THROOP REPORT AUGUST 2014
Welcome to a rather delayed Throop report, yes I know it's a nuisance and you have been flitting to and fro on your computer wondering what the hell is going on, well it’s here now.
Let’s make a few excuses.......the computer has been playing up lately .............True.
I have been decorating.........................................................................................False.
I have been on holiday.........................................................................................False.
I have been sitting on my butt waiting for the reports to come in.........................True.
On the last report, I mentioned my old buddy Chris Martin from Angling Direct at Rayleigh, how good it was to see him again, so for those of you that could not put a face to the name, here is a photo of Chris.
Sorry guys that's the best I can do, you must have parted with a few quid into his sweaty palm over the years.
Tuesday July 22nd.
Today I only received one report, but it was a good one, it was from Ian Boniface with a PB Barbel of 13lb 14ozs, well done Ian a great catch and thanks for your report.
Ian was also the captor of that small Barbel that was featured in the last Throop report.
By the way, I forget of another reason why the reports were delayed...........it was medical.......Tendonitis........True.
Thursday July 24th
The only catch over the last couple of days was from Joe Froggett, who captured a nice Roach, just to add, there have been plenty of Roach that have been seen in the river this season, once we have a bit of water on and a decline in the weed, I hope to see quite a few good captures especially to the float angler.
Friday July 25th
Another grim day for the anglers that sat out the thunderstorm that last 20 minutes at 4.55pm.
Just a couple of anglers sent in their report,
Rick Willson had a Chub of 4lb, but the best reported fish of the day goes to Joey Croft with a nice fish of 6lb 8ozs, so todays winner is Joey, well done mate and many thanks for your report.
Sunday July 27th
As you can see, no catch reports for Saturday, believe it or not, Saturday can be very quiet on a lot of the fisheries, and that because it’s what we call change over day, that means that our visiting anglers are either going home or on their way to Dorset.
So now for today, the first was the capture of a 13lb 5oz Barbel to an unknown angler.
The second Barbel caught goes to Gordon Barrett with a fish of 12lb 5ozs, well done Gordon.
And thirdly a cracking Barbel of 12lb 13ozs which was captured by Aaron Morgan, it was also a PB which makes it even more special,
well done mate and many thanks for your report and a cracking photo.
Monday July 28th
All I have got today was a reported Chub of 7lb 8ozs, capture was unknown.
Tuesday July 29th.
Today was weed cutting day, and Chris found a window of opportunity to enter the river and cut some weed.
I have a bit of confusion on a name here, I hope I have got it right, if not, sorry I am sure we will put it right, the name in question is
Paul Blythman, and his fish is a nice Barbel of 11lb........well done Paul, that bits right.
Thursday July 31st.
And again we jump a day, but we do have a few fish captures, firstly its Bailiff Sid, you know the one, he's got a beard and been around for years, today he landed a nice Chub of 6lb.
So now that has reminded you of who I mean, well done Sid, mind you it could have been bigger or smaller...should have gone to
Father and son Steve and Mac were battling it out in the scorching heat, the fishing was a bit hard but young Steve did manage a Perch of about a pound and three quarters, well done, nice to have met you both, and thanks for the visit.
Robin Hamilton managed three Chub and once again we have seen captured one of those small Barbel, this one weighed in at 2lb 1oz, and how great it is to see these babies making a show, well done Robin on the capture of one of these hard to catch future fish.
The next catch was quite remarkable, I was sitting with Andy Wyatt, he had just started and had three Bream whilst I watched, but what was remarkable the fish came in three casts, and one of the bites almost took the rod off the rest, it had to be the most savage bites I have seen from a Bream, these fish were all around the 4lb mark, Andy went on to capture another 8 Bream bringing his tally of these slabs to 10 fish all in a 20 minute spell, plus he landed a Roach of 12ozs and finished the day with a nice Barbel of 12lb 7ozs.
Well done Andy..........I wonder how long it took to clean your landing net ?
Friday August 1st.
The biggest catch of the year goes to Luke Guarguaglini, also known as" Luke GaGa ", for today he married his long term girlfriend
Natasha Adlem, very good luck to you both especially Natasha who will spend the rest of her married life spelling out the name to all.
Many thanks from myself and Chris for the invite to the wedding, a good few hours spent in great surroundings and company.
Rick Willson had to fish without me today.......what do you mean HOORAY, and he managed a Chub of 5lb 9ozs.
Russ Chandler had a great Chub of 6lb 8ozs, well done Russ a cracking fish.
Brett Chandler ( yes the son of Russ, you worked it out ) has at long last renewed his membership and has not forgotten how to catch some fish, in the last three sessions he has landed 9 Chub to 5lb 4ozs......4 Bream to 7lb 9ozs plus some Pike and Perch.
Rumour has it that you showed Daddy a special rig, and THAT is how he caught his fish.
And the last bit of news today........we have had some rain at last.
Saturday August 2ond.
The river is rising and there is a fair amount of weed that is being washed down, this was expected, due to the weed cut which had to be done.
Myself and Rick blanked, whilst Chris Brewer landed a Chub of about 4lb.
Plenty of silver fish were being caught to the float anglers.
Toney Riley took a couple of Chub and a couple of Bream, all of about 3lb.
Sunday August 3rd.
The only report in for today was from Aaran Morgan who landed 5 Chub and 2 Bream, the best fish was a 6lb 5oz Chub which was also a PB, so well done mate and congratulations.
Monday August 4th.
The water is up slightly with a touch more colour but is looking very nice.
There a just a few anglers fishing today, which makes obtaining catches very difficult.
Silver fish are still making a good show to the anglers that are float fishing, and the Roach are still to be seen.
I caught up with Brett Chandler this evening, and he is still having some success, he landed a Chub and a Bream whilst I was watching.
Wednesday August 6th.
And the phantom angler was again on the banks, this day ticket angler landed two fish, a Chub of 5lb 6ozs and a Barbel of 11lb 8ozs, well done whoever you are, if you read this and recognize the catch, let me know.
Again another small Barbel has been caught, this one was about 2lb, I have never known so many small Barbel being caught, but it really is great to see.
Again some Chub and Roach have been caught, but no details were forwarded.
Thursday August 7th.
I decided to have a go at some float fishing, I landed four Roach, a Perch and a Bream of about 4lb, but unfortunately the going was tough after being pestered by Pike, the first Roach that I landed could have made a pound if it had not been bitten to bits by toothy gob.
Tina had a Chub of 4lb, but the going was tough today, and a struggle for bites.
Malcolm Graham, done ok, he landed two Chub and also a nice Barbel of 12lb 8ozs, many thanks to Rod Courtman who was on hand to take a photo.
Danny Cornick is next on the list with a cracking Chub, this fish is a PB for Danny weighing in at 6lb 9ozs, well done and congratulations on your PB, and many thanks to Brett Chandler for the photo.
Friday August 8th
The rain started at 5.00 pm, as myself and Rick arrived on the fishery, there we remained without a bite until 9.45 pm, that's when we packed up, and also that's when the rain stopped.
Saturday August 9th.
Today quite a few day ticket anglers were on the banks, again Silver fish were being caught along with a few Chub and Bream.
I managed a Roach of about 12ozs plus a Chub of about 2lb.
Robbie Allen landed a Barbel of 12lb 8ozs, whilst his son Paul had two fish, a Chub of 5lb, plus a Barbel of 11lb.
Well done you two, not bad for a few hours on the bank.
Best fish of the day goes to Joey Croft with a Barbel of 13lb 4ozs, well done Joey, many thanks for your report.
Well that's it for another report, the weather has once again kept many anglers off the river due to the heat, the evening sessions have been the best, nice warm evenings.
If you have any catch reports please contact me on 07740777967 or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you require any information on river conditions you can contact me on the above number, or you can contact the fishery manager,
Chris Allport on 07789 408501.
Many thanks for all your reports..............Don't forget to click on the photo's to make them bigger.
THROOP REPORT JULY 2014
Hello and welcome to the Throop report.
As I write this report today, 22-7-2014, the outside temperature is beyond belief, the static reading in my car was 37 degrees, the seats were too hot to sit on.
So what has a hot car got to do with fishing ?............Its keeping many anglers off the banks, but we do have a few catches and some pictures.
Saturday July 5th.
Today Keith Little was on the banks at the start of his two week fishing break at Throop, two Chub were banked by Keith, one of
5lb 5ozs and the other at 5lb 2ozs, but his best fish was a cracking Barbel that weighed in at 13lb 15ozs.........what a great start, and very well done.
Brian James also landed two Chub, but his biggest fish came in the shape of a Pike that took a shine to his meat bait, this fish was about 7lb in weight, but there was also a much bigger monster lurking in the swim, so there were no Barbel for Brian in this session.
There were a lot of canoes that were making their way down the river today, this was not helping any of the lads that were fishing.
Canoes and other watercraft are not allowed on Throop, they should not be there, but unfortunately at the moment there is not too much that can be done, there are plans in place to try and stop this invasion and we will do our best to get it stopped.
On this particular day it was a lot of students who were trying their luck in their blow-up dinghy's.
We have had a meeting with the Police who will act if any aggression is created by these people.
Joe Froggett has at last posted me a photo of a proper fish and not that snake like creature that he had on his last report, this Chub weighed 5lb 6ozs, well done Joe and thanks.
Mark Edkins also sent in a photo of a Chub, this fish was not a monster but a very welcome 4lb 5oz Chub, it never ceases to amaze me how some people can look really good in photos.
Could it be the hat ?.................NO !.......................I wear a hat, it must be his good looks and age.
Sean Dent is next on my list, you must remember this guy.......he is always eating and never fails to send me his menu.
Can you remember on one of my previous reports I called him SEAN "Billy Bunter"
Well todays menu was very sparse by Sean's standards,
1 large bag od Doritos.
1 Banana.................I reckon he must be on a diet, but it never stopped him catching a few.
Two Chub....5lb and a monster of 7lb 5ozs.
One Barbel of 9lb 5ozs................and a perch, well done Sean.
Sunday July 6th
The only report I had in for today was from Keith Little, todays tally was,
Two Chub.......4lb 10ozs....5lb 4ozs.
One Bream of 5lb.
And last but not least, another cracking Barbel, this one weighed in at 12lb 12ozs, well done mate, what a good start.
Keith's story is not over yet, he always seems to have problems with the animals, on previous visits he had a horse nick his chair which he had to run after to get it back, the horse had the last laugh when it chewed one of Keith's wing mirrors on his car, he had left his car by a wall and Dobbin put his head over the wall for a munch up.
He also had a Cow pinch one of his rod tip protectors, which again resulted in a running session.
So today as he was unpacking his car, in the same spot that saw a horse nick his chair and chew his wing mirror, he placed his gear on the ground on the other side of the fence, and low and behold, overcame old Dobbin who swiped his Turkey sandwich and made of with them at a fair old rate knots................Keith !......you never learn.....Just a bit of advice, keep away from Zoo's.
Monday July 7th
And again the only report of the day came from Keith Little who landed 6 Chub to 6lb 1oz.
Well done again Keith and many thanks for your report.
Tuesday July 8th
And once again it’s the Keith Little show........sorry guys, our Keith seems to be the only one catching fish.
Today Keith had a Chub of 5lb 5ozs, and yes he has done it again, no not chased or molested by animals, he has taken his Third double figure Barbel, this one was the biggest of the three that he has banked so far this week and it weighed in at 13lb 15ozs, what a great start, well done mate, and well deserved especially after last season awful sessions you had in the very bad weather and floods.
Sid has caught a Chub of 5lb 8ozs..........well done Sid, did you borrow some of Keith's bait ?
Wednesday July 9th.
And Sid has gone and done it again, he must have had a bit of Keith's bait left over......a Chub of 5lb 8ozs....good on yer mate.
Do you remember our old mate, or should I say young mate, Stephen Crowhurst, he is the lad that fell in, lost his net, lost his fish and got an electric shock off the fence.............
Well he has landed his first Throop Barbel of the season, a very welcome fish of 7lb........well done Stephen.
Friday July 11th
Just two catch reports for today, the first from Joey Croft with two Chub to just over 5lb, and myself managed to charm out a fish,
a Chub of 5lb 15ozs.
Monday July 14th
Not one single report came in for the weekend, but I must say that the lack of anglers on the banks must be that there are not many people fishing................ok it’s a joke, not funny I know, but I wish more people would respond to our begging for more catch reports.
A couple of Barbel catches were reported by blanking anglers, you know the thing " a bloke down there had a 12 pounder "
but they are all worth reporting.
Another capture were two Barbel, one of 10lb 8ozs and the other went over 12lb, he also had two Chub to 5lb 8ozs, a photo was taken by one of our members, but again nothing was received.
Sorry guys I really am doing my best.
Tuesday July 15th.
And again it's our visiting anglers who are so pleased to be catching one or two fish and sending in their report,
Jim Quartermain has landed a nice Chub of 6lb 4ozs, Jim is from Tyne and Wear and is spending a bit of time with us, well done mate and thanks for your report and photo.
Robin Hamilton from the other side of the M25 landed 4 Chub and a few Dace..........thanks Robin.
Wednesday July 17th
A rare but great occasion for me was my wife Tina deciding to come with me for a spot of fishing, I decided to watch and see how it was done, Tina is a very good angler and has caught many good fish including many double figure Barbel to 13lb 5ozs, so it was an evening fishing session, and she did not disappoint, she landed a Chub of 4lb 2ozs, well done.
Alex Ball had a cracking session, 4 Chub to 5lb 12ozs, one Barbel of 9lb 4ozs and a magical PB......a Barbel of 11lb 8ozs, well done mate there is nothing nicer than a fabulous PB.
Alex also had a haul of six Chub to 6lb12ozs a few days earlier.
Scott Moseley decided on some Tench fishing on one of our slower Beats and was rewarded with a nice bag of fish, two Bream and
two Tench, 5lb 12ozs and 6lb. well done Scott.
Scott also took his son Tyler for his birthday fishing session, he was 5 years old.........and what a birthday treat for Tyler and Scott, the young lad caught his very first Perch which weighed in at 2lb 9ozs, now that's what I call a moment to treasure.
Next up is Jim Quartermain, who had a bit of an experience, his rod was bent double on a nice fish, Jim ended up in the river to retrieve what was left of a broken rod, but all was not lost, he got his broken rod back plus a nice Barbel of 11lb 8ozs.
Well done Jim.
Saturday July 19th
Tina decided to once again come fishing, she landed a small Chub, a sizeable Dace and a Roach of 1 lb
I had a Gudgeon who somehow managed to gobble down a large Elip pellet, whilst Rick landed a Chub of 4lb 4ozs.
Alex Ball was again on the banks for another session, and he hit top marks with another PB, a Barbel of 12lb 2ozs, well done again Alex.
Sunday July 20th
A very delighted Keith Humphreys landed his first Throop Barbel of the season, 8lb 8ozs, well done on your new landing net handle.
A report of a Barbel came in that was caught weighing 13lb 14ozs, but once again it’s to an unknown angler.
Scott Moseley really has got the Tench bug, so apart from one Bream, a Tench of 6lb 6ozs is brought to the net, once again well done.
Monday July 21st
And just one report came in for today, and that was from my old mate Chris Martin from Essex, if the name sounds familiar, it’s the same Chris Martin who was the manager of Angling Direct at Rayleigh and Gone Fishing on Canvey Island.
Chris persevered with large baits to no avail, but a change of tactics saw some success with plenty of silver fish and a Perch of about 1.5lb..........a nice Surprise was a Trout of about 3lb.
Well that's it for another report, it’s such a shame that some of the catches are not reported, but that is entirely up to the captors.
At the moment the river is looking very good, there is a drop more water on and the colour is not that bad, at the moment there is a tiny amount of weed that is coming downstream but that is expected after such a drop in water levels.
The real problem at the moment has been the heat, it has been unbearable, most of the lads have been fishing the evening session after the sun has gone down.
Well done to all you lads that have had success on the riverbank and many thanks to all of you that sent in your reports, without you we would not have a report.
Reports can be sent to me either by text, phone or e-mail, PHONE 07740 777967 or E- MAIL email@example.com
For any river conditions or advice contact me on the above numbers.
Or contact Throop Manager, Chris Allport on 07789 408501.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff............................Good Luck All.
PS.......here is a photo of a small Barbel of about 1.5lb.
START OF THE SEASON REPORT
Hi Everyone and welcome to another Throop Report for the 2014/2015 Season.
Many apologies for being a couple of weeks late, it seems that work at home has caught up with me, mind you I certainly got a lot done which was worthwhile.
The start of the season was celebrated by the annual barbeque, there weren't that many people there, but those that did turn up had a few beers and plenty of grub, a couple of highlights were the Kebabs that Des Norris brought with him, truly delicious.
The other highlight was Irish George who went off for the midnight start with enough burgers and sausages to supply McDonalds, which would last a fortnight.
One of the Barbie Boys was Laurence Goldsmith who's midnight start resulted in a nice bag of fish, he had five Bream to 6lb...plus six Chub to 5lb 12ozs..........well done mate.
Steve Graham was unlucky at today’s start, he hooked and lost a good Barbel estimated at 13lb...........gutted....dropped at the net....unlucky mate.
There was a report of three Barbel caught down the end of the beat.
Rick Willson landed a couple of Chub to about 4lb..............and yes, I sat opposite him and blanked.
There were plenty of Chub and Bream caught throughout the beat.
Amongst the Chub and Bream was Steve Johns, and as an added bonus he hooked and landed a Carp of 14lb 2ozs...nice one Steve.
Joe Froggett, may have been at his wits end, and the reason was............EELS in his swim, three of them were landed, now I have taken the liberty of including a photo of Joe..........he is the only angler I know that picks up eels and has his photo done with one, well done Joe, I hope you washed your hands before you dived into your sandwiches.
The star of the day has to be Scott Mosley, two cracking Chub fell to the net....5lb 10ozs and 6lb 5ozs, plus a cracking PB .............
a Barbel of 13lb 4ozs............well done Scott and congratulations.
I must add that there are not many anglers on the riverbank for the opening week, but the weather has been very pleasant although there is plenty of colour in the water which makes fish spotting impossible.
So today, June 17th saw three Barbel caught, I had a nice clean fish of 8lb 7ozs.
Mick Browning also had a nice Barbel that weighed in at 7lb.
The biggest reported fish of the day was from Sam Pask who landed a Barbel of 11lb..........well done Sam.
Wednesday the 18th of June and remarkably the fishery is sparse of anglers, so todays story belongs to Stephen Crowhurst,
now this is a cracker......................................
Stephen chose his swim and carefully put his hard work and tactics into operation, he was soon delighted to see his rod arch over, and he was soon into a cracking Barbel,.....but OH DEAR..........his plan seamed thwarted by a landing net handle that was too short for this particular swim, as he brought his prize towards the rim of the net, he overstretched and went head first into the swim, needless to say he lost the Barbel, but that was not all..........his net was also gone, so soaking wet he dragged himself out of water and cursed his luck, but Irish George was on the other side of the river and made a gallant effort in retrieving Stephens net, so well done to George.
Stephen then sloshed his way back to School Bridge to get his net from George..........he must be a bit happier now..........NO !
It was at this point that Stephen, soaking wet managed to touch the electric fence....ZAP !
Unlucky Stephen, at least you now have a nice long handle........many thanks in sharing you story, I thought it was great.
Mark Church had a short session before lunch and landed a couple of small Chub.
Thursday the 19th June.
Just one report came in today and that was from Robin Hamilton, who fell asleep in his chair, now whether that was from the heat or just boredom, but he woke up very grumpy and did not know whether or not to move out of the sun, but he decided to stay where he was, his decision paid of, he was no longer grumpy,...... he just landed a Barbel of 7lb 4oz.......good decision Rob.
Friday 20th June.
Just two reports came in today, and again there were not many anglers on the banks, the first came in from Bailiff Sid Johnson who landed a Chub of 6lb.
Dan Crossman reported a nice capture of a Barbel of 11lb 8ozs.................well done Sid and Dan.
Saturday 21st June.
Today there was a report of a Barbel being lost which is a great shame to the angler, unlucky mate.
John Horncastle had three Chub to 6lb 6ozs.
Chris Brewer had a Chub of 4lb 8ozs, and the chap in the next swim landed a Barbel of 10lb 14ozs.
The catch of the day has to go to Steve Munn with an amazing 18 Chub haul in his session, the list is as follows,
CHUB...5lb 11ozs...5lb 9ozs...5lb 4ozs...5lb 3ozs x 2... 7 in the 4lb range....5 in the 3lb range, one of about 12ozs plus a Bream of 4lb.
Now that is what we call a good day on the riverbank.......well done Steve.
Oh, I almost forgot..........I managed a Chub of 4lb 10ozs.
Sunday 22ond June.
And I only had one report for today, and that was from Aaran Morgan who had a 10 Chub haul with fish to 5lb 8ozs.
Well done Aaran, you saved the day.
Monday 23rd June.
Congratulations to Bailiff Sid Johnson on his PB Chub of 7lb........we are all delighted for you, well done Sid.
Another Bailiff catch, and that goes to Andy Wyatt with a nice haul of Chub, 5 over 4lb with the best fish weighing in at 5lb 2ozs.
Well done Andy, and it’s great to see you on the firm.
Aaran Morgan is again on the banks, and this time it’s an after work session, first fish was a Chub of 4lb then ......WHAM......
A Carp takes the bait and is weighed in at 18lb......good stuff Aaran, well done.
Tuesday 24th June.
Mark Edkins had plenty of bites today, and most were the Mozzys, but he did manage one Chub of 4lb 5ozs.
Wednesday 25th June.
Just one report for today and that was from Sid Johnson with a Chub of 6lb.
Thursday 26th June.
Chris Brewer had a baby Barbel, I don't know the weight, we just love to see small Barbel.
Kenny Thompson is very successful on the Royalty and has struggled a bit on Throop, but today he landed his first Barbel from the river in two years, not a monster, but a very welcome 7lb 10oz fish.........nice one Kenny.
Peter Lane had an 8 Chub haul, all over 4lb, then 5lb 8ozs.....5lb 12ozs....and two at 6lb 4ozs, another great session, well done.
Friday 27th June.
Saturday 28th June.
Again a very empty fishery, but it was Andy Wyatt who braved the heat of the day and a monstrous rain storm, he captured 5 Chub all 4lbers plus one Perch.
Sunday 29th June.
Chris Brewer had a Barbel of 5lb.
Tony Riley was back on the banks but could not avoid the Eels, but nice to see you back again Tony.
Monday 30th June.
Alan Paget landed a nice Barbel of 11lb 3ozs and also had a haul of 6 Chub a few days earlier.
Tuesday 1st July.
Stephen Crowhurst had a Chub of 4/5lb in an early morning session.
The best Barbel of the season came from Jim Hart on last knockings, a beautiful fish of 14lb 4ozs, and its also a PB for Jim, congratulations and well done mate.
Jim's fishing buddy, Gareth " TRIGGER" did manage a couple of 5lb Chub.....well done TRIG.
Wednesday 2nd July.
Gareth Boycott had his first trip on Throop in a 4 hour after work session, and he had a great result, two Bream at 5lb apiece, 5 Chub to 6lb 1oz, and it was almost time to go home, he packed away his chair and his rod arched round and he landed a last knockings Barbel of 10lb 2ozs.........................
A great session Gareth, well done.
I was out today with big Dave Pryor and Lorraine and of course Tina for a meal, it was a great few hours.
Dave also captured a Barbel of 8lb 3ozs a few days earlier.............nice to see you both, see you in a few weeks.
As you can see, there have been some great fish caught, great looking Barbel and some good haul of Chub.
I must also mention that there have been some good Roach captured, with some nice specimens of over 1lb 8ozs.
The weather could be the reason why the fishery has been empty on many days, it has certainly been far too hot for me, I just could not sit out in all that heat.
The river has now dropped and the colour is only just dropping out, so the water conditions are ok as can be seen from some of the catches.
This season I will not be chasing up and down the riverbank looking for those great fish catches and I will not be phoning around every angler in site to see what is caught, so I will rely on all you great guys to send me your catch reports, this can be done by e-mail, text or phone call, so if you have any catches or stories, just like the one Stephen had when he fell in .
I did have an unconfirmed report of a Barbel over 15lb and a Chub of 8lb, we are still waiting for conformation.
Don't forget, if you require any up to date information on river conditions you can call Chris Allport on 07789 408503.
For catch reports and conditions call me on 07740 777967 or e-mail me firstname.lastname@example.org
Good Luck to you all.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
CLOSE SEASON REPORT 2014
I thought it would be nice to say hello and keep you up-to-date with the river on Beat 2 at Throop.
After those nasty floods, the whole of Beat 2 was covered in water, it looked like a giant reservoir, the flood water peaked on Christmas Day and the water kept us off the banks for many weeks, but towards the end of the season quite a few of us managed to get out, although some of the swims were limited, and even then it needed a pair of chest waders to access some of the downstream swims.
I have put together a few photo's for you to look at, I will start with the wooden bridge that is situated downstream of School Bridge on the Hurn side.
The big Oak tree that was situated on the side of the bridge was uprooted during the storms, that fell into the river and also ripped up the bridge making it look like a ski ramp, this was going to be a major task, and it was.
Many thanks to the lads that was involved in the rebuild.....................click on the photo's to make them a bit bigger.
That created a few back aches, but a job well done..............Shall we call it "THE STORM BRIDGE " ?
We now move on to many blocked footpaths by fallen trees, so let me again show you one of those fallen trees that needed removing,
this one was situated downstream of School Bridge, opposite the Steps Swim.
There was also a very large limb that snapped off the Famous Aspen Tree, which is situated on the Hurn side upstream of School Bridge, this limb was about 20 feet long with a girth at its thickest point of about 3 feet, this has also been cleared.
So apart from the few trees that I have shown, we did have many more that have been cleared.
A couple of other jobs that have been done, the upstream gate at School Bridge has now got another slab which should make access easier especially for the likes of George and Sid who push their bikes.
On the other side of the river, we have the first swim upstream of the bridge, here we had a stile, this has been removed and will be refitted with a gate, the pole has been hammered in and we are now awaiting delivery of the gate, once done, it should make things much easier.
Now we come to the problem of the muddy paths, this has become a nightmare, when the water rises the banks are covered and we end up with the muddy paths which are very difficult to walk on.
On some parts of the fishery this is unavoidable, but we have taken on a bit of a challenge and have diverted some of the paths on to slightly higher ground, the work that we have done so far has proved very positive and is working very well, have a look at some of the pictures, and hopefully you will recognize the locations.
Next we have re-routed the path just above Glens Weir, this is because of the high water washing away part of the river bank.
We now continue upstream from Glens Weir crossing the two metal bridges, this is where the muddy footpaths become really bad, we have now installed a new footpath on slightly higher ground to the right of the existing, and what a great looking job this has turned out, mind you, if you like wallowing in mud, be our guest and continue to use the old path, but we really would like you to use our new path.
Work will be underway in the coming weeks to rectify as many footpaths as possible.
We still have a lot of work to do on the fishery, and that will be done in the coming weeks, but first we are going to take a short break to rest and recuperate, the weather has not been very kind over the last few days and the weekend forecast is not that great, anyway I have a few jobs at home to carry out, so they will be attended to.
Many thanks for the lads that turned up to help, this was much appreciated, mind you I was supplying plenty of chocolate.
I will post another report, perhaps at the end of May, hopefully I will have some more photos when some more work is done.
Good luck for the coming river season.
Brian Willson Throop Bailiff.
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.
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.
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 h