Throop Reports

End of Season Report 2014

Welcome to the end of season report 2014.


What a nightmare it has been, Christmas bought the water level to a new record height, at 1.91, this meant that that as far as the eye could see at Throop it was covered looking like a giant reservoir, and believe it or not, there are still a few roads that are still covered in water and are closed.

Just to mention the River Avon, that suffered even worse, lots of our sections on this great river was also unfishable, the famous Royalty was also under water with just a few swims available, although a few of the lads took advantage of the dry spots and did rather well.


I left the report till the end of the season to give the lads a chance to get out and hopefully catch a few, so let me start at the beginning of March.


Saturday March 1st.

David Norris decided to have a go even though the river was still a bit out of salts, still high, cold and coloured, and it was a delighted David who found a nice dry and high spot to capture his very first Barbel, this makes it a very welcome PB, the fish weighed in at just 6lb, but on a difficult day, its very well done mate.

And would you believe it, that was the only report that I received today.


Sunday March 2nd.

And again conditions were not great, but it was Scott Mosley who found that our famous Mill Pool would be a better option, and his choice paid off, three Bream came to the net, one small fish of 3lb, followed by two lovely fish, one of 7lb 4ozs and a cracking big dustbin lid of 10lb 2ozs, well done Scott, it's great to see you back on the banks.


Monday March 3rd.

And today I only managed to get two fish catch reports, Matt had a Chub and Stuart Jupp had to work very hard for one Chub of 3lb.


Wednesday March 5th.

Today it was the Mill Pool that saw another nice catch, and today was the turn of Arran Morgan, not content with landing a Pike of over 14lb, he went on to land a stunning fish of 16lb 4ozs, well done on a great brace and how good was that when one of our Bailiffs was on hand to take a couple of photos, so thanks to Sal for the pics.




Thursday March 6th.

The river has now rose again to everyone's horror, we all thought we had seen the end to the nightmare.


Friday March 7th.

And at last the river has dropped and just like someone turning on a light switch, the river seems to have come to life.

So I made my way down to School Bridge, as I approached the bridge, I could see a very large pole sticking up with a flag on the top,




I could not understand what this was all about, but soon, all was revealed, Chris Allport was fishing by the bridge and he had just landed a Barbel of 4lb 8ozs, what a shock that was, but well done mate, it was nice to see you with a smile on your face.


Barbel Brian James never had a Barbel today but landed three Chub to 6lb 8ozs, well done mate.


Robin Hamilton is next on my list, and Robin has landed two Chub, with the best fish weighing in at 6lb 9oz, which is a new PB for Robin, well done mate and congratulations.

ROBIN'S PB 6lb 9ozs



Stuart Jupp again had to work hard for a single fish, but avoiding a blank he landed a 3lb 8oz Chub, well done.


Aubrey Harrison, made the trip to Throop and using trotting tactics on a very pacy river managed a few Chub.


Now this next report is a bit awkward, it concerns one of our Bailiffs, I thought it might be best not to mention Dave, as it might embarrass him, but I know he has a great sense of humour, and we do share many jokes together, so what happened ?

Well he was walking towards Barbel corner on the Bournemouth side, now 99.9% of the anglers know that this area is very very muddy, and that is why we installed a gate on the right hand side of the large gate to avoid all the mud, but for some reason Dave ( not mentioning any names ) had forgotten about the small access gate that avoids all the mud. and approached the big main gate that was tied up with string, this was tied up on a previous occasion  because of the horse that is now in the top field.

Anyway, Dave, who shall remain anonymous, decided to go through the big gate, he untied the string, passed through the gate and retied the gate with the string.......................THATS WHEN IT HAPPENED..............his foot sunk in the mud and he fell flat onto his face, but being the true trooper that he is, he managed to scrape himself over to his swim where he fished the rest of the day with a wet left foot. 


                                                                                                 BATMAN IN MUD                   WITH A LITTLE HELP FROM MY FRIENDS.


Stuart Jupp was back on the banks for an evening session, the going was still tough, but managed a bigger fish, a Chub of 5lb.



And last but not least, I also had a Barbel just as the light was fading, a very light coloured fish of 6lb 12ozs, I must say that it is nice to see some smaller Barbel being caught.

 ME AND A 6lb 12oz BARBEL.



Saturday March 8th.

Today I was out for the day, so I was not able to get on the river but just a couple of reports came in that a few Chub were being caught plus another one of those smaller Barbel that weighed in at 4lb 12ozs, the same weight as the fish that Chris caught.


Last Saturday, Dave Norris reported his very first  Barbel of 6lb, the report came to me by e-mail, I replied to him saying well done and he must now catch a bigger one.................GUESS WHAT !...........................he took my advice.

So today he went out and captured his second Barbel EVER................and what a clonker, a great fish of 14lb 8ozs, mate, I am speechless and that is difficult from me, a person that talks too much.

What a great achievement, you have gone and done it again, another PB, dare I say you now have to go and get a bigger one, of course, you go for it Dave.

Many thanks also goes to Gordon Barrett who was on hand to take the photo.



Sunday March 9th.

Today is a beautiful day here at Throop, a warm and sunny day, with lots of anglers on the bank enjoying the sunshine, the water temperature was 49.1f ....9.5c.

Gary Bounds had a couple of Chub, 4lb 8ozs and 5lb 8ozs, the way his swim was fishing I reckon he may have had some more when I left him.


Three buddies were sharing the sunshine, all of them came from the Midlands, Mike Bowker, Pete Thomas and Rob, Pete had a couple of Chub, 4lb 8ozs and 4lb12ozs.............I hope you lads enjoyed your time with us and I will meet up with you again all next season.




Next up is our old mate Luke "GaGa", his day started very well, he was fishing with his buddy Sam, but it was Luke who scored on the day, basking in sunshine he landed a nice Barbel that weighed 11lb 12ozs, well done Luke.




Pike are again being caught from the river, Shane from Tidworth was using his rather expensive lures, in fact at £25 each that's a lot of dosh, but he brought two Pike to the net with the best one weighing over 17lb, well done Shane.

I wonder how he feels when one of those lures gets caught up in a tree.


There was also a report of an angler landing a Barbel of 10lb +.


Paul Fuller also enjoyed his day in the sunshine taking 6 Chub and a Barbel of 8lb 8ozs, all taken on the feeder with a single red maggot.

His day was almost spoilt when an angler who was watching him having a good day tried to spoil it by attempting to move in opposite him, but after a few words from Paul, the angler decided against it.

Because the season has now finished I have just told you his bait and method he used, mind you Paul is an extremely good angler and he can catch fish from a puddle.



Monday March 10th.

Another Barbel was caught today, it weighed 11lb, and on this occasion I will not name the captor, he wishes to remain anonymous.


Chris Weight had two Chub to 4lb 15ozs.


Tony Riley also managed to land a few small Chub.


Reports say that Chub and Dace were being landed throughout the river.


Colin Smith was with us on a day ticket and landed a PB Chub of 6lb 2ozs, well done mate.


Andy Wyatt, had a fair day with two Chub, one at 4lb 5ozs and the other at 5lb 13ozs, but the best was yet to come, just into darkness his rod bent into a good fish, and into the landing net went a nice Barbel, this fish weighed in at 13lb 10ozs, well done Andy, that was one of the few fish that was landed in the dark, most fish were captured during daylight.




Tuesday March 11th.

Scott Mosley is back on the Mill Pool for one of his early sessions, and again he has captured some cracking fish, today was a mixed bag, starting with a Bream of 6lb, then taking his boillie and getting itself hooked was a Perch of 2lb 1oz, so things were looking very good, but it soon turned to disappointment when Scott hooked and lost a very powerful fish that took off into the middle of the Pool with Scott hanging on for grim death, but it was not to be, he was beaten up by this monster that sunk to the depths without him being able to see what the culprit was.

His grim face turned to joy when the next fish was a PB, it was a Tench that hit the scales at 7lb 2ozs, well done Scott, I shall leave it to the readers what they think of your headgear.




Today I shared the afternoon with Dave Pryor, who was down for his winter holiday with his wife Loraine, I blanked, I have been struggling with some paste, but Dave was beaten up by Minnows but did manage to have a Dace or two.


Des Norris capture a Chub of 4lb 14ozs.


Wednesday March 12th.

Andy Wyatt was back on the river plying his trade, but no Barbel today for Andy, but he did land 4 Chub,

3lb 13ozs-4lb15ozs-5lb1oz and 5lb 11ozs, well done mate.


David Clewer landed three Chub, 4lb 11ozs- 4lb 12ozs and 6lb, David has had a seven pounder in the past, but this was his first six, well done David.




Matt Jackson had a Chub of 4lb 15ozs on trotting tactics.


Jake Davoile from Coventry had seven Chub to 6lb 2ozs also on trotting tactics, not easy on this very pacy water, well done Jake.


Thursday March 13th.

Keith Humphreys captured this very hard fighting 6lb Chub on the float in a very fast and turbulent swim, I was on hand to net and photograph this fine Chub, that sure was a battle Keith.




Jake had another fine Chub of 6lb 9oz


Clive Woolner also had a Chub of 6lb 9ozs.


Gordon Barrett had a very nice Barbel of 12lb 9ozs, well done Gordon, a great fish.


Robin Hamilton finished his stint on Throop with a very hard fighting Barbel that weighed in at 13lb 6ozs and took 20 minutes to land, well done on that one Robin, but unlucky on the other fish that you hooked and lost when the hook link gave way.




It’s now back to Scott Mosley who's been fishing out of his skin this season, today his target was Pike, and again the venue was the fabulous Mill Pool, and YES folks the boy has done it again, a big pike and a broken landing net, he is putting his catches down to that hat he wears, I think it's a bit more than that, and this toothy critter hit the scales at 26lb 6ozs, well done mate, I have got a nice new net for you, some great reports and very well done.

 SCOTT AND A 26lb 6oz PIKE


And the last one for today was a monster Barbel caught by a holiday maker, this beautiful fish hit the scales at

16lb 2ozs..........and perhaps it could be the biggest caught from Throop this season, the captor was unknown but perhaps if he reads this, he may send us his report with his name and a photo, I do know that he took many photos.


PS I have just received some info that his name is Smith, and have been promised a photo, when I receive it I will get it posted to you all.


Friday March 14th.

The fishery was very quiet, not that many anglers for this last day of the river season, the weather was very cold, a foggy start with an air temperature of 5c, and most anglers struggled for a bite.


Chris Weight was unlucky to pull out of a fish. 


Brian James landed a Chub on his last cast.


Bailiff Sid Johnson came running down to me full of excitement, I thought he may have captured a record breaker, but he was delighted to have landed a Bream of about 2lb after sitting all afternoon watching a motionless rod tip.


Clive Woolner had a couple of hours before he went to work and landed a Chub of 4lb 6ozs, so that was the end of Clive's river season.


The catch of the day came from Des Norris who has waited 10 years to break his PB OF 14lb 4ozs, and today he captured a stunning fish of 15lb 10ozs, I was on hand to witness the weighing with Irish George, it was photographed and returned to the water where it swam off with Des waving goodbye with a tear in his eye.

Well done Des that was a stunner, well done mate and well deserved.

 A 15lb 10oz PB   DES AND HIS 15lb 10oz PBDES AND GEORGE



SATURDAY MARCH 15th.......the close season.


A few photos to look at.




He said he was going to put my photo on his phone, he said he was having problems, I think he did not want my ugly face on it.

Many thanks for your great company and the meal, great to see you and Loraine again, the foods on me in June.




Taken by Luke sitting opposite.





Taken by me in revenge.



Well that's it for another season, we all have our thoughts, our ups and our downs, let’s not dwell on the past especially if has been a bit dismal, let’s hope for a happy and good river season ahead.

Many thanks to all of you that has contributed to the reports, without them there would be no reports.

Many thanks also goes to John Sudworth who puts all the reports on to the website after I have sent them to him.

Good luck to you all.


Throop Manager Chris Allport sends his best wishes to you all, and hope to see you all next season.



Brian Willson Bailiff.

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 ? 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.


               CAPTAIN MORGAN             



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. 

                                     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 hook length required.

Second cast...............Chub 4lb 1oz.

Third cast..................Barbel 7lb 6ozs.

Fourth cast................One old bait dropper.

Fifth cast...................One rubber used by Pikers.


So with the river again rising, that was it.

                                 KEITH LITTLE AND HIS BAIT DROPPER                                    KEITH AND HIS RUBBER FISH. 

                      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


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


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.

Stour Roach by Rod 1 Stour Roach by Rod 2 


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.

OLIVER AND A 13lb 2oz PIKE   OLIVER AND A 22lb 14oz PIKE    



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.

LUKE AND HIS 14lb 4oz PIKE. 



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  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 ?


 RIVER LOBSTER                                           



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.

SAM PASK AND A 23lb 8oz PIKE. 



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 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.


The MillThe HatchesSchool Bridge RoadMill Pool


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


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 BATTLER                                                   


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.


RICHARD AND A 5lb 8oz CHUB                                                 


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.


SIMON AND A 6lb CHUB                                          


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 plagu

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