not to have some scales to weigh a good fish if I was lucky enough to land one.
So put some scales on your Christmas list you lads, don't go too mad with the price otherwise you will give the buyer the hump.
Many thanks to Stephen for his report.
Saturday was productive at Throop with a few nice catches, first up we have Simon Daley, I met up with him on the riverbank and up until then he had a nice bag of fish, that was at 1.00pm when his tally was 5 Chub, but when I received his final catch report, his tally had shot up to 9 Chub, with the best one weighing in at 6lb 5ozs, he also lost three fish in the weed, amongst his tally was a nice Trout of 5lb..............well done Simon, that was a great session, many thanks for your photo and report.
There was a lad on the opposite bank using roving tactics but by the time I got round there he had gone, I found out later that it was Gareth Boycott, he never blanked, but managed a nice Chub of 6 lbs., many thanks for your previous reports, they were very well appreciated and very welcome.
Another roving angler was Aub Harrison, who was gracing our riverbank with his trotting tactics, he found this session very hard but did manage one Chub of 3lb.
Now talk about pushing the boat out, Clive Woolner rushed back from America and could not wait to get back on the banks of Throop, so with the trotting and roving tactics, he had a mixed bag of fish, one Chub of 3lb, a Perch, a Trout, 2 Pike and so many Minnows that he lost count, well done Clive.
I did have a couple of reports from some of the anglers that one or two Chub were caught along the river.
Sunday was a day of for me, football on the telly all day, but I did get a couple of reports, one was from Darrel Hughes who had a nice Chub of 5lb 10ozs, well done mate.
Mark Church was on the river, now I know Mark usually wears shorts throughout the year whatever the weather, but he sent me a photo of this 14lb Pike which was in a catch of three fish, well done Mark, thanks for the photo, I am wondering why you are not holding the fish, it may have something to do with its sharp teeth or you were not wearing your favourite shorts, I'm sure you will let me know.
Monday and I was trotting a float through one or two swims, but again as with most rivers at the moment the going was tough, so after shifting my swims a couple of times I managed to contact a small Chub of about 2lb, and it was Chris Allport who appeared behind me who netted the fish making sure it was not lost, just so that I could brag that I had actually caught something.
Again I had some unconfirmed reports of some Chub catches along the river, but I'm afraid there were also many blanks.
This is where the fishing reports were becoming very sparse, I was out on Tuesday but that was hard going and I never had a bite.
I met up with Graham Pullen who had just landed a Pike of 12lb and we discussed some of his videos that he had made in the past, so I can tell the anglers that have asked me about Grahams video..." Roach fishing on the Stour " it was in fact made on Throop, just downstream of Blackwater Bridge on Beat 3.
Wednesday belonged to Brian Westwood and he captured four Chub to 4lb 8ozs and a small Pike and I quote.." a trillion Minnows "
Also today, Richard Lascelles was trying very hard to avoid the dreaded Minnows, and believe me that's a difficult task, but he did manage one Chub, a splendid fish of 5lb 9ozs and perhaps he may have been lucky enough to catch some more if the Swans hadn't decided to move in and spoil the session.
Here is a photo that Richard sent me, at the moment it's very small and for some reason I am unable to enlarge it, but many thanks.
Thursday and Brian Westwood is back fishing and once again the struggle continued trying to avoid the Minnows, the first hour went well with two Chub being landed, and after that the Minnows once again moved in at that was that
I did not receive any reports on Friday and I was not on the river, my day was taken up keeping an eye on the tree surgeons that were reducing the size of the monster Black Poplar that stands guard over my home, but I must say that the work was carried out by some really excellent guys, and they done a fabulous job reducing the tree by 4 metres all the way round.
So why are the fish playing hard to get ?
I don't think that many of us can answer that question, it’s happening on a lot of rivers and lakes around the country, but I do know one thing, if we had a lot more people fishing then the law of averages would surely see more fish.
The river here at Throop is very low and we do need a lot more rain, a lot of the weed has died off and this in turn makes the river nip through a bit quicker as there is nothing to hold the water back.
The last time we had a decent bit of rain that brought up the water level and coloured the river, the Barbel started to feed, so let’s hope for some rain in the future.
Here is another link for you to click on just to see the current water level, save the link to your desktop, it's very handy.
I have included a short video of a small part of Beat 1, this was made by Ray Walton and Anglers Mail on behalf of R.D.A.A.
this is to give you just a taste on a very under fished part of the fishery.
The section of the fishery that is shown is from the New Weir up to the bend on the Hurn side, the river does continue on the same side past the sewage works.
If you explore the river on the Bournemouth side, you can walk from the New Weir right through to Muscliffe, here you will find some fabulous fishing areas, these must be explored to find the swim that looks like it is crying out to be fished.
And all this for just £5.00 per day on a day ticket.
If you would like to fish this stretch, go to a tackle shop and ask for a BEAT 1 ticket, once bought you can only fish on this stretch.
A key is required which you can purchase from the Tackle shop, this can be returned and money refunded if required.
If you choose to purchase a £10.00 day ticket, this will allow you to fish any of the stretches, Beats 1-2-3.
Well that's about it for another week, the going has been hard but very enjoyable, a great place to explore and be part of.
If you require any river information contact Chris Allport the Throop Manager on 07789 408503.
For any river conditions and any reports contact me on 07740 777967 or e-mail me at email@example.com
Many thanks for your reports and e-mails
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 30-11-2013
Hello and welcome to the Throop report.
Let me start with a moan once again regarding the litter louts.
Well done to the person that left a whole load of goodies for the Bailiffs tea at the Wendy House Swim.
Half a can of Soup.
One small carton of milk.
One whole bottle of Oasis.
One empty sandwich carton.
One empty fag box.
One half bottle of water.
One empty cheese and onion crisp packet.
They were all wrapped up in a carrier bag and hanging from a tree.
There are many words to describe you, but I am not allowed to use such language in print.
Let’s be honest, this is a nightmare, you have the pleasure of being on such a wonderful fishery, can you image what our fisheries would be like if no one ever picked up any rubbish at all.
Can you image if a lake was next to a council rubbish tip, would anyone fish it with the smell that comes with it ?
I can remember fishing a few rivers and lakes in Spain that was full of rubbish it was not nice.
SO PLEASE TAKE YOUR RUBBISH HOME.
Once again I have had a nice report from Gareth Boycott and have copied and pasted it to my report, many thanks Gareth.
Fished beat 2 again on Saturday. Trotted maggot for a couple of hours in the morning and had 3 chub up to 4lb 10oz and two brown trout, one around 1lb 8oz and one around 2lb.
Decided to spend the afternoon roving the water below school bridge and managed two more chub around 4lb a piece on link ledgered cheese paste.
An enjoyable day all round.
Well done once again Gareth and many thanks.
Well that was nice of Gareth and well appreciated, today was quite busy on the river and it was pleasant to be out and about, my morning was spent oiling the locks, checking permits and pretending to be a dustman.
The weather was very pleasant today and there were quite a few fish caught, mostly Chub and a few Pike, one lad that I spoke to had just landed his fourth fish, all taken on the float.
Keith Humphreys landed 6 Chub, but bumped off 4, two of the Chub were 5lb +, that was a nice session.
If you remember the last report I kept on at Keith, "watch out there's a Humphrey about", it makes me wonder about these bottles of milk that keep turning up in the rubbish bags, so it could prove that there is NOT a Humphrey about.
Four lads made the trip from Wolverhampton, they had a good day on the River Test on Saturday getting in amongst those wonderful Grayling, and then joined us on Sunday.
So we will kick off with Andy who was fishing a well-known swim, which on the day did not fish, so poor Andy did struggle, when I spoke to him he was blanking, but later on he managed to save his blank by landing a small Chub of 2lb.
Pete also only had one Chub, but this one was much bigger and weighed in at 5lb 8ozs.
Ben also only had one fish and this was a Perch that tipped the scales at 2lb 4ozs.
Mike caught two fish, so I suppose he was the champion of the day, his fish were both Chub with the biggest weighing 5lb 3ozs, so no one blanked and you all had a good weekend, now it’s the dreaded 4 hour drive home.
I hear you are coming back in February / March, let’s hope the fish are crawling up the rods for you.
There were also a number of Pike caught today, these were taken on most methods, but the dead bait was the most successful, most of the Pike were Jacks but they did at least put a slight bend in some rods.
Michael Radford a local member was also into the pike, he landed two, one of 6lb and one double the size weighing in at 12lb, well done mate.
Monday usually sees quite a few anglers on the bank but today was very quiet indeed.
Minnows seemed to dominate the day and were playing havoc with the anglers using maggots.
I decided to lighten up my tackle and cut the whole lot down to the bear minimum, so off I went trotting with Bread, after about 30minutes I connected with my first fish, once hooked it run deep and would not show itself, I was far too anxious to see what it was, it then dived in a big clump of weed right under the bank in front of me, I thought that I may have connected with a Pike that had taken a liking to my bread flake, but suddenly a big tail appeared in amongst the weed, it was a big Chub, I pulled to try and prise it from its hiding hole but it wouldn't budge, I then poked my landing net under the fish................that's when my line broke.
I was not happy at all, this was brand new 6lb line and I did not put that much pressure on the fish when I was pulling, the line parted about 6inches from the hook, I can only assume that there was a fault in the line or there was an underwater obstacle that cut the line.
I have been waiting to beat my PB Chub of 6lb 15ozs for a few seasons and I thought that this may have been the one, it was not to be.
I then moved downstream and managed a Chub of about 4lb, that's when I lost the light and it was time to go home.
Once I got home I stripped of the line and replaced in with a new spool of a different make.
I use a Berkley line stripper for taking the line off my reels, it is a really great bit of kit, they cost around £7.00
and worth every penny, the batteries last quite a long while, mine have been in there about 2 years.
If you are stripping line from a centre pin it’s great to see the reel spinning with the line peeling off.
Have a look at the link and see what you have missing all this time.
Alan Paget had one of those nasty little Pike that took his hook bait that was intended for other species.
Ron McCann was again on the riverbank and landed 3 Chub, these fish were not monsters but a 3lb Chub is always very welcome, well done Ron keep at it mate and thanks for your report.
Tuesday and the river is still looking very good, although its low and we need some rain, you get the feeling that things might happen, but I am afraid that's all it is a feeling, but with the weather not so cold it really is great to be no the riverbank.
I met up with Aub Harrison and he did manage one Chub of 5lb despite walking most of the fishery with his roving tactics.
Today was a frosty start and Ron McCann was having his second session of the week, not great conditions for today, what with the overnight frost and a very bright sun, but today the sun was very welcome warming things up, and today Ron had another 3 Chub, but this time he had a very small fish of about 6oz plus his usual three pounder, but he topped it off with a nice Chub of 4lb 13ozs, so nothing was had at last knockings, so with the air temperature dropping it was time to go home.
I went back to the same swim for that big Chub that had previously made its escape, but it was not to be, not a sign of it.
Wednesday and the fishery was empty, not a sign of an angler in the morning and again in the afternoon, so not a fish to report today.
The fishery has been empty, and today was no exception, the only reports I had for today was from Tony Riley, he had one nice Chub of
4lb2ozs but he did lose another one, unlucky on that one Tony.
I met up with Martin Hooper who had one average size Chub on the float.
It was mentioned that one or two Chub had been caught along the river, but the information was very sparse, so we will leave that one alone.
Friday was again very empty on the river although there were three cars at School Bridge I had no reports.
I decided to fish downstream of School Bridge and again I was float fishing, I found a nice swim and had a small Chub of about 1lb on my first trot down, on the third trot I pulled out of a fish, and it took me a couple of hours before I hooked and landed a Chub of about 3lb, and that I'm afraid was that, the light was fading fast and it was time to go home.
So this week the reports were very sparse due to an empty fishery, and we do not have one photo, but let’s hope things will improve next week, so I shall sign off now, good luck to you all if you are out fishing in the coming week.
If you would like any river conditions call Chris Allport on 07789 408503.
For any river condition or catch reports you can phone me on 07740 777967 or e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks for those of you that sent me your report, keep fishing, keep catching, and keep sending in your reports.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 23-11-2013
Hello and welcome to the Throop Report.
Let me start this week with a report that was sent to me by Gareth Boycott, I liked this so much that I decided to copy and paste it straight on to the report.
I know you are struggling a bit for catch reports so here’s one for you.
I fished beat 2 on Saturday. Got there for 7am – it was freezing! I could only fish til around lunchtime and decided to trot maggot for chub. Took over 2 hours of regularly feeding a small amount of maggot before I had my first bite. The float buried on single maggot and I hit into a very big chub. You know the type, feels like a snag and then you get one or two nods as it shakes it’s head. After coaxing it upstream I got it about 3/4 of the way in when all went solid – it had found a snag mid river! In the end I had to pull for a break. I've had chub to 6lb 7oz on the float and this one definitely felt in that league. Gutted! I moved downstream so that I was now just below ‘the unseen snag’. Managed four chub between 3lb and 4lb 8oz. Good fun on light gear but a real shame about the one I lost.
River was in lovely condition, perfect trotting pace, a tinge of colour and no crap coming down.
Many thanks Gareth, how easy it would be if a few more people could do that.
Andy Wyatt had to work very hard today, but he never blanked and had a mixed bag today, two Chub to 4lb 8ozs plus some Perch, Dace and Roach.
Andy does a lot of homework before he ventures out onto the riverbank, he will pick the river that has the better conditions and will fish the one that he thinks will produce better, so today it was the Stour, well done mate and many thanks for your report.
I know that this has nothing to do with Throop but it just goes to show how uneducated some of the people are that have to make sure that we are safe in area's that can be a danger to the public where deep water is concerned.
click on the link.....................and don't laugh.
Can you believe that, and I wonder how much that would cost, and guess who will have to pay for the installation.
On to Sunday and again the reports are very sparse, but I must keep on plugging away, so with the temperature dipping all this coming week along with the Northerly winds, I have to rely on all those tough guys to brave the elements and catch some fish.
Phil Nixon the Avon manager was on the banks of the Stour here at Throop today, but there was no Chub or Barbel for Phil, but he was rewarded with a couple of Bream which is not one of his favourites. ( he keeps calling me a Southern Softy, that will teach him).
The next hardnut on the river was a member of the British Army, now you can’t get much harder than that, and to be honest theses lads are doing such a good job that they should be well rewarded, and that's exactly what happened, so here we have Ringwood member Keith Humphreys, who today was well rewarded, despite the hard going Keith landed two fish, a beautiful Sea Trout of 7lb 9ozs, and a cracking Chub of 6lb 4ozs...............well done Keith..................."watch out there's a Humphrey about"
Now for you youngsters that don't know what the hell I am talking about "watch out there's a Humphrey about " have a click on the links and it will explain it all.
I bet Keith will sort me out now.
I have a late report that has just come in from Aaran Morgan, he was fishing last week with his Dad, and it was Dads birthday.
So what could be better than sharing your birthday with your son ?
Easy answer, to catch a great fish, and that is exactly what happened, Aarans dad who is Ben Morgan was Pike fishing, Aaran had a fish of about 6lb, but it was the "Captain" who got his birthday present, a nice Pike of 22lb 8ozs, and just to show it wasn't a fluke he had another one of 10lb, well done "Captain" and many thanks for your report Aaran.
Monday saw a few more anglers on the bank, I reckon that the word has got out that Phil Nixon had a couple of Bream, one lad landed a Pike of 13lb 8ozs, I never obtained his name, so if you were that angler, get in touch and we will put out some more details.
Alan Paget managed three Chub, no monsters this time, the best weighing about 4lb, well done Alan.
I did get a report that a few Chub to 5lb had been caught but again I had no more details.
Brian Westwood had a good session, again they were not the Throop monsters, but Brian had 4 Chub on the float and then moved pegs to take another 3 on the feeder, all the Chub were about 3 to 4lb in weight, well done Brian.
Now I am asked many times about the Roach here at Throop, well let me tell you that we have seen some real monsters in the past but catching them is another story.
Richard Lascelles did find a nice shoal, they were not the monsters of Throop, but he had a nice bag of fish, they were all caught on the float and he could have had more if the Swans hadn't moved in and ruined the swim, well done Richard.
Moving on to Tuesday, and a very heavy frost and a very cold Northerly wind put paid to anglers venturing out onto the bank, not only that, Tina broke her glasses which meant I was unavailable for most of the day, a journey to the opticians, and shopping.
Wednesday was just as bad, and the only angler that was seen fishing was on the Mill Pool, no one was seen on the river.
Thursday and at last we have an angler catching some fish, and it is local lad Greg Turner, he was trotting his float very successfully and landed 4 Chub to 6lb 1oz, well done mate, it's good to see you back on the river again after a long layoff.
And that was the only report that I got for today, many thanks for that Greg.
Friday was looking much better, despite a cold start, the sun was warming things up nicely, except for the fishing, it was a very hard struggle, there were just a few anglers on the bank, it did not make any difference whether they were on the feeder, the lead or the float, the fish did not want to know, mind you saying that, only one angler reported his catch and that was Neil Hurren, he was roving and trotting and did lose one fish when he was opposite me, he wandered off downstream and landed a cracking Chub of 6lb 6ozs, well done mate, a great catch.
You are all wondering how I got on, well despite letting Chris Allport steal my rod for a bit of trotting, we both never had a bite, you see how i have shared the blame, that's when the Ducks moved in, there must have been over 40 of them, many were diving under stealing my bait from the bottom, so now that all the Cows have gone and the electric fence has been turned off, all I can now moan about is the Ducks.
Did I say 40.......well I suppose we are lucky, have a look at what some people have to put up with.
Well that's about it for another week, despite the river looking very nice, a good colour and a good flow, the fish are just not feeding, this does fall in line with a few other rivers around the country, so I suppose we have just got to get on with it, so I wish you all luck and hope that the coming weeks are more fruitful.
If you require any river conditions phone Chris Allport on 07789 408503.
For river conditions and catch reports phone me on 07740 777967 or e-mail me on email@example.com
many thanks for all you correspondence and reports.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 16-11-2013
Hello and welcome to the Throop Report.
I have been asked many times, how do you tie a hair rig, many people buy them already tied, and many people tie their knots in different ways.
The best way is to use a knotless knot, the simplest way is for you to have a look at this video and it will explain it to you in a very simple way on how to do it.
So there you have it, it’s as simple as that.
At the other end of the link I tie a swivel, some use a simple loop whilst others use a quick release clip.
To tie on my swivel I use a Palomar Knot, this is a very strong knot to use, whether it’s to tie swivels or hooks, have a look at this video and learn how to this knot.
So now you have no excuse for a knot to slip, I hope you don't mind that I have included this on my report, most of you know how to tie knots, so it could be a bit embarrassing for some people to ask, but take it from me, there are many knots that I have not got a clue how to tie.
I love watching THINKING TACKLE and I am intrigued by the complicated rigs and methods, and ask me to tie one just after I have watched it and I have not got a clue.
The river has again been rising and falling, with the colour coming and going, at the moment the level is fine and the water has got a touch of colour in it.
The weather forecast has predicted a frost this week with some cold overnight lows.
Again there has been a lack of anglers on the banks but the supermarket car parks have been full, my Xmas shopping is almost done but I expect some of you guys will be out and about trying to get some of the shopping done.
There have been some Chub catches this week but the anglers are having to work hard for them, most are in the 3/5lb range.
Roach and Perch have also featured, but again it’s not been easy.
Once the water starts to clear I expect to see the float anglers taking some nice mixed bags of fish.
CLICK ON THE PHOTO'S TO MAKE THEM LARGER.
On Tuesday we had another one of them great moments when an angler has a PB, and today it’s the turn of our old mate "Froggy", no that's not his real name, its Joe Froggett, now you know how he got his nickname, and the special prize today was a Barbel,
this beauty tipped the scales at 13lb 12ozs, well done Joe and congratulations, not only for your great catch but catching it from one of my favourite lazy swims, why do I call it lazy ?...........because it’s near the car park and not far to walk, thanks for your report and photo.
I met up with Paul who recently captured a stunning Barbel of 14lb 14ozs, but today it turned very cold and a horrible mist descended on the fishery soaking everything that came into contact with it, Pauls said his hands were the coldest they had been this year, but he still managed to capture a Chub, well done mate.
Bailiff Shaun Bodman had a rare day on the river away from work, he fished in glorious sunshine during the early part of the day and landed a couple of Chub to 5lb 8ozs.
I also met up with John Westwood who was again trotting a float through the swim, he had a Chub whilst I was watching, and I bet that was not the only fish he captured after I left.
And before you ask......yes it is Lee Westwoods dad, but of course you all knew that already, so no golf jokes.
On Wednesday I met up with member Richard Lascelles who lives at Highcliffe, he fished all day catching a variety of small fish on the float, he was opposite me, so when he packed up he came over to my side of the river for a chat, he told me that he had never fished for Barbel and would like to have a go at catching one.
Now that is when I got a phone call from Mark Edkins who also had never caught a Barbel, that is until now, he had landed his very first Barbel that weighed 8lb 8ozs, which is of course a PB................oh no it isn't !..............he has also just landed a big big fish,
so myself and Richard made our way to where Mark was fishing and there was an amazing new PB for Mark, laying across the unhooking mat was a very plump Barbel of 15lb.............WOW.......what a cracker, it was Richard who took some photos using Marks camera, mine had suddenly packed up........the fish was then returned to the water and was revived by Mark, we then saw it swim back to its home.
Well done Mark and congratulations on your PB and catch, and many thanks for sharing your report and photos.
Now you can’t get much better than that, Mark had the biggest smile that you have ever seen and Richard was also reminiscing on the site he had just saw.
For those of you that has never caught a Barbel before, it’s a special bit of magic to see your first fish laying on your unhooking mat, but the most important part is when you return it to the water, it is very important to find a spot where you can hold the fish in the water to revive itself, these fish can take some time to do this, I have sometimes had to hold one in excess of 20minutes, please be very patient and hold that fish until you feel that it wants to swim off.
If a fish is returned to the water that has not been revived it can turn belly up and is washed away by the current and gone forever.
That brings me to the question of Batteries, it’s this time of the year when we should make sure that all our electrics are working, fortunately after not being able to get a picture of Marks fish due to a camera failure, I removed and replaced my battery and found that it was a bad connection, but can you just imagine if you had caught a fish of a lifetime and your camera's not working.
So as soon as I got home I recharged my camera battery, I then replaced the batteries in my two head torches and my digital scales.
HAVE YOU CHECKED ALL YOUR ELECTRICS LATELY ?
Thursday and what a change in the weather, we now have a Northerly wind and its blowing very cold, I was on the fishery for an early check and met up with a few hardy souls, Joe Froggett was all wrapped up in his winter gear, but up to the time I was there he had not had a bite.
One lad was on the verge of getting blown off the fishery, he was trying to find a swim where he was not affected by the cold downstream wind.
Keith Humphreys phoned me to say that he was fishing another venue that is well sheltered.
Now I am getting well acquainted with being called a "SOUTHERN SOFTY" and it usually by people that live or did live further up North, so if the wind is blowing from the North then I expect that these " NORTHERN HARDNUTS" will feel quite at home, and it just so happens that one of these Hardnuts was on the river fishing with the wind blowing in his face, and its none other than the Avon Manager Phil Nixon, Phil phoned me whilst I was sipping some nice hot sweet tea and snuggled round the fire, making some new rigs,
So how are getting on Phil ?.............................Three Chub and one Barbel.........................WHAT !
Well all I can say is well done and very well deserved, Chub weighing 5lb 11ozs...5lb 10ozs...5lb 6ozs and a Barbel of 10lb 2ozs.
What a great session that was, many thanks for your report mate.
Friday was another grim day, the daytime weather was very pleasant and I expected to see a few fish caught but it was not to be, overnight frosts have been with us in the South for a few nights and with just a few anglers fishing the going was tough, although the river is very slowly clearing of colour the float anglers would have the better chance to catch some fish but you would have to work very hard trotting your float through the swim keeping a good supply bait going in, the little and often method is best.
Peter McCleary was trotting his float through his chosen swim and although he was not bagging up he did manage to catch some small fish plus a Chub of about 2.5lb to 3lb whilst I was watching, Peter is on a day ticket and will spend a few days with us.
Also trotting a float was Richard Lascelles, no he is not French, he is a member that lives in Christchurch, he caught a few bits including a nettable Perch, I must again thank Richard for being on hand the other evening taking those cracking pictures of Mark Edkin's 15lb Barbel.
I was again the last one of the fishery, fishing till 7.15pm, so that was a couple of hours into darkness, but despite changing tactics I still could not get a bite on static baits, I must say I am getting a bit concerned as I am running out of plans, but that's Barbel fishing for you.
So as I finish this week’s report this Saturday morning we have had another frost and low overnight temperatures, but the day looks bright and sunny so I suppose I will be putting another plan together.
Many thanks for those of you that sent in some reports and pictures, and well done to Joe and Mark on your great PB's.
If you have any catch reports or would like any updates on the river conditions phone me on 07740777967.
or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck in the coming weeks.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 09-11-2013
Hello and welcome to the Throop report.
So far this week it’s been a bit of a struggle to obtain some catch reports, there are a few reasons for this,
1. No one is catching any fish.
2. No one is fishing.
3. People will not use their computer because of the rise in electricity prices.
4. Her indoors wants them home early for Xmas shopping, now you miss the best time.
5. Flat battery on your mobile.
6. Ashamed of the tiny fish that you have just landed.
7. Etc Etc Etc,
Not to worry I will go out and catch a few hundred Chub and a few hundred Barbel.............YEAH right.
I do have a few catch reports for you, but first I must remind you that on my last report we had a discussion on the dogs that have got nothing better to do but to steal anglers bait, and have owners that are too tight to buy them their food.
So we have the luncheon meat stealing dog who appears to be still at it, only this time it's taste buds have changed.
I am sure it could be the same animal, although I may be wrong, but this dog is operating in the same area.
Chris Brewer started his fishing at the Bowls Club at Iford (he's not going to catch much in there ), he was roving, using Sprats on a sink and draw method, so making his way upstream he reached the Green footbridge and connected with a Jack Pike, so this was a start.........
..........and the finish............along comes the old thieving greedy guts and devours all his Sprats, so that put paid to all his fishing for the day.
There is now a reward out for a dog that has got a breath that stinks of luncheon meat and Sprats.
I would like to point out that John Clements e-mailed me stating that there was a problem with the water levels that are laid out on a chart by the EA, they have admitted that they were wrong and John was right, they will rectify there mistake in the future.
The AOD is shown as 0.00 metres, it should read 4.31 metres.
AOD means ABOVE ORDNANCE DATUM.
So when you look at the river level chart for Throop, in the white section, just below where you look at the river level, you will see 0.00, that is the AOD it should read 4.31, so when this is rectified by the EA , you then add the current level to the AOD and that will give you the correct reading above sea level.
The sea level reading is taken at Newlyn in Cornwall, behind the lighthouse, so where ever you live in the UK that's where the sea level is taken from.
At the end of the day so long as we can see the rise and fall of the river, then that is all that matters.
Many thanks John.
I would also like to thank Phil Nixon the Avon Manager who's mathematic skills and sea level knowledge is second to none,
If you do not know what Phil looks like, I have included a couple of photos.
Tony Riley had a few hours on Sunday and despite using a bait intended for Chub and Barbel they were snapped up by one Jack Pike and a Perch of 1lb 4ozs.
A Chub was also landed by an unknown angler of 4lb 12ozs.
Although its been a very poor week for reports, and I am not surprised, especially after giving out naff info on the water levels, we have had some nice Barbel caught, this seemed to coincide with the coloured water.
First up is a guy that's been around for many years, well known on the Royalty and Throop, he decided on an early evening session on Wednesday and was rewarded with a Barbel of 13lb 5ozs, so it’s very well done to
Next up is another Mike, this lad is from Sherbourne, just a mere 50 miles away, he made this special journey which turned out to be just that, SPECIAL, so we say congratulations to Mike Pearse on the capture of a cracking Barbel of 14lb 14ozs, well done mate a great a achievement.
The last Barbel that Mike had caught was 25years ago on the River Kennet, and that weighed about 5lb, do you know what mate, I reckon this PB is going to be a bit hard to beat, well done.
Mike would also like to thank Chris Allport for his expert advice on putting him in this very successful swim.
Also many thanks goes to Irish George for his very kind assistance in weighing and returning the fish, and also his advice on telling Mike to change to a different type of bait that proved successful.
Can you remember a couple of Saturdays ago when Paul Blythman landed a PB Barbel of 13lb 2oz, then a short while later he went and beat his PB with a fish of 14lb 4ozs, well Paul was again on the river for one of his sessions, but this time it was getting a bit frustrating, three Eels in 20 minutes, it was now getting a bit much, so when the rod tip was going through the motions of another Eel, you can imagine the shock he received when the rod bent over telling him that this was no Eel, in fact it was another Barbel, and this beauty weighed exactly the same as the biggest one that he caught the other day, and equalling his PB, a cracking fish of 14lb 4ozs, so he has gone and done it again, well done Paul.
I spent some time with Mark Baldwin on Thursday, in-between watching Mark waiting for a bite, I was cutting back a few overgrown nettles, Mark was fishing the same swim that I fished on Saturday, and just like myself he never had a bite, this particular swim is well known for the Eels to move in on your baits, but on these couple of occasions they were nowhere to be seen.
On Friday I met Angling Ace Steve Martin who was on the river with a brand new float rod and reel, he has been field testing these two pieces of kit for his magazine.
I had a couple of bait-less casts and they were a joy to use, I liked the reel so much that I put one on order as soon as I got home, the reel is a 400 type reel which I will use trotting with 6lb+ lines.
As Steve is doing a feature on both of these items I thought it best not to mention the make of rod and reel until after the feature.
The river was a bit coloured and had intermittent showers and an intermittent downstream wind, but despite these two setbacks, Steve trotted a float downstream constantly feeding the swim, whilst I was there he landed a Chub, it was not a monster, but it was in superb condition.
I assisted Steve in photographing the fish and returned it to the water.
The conversation turned to Roach, Steve was saying that he had never caught one from this section of river, I said that John Cadd had taken one of 2lb 10oz from this section which I photographed for him, with that his float shot under and nicely hooked was a Roach, so how about that then, it was not a monster, but a delight to see...............well done mate.
I do believe that Steve went on to take some more Chub to 4lb after I left.
There were no more than 6 anglers on the river today, most of them blanked, it was also another blank for me, despite using that great Eel
bait called luncheon meat, I just could not get a bite.
We now have the problem of a temperature drop, so I suppose that will be another excuse for not catching.
Keep up with the weather here at Throop, it may be of some help.
I must apologise on the lack of photos and catches and such a short report, but it was not for want of trying.
Many thanks for those of you that did send me your report, it was very much appreciated, lets hope the next report is bursting at the seams.
Chris Allport will not be available this week, so if you have any catch reports or would like an update on the river conditions phone me on.............07740777967 or e-mail me on email@example.com
Good luck all, the weather looks promising for the coming week.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
Throop Report Saturday 02-11-2013
Hello and welcome to the Throop Fishery Report.
Let me start with Late reports.
Last week I put on a photo of Laurel and Hardy, I asked you to click on it, what was supposed to happen was, one click and they started to dance, but I just can’t believe that this never happened, no actual movement at all, they must be tired or just stubborn, but I bet you lot were clicking away like crickets and nothing happened, sorry.
Also last week I reported a 14lb Barbel was caught and Bailiff Steve New came forward and sent me his report.
Yes it was Steve who caught the fish, it weighed 14lb 4ozs, but the story does not end there, a holiday maker asked Steve to try out one of his baits, now Steve, being a decent jammy sort of a bloke, put on the bait and in just 5 minutes, yes I have got it right, 5 minutes, the rod shot round and there it was a cracking Barbel.
Now the question is..............could the holiday maker who supplied Steve with his bait get in touch with me, we now have 22 anglers wanting a couple of tons of this bait.........
Many thanks Steve for your report and photo.
Also as reported in last week’s report we had the capture of a Barbel of 9lb 8ozs, this fell to the rod of Dave Whitehouse, we again have a bit of a story to go with it, Dave also hooked another species............it was a short haired Terrier, apparently this dog is well known on this part of the fishery, this is the joys of fishing adjacent to a public footpath, this dog has been hooked before, why don't the owner keep the dog on a lead on this part of the fishery.
Many thanks for your report and photo Dave.
This sort of thing does make you think, I can remember back in the early 1970's on The Royalty, that was before they had this nice fence along the public footpath, they had the same problem, a dog was well known for scoffing anglers luncheon meat, I remember on one occasion I saw this dog swipe a complete block of anglers luncheon meat, as it was running away with it, the anglers was running after it, too late it scoffed the lot, the angler had to go to the shops to buy another tin.
This same dog had to have surgery twice to remove a hook, I do believe in them days it cost about £300 each time surgery was carried out.
You would think the owner would have put the dog on a lead on this section of river, they never learn.
So if you are fishing by a public footpath where dogs and their owners walk, keep your bait covered, put the lid on your box and NEVER leave your line hanging with a bait attached whilst you wander off.
With a storm approaching the South Coast, we have got to make the most of today, the wind is very strong, so a sheltered swim is required, so the first report for today goes to Richard Brown, his catch for today was three Chub to 5lb 1ozs and at last he has capture his first Barbel from Throop for 3 years, is not a monster, but one of those 6 pounders that are great to see and are the rivers future.
Well done Richard, it's great when a plan comes together, thanks for your report and photo.
Alan Paget, never caught a Barbel today despite sitting out in the windy conditions but was rewarded with a nice couple of Chub, one weighed in at 5lb 8ozs, and the second was one of those fish that most of us dream about, a Chub over seven...................
In fact it weighed 7lb 3ozs, what a great fish, it's not his PB, that one went 7lb 12ozs.
Well done Alan, thanks for your report mate.
Next we have my son Rick, he wanted to fish a swim that was sheltered from the wind but was under a lot of Willow trees, I said this was not a good idea, I can remember some of my Kennet days when the willows were always falling and branches snapping off, so I told him a of a very sheltered swim which can produce some nice fish when the water is up.
So he agreed and settled into swim, I sat upstream from him and was having a disaster, the only bite I had was just as the light was fading and I connected with a stupid Eel, why was it stupid ? because after I unhooked it, all it had to do was to move forward 3inches and drop back into the river, but oh no, not this one, it shot back towards me and buried itself under my small ground sheet that I use for putting my tackle bag on, so I have now had to move everything to retrieve old slimy, so with everything now cleaned up it was time to leave.
When I was at home Rick texted me to say he may pack up as he was gett
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