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Weekly Fishing News

Its certainly been a good week for coarse fishing on the rivers. Alan Roe of Blackpool Lancs. fished the River Ribble at Ribchester catching some nice chub and an excellent barbel which weighed in at 10lb 1ounce. John Watson fished the river Severn catching a dozen good chub to 4-14-0 and three barbel to 8lbs on legered meat bait on a size 8 hook to 6lb line. On the river Teme Peter Jones of Birmingham caught his first ever double figure barbel weighing 11-4-0 on rolling luncheon meat. Standish Lancashire angler Mick Holgate had some nice chub from the river Aire near Keighley fishing legered crust His best fish was an ounce off 5lbs. In the Angler's Mail W/E July 3rd you can read about some big fish including a tench of 11-13-0 by Dave Ball. Dave's third tench over 11lbs this year. Colin Elliot from Harlow float fishing caster bait had an 11lb tench The biggest barbel of the week in the Anglers Mail is a 16lb 12 ounce fish from the Great Ouse by Dave Cashmore. Leeds angler Peter Brockwell fishing the River Wharfe with pellet bait over hemp had six barbel best to 7lbs and five chub to 4lbs in an early morning session.

I just love this time of the year, when I can fish for both the game and coarse fish species. I started off my day on the upper reaches of the river Aire just after dawn. The first job was to check my mink traps, I had one young mink which want kill any more ducks, ground nesting birds or water voles. After baiting the trap with a chunk of fresh chicken I went off fishing. I used size 22 Grey dusters and Black gnats catching five river brown trout. After a fresh brew I walked back downstream to the car park then drove down river near Keighley. In a short 3 hour session float fishing with breadflake and feeding lightly dampened brown crumb. During my session I had 13 fish from 16 bites. Every fish was 4lb plus with 3 over 5lbs best at 5-10-0 This fish was quite hollow. It might push 6lbs in the winter. I am now off to Swedish Lapland for the European Fly fishing championships and the Lapland World Cup. Please keep your E-mails coming in about your catches and any other news you might have

Finally!!! Wisconsin After several weeks of waiting and hoping, the Hex hatch has arrived. It started slowly last night and I expect it to be heavy for the next 3 or 4 nights. Get up here and get in on it while it lasts - it'll be gone before you know it!!Yesterday on the Middle Branch of the Ontonagon the Brown Drakes and Hex were hatching at the same time and the big Brookies were responding to the welcome sight!
Stream levels are just a bit low to normal and the water is clear. The lakes will give up their Hexes tonight as well - get in on the best hatch of the season now!!!

Martin James Fishing